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The Fifth Truth The Church Needs For Revival 

Wake up to the potential of youth!

“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”

1 Corinthians 1:27

Since there’s nothing more “foolish” than the typical teenager, we shouldn’t underestimate these young people as a potent agent of revival. God loves to use the unlikely to accomplish the unimaginable because it brings unbelievable glory to him!

Teenagers come to Christ quicker and can spread the Gospel faster and farther than adults. So the quickest way to revive a church is through the youth! That’s why I challenge you to unleash their potential by getting them to make and multiply disciples.

Youth ministry is strategic. Every Great Awakening in the history of the United States has had teenagers on the leading edge.

It’s time.

It’s time for revival!

It’s time to pray to God, purify our hearts and proclaim the Gospel!

It’s time to unleash the next generation to make and multiply disciples until everyone everywhere hears the Good News of Jesus!

The Holy Spirit is giving us a wake-up call. Let’s answer it!

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Response From Michael On The First Truth The Church Needs For A Revival! 

Here is a response from Michael Andrew Williams who blogs at THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD on one of the series of revival articles called “The First Truth The Church Needs For A Revival“. The article on his blog is entitled On Prayer And Revival.

Today, response is shared to the article (14 August 2017) The 1st Truth the Church Needs For Revival! posted by M R Charles (Rwanda) in his Mugisha Thoughts Blog – Change Obey Endure Project™ – at wordpress.com. Revival for the church of Jesus Christ is a sacred operation to assess and declare spiritual needs within the body, to prepare developing believers for a falling of the Holy Ghost as well as one to invoke and welcome a fresh outpouring of divine gifts. It may be more correct to say that prayer is one of the fruits from revival, rather than revival being one of the fruits from prayer. The following except was shared:

When prayer becomes the engine, not the caboose, of our ministry efforts then our churches become an unstoppable train that advance the Gospel in unimaginable ways!

To experience this we must learn how to pray with passion, focus and faith. We must pray for the lost. We must pray for each other. We must pray for this nation. We must pray for the world. We must pray that God intervenes to break up the hard soil of unregenerate hearts and send forth seed-chuckers who will spread his message everywhere to everyone!

Let’s wake up to the need to pray!

Written by Greg Stier

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit. Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. (James 5: 13-20, King James Version, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Meanings for “Apostolic Church” (05/08/2017); Sin Must Be Personal (04/29/2016); Confession and The Cross (03/25/2016); Prayer in Public? (02/24/2015); Saved by a Prayer? (10/31/2014); Is Prayer an Act of Faith? (11/01/2014); Perfection and Prayer? (08/27/2014); Before Getting Baptized? (11/28/2013); The Rich in Divine Relationship? (11/29/2013)

“Mugisha”, speaking in oneness without sameness and the authority of one believer to another, my first thoughts in response to the call for prayer being made in your blog was to caution myself that to pray is more than simply to ask that GOD give and supply whatever might be our sacred desires and needs. In fact, I thought, that may be one of our greatest weaknesses, understanding prayer as primarily a process of petitioning divinity. Prayer also can be continuous conversation and dialog with divinity, inquiry for guidance and knowledge, praise, and thanksgiving. Surely where confession and sorrowing for sin are not thought more essential as the wellspring of revival, the church tends to center upon carnal and material goals for increased membership, fund raising, and social activity (i.e., business as usual). The call for revival should emerge from the assessment of spiritual health and maturity within the body, not merely a calendar of events, or inquiry asking, how long has it been since the last…?

Both through regular prayer and revival, there should be acknowledgment of the ongoing judgment and refocus on the promises of GOD. Thereby, the process, proclamation, and fulfillment of prophecy will be maintained in our view as our answer from GOD in Christ. I hesitated to share any comment, because I thought my motives might be misunderstood, and received as argumentative, interference, or meddling. Perhaps, because my goal is to edify, the following from the holy writings will clarify what it is that needs to be said:

(1.) Ezra 9: 5-8, King James Version (KJV): 5 And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness; and having rent my garment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto the LORD my God, 6 And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens. 7 Since the days of our fathers have we been in a great trespass unto this day; and for our iniquities have we, our kings, and our priests, been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, and to a spoil, and to confusion of face, as it is this day. 8 And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage.

(2.) Nehemiah 9: 1-3, KJV: 1 Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sackclothes, and earth upon them. 2 And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers. 3 And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of the law of the LORD their God one fourth part of the day; and another fourth part they confessed, and worshipped the LORD their God.

(3.) Daniel 9: 4-10, KJV: 4 And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O LORD, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments; 5 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments: 6 Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. 7 O LORD, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee. 8 O LORD, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee. 9 To the LORD our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him; 10 Neither have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) 1st John 1: 5-10, KJV: 5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX

Washington, DC

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The Fourth Truth The Church Needs For Revival 

Wake up to the urgency of the Gospel!

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.” Romans 1:16

A revived church is a Gospel Advancing church. It is a church that unashamedly brings the Good News of Jesus to a world in desperate need of it.

We must wake up to the need to share the Gospel!

Can you hear the voices of those who have passed on to the next life? Some are leaning over the banister of heaven calling down. Others are looking up from the flames of hell screaming out. But both have the same message, “Tell others so they can experience hope in the next life.“

Gospel urgency requires Gospel fluency. In other words, if the people in your church are motivated to share the Good News of Jesus but can’t articulate that message in a clear and compelling way then it will lead nowhere.

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The Third Truth The Church Needs For Revival 

Wake up to the necessity of faith!

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

“…without holiness no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14), and without faith no one will ever experience holiness! Living a life of true holiness that increases our prayer impact is not a matter of keeping a list or trying to erase our sins in our own human strength. It’s a matter of living a life of faith in Christ, who can live his already-conquered-sin-through-the-cross resurrection life through us!

Our churches can be revived as, together, we live a life of faith that God uses to purify our hearts (Acts 15:9). And when we live like this our prayers will have an ever-increasing impact! Like Daniel, the angels who deliver the answers to our prayers could say to us, “As soon as you began to pray, a word went out, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed” (Daniel 9:23).

Faith in Christ purifies our hearts and propels our prayers. And it also opens our mouth to proclaim the Gospel!

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The Second Truth The Church Needs For Revival

Wake up to the need for holiness!

“‘Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.’ In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.” 2 Tim 2:19-21

God only serves revival on clean plates, so we must purify our hearts! If there is sin in the camp we need to address it. If there is sin in our lives we need to confess it.

We need to have people in our lives that keep us accountable in these areas so that, together, we can walk in purity. As James 5:16 reminds us, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

As my old youth ministry professor used to say, “We confess to God to be forgiven. We confess to each other to get healed.” May we have churches that encourage this kind of relational reality checks so that we get beyond the surface of “everything’s fine” to the raw struggles underneath that all of us have. As we do we can live an increasingly holy life that leverages the power of our prayers with heaven! Again, as James reminds us, “the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

Let’s wake up to the need for holiness!

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The 1st Truth the Church Needs For Revival! 

“Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” Ephesians 5:14

“The Christian world is in a deep sleep. Nothing but a loud voice can waken them out of it!” George Whitefield, 1739

It’s time to wake up our churches to the need for revival and spiritual awakening. It’s time to answer the Holy Spirit’s wake up call!

Think about the potential of a fully awakened church. There were just 120 members of the original church in Acts chapter one. But these believers were calling out to God for his Spirit in a 10-day, non-stop prayer service!

God answered their prayers in Acts 2. The Spirit came and their little church exploded from 120 to well over 3,000 in attendance in an instant!

And unlike the early church in Acts 1, we don’t have to pray to receive the Spirit…we already have Him (Ephesians 1:13,14). The question is does He have us? Are we yielding ourselves to him in full surrender? If we were, our churches would be exploding with new disciples!

The indwelling Holy Spirit is calling us and giving us His wake-up call! Will we answer that call?

Here are five truths a church must wake up to so that revival can happen.

1. Wake up to the power of prayer!

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1-4

When prayer becomes the engine, not the caboose, of our ministry efforts then our churches become an unstoppable train that advance the Gospel in unimaginable ways!

To experience this we must learn how to pray with passion, focus and faith. We must pray for the lost. We must pray for each other. We must pray for this nation. We must pray for the world. We must pray that God intervenes to break up the hard soil of unregenerate hearts and send forth seed-chuckers who will spread his message everywhere to everyone!

Let’s wake up to the need to pray!

Written by Greg Stier 

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Bible Project In A Rwandan Church! 

God is doing amazing things in Rwanda. Giving a Bible to a believer who can’t afford one is a blessing.

This is a small FMC church in Runyinya, located in a remote area in the mountains. No schools around, children and teenagers walk a long distance to get to school every morning. Not many people live in the area, houses are distant. Buses do not reach that area because there are no roads. Either a person takes a motorcycle or walks to the church.

Programs at church went from praise and worship, different choirs singing, singing hymns from the book of hymns (People here use them VERY MUCH), praying for prayer requests, singing hymns as they give offerings, and finally giving away Bibles before hearing the sermon.

The theme was “To Receive A Blessing From Obedience of God’s Word”. (We read in Gen 32:22-30, Joshua 5:13-15, 10:12-14, and Mat 12:40-45). We gave them Bibles before the sermon – after listening to the speaker we called it a day. Praise God for what He is doing in Rwanda!

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If Only We Listened And Acted On God’s Commandments

Originally posted at sjnewbeliever.

Last night I was with a group talking about “Stumbling Blocks”, really based on the passage in Isaiah 57 which talks about removing the obstacles for the return of God’s people.  Today I was reading another passage, Isaiah 48 and this touched on some of the conversation we had been having.  What struck me was that whilst the Israelites struggled in the Wilderness for 40 years on what should/could have been a relatively quick journey to the promised land, had they just obeyed God their success and good fortune would have overflowed

Isaiah 48:18 – If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea

A message for us all I think…

PEACE LIKE A RIVER

Real peace of mind comes when we follow God’s commands, if only we listened and acted on God’s commandments we would have peace like a river and righteousness like the waves of the sea, why do we insist on following our own path, why is our way the one we try first?  Haven’t we heard it said often enough that our God of love has a perfect plan, he is our teacher, our guide, we shouldn’t rely on the understanding of man, we shouldn’t shoulder the responsibility but seek clarity from a God who wants to remove the boulders from our way, a God who can do immeasurably more that all we ask or imagine, who makes our plans happen, brings life and healing, brings prosperity and an end to Satan stealing our joy and our passion, God is full of compassion, full of love, he has gifts in abundance to pour out on us, all that he asks is that we act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with our God, keeping his commandments, striving towards obedience, these are the ingredients that bring perfect peace, listen, ask and seek..

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Wheeling and dealing! 

Happy Thursday beautiful people of God!

Today, I want to share an idiom. As English is not my first language, I am lacking in many areas. I will post “idioms” every once in awhile till I gain my pace, then I would love to do that every single week.

Today’s idiom is “wheeling and dealing”.

This idiom is used in an attempt to make a deal or get an advantage by using complicated and sometimes dishonest or unfair methods.

Eg: Ben, the carpenter, did a lot of behind-the-scenes wheeling and dealing with the trader before he finally got me a hoodie.

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Widow With Six Children! 

Today, we went to visit a widow who lives a few miles away from our area, as a pentecostal community on our campus.

The lady has six children and her husband died in the Rwandan genocide of 1994. She has had trouble raising six children by herself. It has never been easy.

The team rejoicing for the accomplishment
Sharing food items
Praying for the family before leaving
The widow, standing beside the president of the Pentecostal community
Pastor Cyiza, a delegate from Free Methodist Church
Word from KP delegate, Oscar
A beautiful goat the team bought for the family
Sharing food items
Our chaplain preaching
A delegate from KP

We were surprised to hear that the lady no longer goes to Church. She told us a leader, who went to the same church she attended, has threatened to take some belongings from her family after the genocide. Consequently, she never went back.

We gave her family a few food items including rice, beans, cooking oils, .. and a goat.

We sang as a choir and had our chaplain preach on “good fruits” (1 Peter 2:12). At the end, they gave her a speech and she said she was grateful, and wants to go back to church. We were overjoyed to hear that.

All Glory To God!

The pentecostal community in different universities is commonly referred to as CEP (Communaute des étudiants pentecotistes).