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Sunday, December 03, 2006

revival

This is in an effort to offer a Sunday post with a little more direct scriptural reference – keep in mind that it comes simply from a layman that has been saved by the grace of God. A little known verse in the Old Testament of the Bible that has caught my attention several times goes like this: “O Lord, I have heard of your renown, I stand in awe, O Lord, of your work. In our own time revive it; in our own time make it known; in wrath may you remember mercy.”

This is the beginning of a prayer of a so-called ‘minor’ prophet and he is recognizing the awesome and even terrifying deeds of God done in the past. He is desirous of these things being revived in his day, yet calling for mercy because he remembers the disasters God brought about because of the sin of the people. This took place hundreds of years before Jesus came into a spiritually dark world and died for the sins of mankind so we could have the hope of salvation and rose from the dead for us to have the possibility of eternal life.

The deeds and love of God through Jesus was and is an awesome thing for us today. May we as practicing Christians stand before God with earnest and honest hearts and pray for a revival of God’s grace and mercy to come to our town, county, state, country and our world. Many are puzzled as to why we can’t have peace on earth and it’s because its inhabitants do not know the God of peace.

Cynics would say that many have been maimed and killed for the so-called ‘cause of God’, yet that is not the way God works since Jesus came – these are instead the power struggles of those using the name of God for perverted purposes. These selfish and destructive acts do not change the fact that God is a God of love and still offers forgiveness and redemption from every wrong thing we have ever done – and that for the asking. Give God a chance to change your life for the better, forever – it’s your choice. ec

9 Comments:

Blogger Granny said...

"These selfish and destructive acts do not change the fact that God is a God of love"

Amen, Eddie. I have to keep believing that.

12/03/2006 11:41:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

granny - Thanks for that affirmation - Truth can still change our world. ec

12/03/2006 12:31:00 PM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

There is a lovely little parable that I heard years ago about a “religions fair.” Without telling the whole story, each of the adherents of the various religions was claiming that only his religion held the way to God. When the teller of the story left the fair, he asked God why He permitted all of these exclusive and excluding sectarian claims. And God replied, “Please note that I did not attend the religions fair.”

12/03/2006 07:04:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

He quite possibly didn't attend many of the 'religious' services today either. ec

12/03/2006 08:15:00 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Such a refreshing read!

12/03/2006 08:25:00 PM  
Blogger adannells said...

Amen MrEddie! Keep on writing about and spreading the Truth about our Lord and Savior! :)

12/04/2006 12:52:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

brenda - Thanks, it was written from the heart.

adannells - His truth is the only thing that will change our world for the better. ec

12/04/2006 09:20:00 AM  
Blogger Jayleigh said...

AMEN!!!

One of my favorite songs uses the verse you referenced. Amazing.

12/07/2006 07:58:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

jayleigh - Some of the best hymns are just scripture that is sung. ec

12/07/2006 12:07:00 PM  

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