Thursday, September 01, 2011
Yesterday we discussed about how Prayer lays the ground work for answers to prayer and for personal revival in our lives and of those who are seeking the Face of God in prayer.
Today we will look at what happens when the Spirit of God stirs the hearts of His people. In these times of prayer the spirit of God speaks to the individual heart and as people respond to the moving of the Spirit, we see God move in great and mighty ways. It is times like these that lives are transformed and communities are forever impacted as the Word of God is preached and lives are drawn towards the Lord.
Today we will look at the life of A.B. Simpson. A man of God who touched lives on both sides of the Canadian and United States of America Border's, his life began in Prince Edward Island on December 15, 1843. His parents were devout Presbyterians and of Scottish descent. In 1858 he was converted and surrendered his life to Jesus. Later he felt the call of God to enter the ministry and he enrolled in Knox College in Toronto, Ontario.
A.B. Simpson graduated from Knox in 1865 and was ordained and became Pastor to the congregation of Knox Church in Hamilton, Ontario. He served as Pastor until 1873. It was there that he grew in his walk with the Lord. He was used of God and touched many lives in Hamilton. It was there that he was given a burden for lost souls. He had a deep compassion for the lost. He surrendered himself completely to the Lord. He died daily to self with committing himself to the work of God.
He had a deep desire to evangelize, he was consumed with it. He wrote a hymn called A Missionary’s Cry:
A hundred thousand souls a day,
Are passing one by one away, in
Christ less guilt and gloom.
Without one ray of hope or light,
With future dark as endless night,
They’re passing to their doom,
They’re passing to their doom.
After Hamilton he ministered in Louisville and in New York City. God gave Simpson a vision for a city wide revival in Louisville. As he waited on God in prayer revival broke out in the city. Simpson was used of God and hundreds of people were converted, many were received in to the churches. Lives were delivered, healed and gloriously saved by the Power of God. Simpson lived a consecrated life devoted to reaching souls for Christ. He remained devoted to serving Jesus and was known as a man of Vision and of Faith.
FROM the DESK of JUDITH SCOTT
A.B. Simpson was a man full of Vision and of Faith. As he yielded his life and surrendered to the Lord he was given a heart that was full of compassion to win souls for Christ.
He spent many hours in prayer, quieting his spirit before God. He sought to please God and he sought to listen to the Still Small Voice of God. He sought to “Be Still and Know God”.
He wrote a poem entitled: All for Jesus
How can my heart the world refuse,
Content my earthly all to lose,
That I the better part may choose?
I do it all for Jesus.
How can I meekly suffer wrong,
With patience sweet, and courage strong,
Repeating still my happy song?
I do it all for Jesus
How can I seek and save the lost,
The souls forlorn and tempest-tossed,
Regarding not the hardest cost?
I do it all for Jesus.
We can follow after Simpson’s footsteps and be men and women of Faith and have a Vision for the Lost. As we wait on God, seek the Lord in Prayer and seek to surrender all to Jesus we too can hear the Still Small Voice of God and be Men and Women after God’s Own Heart. God is looking for Men and Women who will seek to serve and worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. We too can make a difference in our own communities, in our work places, and in our neighborhoods, touching lives and impacting souls for the Kingdom of God. Canada is ripe and ready for harvest. Let us make a difference in the community in which we live. Let us pray that Canada will be restored and be drawn back to its First Love.
God desires to see His Land proudly living for Him. We can learn from Simpson and be men and women who inspire others to live a live that is committed to serving Jesus and one that is committed to serving others. As we seek to hear from God and fulfill our calling there is no telling what God may do with a life that is totally surrendered.
A life that is fully surrendered to Jesus can be a life that will do great exploits for God. Indeed Revival begins in the hearts of the people. As our hearts are changed, it then spreads out to others, and beyond, impacting lives to the Glory of God.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Welcome back to our ongoing study on Praying for Revival, Praying for our Nation and Returning back to our Godly Roots.
This lesson we will continue on with Prayer, Part 2 and how it lays out the ground work for personal revival, community revival and beyond touching our world for the Kingdom of God.
When you look back in the days when revival broke out it was during those times when the people of God waited and were persistent in seeking God for answers to prayer. They never gave up, they pressed forward. Persistence moves the Hand of God. When one is diligent in seeking the face of God one begins to get answers.
Luke 18:1, Then He spoke a parable to them; that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.
Luke 18:1-8, Scripture speaks about the widow who was persistent. Jesus told this parable to show the disciples that they should always keep on praying, not to give up because in the end God would have His way in His own perfect timing.
There is another account of persistent prayer that is recorded in the Old Testament. Hannah for years went up to the Temple to pray every year. She had prayed consistently for a child. She never gave up but kept seeking God and looking to Him that she would conceive a child.
1 Samuel 1:10-11: And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish. Then she made a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of your maidservant and remember me, and not forget your maidservant, but will give your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.”
Verse 17 states that after she had prayed and gave the account to Eli the Priest, Eli answered her and said: Then Eli answered and said, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him.”
Persistent prayer brought results. God loves us and knows our needs. He has instructed us to come before Him and seek His Will and purpose for our lives. As we seek the Will of God for our lives and look to Him in prayer we will see the answers come to pass that we have sought the Lord for. The scripture says in Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
E.M. Bounds quotes from his book The Necessity of Prayer; “A persistent spirit brings a man to the place where faith takes hold, claims, and appropriates the blessing.”
Revival in the hearts of God’s people always includes persistent prayer. This is the kind of prayer that reaches Heaven and touches the heart of God. Persistent prayer seeks the face of God and gets results.
As we seek God our lives begin to change. When we are in an attitude of prayer and come to God humbly laying aside all our hang-ups and anything that would hinder or get in the way from us hearing from God we will begin to change from the inside out. People that are around us will begin to see that something is different about you. When one is meeting with God face to face that life will never be the same again.
As we truly come before God with a repentant heart, a heart that has been softened before God we will indeed be changed. Repentance and surrendering our lives before God brings about change.
The key to meeting personal revival is clearly pointed out in scripture. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says: If My people who are called by My name shall humble themselves and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Praying for Revival involves personal renewal and confession of all known sin.
Praying for Revival is repenting from sin and turning away from those things that hinder our walk with God.
Hosea 14:1 says: O, Israel return to the Lord your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity.
As the Holy Spirit is outpoured on the people they are renewed and transformed which prepares the way for revival to happen not only in their own lives but in their own communities and in their nation. O, that we the people of CCC would seek Revival in our lives and in our church. Amen!
CLOSING THOUGHTS FROM THE DESK OF JUDITH SCOTT
To re-cap our study on Prayer and Revival let us briefly review the past accounts of the lives of the men and women who experienced personal revival and who were used of God in times past.
All down through history revival always broke out when men and women began to seek the Lord and repent from their sins. When A.B. Simpson, Charles Finney, Aimee Simpleton McPherson and Charles Spurgeon began to truly seek the Lord and hunger after righteousness their lives were changed. The power of the Holy Spirit was poured out upon their lives. Revival came to their lives and because of their transformation and renewed lives they were instrumental in reaching a harvest of souls for the Kingdom of God. They in turn helped change their nation and the people who came in contact with them. We at CCC can also be instrumental in re-shaping our community as we are transformed and revived in our personal lives.
In order for revival to happen in our communities and in our nation it must begin in the hearts of God’s people first. As God’s people truly begin to seek after righteousness and desire to be changed by the power of God we will experience a mighty outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit and be revived. Indeed Revival begins in the hearts of the people. As our lives our transformed it then will spread out to others and beyond, impacting lives for the Kingdom of God.
Personal revival always involves prayer, persistent prayer seeking the face of God and looking to Him for change. A transformed life has been one who has sat at the feet of Jesus soaking in His presence and His love. As we repent and turn away from our sins it lays the ground work and gives an open invitation for God to change us and revive our Spirits and revive the world in which we live.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Welcome back to our ongoing study on Praying for Revival, Praying for our Nation and Returning back to our Godly Roots.
This lesson we will take a look at Prayer how it lays out the frame work which usually precedes Revival.
We have looked at past studies how revival broke out when the people of God were in times of intense prayer. The people sought the face of God for their own lives first.
The more the people drew closer to the Lord their lives began to change. Old habits that once kept them bound were suddenly removed and the people were set free to God’s Glory.
Remember there is no distance with God. What God has done in the past He is well able to move on the hearts of His people today.
Providing we come to God with a heart that is tender and open to hear from the Lord He will reveal Himself to us in a new and fresh way.
Just as lives were touched and transformed in years past remember God is well able to do the same today in a new and fresh way that is relevant to our lives today. Hebrews 13:8 says Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. If God’s Word is true then there is no reason why He can’t move upon His people today bringing revival and healing His land. As our hearts are changed, revival then spreads out to others, and beyond, impacting lives to the Glory of God.
Not long ago in 1999 in Pond Inlet a community of Inuit people revival broke out amongst its people. Revival didn’t happen over night. The young people of the community had prayed for about a year before they saw the results of God moving by His spirit over the land and through its people.
Adrienne Clarkson, one of the former Governor General's of Canada visited that community and asked Harry Tulagak of Puvirnitug, Quebec, what was the major factor that had caused change in the community once inundated with suicides, alcoholism, drug addictions and a host of other problems. Harry replied with a simple statement, and said it was “Prayer” that changed the situation. Indeed prayer was the frame work that prepared the hearts of the people for revival.
What God did for the people in Pond Inlet He can do for us here. Indeed God can send a revival and heal our land and its people.
CLOSING THOUGHTS FROM THE DESK OF JUDITH SCOTT
We have just concluded our study on Prayer, laying the frame work for revival. Indeed God is looking for a people who are truly seeking Him to change their lives & bring revival.
As individuals are renewed they prepare the way for revival to happen in their lives and in the lives of the people who live in their communities. When the Holy Spirit is outpoured on the people and people begin to change they affect the lives of others who come along their path.
Indeed God has laid the ground work for revival. God’s Word states in 2 Chronicles 7:14, 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 will forgive their sin and heal their land.
In order for Revival to begin there are four conditions that are set forth in 2 Chronicles 7:14. If we follow these guidelines we will see revival come to our lives and to our land.
1. We need to come to God with a humble heart. 1 Peter 5:6 states, Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.
2. Pray effectually. (James 5:16) Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
3. Seek God’s face. (Jeremiah 29:13) You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.
4. Turn from your wicked ways. (1 John 1:9) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Once we come to God with a humble heart, confess our sins, seek the Lord for forgiveness, forgive others and totally surrender our lives wholeheartedly to Christ we will lay the ground work for revival to come into our lives and sweep over our land.
Indeed our Nation and its people are ripe and ready for harvest. Indeed we can impact our nation as we join our prayers with others. Let us come together and pray for revival, that God will heal our land and its people. Amen!!!
Monday, August 29, 2011
Welcome back to our ongoing study, Praying for Revival, Praying for our Nation & Returning back to our Godly Roots.
This lesson our study will take us on a journey that will uncover some of the root causes that took our nation from her Godly Roots she was founded on. We will take a look at how we as Christians can make a difference, by letting our Light Shine before men and see our land restored back to God.
Let us meditate on Psalm 72:8 He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth. May we join together and pray that our land will be healed and restored back to its godly roots.
Our Nation as you know was founded on Godly Principles. Not long ago we as a Christian nation enjoyed Prayer & Bible reading in our Public Schools. One could openly speak about the things of God and not worry about offending someone or being “politically incorrect”.
It was common practice to begin your day at school with opening Prayer and Bible reading. All the children no matter what their Faith all participated in these Spiritual exercises. Sadly down through the ages School prayer and Bible reading has declined. Slowly over the years Prayer and Bible Reading has been replaced with secular exercises that have little to do with worshipping God.
However there are small pockets of Prayer still taking place in some of our national schools.
Some Secondary schools in both the USA and Canada have begun what they call “See You at the Pole”. This ministry began in 1991 and has been growing over the years. It mainly began in parts of the United States. Soon it was happening all over the world including Canada. Every year at the beginning of the school year on the 3rd Wednesday of September the students meet at their schools Flag Pole to join hands around the pole to pray for their nation, school and for each other. Revival is breaking out and lives are being transformed to God’s Glory. Pockets of Revival are beginning to take place amongst the Youth as they pray for their schools and for each other. God is moving by His Spirit and lives are being transformed to God’s Glory.
Over the years Christians have become complacent and allowed their Christian roots to be altered from being Men and Women after God’s own heart. Our Nation has slipped away from being the country it once was. All around us we see our Government taking our Freedom of Worship away. We once could hear all Retailers greeting their customers with Merry Christmas, now in most places it has been replaced with Happy Holidays. Store Fronts and Schools once displayed Nativity Scenes, now it has been removed because it may offend. As Christians it is high time we take back our Christian holidays and not worry about whether we are being “politically incorrect” or if we will offend someone. Remember we are a Christian nation founded on Godly principles. Step by step we can make a difference. We can stand up and be counted and take a stand for Jesus.
FROM THE DESK OF JUDITH SCOTT
Revival begins in the hearts of individuals who desire to be changed. As we seek the Lord in prayer for our nation and ask the Lord to heal our land we will see a mighty outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit sweep across our land. Let us pray for a nationwide spiritual awakening. Let us pray that God will cause many Christians to become disciples of Christ and win many souls to the kingdom of God.
Revival begins in the hearts of God’s people who are truly seeking the Will of God for their lives. When God stirs the hearts of His people great things happen. We see all down through time when men and women sought the Lord pockets of revival broke out and people were filled with the Holy Spirit. When revival breaks forth you see great things happen with lives being saved, healed, baptized and delivered to God’s Glory. Personal revival always begins with a heart that is seeking after the Lord Jesus Christ. God is looking for a people who are hungry and who are willing to change.
When revival takes place one often sees large groups of people repenting and turning away from their sins. Many will come to know Jesus as their personal Savior. Indeed praying for revival will not only revive our hearts but will revive our nation and the communities we are living in for the Glory of God.
The key to meeting the conditions for revival is set forth in 2 Chronicles 7:14: 1. We need to humble ourselves, 2. Pray effectually, 3. Seek God’s Face and 4. Repent & turn from our wicked ways. Once the people of God have met those requirements revival will break forth.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Hope you all have had a glorious Sunday and enjoyed your services at Church this morning. We were richly blessed at our Church, our Praise and Worship was wonderful, our Communion service was awesome, a beautiful presence of the Lord in our midst.
We had special Missionary Guests who blessed us with sharing their lives via a video presentation from the Dominion Republic, showing us some artifacts, sang a lovely song, he played a special guitar and brought forth a powerful message from God's Word in 2 Peter 1:3-14...
Below, there is a variety of photo's from the Missionaries visit including their guests they introduced to us to perform a skit, they showed off many of their artifacts including insects, map, vest of many color's worn by Joseph Anonby, water bottle used by the people in the Dominica Republica, special guitar, pictures of their question and answer time, pictures of them singing together and 2 photo's before they left... As one of the Churches Mission Coordinator's I plan to post these photo's on the Churches Mission Bulletin Board... Hope you enjoy...
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