We are seeing exciting things in church in recent days. Our numbers have practically doubled, and new folks are appearing every week. It’s all been very encouraging.
The Sunday morning services have been bursting with praise, and they have been hard to close. We could be caught up in the Spirit of Praise for hours. The only thing that prevents us is the thought of our dear, uncomplaining youth workers coping with the number of children that have also appeared in our Sunday Schools and Creche!
It does feel like a breath of God amongst us: like a touch of revival. Even Graham, my husband, said ‘I don’t recognise my church’. Last Sunday, I counted over 20 new folks who had come. Some came with a friend, whilst others found us online on Instagram or our website. But it has not always been so.
This verse from Psalm 119 causes me to remember a time in my life when I felt spiritually dry. I had lost my hunger for God and could slowly feel my interest in spiritual matters draining away.
I sought the Lord for an answer, and immediately He spoke to me about careful obedience. I hadn’t backslidden or fallen away, but I had grown careless over choices. Life was hard at the time, I felt slightly depressed, and it was easier to lose myself in innocent pastimes. It was enough to affect my keen hunger after God.
I quickly put things right and began to be more careful, making the right choices in the finer details of life. Immediately my hunger for spiritual things returned.
If you find yourself becoming lukewarm, losing interest in all that once fascinated you, this is the way back. Follow the regulations carefully. ‘Dot your I’s and cross your T’s!’ Look after your spiritual life, and immediately you will feel a change: a fresh wind blowing that rekindles the fire in your heart. It won’t happen until you turn in the right direction.
Recently, an old friend contacted me. They have been out of the picture at church for some time through ill health. Their constant pain had gotten on top of them, and they felt down. I kindly pointed out to them that their pain wasn’t going away anytime soon! I'm such a kind minister!! I suggested they had to learn to do what they could and get out to church as best they could.
That evening they appeared at church and received a direct touch from the Lord. They were encouraged. They felt a new flame again, God gave them something to do. Life was rejuvenated again. I was pleased for them.
Do you feel a lost cause or lack the fire and zeal for God and His work? Are your circumstances preventing you from being as involved in the work of God as you would like? Perhaps like my old friend, they are not going to change soon and you need to make the most of things now in the hard place. Come to Him and ask Him to help you obey all the regulations He has given you, and then suddenly, like Paul, all will be changed. Your spark will return, and your spirit begin to be revived.
“As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven.”
Acts 9:3 NKJV
We are living in glorious times: make the most of it.