Revival begins with an awakening. An awakening of our ears to listen to the Word of the Lord.
As we looked at last week, Isaiah 50:4 reminds us,
The Sovereign LORD has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.
As we are listening, with the Holy Spirit’s help and guidance, we must not let a lack of faith in the One Who Awakens us be small.
You see ladies, what happens with me is I have a crisis of faith. A distinct point comes where I have to choose – do I really trust the Lord to work and move in my life [and in the life of my marriage]?
Is God enough? Does He satisfy and bring me to faith that He is enough?
I can relate the Psalmist (and not in that I can write and sing music well — because I surely don’t!). The cries from the psalmist lips, though, I have mimicked. Psalms 90:4 expresses that cry,
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. (NIV)
And a few chapters later the psalmist proclaims that God does satisfy!
for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. Psalms 107:9 (NIV)
God awakens us to be revived, not to lay on our sick bed. Then, He brings us to a crisis of faith as we rise to walk in obedience with Him.
Do you trust Him to be all you need?
As you step out in faith there will be opposition for you do have one who opposes you. You must step out in faith and put your faith into action by your full dependence on God.
I am challenged in this area daily as the “sin nature” tries to worm its way back into my life. The tension between my two natures often brings me to the crisis of faith I am writing about.
God opened my eyes to this as He spoke to my listening ears and He is teaching me that those crises of faith lead me to a deeper experience with Him!
In other words ladies, our struggles have purpose — a holy, thrilling, wonderful purpose! The struggles are meant to teach us that Jesus is enough!
It is my prayer today that all of us would,
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4 (NIV)
Mature, complete, lacking nothing — Enough.