Sunday, September 24, 2006

Digging Wells of Personal Revival

There is a river of life that is flowing through the Christian. This spring was described by Jesus.(John 7:38) However, often things stuff up our springs and then they become covered in sin and other forms of distraction. Hence in these times there is a sense of dryness in the life of the Christian. It is in this time that one must begin to dig through prayer and fasting for the flowing stream. There is no other way to reach this abundant spring without spiritual determination and discipline. To sacrifice pleasures and to ask God to open up the springs of our heart will allow us to become the very "revival" that we Christians always talk about. The revival begins with the church and will then pour into our towns, communities, and cities evangelizing, purifying, healing, and casting out all forms of evil! This is the power and the glory of God and it is my heart's desire to see it in my own family and in this country.

Join with me in this saying,
"I cry out to you, my God, to make me pure of heart, a clean vessel, a spring and well of revival in my family, in my community, and my country. I ask that you would put a desire in my heart for your Kingdom that your will be done in my life and in my world."

Let God speak to you today and remember His love for you. His greatest desire is to fill you in all measure and to see you used as an instrument of glory that will impact His eternal Kingdom.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Manna

Well it has been almost three months since my last posting and there are many reasons for that. The best one I can talk about is that we have a new addition to our family, a beautiful little baby girl. Manna was born on July 23 in Tokyo and she is now nearing two months. She has grown so much! She has gone from 3 kilograms to over 5 kilograms in about a month. She smiles and makes all sorts of cute noises at her current stage. She is beautiful in so many ways.

Her birth was foretold to me by the LORD last September. He said to me, "Look! I will give you Manna." and I knew in that moment that Manna was a child, not the typical intrepretation of "provision" that Christians associate with the word manna. Furthermore a few months later the LORD gave me a dream of a baby girl that looked a lot like our daughter Anna, but of course in the dream I knew it was Manna. Also around that time God confirmed her name to me in a scripture as I was reading through the Book of Revelation. "...To him who overcomes I will give him the hidden manna..." (2:17).

As I reflect on these things and other divine encounters relating to Manna's birth I cannot help but marvel at our God. Our God is mysterious and intriguing. He fills us with awe and wonder in the way He works all things for His will to be. May our children be the recepients of His great blessing today and may their spiritual blessings and gifts be a double portion! For such a time as this God's will has brought them into the world.
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