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Those Who Hinder Revival

Welcome, cherished friends and fellow seekers of truth. Today, we gather with open hearts to explore a powerful message in the Holy Scripture that calls us to reflect on our Spiritual path and the influence we cast upon it.


The verse that will guide our reflection is from the Gospel according to Matthew, chapter 16, verse 23:

"But He turned and said to Peter, 'Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me, for you are not setting your mind on God's interests, but man's.'" – Matthew 16:23 (NASB)


This passage is noteworthy, painting a scene where Christ Jesus, our Savior, speaks directly to the hindrances of our Revival—the soul's awakening and return unto the Lord.


Understanding the Context

Peter, the disciple, is borne of faith and frailty and emerges as both a devoted follower and an inadvertent opponent in his misunderstanding. His rebuke of Christ's foretelling of suffering and resurrection comes from a place of care, yet he inadvertently hinders the Divine plan. At that moment, his eyes are on Earthly hopes, not the Heavenly blueprint.


What a reminder that revival, that mighty renewal that grows within and spreads without, is quickly quenched by our human tendencies. Could we, sometimes with the best intentions, act as Peter did, setting our minds on human interests rather than God's?


The Stumbling Blocks to Revival

We may unknowingly harbor thoughts, attitudes, or behaviors that hinder our Spiritual renewal. Like Peter, it can be an ardent wish to avoid suffering or an engrained pattern that leads us away from God's call.

  • Earthly Priorities: When our aspirations are tied solely to temporal success and comfort, we may be at odds with Spiritual growth, which often comes through challenge and surrender.

  • Fear of Discomfort: Much like Peter, we might resist the necessary hardships that carving a Christ-like character entails.

  • Conforming to the World: While we are called to be in the world, we are reminded not to be of it. Adhering too closely to cultural or societal norms may derail us from the righteous path.

In identifying these stumbling blocks, we initiate a self-reckoning that charts the course back to Christ.


The Heartset of Revival

To align our hearts with Revival, we must turn our gaze upward. This isn't merely about vertical vision; it's about transforming attitude and perception. We are beckoned to view our life's purpose through the lens of eternity.

  • Divine Interests: Ask yourself, what stirs the heart of God? Seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with Him (Micah 6:8).

  • Welcome Growth: Grasp those Divine moments of discomfort, for they are the crucible of character, and your faith shall emerge refined.

  • Culture of the Kingdom: Cultivate the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) and be a beacon of Christ's love and wisdom in a fractured world.


Personal Anecdotes of Revival

For 25 years, I have been battling one health issue after another. When I say I, it includes my entire family, who have stood by my side yet have also profoundly been affected by my problems. However, my Spirit has been ignited by this blatant attempt to cancel my ministry of Teaching, Preaching, and Spreading the Good News of The Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through The Holy Spirit, I have developed a strong testimony, overcome each hindrance, and I have been experiencing personal Revival.


Like the disciple Peter, we are all works in progress, learning from our missteps and growing in our faith. Through sincere introspection and reliance on God's grace, we break down the barriers to our Spiritual renewal.


Conclusion: Towards a Future of Revival

My beloved friends, our collective pursuit of Revival begins with individual commitment. It is an acknowledgment that God's ways are higher than ours, an acceptance of the Cross we bear for our transformation, and an affirmation that the fullness of life is in His presence.


Now, go forth and examine the corners of your heart, sweep away the debris of hindrances, and pave the way for a mighty revival. Through the love of Christ Jesus, we are set free to pursue a life that truly honors God, nurtures our Spirit, and blesses the world around us.


May each of you be agents of Revival, and may your lives bear abundant fruit as a testament to the Divine work in our midst.


Amen.

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