Revive My Life
“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 NLT
The definition of “Revive” is pretty awesome. To revive something simply means to restore to life or consciousness, give new strength or energy to. When we put our faith in Jesus, He revived us. Ephesians 2:1,4-5 states; “Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins...But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)” This is no small thing, through Jesus we go from death to life, praise God Almighty! This is a beautiful truth but let’s get real with each other for a minute. You and I both know that even in Christ life is hard and continues to weigh us down. We were revived when we put our faith in Christ but we are also in desperate need of His constant reviving, so often, daily. Time and time again in the Scriptures we see God telling His people to wait on Him, to run to Him, to lay our burdens at His feet, to not be anxious but to trust Him, and so on. God knows we will experience many trials, but even more so, He knows He is the answer, and He is what we need. Our God is in the business of restoration and we will not find true strength, true life, anywhere other than in God Himself.
You and I, we have a tendency to try and take the world on by ourselves. We often think “I’ve got this” or that we are in control. The reality is, we don’t have it, and we are not in control. God wants us to know that He has it, and that He is in control. When we lay our life out before the Lord, trusting that He knows what He is doing, it is not only freeing, it is life giving, it revives us. The Lord our God is the orchestrator of our lives. He desires to play a beautiful melody that is for our good and to His glory. So often we seek to add notes that simply don’t belong. Let us meditate on Hebrews 12:1-2; “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.”
Revival in the Lord boils down to trusting Him with our lives. I don’t know where you are at in your walk with Jesus. Maybe you have been following Him for years, maybe you are yet to enter into the most glorious relationship one could ever have, or anywhere in between. The truth is, we are all in desperate need of Jesus, from the seasoned saint to the non-believer, Jesus is the answer for everyone. Another reality is not everyone will come to know Jesus, but if you are reading this and you are looking for answers, look no further than the one who plainly stated in John 14:6; “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” If you have been following Jesus for a short time or a long time, this is still true and a truth that we must never forget. It’s not our way, it’s His, as He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. If you are seeking revival in your life, turn to Jesus, “the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.”
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