Traveling the Path to Revival

Wednesday is for Revival

Holy Spirit, flame

Third in a series of brief letters for all those who are traveling the path of the “Five Resolves to Personal Revival.” You can find the first here, and the second here.

You can download a copy of the five resolves here. They were written by Jim Elliff and over the years I have used them in a number of prayer retreats of my own. For pastors, the pdf file would make a great sermon insert for application in your next message.

Fan the flame of revival.Hi all,

It has been so encouraging to get your emails acknowledging your picking up the “5 Resolves” sheet and your struggles and victories in seeking to follow through. I got a letter from one person who said that they were scared off from picking up the “5 Resolves” the first week by the warning I gave about spiritual battle that would follow. But in the second week they realized that this was the call of God to a deeper life and finished their letter with “I’m putting my life in God’s hands.”
That’s what we all have to do. He is a good God; He demonstrated His love for us at the cross (Romans 5:8) and He wants us to have a deeper, more satisfying relationship with Him. Let’s run to Him. Let’s run like prodigals to Him and ask Him to cleanse us every wrong headed thought we have. Which is where resolve #2 helps us.
Resolve #2
Forsake all Questionable Habits and Activities
This is simply what Paul means in 1 Corinthians 10:31: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” If things as simple as eating and drinking can be done for the glory of God, and “whatever we do” is commanded to be done for the glory of God then a basic application is to forsake everything that is questionable (Romans 13:14, 14:14, 23). Basic, but necessarily easy. Especially when the habits of our lives have ingrained certain patterns that we never even think about.
Some tips from what I am learning in this process:
  1. It helps me to stay focused by reading the resolve(s) I am focusing on each day. Reading them each day is a habit that helps me develop the habit. I try to read them in the morning and the evening.
  2. Demonic forces want to discourage you by accusing you when you fail or fall short. Remember that is one of their tactics from of old (Rev. 12:10). Don’t listen to those whispers. Instead, remember “that there is therefore now [because you belong to Jesus] no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1). Rejoice in that truth; pick yourself up and begin again.
  3. Resolves without resources won’t stick. Read the word daily. Devotionals and things like the “Daily Bread” are fine but there is no substitute for personal daily intake of the word of God directly from the pages of your own Bible. Become a Bible-saturated believer. Those are the happiest people and most dangerous to the forces of darkness.
I’m praying for you and struggling with you,
pastor marty

Live passionately for and like Jesus.

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