by Macy Johnson
“For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground;
I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.”
(Isaiah 44:3 NIV)
“The only reason we don’t have a revival is because we are willing to live without it,” the pastor exclaimed during his sermon on chapter 4 of John’s gospel.
Like the Samaritan woman who had a life-changing encounter with Jesus, I want to leave my water jar behind. She walked away from her means of life, because she was not willing to live without a revival. She rushed home to share her testimony, for she passed her test of faith.
What does revival mean to you? Perhaps it means spending more deliberate time in prayer and replacing old prayers with new prayers. I glanced over my daily journal as familiar phrases jumped off the pages. Have I been guilty of using repetitive, meaningless prayer words when talking with God? Revival means renewal, rebirth, recovery. Revival begins with sharing fresh, new testimonies! Let the old words and the old feelings and experiences die so revival can be birthed in your being.
“You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”
(Isaiah 58:11 NIV)
One night my husband and I watched “The Last Full Measure,” and were reminded if you are going to do anything, you should give your all, do your best, no matter the circumstances. Everyone in the plot followed that call. It was like a cow prod to my spirit, a challenge to do whatever is before me to the best of my ability.
I will set aside my old water jar and prepare my heart to pass tests of faith from Jesus, the Source of true revival. I hope you will, too!