John R. Houk
© April 17, 2016
I was reading a Cindy Jacobs post in the Elijah List about how revivals begin and tend to wane. Then she follows with a brief but inspirational path of the best way to retain revival on individual level to keep one self in continuous state of revival.
I really enjoyed Ms. Jacobs’ thoughts, but I began to think of all the historical moves of God that have had an influence on American Christianity. The one thing I have noticed about the success and waning of these revivals is that they – in my opinion – began as an honest move of God Almighty emphasizing an area Christian faith had become weak in experiencing, then something began to happen such as the original leaders involved in God’s movement began acting beyond their calling to expressions to keep a heightened desire for actions that were outside the Biblical context of the Word of God. OR the next generation in movement began extra-Biblical teachings also in a vain effort to maintain a heightened sense of spirituality. OR the next generation or even succeeding generations grew weary of seeking a heightened experience and so began to inject man-made rules for the sake of order in a movement’s tendency to form a Denomination with rules of faith based on the Founder’s or the many Founders’ original inspired message so that gross error would not enter the flock-community’s actions of faith according to doctrinal beliefs and a mission statement of purpose.
The thing about the third “OR” is that sensitivity to the voice of the Holy Spirit tends to atrophy causing the flock-leaders to try to maintain a doctrinal conservatism as close as possible to its founders or to flow the other direction in human decisions transform doctrinal beliefs and mission statement to conform to the standards more acceptable to the environment of the overall cultural acceptance then going on in the present.
Both stands atrophy the new creation in Christ human spirit to the purpose of God’s Holy Spirit on earth as a trainer-helper-councilor to that human spirit.
An example of the Holy Spirit’s purpose on earth until Christ returns in power is laid out John chapter fourteen. You should read the entire chapter for a better context but let’s look at what Jesus says the Holy Spirit will do when the person of Jesus returns to the Father (and I like the Amplified Version because it melds original sources with scholarly amplifications of various experts to provide a textual context of certain words or phrases meant):
15 If you [really] love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands.
16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, and Standby), that He may remain with you forever—
17 The Spirit of Truth, Whom the world cannot receive (welcome, take to its heart), because it does not see Him or know and recognize Him. But you know and recognize Him, for He lives with you [constantly] and will be in you.
18 I will not leave you as orphans [comfortless, desolate, bereaved, forlorn, helpless]; I will come [back] to you.
19 Just a little while now, and the world will not see Me any more, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also.
20 At that time [when that day comes] you will know [for yourselves] that I am in My Father, and you [are] in Me, and I [am] in you.
21 The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him. [I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him.] (Bold Text by Editor - John 14: 15-21 AMPC)
The point is when faith is defined by either man-made Conservative doctrine or man-made liberal (aka progressive) doctrine the voice of the Holy Spirit tends to not be heard.
At this point I was going to delve into the various moves of God affecting America however I just realized there might be a couple of posts to do that train of thought some justice. So I’ll save those thoughts for another day.
In the meantime, below are Cindy Jacobs’ thought that might inspire you to seek God’s wisdom in the Holy Spirit to work toward maintain a more constant state of revival in one’s personal life.
Why We Need Reformation
By Cindy Jacobs
Apr 13, 2016
From the desk of Steve Shultz:
This is a very thought-provoking word from Cindy Jacobs on "Why we need revival." Many have different thoughts and opinions on what revival is and what it will look like... but one theme I've heard over and over from others is this: Revival happens with prayer and repentance and when we are in darkened times where the world needs Jesus...I think we could all agree we are in that time!
Cindy shares: Revival occurs when God pours out deep conviction of sin, souls are swept into the Kingdom, miracles occur daily, and the power of the Lord saturates the hearts and souls of Christians.
Read this word by Cindy and let her practical steps and insight help to prepare you for all God is doing!
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Why We Need Reformation
When revival happens, a huge number of people enter the Kingdom of God. Everyone is suddenly excited about God and the possibilities of what life in Jesus can mean for their future. Church memberships swell, and huge numbers of Bibles and Christians books and pamphlets are sold and distributed. Lives are transformed, and the more lives transformed the more Jesus becomes the talk of the town. He is the answer to everything, and as people turn to Him with their problems and concerns, miracles happen. It is an incredibly powerful thing to be a part of! It is literally Heaven on earth.
However, as time moves on, the influence of society and culture moves back in. People get comfortable being Christians but return to their old ways of getting answers to their problems, and suddenly miracles aren't as common anymore. People stand around at the gates of the Kingdom and never venture in. Rather than transforming the culture around them, they allow the culture to conform them back to the way they were before, and within a few years everything starts to look as it did pre-revival.
When Revival Occurs
Some would say we need to live in a constant state of revival. Being a revivalist is deeply relevant to my personal calling, so allow me to make a few comments:
Revival occurs when God pours out deep conviction of sin, souls are swept into the Kingdom, miracles occur daily, and the power of the Lord saturates the hearts and souls of Christians. We would like to see this happen on a regular basis in our churches. But there are steps that we need to take beyond this that will lead to seeing whole nations changed by the power of the Gospel. Once people are swept into the Kingdom, we need to disciple them on how to live transformed lives. This involves equipping and teaching. (Photo via Wikipedia)
The third step is integrating changed lives into the society that needs to see the transforming power of God. We teach people how to be salt and light in their workplace and other areas of influence. Each Believer should be trained on how to become a reformer wherever God has placed them in their everyday lives. This means that a mother will raise her children with a Biblical world view and teach them how to be nation changers. Dads model this to their sons and daughters.
Churches raise up generations of children and teenagers with an understanding that they have a mandate to be agents of reformation in society. Believers see their vocations as a vehicle to release God's principles and Kingdom manifestation into each workday, whether they work at the grocery store, in the classroom, or in a political office. The reformation mandate is infused into every part of the nation through the praying, teaching, working "army of the Lord."
I believe with all my heart that God is going to add a new evangelism thrust to infuse our nations with righteous Believers. Then, we will not only save people's souls, but show that the Word of God really works in our nations. In addition to that, through the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit's working, we will see people healed of plagues like AIDS as well as raise up scientists who come up with the cure of the disease!
If we are to see nations transformed, we must go beyond a mandate that only sees souls saved to seeing Christians grow in the Lord and seeing the Kingdom of God invade every sector of society. God wants His Kingdom will to be done on earth through us! If a nation is transformed without being reformed, it will soon fall back into its original state of decay.
What Do I Mean by Reformation?
I would define reformation as an amendment or repair of what is corrupt, to build the institutions of our governments and society according to their God-ordained order and organization. It means to institutionalize God's will in how we do our daily business, deal with the poor, administer justice, make our laws, teach our children, and generally live our lives. It is to give people a license to do good and not a license to sin. (Photo via deviant art)
It means turning our communities into places where God's blessings flow from person to person just as God sees them flow in Heaven.
Cindy Jacobs is an author, speaker, and teacher with a heart for discipling nations in the areas of prayer and prophetic gifts. She and Mike – her husband of 41 years – co-founded Generals International in 1985. She is a respected prophet who travels the world, ministering not only to crowds of people but to heads of nations. Her first calling is and always will be prophetic intercession. Each year she travels, and she has spoken on nearly every inhabited continent to tens of thousands. Cindy has authored books, loves to travel and speak, but one of her favorite past-times is spending time with her husband Mike and their children Daniel and Mary Madison, along with her grandchildren.
Learn to Listen to the Holy Spirit
John R. Houk
© April 17, 2016
Why We Need Reformation
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I had experienced some prophetic dreams and had given one or two prophetic words but not much more than that. Over time, the Lord began to put me more and more into the prophetic "stream" and my prophesying started being increased.
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