What is a revival? Images of Billy Graham preaching to a packed MCG might come to mind. Or tent meetings that go for days and days where the Word of God is preached, and many come forward to commit their life to Jesus Christ. There have been many great awakenings and revivals throughout history, but …Read More
There’s a wonderful line in CS Lewis’ Prince Caspian where the Prince says; “Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different…”
As a direct result of believers working together in unity, the good news of Jesus Christ is being proclaimed daily throughout Australia through Vision.
“What will it take for Australia to see revival?” Vision’s CEO Phil Edwards shares that he has been grappling with this very question over the past few months.
Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, attended the opening night of the ACC National Conference in April 2021. He spoke to the assembled church leaders and received prayer.
‘God has not given us a spirit of fear.’ 2 Timothy 1:7 NLT
The Bible says, ‘God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.’ Overcoming fear begins with understanding that fear is a ‘spirit’, and it doesn’t come from God. Each time you realise that, you’re less likely to give in to it. So, what has God given us in place of fear? Three things:
(1) Power. Now we’re not simply talking about self-help techniques and stress management. This is deeper than anxiety reduction to make your life more pleasant. It’s a settled conviction that goes down to the core of your being, that all things that concern you are in the hands of a loving God who has only the best in mind for you. Therefore all things will be well, and you can live free of worry.
(2) Love. The Bible says, ‘Perfect love casts out fear.’ (1 John 4:18 NKJV) Only when you realise that you are loved unconditionally by a God who never changes His mind about you, will you learn to love and accept yourself, and then be able to love and accept others. Can you imagine the effect that would have on your fear of people, fear of rejection, and fear of criticism? This kind of love is more than a ‘feel-good’ emotion; it’s a life-changing force.
(3) A sound mind. Paul writes: ‘We use God’s power that can… destroy arguments and every bit of pride that keeps anyone from knowing God. We capture people’s thoughts and make them obey Christ.’ (2 Corinthians 10:4–5 CEV)
These three things are God’s answer to worry.
SoulFood: Song of Sol 5–8, Luke 22:63–71, Ps 39, Pr 21:9–13
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2021