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After the Rain

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 NLT

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After the rain pours out on the earth, things come to life.  Dry flowers are quenched of their thirst.  The soil soaks up the refreshment poured upon it.  The birds come to play in the little puddles.  Children come to make mud pies and jump and play, splashing water everywhere.  Everything just comes to a place of hydration and peace.  Things begin to grow and roots become stronger.  Is it not the same with God?  Let me explain.

I have been attending revival meetings now since 2009.  The first one I attended was 54 days long and changed my life completely.  As I spent night after night in worship and spending time on the floor in prayer, God was able to change my thinking in several areas of my life.  As He poured into me, I grew.  I opened my heart like a flower seeking to be drenched by love.  I finally could see the call God had on my life.  I knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that I had a purpose to fulfill.  After several months of intense one on one time with Jesus, I was ready to move into the things God had prepared for me.

Now here I am in 2013 and we are on the verge of revival breaking out all over the city and what is happening to me?  I am feeling nervous and excited all at the same time.  I know the time is nearing that I will have to get out of my box and declare my purpose.  I will soon be sharing Jesus with everyone I meet no matter where I am.  As we begin to settle into our new building smack dab in the center of the city, I get a front row seat to see just what God can do with little nobodies like me.  Why am I so scared?

Well, after being drenched by the raining down of His love all this time, I have become comfortable with this God I have been seeking.  I have been soaking in all of the teachings and reading His Word. I am filled from head to toe with the knowledge of Jesus and now it is my time to pour it all out.  So why am I in fear? Because part of me feels like if I empty it all out, I will never be full again.  This my friends is what we call discouragement and disbelief in what God can do.  It is what the enemy does to hold us back.  The last thing Satan wants to do is watch us spreading the Good News to everyone we meet so he gives us this lie that once we pour out God, we won’t be able to get a refill.  Pure lies.

I know in my heart of hearts that whatever I pour out in the name of Jesus, God will give me a refill every time I come before Him at the altar.  Just like tonight in a normal service, He poured His love all over the place and we had but to be still and allow Him to rain His grace upon our lives.  Are you dry and in need of a downpour in your spiritual life?  Then it’s as easy as saying, “Lord, fill me up, I am in need.”

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Drops of Healing

Joel 2:23

Rejoice, you people of Jerusalem! Rejoice in the Lord your God! For the rain he sends demonstrates his faithfulness. Once more the autumn rains will come, as well as the rains of spring.
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Sometimes when we hear the sound of an approaching storm we begin to prepare ourselves for the downpour.  Depending on how severe a storm may be we might seek shelter and cover the windows for safety.  If we are caught outside we run for the nearest dry place and wait until the storm passes through.  Yes some storms are destructive and can do some very bad damage while others just pass by with a little sprinkle of rain.  We can clearly compare these real rain storms with ourselves.
There are storms which come in our lives that are tougher to handle than others and it takes all kinds of gear to protect ourselves from the pain they bring.  We hide ourselves from the storm not wanting to get wet or struck by lightening.  We have learned from past experiences that the storms just take a toll on us and we have no desire to face another one. As I faced one ordeal after another in my previous marriage I was so tired of the storms raging I wanted to pack it all up and move to a state or country far, far away yet I knew the storms were building my faith, even if I could not see it.
Every time I endured a storm no matter its’ size, I grew more and more dependent on God to help me through it.  When the storms first began, I was not following after God and it all seemed hopeless, however, once I let God back into my life the storms got a little easier because I gained wisdom for the situations.  Just like if you moved to a state that was prone to hurricanes, after the first time of being in one you would know better how to brace yourself for the next one.  Same thing with God, He teaches you how to endure the storms while He makes a way for you to be healed.
I look back now on all of the storms in my life and I can see them for what they actually were, character building, healing rains.  Every storm has something to glean from it.  Every storm brought me closer and closer to who I am in Christ today and I am ever so thankful for the rain.  The rain provided drops of healing for my broken heart.  It was the rain that held me together.  Now I see the storm and my feet want to dance in the rain instead of hide from it.  

I Can Hear the Rain, Even in the Drought

1 Kings 18:44

Finally the seventh time, his servant told him, “I saw a little cloud about the size of a man’s hand rising from the sea.” Then Elijah shouted, “Hurry to Ahab and tell him, ‘Climb into your chariot and go back home. If you don’t hurry, the rain will stop you!’”
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Ever feel like it’s never going to happen?  Like life will never get better. Things will just always be like they are right now.  You cannot see any hope.  There is no light at the end of the tunnel.  Then, God shows you something you cannot deny and you are filled with joy and expectancy.  It’s funny how one little tiny glimmer of hope can spark a whole new lease on your life.
Here in Muskegon, Michigan we have been looking for revival since 2009.  We had a 54 day revival at the end of 2009 beginning of 2010 and then it simmered down to just a few of us.  Then a man came in sent by God from Australia and we saw that glimmer of hope once again, yet we are still few in numbers.  Recently we have been studying 1 Kings and the cloud the size of a mans first.  This story portraits a time of drought and famine.  A moment in the lives of people where there seemed to be no provision for three years.
I don’t know about you, but three years seems like a long time of waiting for the rain.  What excitement it must have been to see the hope of rain coming to the land.  This is how it is with so many of us.  We are in drought times in our lives and we just cannot see how it will  ever get any better.  All we are focused on is what is right in front of us and we are not looking for our cloud in the distance.  When we are staring drought right in the face we cannot  hear the rain in the distance.
I encourage each of us to look for our own personal cloud.  It’s there. God promises us His provision.  Let us learn how to seek His face in our drought seasons.  I know for me when I was separated for a time from any source of a spouse I was hoping for a change but never saw God working in the distance.  He was connecting all of the dots from the moment He created me, it just took me a season of drought for Him to bring me to a place of abundance in this area of my life.
Can you see your cloud?  Surely it is there in the distance.  Begin rejoicing and thanking God for the coming rain.  Be excited for the things God is going to do in just a short while.  As you find yourself rejoicing and praising God, you will become uncontrollably happy and begin to expect good things to come your way.  This is a challenge to change your thinking, if you dwell on drought then drought it will be, however if you lift your eyes and see the cloud of provision, it will come.

Stand in the Rain

1 Corinthians 16:13

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

 13 Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.

Being strong in the Lord is not an easy place to just arrive, it takes many times of standing in the rain, soaking up the things He has for you.  It means nights of prayers.  It takes hours of writing journals.  Yes it even contains waiting for what seems forever for things to happen.  Standing in the rain also means, enduring the race and pacing yourself from one crisis to another so as not to become weary.  Standing firm in your faith causes one to become more confident that God is working on their behalf and enables them to be able to share God’s goodness in their lives.  Standing is so beneficial when it comes to the things you know are God in the working.  Yes, I realize it is difficult sometimes and you just want the event to be over and the mountain removed, however what is God trying to impress upon you in those moments?

Often we want to rush through one thing in life to another as if telling God when we have figured out a lesson and passed it with flying colors.  How many times have we done the same task over and over wondering when we can move onto the next never realizing we never mastered anything at all?  We think that because the world is going and going like the energizer bunny, that we too must move in this faster than God intended lifestyle just to keep up with everything else.  Well, in reality God is asking us to slow down, spend some quality time with Him, learning and mastering His ways and not the worlds.

God will sometimes have us stand in the rain for a long time, soaking in His love for us.  Then there may be times when we feel as though drought has come and times of discouragement take over.  It is a constant battle between flesh and spirit and God is trying to patiently teach us how to choose the spirit life over the flesh, worldly one.  God calls us to a deeper commune with Him and not just once a week at church or the occasional attending of a Bible study or ice cream social.  God wants time with us every day so He can rain down His love upon us to give us strength for the day ahead of us.

I encourage all of us to spend a little extra time in prayer this week, asking God what He wants to rain upon us as we yearn to grow a little closer to Him.  Is He asking you to step out of your comfort zone this week?  Does He want to heal you from a sickness?  Does He desire to teach you how to forgive someone you thought might never be possible?  Perhaps He just wants time with you.  Whatever is it, let God rain on you and just stand there and receive.  Go ahead, throw your arms up in total surrender.  God wants to fill you with more of Him so others can see you are a child of the King. Most people will notice when you spend time with God.