Daily Devotional for Saturday October 15, 2016
True Revival Won't Happen Inside the Church but Outside the Church
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Lord, USE ME in these perilous, last days, as a messenger of your hope in Jesus. Father, make me aware of the people you have put in my life each day, many who will die and burn in hell for all eternity for rejecting Christ, and use me as a vessel of your love and hope. I thank you for sending Jesus to die for my sins that I might know the free gift of everlasting life, and I ask today that you help me to lead others to that wonderful eternal relationship with Christ. For it is in HIS name I pray...AMEN!
I know most days what I write focuses on the problems we face during the course of our journey through this life. The reality is, we all have problems every day that we must deal with. But never lose sight of the fact God has called ALL of us to share Christ with the lost in this world. Don't let your problems stop you from doing this. As a matter of fact, by being obedient in serving the Lord, you will be amazed at how God will handle and resolve many of the problems you face in your life. There is a very true saying that "if we are about our Father's business, He will be about ours."
I know Christians are always praying for revival. The fact is a true revival won't happen INSIDE the church, but OUTSIDE the church! As an evangelist at heart, my desire is to see the lost won to Christ. The first 3 years of my ministry, I did what most evangelists do and that was preach in churches. Over 500 of them all over the country of all different denominations and ethnic make-ups. I loved those years, but was frustrated since the church is really the last place a true evangelist should be preaching since the vast majority of people are already saved.
God opened the doors for me to spend the next 4 years in the Christian television world. I initially saw it as an opportunity to reach the masses for Christ. After a while, I realized that very few people that weren't already Christians ever watched Christian television. It was a great place to minister to the Body, but not to reach the lost.
Then God led me to the Internet. What an amazing mission field. Over 600 million people worldwide on the Internet, and that number is growing daily. Prayer became the focus of this ministry since it is a universally accepted concept that even those of no faith will turn to in their time of need. The fact is, we all face the same problems during our life. Problems with money, health, the death of family and friends, marriage problems, issues with our children, problems with addictions of some sort. These are problems everyone that lives faces during the course of their life. By being available to pray with people literally 24/7/365, we are dealing with people every single day that are lost, without hope, and looking for answers to the problems in their life..
***Here is the key. Being available for people in their time of need is not only an opportunity to minister to their immediate need, but also to their eternal need of a Savior! Let me repeat that because I don't want you to miss this. Being available for people in their time of need is not only an opportunity to minister to their immediate need, but also to their eternal need of a Savior!
I love you and care about you so much. I realize that today many of you are facing great needs in your life, major problems, situations that have your lives upside down. I will be in prayer for you and for God to meet those needs in your life. In the meantime, I want to encourage you to "be about your Father's business." You go to school with, work with, recreate with, shop with, come in contact with people every day that are lost and facing great problems in their life. Just being there and showing concern, just letting them know you care, just taking the time to pray with them and for them is an open door God is giving you into their life. It will give you the opportunity to not only help them thru their present problem, but talk to them about having a relationship with Christ.
You see my friend, revival is not going to happen INSIDE the church, but OUTSIDE the church, one heart and life at a time. God is calling on ALL of His children to do their part. I will be praying for you today to hear this clear word from the Lord to not be so focused on the problems in your life, that you can't see the problems of someone He has put in your life to share Christ with.
You don't need to be a Bible scholar to be able to share Christ with someone. Just showing true love and compassion for someone is the most important thing you can do. After that, simply sharing with them what Christ has done in your life and what He can do in theirs is the greatest thing you can tell someone. If you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, YOU can tell someone else about Him.
Real revival will come when ALL of God's children are sharing Him with the lost and hurting people in their life. Jesus said it best, "the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few."
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,