RESET - Revival
Under the reign of Cyrus, King of Persia, who along with the Medes conquered Babylon, issued a decree that allow the Jews to return, and to rebuild the temple of God and eventually the entire city.
If you return to me, I will restore you so you can continue to serve me.
Even before this captivity, God was calling for the people to return to Him. The Lord was still reaching out, still trying through His grace and mercy to get the people’s attention. And He is still trying today to get our attention, not in judgment, although that is never out of the question, but in grace and mercy.
God’s Call To Revival
1. A call to leave the familiar
This is what King Cyrus of Persia says: “The LORD, the God of heaven, has given me all the
kingdoms of the earth. He has appointed me to build him a Temple at Jerusalem, which is in
Judah. Any of you who are his people may go to Jerusalem in Judah to rebuild this Temple of the LORD, the God of Israel, who lives in Jerusalem. And may your God be with you!
The first step in this return was for them to leave the familiar ground of Babylon, the place where they grew up. Babylon was essentially their home, and they had no real memory of Israel.
God’s call to revival tells us to do the same. We need to leave the familiar and whatever is
holding us back from moving into the fullness of God and His calling upon our lives.
How do I do that?
2. A call to identify our priorities God.
When the seventh month came and the Israelites had settled in their towns, the people
assembled together as one in Jerusalem. Then Joshua son of Jozadak and his fellow priests and Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and his associates began to build the altar of the God of Israel to sacrifice burnt offerings on it, in accordance with what is written in the Law of Moses the man of God.
No spiritual discipline is more important than the intake of God’s word. Nothing can substitute for it. There is simply no healthy Christian life apart from a diet of milk and meat of Scriptures.
- Donald Whitney
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Confession and repentance of are key in our relationship with Christ as we step into His grace daily.
3. A call to greater faith
Ezra 3:4 & 6
Then in accordance with what is written, they celebrated the Festival of Tabernacles with the
required number of burnt offerings prescribed for each day. On the first day of the seventh
month they began to offer burnt offerings to the LORD, though the foundation of the LORD’s
temple had not yet been laid.
There was no harvest to celebrate, instead they had a vision for the future, and by faith they celebrated what had not yet occurred. This is the type of faith that God requires from us.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Are you ready for that REVIVAL in your life - to help you RESET?