Who can conduct a revival — a spiritual awakening?

A preacher can conduct a church service, but only God can conduct a revival — a spiritual awakening. In a church service a preacher follows a program. In a spiritual awakening people surrender to the living God.

In Acts chapter six, seven men were chosen to wait on tables for the apostles in Jerusalem. Two of them, Stephen and Philip, quickly broke out of their confining religious roles. Spiritual awakening soon followed!

When church is unplugged from the Holy Spirit’s current, God’s light goes out. “Quench not the Spirit.” Spiritual awakening happens when people let Jesus innergize them with His presence, energy, and love surging through their heart.

Jesus is always present but it’s a struggle to be persistently aware of His presence, for His holiness makes us aware of our sin. To try to make Christ comply with culture is the converse of the Gospel. He came to free us from conformity to human culture.

Hearing a talk about bread isn’t the same as being fed. Neither is hearing a talk about Christianity. Perhaps it’s time for church to pop the cork on God’s new wine & let people fill up with the Holy Spirit.

A talk about electricity is never as shocking as a touch of electricity. The same with Jesus.

Christian’s aren’t called to be controlled by custom and religious tradition. They’re called to be completely committed to Christ.

“The truth will set you free.” A lack of truth equals a lack of freedom.

Pride is dangerous for all human beings. It also holds back spiritual awakening. The Bible says: “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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