What if God wanted to make YOU into a story of the light of revival? What if God wanted to turn the trench of religion you are rowing through into the open ocean of His love and give you a sail to catch the wind of His Spirit? Like the disciples, God wants us to be “filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 13:52, NKJV
It’s only an experiential, Spirit-empowered faith that can live out a Jesus-Now Awakening. This is how the early church did it: “And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.” Acts 4:31, NKJV
Becoming a Spirit-empowered follower of Jesus does not begin with doctrines or teaching, parables or principles, church polity or stewardship—but with loving the Lord with all your heart, mind, soul and strength. Jesus tells us this is the greatest commandment: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.“ Mark 12:30, NKJV
The Spirit calls us to and empowers us in this life of loving intimately. For, “we love Him because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19, NKJV
Hidden between the stories of the light of revival in Jesus Now Awakening: God is Up to Something Big, are 40 experiential exercises that were prayerfully created to move us beyond rowing and simply knowing or studying God’s truth and move us toward sailing and actually experiencing it.
Revival is God’s purpose, “He uncovers deep things out of darkness, and brings the shadow of death to light.” Job 12:22, NKJV
Over the next 40 days, we invite you to sail with us into three sources of God’s light where the Holy Spirit will lead us:
- In the Light of fresh encounters with Jesus — John 8:12, “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.’”
- In the Light of frequent experiences with scripture — Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
- In the Light of engagement with God’s People — Matthew 5:14, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.”
We begin our journey tomorrow, October 1, 2017. Our prayer is that the fresh wind of the Holy Spirit would blow through every word over the next 40 days to bring you into the open ocean of His love and to fill you with His light of revival. “…The darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.” 1 John 2:9, NKJV
Our deepest thanks to the Great Commandment Network for graciously developing these experiential exercises to be practical touchstones for all seeking to join the Jesus-Now Awakening. The Great Commandment Network is an international collaborative network of strategic, kingdom leaders from the faith community, marketplace, education, and caregiving fields who prioritize the powerful simplicity of the words of Jesus to love God, love others, and see others become His followers.
“Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.’”
Matthew 22:37-40, NKJV
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