Are you praying and waiting for the Spirit of Revival to come to you?
Could it be that the Spirit HAS ALREADY COME to your city with fresh power?
Maybe HE is waiting for YOU to come and seek Him out?
PREPARE THE WAY OF THE LORD!
John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Mark 1:4-5 (ESV)
Supposing the Jews had heard of John but continued their religious routine, attending the synagogue and the Temple as usual.
Supposing they waited for this new preacher to come to their synagogue (their “local church”). They would have missed the purpose of God for their life.
Later Jesus came and He ministered in the wilderness but also visited local congregations and preached in the Temple.
What if Jesus called a man to follow Him…
What if that man told Jesus he should remain loyal to his local Rabbi …
What if he decided to wait for Jesus to visit his local congregation to minister once in a while….
Could that man be a disciple of Jesus?
When the Spirit of God moves in an exceptional way, He has a purpose. We must adapt to fit His purpose. We need to fit in with His choice of time and place. We need to go where the wind is blowing.
The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8 (ESV)
We can learn a lot from surfers.
A mediocre surfer only goes to a beach near his home. If the waves are bigger, he has a good day. If the waves are smaller, he has a bad day or he doesn’t go. Really serious surfers travel long distances to the best surf beaches with the biggest and best waves.
There are so many Christians who rarely go to a meeting outside their local congregation. There may be a world class preacher visiting a neighbouring suburb. There may be great miracles and healings but Christians who seriously need healings don’t go.
Some may be stuck in the routine of their local church activities. Some are actually taught it is their duty NOT to seek signs and wonders outside of their church or denominations!
What is the LOCAL CHURCH?
When Paul wrote his letters to local churches, he wrote to “The Church in Rome,” or “The Church in Corinth,” or “The Church in Philippi.”
Your local church is the community of all believers in your city, Perth, Sydney, Durban, Berlin, Auckland, Orlando Florida, or wherever you are. This is the New Testament concept of the local church. Where is your local church? Jesus said this:
For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Mt 18:20
If you have a Christian workmate, neighbour or friend and you meet for fellowship or prayer, that is a branch of your local church. It does not matter which denomination we belong to. That is not an important issue.
If we are hungry and thirsty for God, we must be like the wise men from the East who followed the star to Bethlehem to find Jesus; we must be like the shepherds who left their sheep in the care of the angels to worship the Son of God in the stable.
We must be like the crowds of Jews who left the daily routine of their jobs, businesses and local congregations to go out into the wilderness. Why did they go? They went to be challenged with a life changing message from God through John the Baptist.
In our generation there are inspired preachers doing the ministry of John the Baptist and many people are going to their meetings and conferences. But there are other people who are stuck in a rut in their local congregations waiting for revival to drop on them where they are.
It is time to wake up and MOVE.
Test all things; hold fast what is good. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 (NKJV)