Some friends of ours were fearfully awakened one Saturday morning by a local police officer who began to question the young couple about their young child. They asked questions like, “Is your son in his bed?,” and, “What type of pajamas did your son wear last night as he went to bed?” The police informed these young parents of disturbing news. Their young son had gotten up very early that morning, pushed the garage door button to open up the garage, and took a walk down the street. Thankfully some neighbors noticed the boy wandering around and called the police. Wow, how frightening it would be to have a missing … Read more
Save Now; Lose Later.
Jesus warned of the possibility of an eternally-secure believer losing his soul at the Judgment Seat of Christ. This does not mean he will be denied eternal life, for his spirit has been justified and regenerated. Rather, losing one’s soul at the Judgment Seat is the equivalent of what the apostle Paul described in 1 Cor. 3:15, “saved, yet so as by fire.” It is the prospect of suffering loss, shamefully entering the millennial kingdom, and perhaps even heaven, with no reward, and no glory. The very thought should make … Read more
Here’s a nice graphic for you. Also, here are some archived articles from the blog that relate to the subject of the outpouring of the Spirit. May the Lord bless you with His presence today.
Dear Friend of Revival,
Greetings! As you may have been informed, there will be a Symphony of Prayer this Friday, December 6, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Clio, MI, where John Flanders is pastor. Evangelist Jim Cook from Indianapolis, IN will be joining us as a guest preacher. The format consists of revival preaching, discussions and seasons of prayer. In Matthew 18:18-20, the word “agree” comes from the Greek word “symphonize,” and is used in the context of corporate prayer. The Spirit of God is the conductor, the Word of God is the score, and the people of God are the instruments which comprise the symphony.… Read more
At the very end of his life, the Lord took Moses to the top of Pisgah and gave him a full view of the land promised to the patriarchs and all of the Israelites. I have stood on Mount Nebo at the traditional site. What a tremendous view! My Jordanian guide told me that on a particularly clear day it is possible to see as far as fifty miles into Israel. God gave Moses quite a panorama! He was finally getting a personal look at all that God had promised. It must have just thrilled that old man’s soul.
The Holy Spirit seeks to take believers to the mountain top … Read more
It is not hard to forget important things, but such forgetfulness is harmful.
The Bible book we call 2 Peter was written as the final inspired statement of Simon Peter to Christians before his death. From the beginning of the letter, he lets the reader know that the purpose of his writing it is to remind us of important things so that we will remember them after he is gone. It is not hard to forget important things, but such forgetfulness is harmful. Many of the truths about real New Testament Christianity are easily and soon forgotten by Christians who once knew them, both by study and by experience. And … Read more
In the previous three articles, we considered Christian legalism, license and liberty by addressing the basic definitions and history, leadership styles, and related beliefs and practices. In this final article, we will consider a few comparisons of the three paradigms to provide more clarification and expand further on these beliefs and practices.
Though the “official” focus may be otherwise, the practical focus of legalism is rules or standards, of license is no rules, (which is still a rule!), and of liberty is the Ruler, Jesus Christ. If you … Read more
We are pleased to announce a book giveaway! You can earn entries by visiting the homepage of our blog, clicking “Share to Win,” and choosing from a variety of ways to spread the word about Revival Focus Ministries. On Saturday, December 14th, all four entrants with the highest total of points earned will receive a copy of either Daily Thoughts on Holiness (Andrew Murray) or Whispers of His Power (Amy Carmichael). We welcome you to participate. And as always, thank you for partnering with us to spread vital truth for the cause of revival and evangelism!
When a vital relationship with Jesus through the Holy Spirit is missing among the saints, then real Christian liberty mutates into a legalistic-styled sanctification, which is the Galatian error of legal or law-living, or into a license-styled sanctification, which is the Corinthian excess of toleration. We have considered the basic definitions and history, as well as leadership styles. Now we will examine the basic belief-system and practices of Christian legalism, license and liberty.
Christian Legalism: Performance-Based
The paradigm or “mindset” of the oxymoron of Christian legalism is system-dependence, which is a form of … Read more
“…and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 6:5).
I am appalled by the accounts I hear coming out of churches detailing abuses of leadership. No one should be willing to turn a blind eye to abusive leadership in the church or gloss over the evil effects of a leader’s sins. My heart wants to help those who have been hurt, and I want to contribute something to the churches that will keep them from abusive leadership in the future.
I’m not the first to feel this way. I am reading articles from leaders who want to see God-honoring congregations follow godly leaders … Read more