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Individual Revival

MEDITATION:

Written by A.W. Tozer (1897-1963), an American pastor, author, magazine editor, and spiritual mentor. This is an excerpt from his book “Tozer on Christian Leadership.”

No church is any better or worse than the individual Christians who compose it….One consequence of our failure to see clearly the true nature of revival is that we wait for years for some supernatural manifestation that never comes, overlooking completely our own individual place in the desired awakening. Whatever God may do for a church must be done in the single unit, the one certain man or woman. Some things can happen only to the isolated, single person; they cannot be experienced en masse. Statistics show, for instance, that 100 babies are born in a certain city on a given day. Yet the birth of each baby is for the baby a unique experience, an isolated, personal thing. Fifty people die in a plane crash; while they die together they die separately, one at a time, each one undergoing the act of death in a loneliness of soul as utter as if he alone had died. Both birth and death are experienced by the individual in a loneness as complete as if only that one person had even known them. Three thousand persons were converted at Pentecost, but each one met his sin and his Savior alone. The spiritual birth, like the natural one, is for each one a unique, separate experience shared in by no one. And so with that uprush of resurgent life we call revival. It can come to the individual only.

PRAYER:

Written by Carmen Brown, a contemporary author.

Lord, May I always present my body to you as holy and acceptable. May I give my body spiritually to you as a living sacrifice. Use me as You will Lord. Send me where you need me to be. Whether to a neighbor’s home to show an act of kindness or on a mission across the oceans to fulfill a ministry that will ignite revival in Your people. May my mind always be ready and alert to renewing it daily.  May I learn how to discern where You need me. 

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