April 18, 2013 ~ 0 comments

by Bill Elliff

God can do whatever He desires, whenever He desires, however He desires. But for some reason He has chosen to make many of His ways known to us.

He does this so we can cooperate with Him in His activity. He invites us to join Him, and through His recognizable patterns in human history, He shows us clearly what we are to do. Every leader who longs to see revival and awakening must give attention to these ways of God so that we can join Him.

Our Sin Is Predictable

There is an oft-repeated cycle among God’s people of spiritual vitality followed by spiritual decline. Our enemies—the world, the flesh, and the devil—are powerful, and man’s flesh is weak.

It is not hard to find the church in a state of spiritual decay. Read through Christ’s seven letters to the churches in Revelation, and compare them with the American church in our day. We are far too predictable.

In every statistical measurement, the church in America is in a very needy condition. Although there are many great churches and faithful leaders, all of their work is not slowing the moral and spiritual decay of the nation.

God’s Judgment Is Predictable

God disciplines those He loves. He will not allow His church to go into such decline without reproof and discipline. History records numerous occurrences of His judgment against sin, as His people have been enticed to follow other gods.

Often God’s way is to allow our enemies to rule over us. He relaxes His protective hand so that we can feel the weight of a life in which He is not welcomed and worshiped.

These judgments are frightening in their effect but compassionate in their purpose. Our great Father is trying to open our eyes to see where we are forsaking Him.

God’s Mercy Is Predictable

When God’s people reach a point of desperation under His disciplining hand, there is an oft-repeated response: they cry out. Unable to voice much more, a deep, guttural, corporate plea comes from hurting hearts: “Oh, Lord, save us!” This cry always seems to be the tipping point with God.

God has heard this from us before, but the most amazing response comes from our merciful Father. He hears our cry and heals our land.

This is seen again and again in Scripture and throughout human history. God responds to the honest, humble, sincere cries of His children. It is completely undeserved, which makes His intervention one more majestic display of His grace.

The LORD said, “I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings. So I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey” (Exodus 3:7-8b).

If we are to be in the best position to lead others toward revival, we must know these ways (and more). We must discover where we are on God’s spiritual scale and alert our people. We must call for the right responses.

And surely no one would disagree that, at this desperate moment, it is time to unite our hearts in one cry!

Bill Elliff

Teaching Pastor

The Summit Church

Little Rock, AR

[Bill Elliff has been meeting for prayer with other pastors in Little Rock for over 15 years praying for Revival in their community.  In the Spring of 2012, God sent mercy drops to their community where His Presence met with them in unusual remarkable ways for several weeks.]

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April 11, 2013 ~ 0 comments

Dave Butts, President of Harvest Prayer Ministries, is a sponsor of the 2013 Heart-Cry for Revival Conference.

Seeds of Revival from Life Action Ministries on Vimeo.

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April 8, 2013 ~ 0 comments

Revival: Imagination or Reality?

by Laine Johnson, Life Action Revivalist & Focus Group Leaders at the upcoming HCR conference

Sometimes the reality of revival seems more like a distant imagination. We read about revival, we preach about it, we pray for it. Yet it still seems to be out of arm’s reach. Just imagine with me for a moment.

Imagine that a pastor gets up on a Sunday morning at the end of a service. With tears in his eyes, he calls his family around him to seek their forgiveness and the church’s forgiveness for his lack of godly leadership in his own home.

Imagine the altars and aisles being full of men on their knees, crying out to the Lord for mercy on themselves and our nation.

Imagine the music pastor standing in front of the church to seek forgiveness for living and ministering in hypocrisy for 30 years, giving in to pornography since he was exposed to it at the age of 8.

Imagine the music pastor’s wife...

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April 4, 2013 ~ 0 comments

Dave Butts, President of Harvest Prayer Ministries, is a sponsor of the 2013 Heart-Cry for Revival Conference

One Thing you would tell from Life Action Ministries on Vimeo.

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April 1, 2013 ~ 0 comments

In 2012, Kyle Lance Martin joined other believers to reach the city of Asheville, NC for Jesus.  Here’s a video recap of his time there.  Kyle will be co-leading a focus group with Phil Taylor at the upcoming 2013 Heart-Cry for Revival Conference also held in Asheville.

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