WE NEED REVIVAL!

I PETER 1:23-25: “…having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because “All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away, But the word of the LORD endures forever.” Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.”

OBSERVATION: There is only one thing that will never pass away in this life – it is the Word of God! Peter quotes Isaiah 40:6-8 as he reminds us of this important fact. The world was created by the Word of God. We were born again through the Word of God. Nations will rise, and nations will fall – but the Word of God will endure. It has for thousands of years. Against every attack, against every doubter, against slander, ridicule, and disdain – the Word of God endures! The years have only solidified the truth of God’s Word. Archaeology has only confirmed its claims. It is not outdated. It is not irrelevant for today. It is the living and abiding Word of the Creator of all things!

If this is true, and it is – how should we then live? This is the question so many of us are not asking. We go about our lives as if we are lord and master, as if we are writing the principles of living on the fly. We make decisions based on what we feel. We do what seems prudent for the moment without consulting anything or anyone except our own heart. We have lost the way because we have stopped looking to the Eternal Word for daily wisdom and guidance.

How would we live, what would we do, if everything we did was run through the filter of the Word that endures forever. We would not simply cast off our marriages because we have fallen “out” of love. We would not focus on material things while neglecting the poor. We would not turn our eye away from injustice and the cry of the unborn. We would not abuse our bodies forgetting they are a temple of the living God. We would not mortgage our children’s future for our immediate comfort. These are all the things we are doing with abandon in our current culture. It is true in the world, and sadly it is true in the church.

Yet, I am not without hope! I am praying for a hunger to begin in God’s people. A hunger to seek The Lord. A renewed hunger for His Word. A hunger to pray, meditate, and reflect daily upon the Word that endures. What an outpouring of revival will come when this happens. I am giving myself to cultivating this discipline in my life and praying that others will also be drawn by the Holy Spirit to do the same. It will not just “fall” from heaven, but it will come when we “call” out to heaven!

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.” (‭II Chronicles‬ ‭7‬:‭14-15‬ NKJV)

“Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am. ’ “If you take away the yoke from your midst, The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, If you extend your soul to the hungry And satisfy the afflicted soul, Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, And your darkness shall be as the noonday.” (‭Isaiah‬ ‭58‬:‭8-10‬ NKJV)

Heavenly Father, through Your Holy Spirit, bring a sovereign revival of hunger for Your Eternal Word! In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy to follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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