Read Isaiah 43:16-21
“Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters, who brings forth chariot and horse, army and warrior; they lie down, they cannot rise, they are extinguished, quenched like a wick:
‘Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The wild beasts will honor me, the jackals and the ostriches, for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert, to give drink to my chosen people, the people whom I formed for myself that they might declare my praise.’”
‘Revival’s Near’ is declarative of the direction that God is taking Waymaker Worship and Waymaker.Church. Things cannot be done the same way anymore. In surrender to the newness that He is bringing, we make room for him to move in the wilderness and flood the desert—starting with us. We get to be expectant in our own lives as we wait in faith for His Spirit to pour out revival.
We want revival in our city. We want revival in our homes and our families. We want it in the Church. We want it for our soul. It is only possible in Jesus Christ. He is the focal point of revival. Chains break in His name— only. Lives change because of Him alone. We know He can and will make a way in the desert and roadways in the wilderness.
Where do you, specifically, want to see revival? Ask God to make Himself the center of that and to reveal His faithfulness to you in a fresh way.
Read Psalm 27
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall.
Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.
For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord. Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me! You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.” Hide not your face from me. Turn not your servant away in anger, O you who have been my help. Cast me not off; forsake me not, O God of my salvation!
For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in. Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies. Give me not up to the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, and they breathe out violence.
I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”
As we wait for Jesus to return, we long for Heaven. We rest in the shadow of his wings to be strengthened as the world wages war against us. We reflect and remember that He is our light and salvation. Even as our enemy plagues our soul, we don’t have to be in fear— Revival is coming and has come because of Jesus.
The Psalmist wrote about believing that he would see goodness in the land of the living—we are living that reality in the new covenant promise with the Father. In Jesus, we have access to His supernatural strength. We take courage as we wait for the King to return.
FROM THE WRITERS
“Even in waiting on God to do the miraculous we praise Him for who He is. Not because of what we will gain, but because He is ultimately HOLY and WORTHY.” — Alvin Tarrant
What are you believing for God to do? How are you waiting on Him? Pray that your heart would be aligned to the pace of His heart as you wait.
Read Romans 6:1-11
“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.
For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.
We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.”
Revival begins once we recognize our spiritual bankruptcy without Christ. The minute we are overwhelmed by His perfection and our lack, we give the Spirit of God permission to enter into our life and renovate. Day by day, step by step—as we choose to stop living for the world, and instead, we live for Him alone— His newness reigns.
We see lives change. We see those who were once crippled in shame and fear begin to dance again. Chains of doubt and disbelief fall off and freedom is found. Because of Jesus, we have access to revival in our soul by the resurrection and the power that is given to us by His Spirit. We step into life abundant when we choose to give Him everything.
Take time today to remember what God has done for you. How has He been a Father to you? What does Jesus mean to you? Rest in what you know about the Holy Spirit’s character and power.
Read Isaiah 40: 1-8, 21-31
“Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.
A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”
A voice says, “Cry!” And I said, “What shall I cry?” All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the Lord blows on it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever…
Do you not know? Do you not hear? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in; who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness. Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown, scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows on them, and they wither, and the tempest carries them off like stubble.
To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name; by the greatness of his might and because he is strong in power, not one is missing. Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord, and my right is disregarded by my God”? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
Nothing occurs to God. He knows all things and orchestrates all the earth perfectly. He sits far above it all and cares for each detail. His heart is comfort. His heart is safe. He is Sovereign in the results. He watches over what is planted and in what is sown. He holds the stars in His hands. He is seated far above the rulers of the earth—absolutely no one and no thing compares to Him.
He is better. He is good. He is stronger. He is incomparable. And yet, we are important to Him. He sees us and cherishes us personally. He gives us strength. He gives us power. He knows our names. He sees exhaustion and meets us in it. He carries the weight of our burdens and offers us His protection as shelter. He is trustworthy. Surrender to God’s power and beauty is strength.
What is your soul wrestling with? How can you submit yourself today to His strengthening and Sovereignty? Pray that God would renew your awe for Him and renew your strength in His presence.
Read Ephesians 3:14-21
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
The most broken circumstances or the messiest moments are not too far gone for Him to redeem. Instead of backing away from our depravity, His rich glory meets us in the middle of our desperation in order to strengthen us by the power of His Spirit in us. He dwells in us. He sits next to us. He chooses us. He deeply cares for us.
We don’t have to worry or be tossed around by doubt. We can be firmly planted in the promise of His steadfast love. He overwhelms our minds with His goodness. He is able to do, not just a little bit more, but abundantly more than we could ever ask or imagine. His fullness goes beyond our finite understanding. May He get the glory in the Church, for all generations, forever.
Pray that this truth would resonate in your soul. Imagine how revival would take place if we consistently operated out of this, moment by moment. How can this overflow from you today to bring Him glory?