Day 20
Investments

“Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’”  Matthew 25:34-40 NKJV

What are you doing with your stuff? Do you have stuff or does stuff have you? God has a way of telling us that what we have is not the measure of success. The real measure, and path to success for that matter, is what we do with the stuff God gives us. The greatest use of our possessions is taking care of the needs of others. Real generosity gains the attention of God. The Lord tells us that we will be rewarded when we look to the needs of those around us. We may think it is a small thing, or we may overlook the unfortunate folks that cross our path and let an opportunity slip past us to show someone what Jesus is really like. When we serve someone else, we are making eternal investments. God is telling us that no act of kindness is too small, and no person is insignificant in His eyes. Let’s act with compassion and grace toward our world. You may never know what a difference you made in someone’s life, but the God of all creation does. “inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”



Day 19
Community


Acts‬ ‭2:42-47‬ ‭ESV‬‬ “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”

We were made for community, God designed us to be with other believers, not by ourselves. The church in Acts was devoted to community, but not just the “Church Community,” they were devoted to helping others as well. The church literally sold everything they had and gave the money to anyone that was in need. Let’s use the homeless as an example. My outlook on the homeless, especially men, was very negative. I had a variety of false thoughts that ran through my head. The most prevalent being, “They are able-bodied people; they can go get a job. I'm not giving them the money I earned so they can go buy drugs and alcohol with it.” It took God seizing my heart and altering it, for me to sympathize with their situation, as well as be willing to help. I was not letting God use me, even when I felt Him telling me to help. When we have a revival, our mindset changes from a ME mindset to a WE mindset. We will be inclusive. We won’t look at someone differently because of the way they are dressed, how much money they make, or how they smell. We will make them part of our community. As we make every effort to exemplify this church, by being inclusive and with glad and generous hearts take care of people, the Lord will add daily the number of people being saved. When we have a revival, we will experience the same thing. Today, pray and ask God to open up your heart and eyes to building up the community.



Day 18
Signs and Wonders

Our beliefs are a direct reflection of the conditioning that we experience growing up in the world. There is a reason why Jesus said that we needed to be like children in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. There is a sense of innocence and wonder that we have as a child. Children have an easier time having faith because their hearts are fresh and malleable for the Holy Spirit.

There are several passages in the Bible that tell us that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. See Hebrews 13:8. So if the God that we read about in the Bible gave people like you and me the power to heal and perform miracles, is He not telling us that we have access to that same power?

“Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon’s Portico. None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high esteem. And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, so that they even carried out the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and mats, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them. The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed.” Acts 5:12-16 ESV

The only way we can harness the power of the Holy Spirit to perform signs and wonders is to experience revival. We need to get back to that child-like faith and fully trust God so that we can heal this world that so desperately needs healing. Today let’s pray for revival. Hopefully soon, we get to experience many signs and wonders as the Holy Spirit moves in our hearts.




Day 17

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”  John‬

When the Church has a revival, people will start to see you as the Church and not the building. We will begin to look different than the rest of the world. People will know the Church by the way we treat each other. We are called by God to love one another. That doesn’t mean that we only love when things are good, we have to love others through the bad times, as well. We live in a world, right now, where it’s nearly impossible to disagree with someone in a peaceful way. It seems like we have to agree with everyone or be enemies. When we have a revival, the world may see us disagree, but they should see us love each other through our disagreements. That is how we will start to look different than the world. When we have a revival in the Church, there will be a lot less turnover in the Church; in fact, I believe when the Church has a revival there won’t be an empty seat in any church in the area. People want to be loved and belong to something they believe in. People will be attracted to Christ by the way we love one another. Today, pray for God to show you how to love people, even when it’s hard.



Day 16
What God Asks of YOU

“And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’”  

As we’ve talked about revival over the last few weeks, we’ve been focused on what it does for us as individuals and as a church. Today we’re going to talk about what it does for God. When we look at the lives of Jesus’ disciples, we can see Jesus preparing them for the work He would leave them with when He went home to the Father. Their time with Jesus left them on fire and they went on to perform miracles in Jesus’ name. When we experience revival, our hearts are set on fire and the Holy Spirit puts us in positions to share the good news.

I think we can all agree that the state of this world is bleak. Today, let’s pray for revival so we can go out and finish the work God commissioned for us. Nothing would make our Father happier than being reunited with His most loved creation.



Day 15
They Are Waiting
“Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest?’ Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!”  John 4:35 NKJV

Revival changes the way we see our world. If we are growing more like Christ, then our sight should change. The world was created by God for His pleasure and the thing that makes Him the happiest is fellowship with us. God’s desire for a relationship with people is what brought Jesus to us, to the cross, to the grave, and back to life. God wants people to be saved and He wants us to be instruments of the good news for Him. When we wake up and lift our heads and look at the world the way Christ does, we will see the harvest for God. People that are searching for the Lord are our calling. The need is there, the harvest is ready, let’s be workers to gather up the lost from all over the world, as well as the ones next door. The harvest is waiting, let’s get busy!



Day 14
I Didn’t Expect That
“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is Mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord. On the contrary: ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”  Romans 12:9-21 NIV

It is easy to love others back. When we are loved it is natural to give love in return, but the Lord says to His kids, I have something greater in mind. When we strive to be like Jesus in our relationships, we have to consider our response to people who don’t like us. The natural response is to give them what we think they deserve, but the Christ-centered approach is to give them what they don’t expect. When we are treated unfairly, or lied about, or slighted, resist the urge to make a fist; instead open your hand. Do everything you can to live at peace with everyone, and when all you can do is not enough, serve them. Let God sort out the revenge, our job is to be like Christ who willingly died for everyone. Jesus didn’t draw the line of love at just those that loved Him, but also for the soldiers that nailed Him to the cross. Becoming like Christ is the goal and no worthy goal is easy. When we let our rights go, and live for our Savior, we can overcome evil in unexpected ways.



Day  13
Others First
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 2:3-5 NIV
On our journey toward revival, I think it’s important to remember where we’re going. Our aim is to become more like Christ in everything we do. One of the most important lessons we can learn from our Lord is that people matter. All people. The way we treat others should reflect that truth. There is an old saying, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Putting others’ needs before our own is one of the most obvious ways we demonstrate the change that happened in us when we met Jesus, and the ongoing change in us as we walk with Him. Add value to those around you, as you draw closer to Christ, remember how He treated people. Jesus was compassionate, caring, generous, and honest with the people He met, and He gave us a road map to revival. Today try demonstrating the life-changing love of Christ to everyone you meet and give the world a picture of the Savior we serve.


Day 12

Marriage revival
“This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” Genesis 2:23 NIV

When we experience a revival in our life, every area is affected. One of the most important areas of our life that gets renewed or awakened is our relationships with others. The Lord Himself told us to “love your neighbor as yourself.“ I think sometimes we forget that the command to love others also applies to our own family. Husband love your wife. Wife love your husband. The Bible says the two became one and, so, when something like a spiritual renewal happens in you, it can reignite your marriage as well. Invite God into your home invite Him into your conversations, invite Him into disagreements, invite Him into prayer time together. Ask the Lord to renew every aspect of your marriage because when the Lord said, “love your neighbor,” I don’t think He intended for you to walk past your spouse to get to them. If you are married, the most important relationship you have outside of our relationship with Christ is with your spouse, so be sure they get your very best. Ask the Lord to renew your awareness of their needs and start living out the covenant relationship Gad wants you to experience.



Day 11

Revival: Relationship with God

In the beginning, God created us to have a relationship with, and to take care of, the rest of His creation. With sin introduced, our relationship with God changed forever. All of the sudden, we were ashamed and afraid and our direct connection with God was broken. The only way for us to get back to that constant connection with Him is through the revival that only He can provide. God says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”  John 15:5 ESV

Today, let’s pray for revival to repair our relationship with God. When we experience revival, we will get back to a level of intimacy that God wants so badly for us. What is more, our lives will be forever changed.




Week 2 Day 10

Forgiveness

I don't believe that you can talk about forgiveness and not talk about the forgiveness that God has given us. We cannot do anything on this Earth good enough to earn the forgiveness that God has given us. It is a gift that we must accept knowing we cannot earn it. When we have a revival, we start to understand the impact forgiveness has on us. As Christians, we have to be willing to forgive others even when we feel like they do not deserve it. The bible gives us a lot of examples of this, but one that really stands out to me is the stoning of Stephen: “And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’ And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them.’ And when he had said this, he fell asleep.”  Acts 7:59-60
 We need to take the same approach as Stephen did when it comes to forgiving. We have to forgive at all costs. God commands us to forgive. “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses,”  Matthew 6:14-15. When we hold onto the bitterness and anger towards another person it keeps us from being as close as we need to be with God. You see, forgiving someone is not just for them, it is for you. There are some really tough things that people go through that seem unforgivable, we have to remember that God has us. We have to put our faith in Him to help us forgive, even when we think it's impossible. Today, be in prayer for God to help you recognize the people in your life that you need to forgive and forgive them.



Day 9
Revival: Friendship

God calls us to be a light in the world. More specifically, He calls us to be encouraging to those around us. The world teaches us to be discouraging by praising negativity on all media platforms. In this hyper-connected age, it’s easy for us to fall in line with what we see and hear around us at all times. By experiencing revival, we can tap into the character of God as we interact with everyone in person and online. And people will notice a change in us.

“Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge.”  James 4:11 ESV

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”  Colossians 3:12-14 ESV

Are we encouraging or discouraging? Let’s pray today for revival so we can be an encouragement to those around us as God intended.




Week 2

Day 8

Children
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Having children is a HUGE responsibility, most of the time I think that we tend to underestimate just how big of a responsibility it is. One of the main roles as a parent is to instill the knowledge we have into them. It is our responsibility to raise our kids the way God expects us to. I know this is not an easy task, sometimes it's just easier to let them do what they want. When we have a revival in our lives, the way we teach our children starts to look a little different. Instead of just using our words to teach our kids, we use the way we live our lives. How we handle ourselves in tough situations, how we carry ourselves on a daily basis, and how we treat people, most of the time speaks a lot louder than our words. We need to take every opportunity we can to point our children towards Christ. Our kids need to know that we are not immune to messing up and making the wrong choice. We need to show them that when we fail, we serve a God that shows us grace and mercy. If our kids see us showing people the same love and grace that God has shown us, they will start to imitate that in their lives. Today, make it a point to start praying and asking God to help you raise your children to love Him.



Day 7

But God

“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.” Romans 5:6-11 NKJV
One of the most powerful phrases in the Bible is found here in Romans, and many other places in scripture. It is often overlooked because of its brevity, but we should not sell it short even though it is only two words. “But God” two words when linked together point us to supernatural truth. “But God raised Him from the dead.” Acts 13:30, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.”I Corinthians 3:6 ““And the patriarchs, becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt. But God was with him” Acts 7:9. Romans 5 tells us that we were destined for for a terrible future. Sinners in the hands of God will experience final judgment, however if we receive Jesus we have an amazing future. We are promised hope in Jesus and eternal life in a place so amazing our human mind can’t comprehend it. With heaven as our future home and the love of God as a guarantee we should face our future with complete confidence. Our outlook should be revived and and our perspective about the problems we face will be transformed. But God demonstrates His love toward us.



Day 6

Actions

Our actions speak loudly!! When we let God into our lives and really follow what He has called us to do, it changes our actions. Our actions start to imitate Jesus. “Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” Ephesians 5:1-2.

When we have a revival, we will start to show people Christ’s love through our actions. We start to put people and their needs above ours. We will do things that we never thought we would do. It’s funny to see what we can accomplish when God is the one directing our actions, He calls us to work outside of our comfort zone. I'm sure there are things going through your head right now that God has prompted you to do which seem too far out of your comfort zone. We have to remember that God specializes in equipping the called. If He calls you, He WILL equip you, which requires faith on our part. When God changes our actions, they will become faith-driven.

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” Hebrews 11:1. We must have faith that God will lead us through the calling He has placed on us. Having faith in something that we cannot physically see is really hard sometimes, especially when we are uncomfortable. We have to constantly trust that God knows what He is doing. When the actions we take require faith, that is when we will start changing our circle of influence. When we have a personal revival, our actions will start to reveal what we believe.

“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit” Matthew 12:33. When we start to follow God, the fruits -what our actions produce- will show people what we believe in. I am sure you have heard the saying “walk the walk,” that is exactly what we do when we have personal revival, we let our actions speak loudly! Don't be scared to let God change your actions, be prepared!



Day 5

Spiritual Awareness


“Where shall I go from Your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to Heaven, You are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, You are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me” Psalm 139:7-10 ESV.
I think that we either forget or have a hard time grasping the concept of the Holy Spirit being everywhere. With everything going on in our daily lives, it’s easy to forget and go through the motions without sharing the mundane things with God. We miss out on so many opportunities and blessings because we are not quiet enough to hear the Holy Spirit speaking to us. Only a revival can open our eyes to everything God is doing in our lives. Take time today to pray and, more importantly, to be still and listen for His voice. Ask God for revival and a spiritual awakening so that we can be in tune with our Creator.



Day 4

Change My Mind

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”  Romans 12:2 NKJV

Where are you at today? You may be at work or home or driving down the road. But where are you? There are times in our life that we are physically in one place but mentally in another. When we experience that type of disconnect in our relationship with Christ, we are out of fellowship. We know that we belong to God, we know that our future is secure, we know that our lives have purpose, but we don’t live the truth we know because our thoughts are being hijacked. The passage from Romans 12 reminds us that the way we break free from the influence of the world is by the renewing of our mind. The Lord Jesus can transform our minds and we will experience a revival in our thought life. We will begin living in perfect communion with God’s will. Where are you? What is dominating your thought life? Are your thoughts drawing you closer to Christ or leading you away? Give your thoughts to the Lord today and ask Him to change the ones that keep you from Him and His best.



Day  3

Words

Our words have a much greater impact on people than we realize. In today's culture, it is easy for us to say whatever pops in our head and not think about the impact those words will have. When we sit behind a keyboard or phone we tend to get very “brave” with the words we put out there. We don’t look at these words as a reflection of who we are, we think they are just words we put on a page and can delete if we feel compelled to do so. We don’t look at our words through the eyes of Christ.

When we have a personal revival, our words begin to change. Our words become more compassionate. Ephesians 4:29 says, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” With revival, we begin to use our words to lift people up instead of bring them down. The words we speak will bring life to people.

Our words become wiser, Proverbs 15:28 says, “The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.” When we have a revival in our lives, we will let God speak through us. When God speaks through us, the advice we give people becomes wiser because we are listening to God before we speak and He gives us the words to say. As a result of a personal revival, our words become guarded; therefore, we don’t say every little thing that comes to our mind. “Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin” Proverbs 13:3.

When we have a personal revival, we will put our words through a Christ-centered filter and our words begin to positively change people's lives.





Day 2

Worship

I’m sure we’ve all heard the verse in John 4 that tells us God is seeking people that worship Him in spirit and truth. But what does that actually mean? What does that look like? Let’s break it down.
First, we have to look at the spiritual aspect. In order for us to worship Him in spirit, we need to completely surrender our hearts and minds and allow for God to have a blank canvas to work on as we lift up His name. Then there’s the truth aspect. In John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” And in John 1:1, the Bible says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

So, if we believe the Word to be truth, God is seeking for us to worship Him in and through Jesus. Revival sets our hearts on fire and changes the way we worship. Let’s pray for revival today so that we can adopt a lifestyle of worship the way God intended it to be.




Day 1
Tend the Flame
“Therefore, take careful heed to yourselves, that you love the LORD your God.” Joshua 23:11 NKJV

Revive us again
Fill each heart with Thy love
May each soul be rekindled
With fire from above.

Starting a fire is a pretty straight-forward proposition. Find fuel and a way to light it and boom, you have
fire. But turning that initial fire into something useful is where the work comes in. If left alone, that
initial blaze will quickly burn out. You need to learn to tend a fire to get the full benefit. Adding fuel,
poking it, making sure there is plenty of air are all things you need to do to make your fire work. I think
the same thing is true for our faith walk to be all it can be. When we first meet Jesus, we are ignited.
Everything in our world is changed and we can hardly wait for the next day to see what new thing our
Lord will introduce to us. Over time, that passionate relationship can begin to fade and we will find
ourselves going through the motions with Jesus. When we pray for revival, we need to start with the
most important aspect of our Faith: our Love. When our Love for Jesus and others is re-awakened and
the fire is stoked, every area of our lives will experience change. So, ask God to search your heart. If you
find that your love has grown cold, or if you have just cooled a little, repent of where you are. Turn back
to Jesus and the love you had at first.