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Where Can You Find Me? I am not lost.

Not Lost – But Found

I am not lost but found. At least anymore than a child of God is lost in this world. But I am found by Him – and that’s a hallelujah. And it’s time for revival.

I believe strongly we need to all be praying for revival of the Holy Spirit. Join me at Artists and Writers Grow Through God’s Word Facebook Group.

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I am not posting as much here as I have begun to write seriously on another platform called Medium. I belong to a publication called Faith Hacking and one called Publishous. I also write in the member’s posts section.

You can find me here and follow me on Medium – with no obligations.

Janis Cox 

Some of my topics:

Revival  There are many posts on this topic of revival.

Battling Satan

How to Relieve Stress

These are my most recent. If you follow me you will see more of my posts.

 

Is this the Time for Another Revival of the Holy Spirit?

Let’s Pray for Revival

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Sometimes writing is hard. Sometimes it’s easy.

I am in a hard spell. There has been a lot going on in my life and I can’t seem to concentrate on sitting still and writing.

But here I am.

This Sunday and last Sunday we had marvellous sermons about Pentecost. Yes, the coming to earth of the Holy Spirit. The fire — the life — the revelation.

We need that again.

In 1734 Jonathan Edwards wrote:

“”It pleased God…to display his free and sovereign mercy in the conversion of a great multitude of souls in a short space of time, turning them from a formal, cold, and careless profession of Christianity, to the lively exercise of every Christian grace, and the powerful practice of our holy religion.”

Free and sovereign mercy — God did this.

We have to remember that God brings revival. So what do we do?

We pray for revival.

Here are the first great revivals.

The Great Awakening, 1734–43 in America

Jonathan Edwards and George Whitfield are names from that awakening.

The Second Great Awakening, 1800–1840

James McGready and Charles Finney are names from that awakening.

Is it time for another awakening of hearts and spirits?

Let’s look:

  1. Revivals happen in a period of moral decline. Look at our world: sexual abuse, disgust with those running governments, corruption, killings, and fear. We have screen abuse so we are no longer talking face to face with others. Our reading skills are declining.
  2. Prayer stimulates our hearts and souls and sends a signal to God that we are ready to see Him in action.
  3. Those who teach from God’s Word are speaking into the hearts of the people.

Are you ready for revival?
Do you want to see God’s spirit move in hearts?
Are you ready to be convicted and see yourself as God sees you? (That’s scary.)

I always love this song by Robin Mark. Revive Us.

God has put it on my heart to gather believers together, to grow through God’s Word and prayer.

Scriptures to read:

Titus 3:5-6

“He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,”

Isaiah 40:31

“Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.”

1 Corinthians 2:4-5

“My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.”

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Bible journaling – Janis Cox

I would like to start a collection of revival, restore scriptures that we can pray. Please add your scriptures in the comments. Thanks.

Posts on the Power of the Holy Spirit

Unleashing the Holy Spirit

Humidity, Hearts and The Holy Spirit – My thoughts from Poland Trip 2010

How To Regenerate God’s Power in Your Life

We need to be connected. To pray together. Join us at Artists and Writers Grow Through God’s Word.

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#UTCOP – A prayer and an answer

A prayer and an Answer

by Rose Harmer

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Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for accepting and loving me! I also thank You for Your family of believers who consistently obey Your heavenly calling and teach us so much.

I confess I long for those wonderful days of camp meetings when we, as young people, would seek Your face until almost midnight. We witnessed the outpouring of Your Holy Spirit through many decades.

We long for revival now in our lives and in our churches.

Rose hears this answer:

My child, I long to fill you each day with My Holy Spirit. You will find peace if you follow My ways and My direction. I am the Potter and you are the clay. As you pray, I will make and mold you after My will. Stay yielded to Me. Seek to really know Me, the giver of life, peace and joy.

Thank You, Lord, for Your direction both in Your Word and by Your Spirit speaking inaudibly to me.
Thank You for my husband and the fact we both desire Your will in our lives.
Thank You for Christian writers, such as Catherine Marshall and David Wilkerson, who inspire us.

Help those people who have asked for prayer. Teach me to know what You want me to do.

I love and praise You, Amen.

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Rose prays a prayer and hears an answer. (tweet this)

 

Rose Spillenaar Harmer

Rose was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, and speaks on subjects related to marriage, family and mental health.  Her travels take her throughout North America and she winters in Cape Coral, Florida.

Her published words include a short biography in Clayton’s Kids (2009) and a column entitled “Listening” which will be part of a forth-coming book.  Contact Rose.

ARE YOU PRAYING THE RIGHT WAY?

Are You Praying the Right Way?

by Laura Davis

“What is causing all the quarrels and fights among you? Isn’t it your desires battling inside you? You desire things and don’t have them. You kill, and you are jealous, and you still can’t get them. So you fight and quarrel. The reason you don’t have is that you don’t pray!  Or you pray and don’t receive, because you pray with the wrong motive, that of wanting to indulge your own desires” (James 4:1-3)

 In my last post it was clear that James was dealing with many problems in the early church. Everyone wanted to be in charge. In chapter four he continues to address his concerns over all the quarrels and fights. He gets right to the point too.

These early Christians were far too worldly and far too childish! They sounded like they wanted to have one foot in the world and one foot out. Everyone seemed to be complaining about something and no one was satisfied.

So they got jealous and fought and quarrelled with each other. Hmm…sounds familiar doesn’t it?

People want something, perhaps a change in how things are run and who it is run by and before you know it there is division in the church.

How many of you today are having problems within your own church community?

What about the emergent church and the division it has caused?

It started innocently enough, but now they are so far away from teaching the Word of God that they are leading thousands astray. And all because of people who wanted their way and not God’s. It all seems to start the same way too.

The older folk can’t stand the loud rock ‘n roll music in the church and the younger folk can’t stand the old boring hymns. The old folk insist the hymns aren’t boring and have more substance to them than the repeated refrains that they hear in the newer songs. The younger ones disagree. So what happens? The leaders of the church decide it is time to step into the future and they cater to the young folk.

Unfortunately, by catering to one group, the other group is neglected and what happens then? They leave – by the droves. Unfortunately, now many churches are suffering horribly. Why? Because it is the elderly who were faithfully supporting the church financially. In the end everybody loses.

But what does James say?

 The reason you don’t have is that you don’t pray! 

And the reason they don’t get what they ask for when they pray, is because they ask with wrong motives.

If you are praying for a revival in your church what are your motives? To change the hearts of the young or the old toward your way of thinking?

If you are praying for the right leadership in your church, what are your motives? To get your own way, or to glorify God?

If  you are wondering why your prayers aren’t being answered, examine your motives.

What do you really want? Is it in line with God’s Word and His will? If you are causing division within your church then you know you are not at the centre of God’s will. This is not the way of the Lord or His people.

Why are you praying and what are you praying for?

PRAYER FOR REVIVAL

Prayer for Revival

One of the first contemporary worship songs I heard was “Revival” by Robin Mark.

Being a new Christian my heart and soul were stirred by these words and the upbeat music. I could picture revival as a train roaring in the distance.

I started to pray for this ‘revival of spirits and of hearts’. I knew little – I wanted much.

Almost ten years have passed since that moment. I have searched for others who feel as I do. I have met only a few.

Then I read Reborn to be Wild by Ed Underwood. He asks the question, “Why has the Jesus Movement [of the 60s, 70s] stopped moving? He talks about what happened during this time period – a time of passion for Jesus.

Although I was not part of that spiritual movement I remember those years. In this book, Underwood takes me though that time looking through his eyes. I notice a similarity of how I came to know Christ in 2000; how I learned prayer is a conversation with God; how I learned to read and actually understand the Bible; how I wanted to talk about Jesus to everyone I met; and most of all how I feel stifled and choked because I can’t find many with my desire to tell others about Jesus.

So where did those Jesus Freaks go? Why have the spiritual revolutionaries of the 60s, and 70s settled for the political safety and shelter of the suburbs?

In Reborn to Be Wild, Ed offers five simple truths that the Jesus Freaks believed and then also tells us what is missing today.

Underwood challenges Christians to lay down the things that steal their focus from Christ and commit to a revival spirit of the Jesus Movement.

His book is packed full of spirit-filled words. Here are some nuggets on prayer:

“Then they began to talk to God about people, some of the people I knew. I guessed that this must be how they prayed. Didn’t sound like any prayer I had ever heard at Grandma Sister Patrick’s little country church. It was just conversation and they weren’t telling God how bad these people were; they were asking Him to help them show these people how much He loved them. They asked God how they could help these people believe in Jesus, how they could tell them about what a difference Jesus was making in their lives.” [page 35]

“Where does revival begin? History teaches us to view revival as God’s powerful response to the heartfelt prayers of His people. The Jesus Movement was God’s answer to the mighty cry of visionary leaders whose hearts were breaking over what was happening to my generation. While others pointed out our evil, these visionary leaders begged God to deliver us from evil.” [page 82]

“As I bemoaned the sorry state of American culture with all my seminary logic and self-righteousness, she [friend Jo] said, “Eddie, if you spent as much time praying for America as you do griping about it maybe God would change something. How do you think you came to Christ? We prayed for the youth of Bakersfield for years before God began to move.” [page 83]

I challenge you to read this book and rekindle the spark that can make this happen. And pray for revival.

Prayer:

Lord, we pray for our writers. Inspire them to inspire us. Help us to know how and what to pray. We know You want a revival too but we also know that You need us to pray. In Jesus’ name. AMEN