SO YOU WANT REVIVAL . . . .. ? 27.05.19
SO YOU WANT REVIVAL . . . . .? 27.05.19
Tree of Life (TLV)
Rabbi Cal Goldberg, Beth Shechinah, “Whatever Happened To The Power of God?” Message From the Bema, May 21, 2016 http://www.bethshechinah.com/sermon/whatever-happened-to-the-power-of-god/
So you want revival? Are you sure? How badly do you want revival? What needs to happen for revival to occur?
“The presence, the promise, and the power . . . . We need the presence of the Spirit, and we need to experience His power. The children of Israel experienced the greatest manifestation of God’s presence of any generation in all of man’s history. They were eyewitnesses of His power,” teaches Goldberg in his Message from the Bema (Goldberg, May 21, 2016). “Moses came down from the mountain so full of God’s glory, they couldn’t even look upon him; they had what we only dream about, an ongoing visitation of His presence and power. . .” Goldberg points out that, even in the face of that experience, despite their very personal exposure to His power and His presence, they still did not enter into their inheritance, because of fear and unbelief. We cannot get the promise/victory when we are withholding our trust/faith in Him. Goldberg effectively poses the question: “If they witnessed His power and presence in such a visible way, and still were not ready to enter in, what does that say about us today? Are we ready . . . .?”
We need to follow the example set by Moses and Aaron, when Yahweh assigned Moses to set up the tabernacle, (Ex.40:1-12), giving him very specific procedures and instructions to follow: “Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting, and wash them with water. Put the holy garments on Aaron, anoint him and consecrate him, so that he may minister to Me as a kohen. Also bring his sons and put tunics upon them. You are to anoint them, as you did their father, so that they too may minister to Me as kohanim” (Ex.40:12-15). Notice that Moses was entirely obedient, careful to follow Yahweh’s instructions to the letter: “Moses did so, just as Adonai had commanded him” (Ex.40:16). It was due to such obedience and surrender to Yahweh that the Israelites thus experienced such presence and power, when “the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of Adonai filled the Tabernacle. Moses was unable to enter into the Tent of Meeting, because the cloud resided there and the glory of Adonai filled the Tabernacle” (Ex.40:34,35).
Everything has a cost. “The cost is to repent, and be filled with the Spirit. There is no room for sin. You must be emptied of self, and filled with the Holy Spirit” (Goldberg, May 21, 2016). Revival requires a walk of surrender and obedience, following the Father’s instructions faithfully and consistently. Revival requires the passion of a heart filled with desire for more of the Father. As Goldberg puts it: “We need to be DESPERATE, not mediocre” (Goldberg, May 21, 2016). “The outpouring of Holy Spirit began the Messianic Age; the outpouring of Holy Spirit will also end the Messianic Age,” Goldberg declares.
Much of today’s body of believers give lip service to such passion, and the desire to experience God’s presence and power. People want the experience, but are not necessarily willing to wait on the Lord, to make any form of sacrifice, undergo any type of personal discomfort/inconvenience; neither are they focussed on being obedient, surrendered, or walking in holiness. They anticipate the promises, power, and presence without any personal commitment, investment, or participation. They expect that somehow, by God’s Grace, perhaps by putting on a highly emotionally-charged worship service, getting everyone jumping up and down for an evening, the Glory of God will miraculously come down. Believers have been erroneously led to believe that the only prerequisite to attaining the promises/power/presence is having said the “sinner’s prayer” at some point in their lives, a false teaching not to be found in all of Scripture.
True passion and commitment, and the ability to wait on God’s Presence, has sadly been replaced with emotional rhetoric, sensationalistic and contrived rituals or activities (“tunnel walks, levitating, and other New Age practices) to enhance, invite, or acquire God’s Presence/Power, which are not Spirit led or God ordained. If God’s people are serious about revival there needs to be an attitude shift, a heart change. “If we want to experience a move of the presence of God, God must show Himself holy through His people” (Goldberg, May 21, 2016), “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him” (2 Chron.16:9). He is looking for that heart of passion, a heart fully surrendered to Him.
“Like obedient children, do not be shaped by the cravings you had formerly in your ignorance. Instead, just like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in everything you do. For it is written, “Kedoshim you shall be, for I am kadosh”(“Be holy, for I am holy” – NKJ) (1 Pet.1:14-16). Yeshua also said “Therefore be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Matt.5:48), in spite of which we hear accusations of legalism and works when teaching obedience to God’s very Word. Immorality and unrepentance, unbelief and disobedience, scarcely qualify as acts of holiness. Crying out for revival with the lips and mouth is not what will bring revival. It is the true heart’s desire to want more of HIM, and to behave in accordance with such desire, that will bring revival – God’s Presence, Power, and Promises. “We need to be emptied of self and filled with the Holy Spirit,” (Goldberg, May 21, 2016) says Goldberg; “we have to hunger for more.”
During the time just after Yeshua’s ascension to heaven, people were being saved by the thousands. There was revival, healing, and multiples of miracles. Communities were being transformed. There was unprecedented unity and love. “With great power, the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of Yeshua . . . . this was really revival at its finest” (Goldberg, May 21,2016). They were eager to carry on the work begun by Messiah, to be His hands and His feet, to complete the work that had been assigned. They couldn’t wait to do as Yeshua had said: “My food is to do the will of the One who sent Me and to accomplish His work” (John 4:34); and “We must do the work of the One who sent Me, so long as it is day! Night is coming when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (John 9:4,5). And didn’t He also instruct His followers to become, and to do, what He had been doing (while He was here) after He was gone? “You are the light of the world. . . . . let your light shine before men so they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matt.5:14-16). His followers were to become His Light after He ascended to heaven. And didn’t He clearly state: “greater works than these you will do, because I am going to the Father” (John 14:12)? And didn’t the Apostle James reinforce this, when he said: “be doers of the word, and not hearers only” (James 1:22); and that “faith without works is dead” (James 2:26)?
We all have a part in the work needing to be accomplished: “The reaper receives a reward and gathers fruit for eternal life, so that the sower and reaper may rejoice together. For the saying is true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ I sent you to reap what you haven’t worked for. Others have worked hard, and you have joined in their work” (John 4:34-38). Paul explained that he “planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who makes things grow. Now he who plants and he who waters work as one, but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s co-workers; you are God’s field, God’s building” (1 Cor.3:6-9). It is not about one’s job being more important than another’s. It is about the perfectly surrendered heart that is desperate, hungry for more of Him.
When we are impassioned to do His work; when we are impassioned to know Him/to meet with Him; when His desires/will become our priority; when serving Him is more important than worldly pleasures, man’s approval, and our own feelings, desires, dreams, etc.; when we are all sold out to the Kingdom – that is when revival will arise.
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