Day 3: Person-Driven Hope

Day 2: Pinpoints of Light
January 31, 2017
Day 4: In Christ Alone
February 2, 2017

God’s constant re-creative nature to rekindle His people, and through them, to light that same fire in others who have known only darkness, is undeniable and ready to emerge again in our time. The question is, “Will we choose to be part of it?” More basic than this is, “Will we be able to recognize such a renewal as it unfolds before us?” And finally, “Will we— each of us— join Jesus and get involved in what He’s already doing?”

The present revival I’m talking about is so different and so radically life-transforming— unlike the world we live in today— that the only way to see this spiritual movement is with a new set of eyes, different from the ones you and I were given at birth. It’s only with spiritual eyes able to spot and follow a pinprick of light that you and I will be able to see beyond this present darkness. Only when we know this truth will we see that this current speck of God’s light is much bigger, much brighter, than our world’s current darkness.

In the Holy Scriptures, hope is a noun; hope is a Person. This hope, as revival, is a hope that’s so compelling, so wonderful you can’t live without it, but yet so wonderful you know you can’t produce it. In light of this hope, we’re not just purpose-driven. We’re person-driven— the person of Jesus Christ. We need a large enough vision of Jesus, His love and salvation, that ignites fresh hope and passion toward Him and then begins to “reconvert” God’s people back to God’s Son for all that He is. This is what comes out of true spiritual awakening, true revival— sustained transformation both inside the church and through the church.

Whether you believe a major spiritual awakening is present, unfolding, or still somewhere in the distance, it’s difficult to deny that God is drawing His people to Himself and that His people are poised to reach others with Christ. There is hope for those in spiritual darkness. If the current flicker, perhaps glow, of God’s light leads to a widespread spiritual awakening in this country, will we look back and realize God began His work through unlikely individuals who were simply broken and humbled?

Romans 12:2 New King James Version (NKJV)
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.

1 Corinthians 2:12 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.

Ephesians 1:18 New King James Version (NKJV)
18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.


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Phillips, Tom (2016-11-01). Jesus Now: God Is Up to Something Big (Chapter 2 p. 50-59). BroadStreet Publishing Group LLC.

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