“When Holy God draws near in true revival, people come under terrible conviction of sin. The outstanding feature of spiritual awakening has been the profound consciousness of the Presence and holiness of God.” – Henry Blackaby
When God appears fully in our midst, do we want Him to find us filled with sin and apathetic to our condition, or do we wish for Him to see us expectant, awakened, fully alive and living the life of Jesus with every breath? Often I have wondered about the fact that we are in failing spiritual health as believers…waiting for God to reawaken us to do what He has already given us the power to do – be obedient Christ followers, living out the holy life of Jesus, and carrying out the Great Commandment and the Great Commission with all of our hearts. We have the power of Christ in us to heal the sick, raise the dead and move mountains! We have the mandate to care for the widows and orphans, to clothe the naked and feed the hungry. We have heard the call of Christ to reach the lost and to right the injustices around us. But we have slipped into apathy…a holding pattern of dismay that the church is weak and ineffective. The church is US! One person coming alive in Christ impacts others to do the same. The holiness of God should drive us to our knees in repentance – NOW! Our spiritual condition should not be dependent upon the expectation of waiting for God to show up in our midst! He is among us NOW! What if God would come to visit us simply because He enjoys being WITH His fully alive and active servants rather than coming to resuscitate us?