Revival In Acadiana! Amen. Come, Lord Jesus

We are beginning revival services at My Church, Faith Cathedral in New Iberia from Feb. 22-24. First of all I ask for intercessory prayers from any Christians that we would see a mighty move of God through the Holy Spirit of a Godly, Biblical Revival.

Last night for midweek service reminders were made for our need to also intercede to God for a move of His Holy Spirit during these meetings. The speaker will be Evangelist Milton Martin Jr. I have never seen or heard him preach and I am looking forward to it and hope to see a mighty move of God to bring souls into His Kingdom and Godly change to our community.

Pastor Dave Rousse asked us to open our bibles to a passage of scripture from the Book of Ezra 9:8 while speaking of our anticipation in these revival meetings

Ezra 9:8 NKJV  And now for a little while grace has been shown from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a peg in His holy place, that our God may enlighten our eyes and give us a measure of revival in our bondage.

The emphasis on the words in that verse are my own but I think that is what Pastor Dave meant. We are hoping and praying God’s Grace would use His remnant of intercessors to move God to bring a much needed revival into our church, community, state and nation. Truly the entire world is in need of this revival from the bondage so many even in the church are under. Some, maybe not by their own choice, some may even be from ignorance but certainly some is willful disobedience that has become all types of bondage.

When I turned to the verse Pastor Dave sited, I noticed that I had verses 6-15 of Ezra 9 highlighted and when I got home reread all of chapter 9. It begins with some princes of Judah coming to Ezra to inform him that some of the people, priests, and even some Levites had intermarried with the foreigners of 8 named countries that God had forbid them to do. God knew it would cause His Chosen people to worship their false gods and do all the abominations that were involved with that pagan worship.

When Ezra heard this, his reaction to this news and what he had to say about it was this.

So when I heard this thing, I tore my garment and my robe, and plucked out some of the hair of my head and beard, and sat down astonished. Then everyone who trembled at the words of the God of Israel assembled to me, because of the transgression of those who had been carried away captive, and I sat astonished until the evening sacrifice.

At the evening sacrifice I arose from my fasting; and having torn my garment and my robe, I fell on my knees and spread out my hands to the Lord my God. And I said: “O my God, I am too ashamed and humiliated to lift up my face to You, my God; for our iniquities have risen higher than our heads, and our guilt has grown up to the heavens. Since the days of our fathers to this day we have been very guilty, and for our iniquities we, our kings, and our priests have been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, to plunder, and to humiliation, as it is this day.

Why is Ezra saying he is ashamed and humiliated to lift up his face to God  in verses 3-5 but is thanking  God for the Grace God has shown them that through a “remnant” of faithful believers that  the hope of “a measure of revival in our bondage” would come.  You only understand this by reading the whole book of Ezra and seeing  how God has put His favor on Ezra to return to Jerusalem and accomplish the restoration of the temple of God. It was no easy road, with delays, setbacks and accusations from adversaries  that  treason against King Artaxerxes was being committed saying this,

Ezra 4:11-13 NKJV  11 (This is a copy of the letter that they sent him.) To King Artaxerxes from your servants, the men of the region beyond the River, [i]and so forth: 12 Let it be known to the king that the Jews who came up from you have come to us at Jerusalem, and are building the rebellious and evil city, and are finishing its walls and repairing the foundations. 13 Let it now be known to the king that, if this city is built and the walls completed, they will not pay tax, tribute, or custom, and the king’s treasury will be diminished.

Finally in chapter 6 a search of the records for the decree showing that King Cyrus ordained this work to be done is found and resumed and eventually completed.

Ezra 6   Then King Darius issued a decree, and a search was made in the archives, where the treasures were stored in Babylon. And at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the province of Media, a scroll was found, and in it a record was written thus:

In the first year of King Cyrus, King Cyrus issued a decree concerning the house of God at Jerusalem: “Let the house be rebuilt, the place where they offered sacrifices; and let the foundations of it be firmly laid, its height sixty cubits and its width sixty cubits,

We meet Ezra in chapter 7 as he traces his Israelite lineage all the way back to Aaron, the first high priest, brother of Moses. God’s favor is on Ezra for it says this of him,

this Ezra came up from Babylon; and he was a skilled scribe in the Law of Moses, which the Lord God of Israel had given. The king granted him all his request, according to the hand of the Lord his God upon him. On the first day of the first month he began his journey from Babylon, and on the first day of the fifth month he came to Jerusalem, according to the good hand of his God upon him. 10 For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel.

I would imagine that Ezra had a lot of time to think about the 70 years of bondage being captives in Babylon was ending on the way to Jerusalem on the five month journey to get there. Being a skilled scribe in the Law of Moses probably meant he also understood the prophecies of Jeremiah also and that they were fulfilled with the 70 years of captivity as Jeremiah had said. Ezra would have also known the sins of the nation that caused God to send them into bondage in Babylon for 70 years and verse 10 says his intention was to teach Israel how not to end up in that situation again.

Maybe by now you’ve figured out where I’m going with this writing. Sins of the nation got them into the bondage for 70 years. Ezra is pulling his hair and beard out and tearing his cloths because they are about to get a fresh start and be a free people again by the Might Hand of God and some sweat and tears on the part of the faithful. God’s Grace has opened a window in time, a season to get it right and the hard work of a remnant. But he sees they are already headed back down the wrong road that will again lead to sin and eventually being servants to a foreign power again. Ezra and the leaders make a plan and get the people to put away “divorce” themselves from the pagan husbands and wives that will surely lead them astray from God again and surely put them back in bondage. That’s how the Book of Ezra ends but we know how it eventually ended for Israel. For almost 2,000 years Israel didn’t exist as a nation because they didn’t listen to Ezra or all the other prophets and Jesus himself after all the miracles he did in their sight.

I keep thinking about something Jesus said about John the Baptist as I’ve written this,

Matthew 11: 7-9 KJV    And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?  8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. 9 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.

I’m sure there will be those at the revival looking for God to perform miracles, signs and wonders for their needs or just as spectators like in the days of John the baptist. If the Holy Spirit does as it has done in other Heaven sent revivals there will also be a heavy conviction of sin revealed to those there also. Maybe even in our communities to people who are not physically at the revival too. That’s the things I heard and read of as I studied what God sent, Holy Spirit Revivals brought throughout history.

It’s sin that made Israel extinct for 2,000 years and sin in our lives that robs us of the anointing and power of God to flow in our lives and in the church. Bishop Drew’s message last night brought up the sin of Achan found in Joshua chapter 7. The sin of one man affected the entire 12 tribes by removing the presence and protection of God. The greatest need in my opinion in our revival is that God would do for everyone what He did for me years ago. God let me see my sins through His eyes, mind and heart.

I hope and pray that the souls won to Jesus Christ during our time of revival realize what  Bishop Drew says, “Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.”

I have about 20 audio messages by Duncan Campbell that I listen to about his experiences in God sent revival and preaching. These are excerpts of an account of “The Isle of Lewis Revival” where as he puts it, was but “an instrument” used by God in it.

Now I am sure that you will be interested to know how, in November 1949, this gracious movement began on the island of Lewis. Two old women, one of them 84 years of age and the other 82 (one of them stone blind), were greatly burdened because of the appalling state of their own parish. A verse gripped them: “For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground” (Isaiah 44:3a). They were so burdened that both of them decided to spend time in prayer twice a week. On Tuesday they got on their knees at ten o’clock in the evening, and remained on their knees until three or four o’clock in the morning—two old women in a very humble cottage.

One night one of the sisters had a vision. Now remember, in revival God works in wonderful ways. A vision came to one of them, and in the vision she saw the church of her fathers crowded with young people, packed to the doors, and a strange minister standing in the pulpit.

When I went to the door of the church I saw a congregation of approximately six hundred people. Where had they come from? What had happened? I believe that very night God swept by in Pentecostal power, the power of the Holy Ghost. And what happened in the early days of the Apostles was now happening in the parish of Barvas.

Over a hundred young people were at the dance in the parish hall, and they weren’t thinking of God or eternity. God was not in any of their thoughts. They were there to have a good night when suddenly the power of God fell upon the dance. The music ceased, and in a matter of minutes, the hall was empty. They fled from the hall as a man fleeing from a plague, and they made for the church. They were standing outside, and they saw lights in the church, and that it was a house of God, so they went in.

Men and women who had gone to bed rose, dressed, and made for the church. There had been nothing done in the way of publicity, no mention of a special effort, except an announcement from the pulpit on the Sabbath that a certain man was going to be conducting a series of meetings in the parish covering ten days. But God took the situation in hand. Oh, He became His own publicity agent. A hunger and a thirst gripped the people. Six hundred of them were now at the church standing outside.

Now the church was crowded. A church to seat over eight hundred was now packed to capacity. It was now going on towards midnight. I managed to make my way through the crowd along the aisle toward the pulpit. I found a young woman, a teacher in the grammar school, lying prostrate on the floor of the pulpit praying, “Oh, God, is there mercy for me? Oh, God, is there mercy for me?” She was one of those at the dance. But she was now lying on the floor of the pulpit crying to God for mercy. That meeting continued until four o’clock in the morning.

This is revival, dear people! This is a sovereign act of God! This is the moving of God’s Spirit, I believe, in answer to the prevailing prayer of men and women who believed that God was a covenant-keeping God and must be true to His covenant engagement. Duncan Campbell.

 

3 thoughts on “Revival In Acadiana! Amen. Come, Lord Jesus

  1. Hi, in my reply I said I try to be led by the Holy Spirit by feeling compelled strongly about the things I write about. Often I only realize when I get a confirmation of that topic in some way from someone close that I was actually being led in my thoughts.

    On Feb. 23 I posted something about a daily bible verse, Jeremiah 31:3. Sunday a definite 3 point confirmation came and I posted that in here
    https://intheword.blog/2019/02/24/hearing-gods-thoughts-having-the-mind-of-christ/

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  2. I do believe all of the ideas you have introduced to your post.
    They’re very convincing and can certainly work. Nonetheless, the posts are very brief for beginners.

    May you please prolong them a bit from next time?
    Thank you for the post.

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    1. Actually I try to be led by the Holy Spirit in the things that I post. Sometimes it’s because of a thought that builds over time or from an experience from my walk with God that for some reason I feel compelled to share. I believe that everything I write should be prayed about and the readers should be “Good Bereans” as Paul said in Acts 17:11, search the scriptures and confirm for yourself it you understand God’s Word the same as I am. You and others may be surprised in the way God will speak to your heart in searching through His Word. It is Alive because the Holy Spirit brings it to life for each of us according to what we can grasp in our stage of maturity in Christ. There is milk and meat in the same scriptures. Be Blessed

      Numbers 6
      Numbers 6:24-27 New International Version (NIV)
      24 “‘“The Lord bless you
      and keep you;
      25 the Lord make his face shine on you
      and be gracious to you;
      26 the Lord turn his face toward you
      and give you peace.”’

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