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I Don't Want to be a Special Speaker

We are in the process of preparing for a road trip to West Texas.  One of the most difficult things that I have to do is to book meetings, especially with churches that we've never been in before.  Just this morning I was on the phone speaking to a pastor I've never met.  His name was given to me as a referral.  In speaking with this pastor, sharing our vision as much as I could in a 5 minute phone call, I asked him if he could use us for some meetings.  His answer was, "I've already booked a "Special Speaker" for that Sunday. 

After the call I told Corinne, "I'm not interested in being a "Special Speaker!" 

I'm reminded of Paul's words in I Corinthians 2: 1-5 (NLT), "When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters, I didn't use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God's secret plan.....And my message and my preaching were very plain.  Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit.  I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God." (emphasis mine)

Actually what I was not able to convey to this pastor was that I'm not interested in "speaking" in his church!  What I am interested in is having a strong move of God in his church, that would change the region, bringing the power of God as great light into darkness.  I am interested in revival, transformation, spiritual awakening, what ever you wish to call it, and to see this accomplished I don't even have to say a word,   all we need is God to show up and everyone's tongues would be tied. 

OK, honestly, I'm not there yet!  Sometimes Corinne says that I still say too much.  It's amazing how my mouth seems to get me in trouble.  But deep in my heart is a strong longing that echos Paul's words.  I'm not too interested in just speaking any longer.  I just want to see the power of God manifested, and lives transformed.

I Corinthians 2: 9, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him."

Blessings ~ Larry

Is It Revival Yet?

How well I remember when our Kids were little.  On any trip, the question would always be, "Dad, are we there yet?"  The answer would always be, "No, but we're getting close!"  Then they would reply, "But Dad, you said we were getting close an hour ago!"  Can you relate? 

Wow!  Lately I am reading so many wonderful reports from all around God's wonderful, revival needed world, of His awesome power being manifested.  Who can argue the fact that there is a move of God in the works?  Reports of healing, of outreach, of excitement within the Church are very encouraging.  I really have to think that we are "Getting close to revival, but we sure are not there yet!"

Also, we know that revival is a "God thing."  Often people have said that when the Church prays more, or loves more, or gives more, then revival will come.  Some even say that when the Church comes into unity, then revival will come.  When one takes a glance at the history of revival in America a huge fact has to be noted, that is that any of the above listed works of the Church, didn't bring revival, but they were a product of it.  For instance, the 100th anniversary of the great Azusa St. Revival was just celebrated.  The Church of Los Angeles in 1906 was not moving into unity.  What happened was that God showed up!  Revival has often been depicted at "The Suddenly of God." 

So, we rejoice in all that God is doing.  However, the prayer requests for healing and from discouraged Saints just keep coming in.  In this mornings email there were several prayer requests that people sent.  These have to have a miracle.  Please join with me in being thankful for all that God is doing.  But, please join with me in crying out to Heaven......."God send Your Spirit to __________(put your town in the blank), For Jesus Christ's sake!"  (the prayer of Evan Roberts prior to the Welsh Revival).

Blessings ~ Larry

p.s.  I still am in Internet No Man's Land.  I got up at 5:00 a.m. to write this.   I find that by keeping the lights off in the motor home helps with my Sprint wireless card signal.  Oh for the days when satellite Internet is affordable!