Did you know that when God invades the earth, He startles the nations? This is the heart of revival. Past revivals show us waves of repentance and miracles that turn hearts to God en masse, but the days and years leading up to it often don’t reveal that a wild move of God is coming. Look around you right now. The world has seen so much plague and pestilence in the last few years that we may sound like a broken record when we say Revival is Coming; yet, the Bible confirms that even pestilence is an affirmative sign of revival.
“God came from Teman, the Holy One from Mount Paran. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of His praise. His brightness was like the light; He had rays flashing from His hand, and there His power was hidden. Before Him went pestilence, and fever followed at His feet.
– Habakkuk 3:3-5
When the prophet, Habakkuk, had this vision, things were dire for Israel. However, the prophet who understood the times knew God had only permitted the pestilence and would use it for His purpose. Dear Christian, learn from this. Our wait for revival is not a passive one. It is a time for three things: Intimacy, Empowerment, and Exploits.
Like Habakkuk, it is time to take a position. “Who is on the Lord’s side?” is not a rhetorical question. It is a call to intimacy because intimacy is the standpoint from which you will understand what God is trying to do. Intimacy is the place of open eyes and adjustment. It is where we take the right position and align ourselves critically with the Lord. The opposite is distance, and the result of that is seen in Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he.” My prayer for you today is that God will give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that you may know Him better (Ephesians 1:17).
In Mark 3:14, the Bible shows us that Jesus called the disciples to Himself and then He’d send them out to preach. This order is important—the first call is to intimacy with Jesus before we are sent out. When the disciples gathered in the Upper Room in prayer, they became empowered, receiving courage and boldness to declare the Good News. As we fellowship with and minister to the Lord, empowerment comes from the Holy Spirit because “those who know their God shall be strong and do exploits (Daniel 11:32)”. Today, God is saying to you, “Have I not told you? Be strong and courageous (Joshua 1:9).”
Stand firm because after intimacy and empowerment will come exploits, just as it was when the Upper Room was invaded by God. When Jesus was about to leave the earth, He told His disciples not to be afraid of wars, plagues, and pestilence because the end will not come until the gospel of the Kingdom has been preached to all nations (Matthew 24:4-14). Brethren, God is preparing us and building an army that He will use in these critical times to preach the gospel to all nations and do exploits that draw people to Him.
Dear friend, it is time to position yourself in intimacy so you can be empowered for exploits. God is about to invade the earth, and all eyes will see it.
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