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In our last lesson we studied:
Peter and his partners had been fishing all night and caught nothing. Jesus tells him to launch out into the deep and let down the nets for a catch. Peter reluctantly does so only to be obedient and was shocked into repentance at the great multitude of fish he caught.
Jesus responds, “Fear not, from henceforth thou shalt catch men.” Luke 5:4-10
The great catch of fish came as a result of obedience to follow what Jesus said.
How big is your desire to see a revival flood the cities in your state? The more I thought about this, the more I realized just how much my desire for revival has increased. How about you?
What is God up to? Why is He stirring His people?
2,000 Years of Gospel Seeds and The Harvesting Church
Most months of the year California’s deserts are a barren landscape. The ground is so hard it cracks. It’s amazing that anything can grow there. But during the rainy season, seeds that are in the ground begin to blossom into a glorious carpet of color.
“Ask the Lord for rain in the time of the latter rain. The Lord will make flashing clouds; He will give them showers of rain, grass in the field for everyone.”
“Be glad then, you children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God; For He has given you the former rain faithfully, and He will cause the rain to come down for you; The former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.” Joel 2:23
“Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.” James 5:7
We do our part for revival, God does His part!
What does Ephesians 5:22-33 reveal about His Church?
- Christ is Head of the church and He is the Savior of the body.
- The church is subject to Christ.
- Christ loves the church.
- Christ gave Himself for her that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word.
- That He might present her to Himself a glorious church…holy and without blemish.
- The Lord nourishes and cherishes the church.
- We are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.
- This is a great mystery…Christ and the church.
Preparations are made for presentation!
All the preparations and maturing of The Church, beginning on the Day of Pentecost to this season, are for the time of its presentation to the Master.
Definition of Preparation: a preparing, anticipation, readiness, qualification, training, seasoning, tutelage, something being prepared for a special purpose
The time for presentation has come!
Definition of Presentation: exhibit, show, exposition, production, demonstration, materialization, display, unfolding, disclosure.
The Church is presented to the Master for service to the world!
People of prayer, we’re going out differently than the way we came in. You came into the Kingdom as one, but you’re going out as “we.”
I have shared this experience before, but as they say a picture is worth a thousand words.
My city celebrates the 4th of July with a “Push-em-Pull-um” Parade. Every year the crowds seem to get larger so my husband and I go early to set up our camping chairs and get a space on the sidewalk. There we all are waiting for the parade to begin. Anticipation and excitement begins to fill the air. As we look up Main Street about a ½ mile, we can see an enormous gathering of people in the staging area who are waiting to begin their descent.
Preparations are being made at their end so that everything will be in order. At precisely 10:00 a.m. here they come: young and old, Moms, Dads, kids, flags, wagons, bicycles, anything that can be pushed or pulled gets decorated red, white and blue. Even the dogs participate!
The most thrilling part for me is to watch them begin to move: a great throng of people walking down the street. Years ago, the Lord impressed upon me that this is a picture of His Church and a seeking world.
As the crowd gets closer they are received by those waiting with bursts of laughter, encouragement, and clapping hands. Lots of kids throw candy to the spectators: “Happy Fourth of July everyone!” It’s a wonderful celebration with our community for our great nation.
These pictures are from 2007. The world is waiting to see a generation of people who are in full manifestation of her Saviors love and gifts: The Glorious Church is coming!