Last night I was able to attend the rebroadcast of ReviveUs2016. It was an amazing experience that brought me much hope. Our world is in chaos – the division in our culture is increasing. As believers, we are called to unity. “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Eph. 4:1-6)
Make no mistake, Satan is trying to divide us because if we are fighting with each other, we are distracted. That isn’t what the Lord wants for His people. “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matt. 18:20) Last night and last week in theaters across the US, people were gathered to praise the Lord, to hear His message, and to be encouraged to get on our knees and confess our sins, repent, and spread His Word. Afterwards, a woman sitting near me called out and asked if anyone would like to pray with her – several of us did – and I saw other groups of people in the theater pray together. The Lord was with us in that theater, as I know He was in theaters across our nation. “if my people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chron. 7:14)
I’ve heard others calling for revival, and I have called for that as well. But revival begins in each of our hearts, individually, and then collectively. “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.” (2 Cor. 4:6) We must first allow His light to shine in our hearts individually, and have faith in the Lord – even when despair is all we can see. “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.” (2 Cor. 4:7-10)
One of the speakers last night, Jennifer Rothschild, said (paraphrased) that instead of focusing on the “what ifs” where we can be anxious about what is happening around us, we need to instead focus on what IS. Our heavenly Father created this world and all that we can see — from nothing. He is powerful. He is Love. He is merciful. He already won the victory here on earth – the battle is His, and not ours. We are only to let His light shine through us and walk the path He has for each of us in faith and be encouraged in His power and glory. He is in control – and we are not.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Cor. 4:16-18)