I AM All That You Need! - What Does Revival Look Like? - Personal Discipline - Tipping the Candle - Press On, Rise Up - I Live, Yet Not I - My Call Or Your Opinion?

January 22, 2001

I AM All That You Need!

Chris Hirsh

"And in those days, many of my children I will send to do my work. I will send them into the world to bring healing to the nations, to spread My fire, to burn down the altars of baal, to turn the hearts of the people back to their God.

Therefore My children do not be afraid to step forward, to step out, to be bold, for I AM your God, I AM with you, I AM your provider, I AM all you ever need to accomplish My task I have put before you.

I will put My words in your mouth at the right time, I will anoint your hands. AM I not Jehovah Jireh your provider?

So do not fear. I will provide everything you need, at the right time when you need it, so you shall lack nothing to fulfill what I have called you to do, to accomplish My will in this earth.

Trust Me, and I AM all that you need every step of the way."


In His Service,

What Does Revival Look Like?

Pastor Francis Frangipane

People often ask me, "How will we know true revival when it comes to our city?" To me, a revival is not legitimized merely by the increasing numbers of signs and wonders. Moses, Elijah and Elisha all had great signs accompanying their lives, but proliferation of signs did not create a revival nor does their existence equate to revival. Israel was often awed by manifestations, yet spiritual signs never brought the nation to lasting repentance.

What about powerful and exciting church services? Personally, I do not believe church services, even if they are daily and continue until midnight, are themselves a convincing sign of revival. Increased services may accompany spiritual renewal, but neither are they, in themselves, evidence of a move of God.

What, then, should revival look like? On an individual, person-by-person level, a true revival looks like people being empowered to become like Jesus.

I do not mean that they have become emotional or happy or animated about Jesus, but that they have received power to become like Him. Deep in their spirit a Christ-awakening occurs and they see Jesus not only as the payment for their sins, but as the pattern for their lives.

This is that which fell at Pentecost. It turned fearful, prideful disciples into humble, powerful replicas of Jesus. They did not just pray in tongues, they spoke the Word of God with boldness just like Jesus. They healed people, just like Jesus; they were willing to suffer for Christ, just as He willingly suffered for them.

Today, we do not have the fire of the Holy Ghost, we have Casper, the friendly ghost. With Casper, everyone goes to heaven. Casper cuddles, but never convicts. He never calls people into conformity with Christ. We think because we are people-sensitive instead of insensitive that we have climbed the ladder toward spiritual fulfillment. No. The kingdom of heaven is not a club or association. It is the fire of Christ's passions flowing like hot lava into the backbone of a once defeated people. It is radiant faces, purified souls and holy lips. It is people becoming like Jesus.

People keep looking for manifestations to prove (or disprove) the legitimacy of revival, but the only true manifestation of revival is the manifestation of Christ in His people. Don't give me any of that old time religion, I want Jesus.

The Revival Test

So, let us test ourselves to see if Christ is truly manifested in our lives. In the practical outworking of God's grace, as individuals, let us hold our walk next to the standards of Christ. As honestly as you can, answer the following questions.

  1. Is the character of Christ visibly emerging in my life so that in temptation I turn from evil and in trials I endure graciously?
  2. Is the love of Jesus increasing in me toward those with whom I disagree? Am I praying for those who persecute me and blessing those who have cursed me?
  3. Is the meekness of Christ guarding my heart and mind so that I can handle correction or rejection without being offended?
  4. Have I replaced my tendency to judge the imperfections of people, other churches or the world around me with, instead, a passion to intercede for them?
  5. Am I fearless and un intimidated by the devil, confident of my authority in Christ, maintaining my peace even in adversity?
  6. Do I love the Word of God, studying it daily, striving in faith to walk in obedience all it presents?
  7. Like Jesus and the early disciples, am I willing to lay down my life for the purposes and glory of God?
  8. With Christ-motivated love, am I laboring together with God to see sinners saved?

A person who answered "yes" to most or all of the above questions has either been touched by a true outpouring of the Holy Spirit or has already been walking with God and has not been in need of reviving.

If, however, these attitudes are lacking in your personal walk, then, regardless of whether you have or have not been recently touched by signs or manifestations, you need to seek God about your focus. Remember: Personal revival is just one decision away. It manifests as you become like Jesus.

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Personal Discipline

A.W. Tozer

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. --1 Corinthians 9:24-25

Another trap into which the preacher is in danger of falling is that he may do what comes naturally and just take it easy. I know how ticklish this matter is and, while my writing this will not win me friends, I hope it may influence people in the right direction. It is easy for the minister to be turned into a privileged idler, a social parasite with an open palm and an expectant look. He has no boss within sight; he is not often required to keep regular hours, so he can work out a comfortable pattern of life that permits him to loaf, putter, play, doze and run about at his pleasure. And many do just that.

To avoid this danger the minister should voluntarily impose upon himself a life of labor as arduous as that of a farmer, a serious student or a scientist. No man has any right to a way of life less rugged than that of the workers who support him. No preacher has any right to die of old age if hard work will kill him. God Tells the Man Who Cares, 94-95.

"Lord, I entered the ministry not because I considered it an easy or prestigious job. I'm here because I was called, compelled, and committed. Help me to work hard and faithfully today, driven by that original sense of passion. Amen."

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Tipping the Candle

Jim Grayson

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
John 1:1-4

The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.
John 1: 9,10

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Galatians 6:9

I saw a candle in my spirit man, it's flame burning low in the darkness, although there was much of the candle left. The melted wax had built up and was threatening to extinguish the candle, the tiny flame guttering dangerously, close to going out. It had begun to flicker wildly, the flame shooting up and down, when a hand reached down, took up the candle and tipped it, allowing the hot wax to flow as the flame burst forth and created a runway for the wax in the side of the candle. The hand set the candle down once more as the flame burned brightly, like a spot of holiness in a dark world.

For many of us, our candles have begun to flicker in their death throes. We have waited for the vision or ministry God promised but He has tarried unusually long, we think, and every time we think we're nearly there, we find that's not the case at all. Beaten down with weariness, we hear the mocking voice of the enemy, telling us we're fools, that God didn't speak to us nor will He save us even if He did. It's at this point of weariness that we fall into the danger of being tempted. The enemy knows how to lie and twist things and will do all he can to knock us off our faith. When the going gets tough and he sees our weariness, he will bombard us with old temptations, old thought patterns, making them look so appealing (if sin wasn't pleasurable, we would never be tempted) and if we're not very careful and watchful, we will find ourselves with our hand to the plow but looking back...and that's something we don't want to do, nor can we afford to do so.

Now is the time for diligence, beloved. The pitched battle we have been in has raged for so long we have forgotten what it's like to not be in war. We look around us and so many of our brothers and sisters are going on as if nothing is occurring in their lives, having no idea there is a war going on for the Body of Christ, to prepare a Bride Who needs a lot of work. Rather than look to others, though, we must always keep our eyes on the Lord Jesus. This is a classic example of Peter walking on the water...until he looked at the storm. Yes, Jesus reached out in His mercy and saved him but it would have been better not to have gotten wet at all. May the Lord in His mercy grant we stay on top the water and keep our eyes on Him.

Yes, we have become weary in well doing but we will press on, by the grace and strength of the Lord Jesus, and we will reap the harvest He has placed in our spirits. He has merely asked us to wait. What can we do during this time? We can praise Him during our trials. We can sing out His praises in the dark, through our tears, through our pain, through our temptation to quit, knowing this sacrifice of praise is a sweet offering to our Father. He will see us through. We have His promise. We simply need to stay focused on Him. We need to tip our candles and allow the worries, weariness, boredom and cares to flow away toward the Throne Room, rather than allow them to drown us. We must press in with the knowledge that it often takes more faith to stand when nothing is happening than it does to move a mountain. This, beloved, is one of the true measures of our faith. It's what we do when we can't see the Light that counts.

May you receive the deepest revelations of "Christ in you, your hope of glory". May you be blessed of God, beloved, you and your house.

You have my heart.
Our Jesus is Lord of all.
In His Love,
Jim Grayson

Press On, Rise Up


Jer 46:3-4 Order ye the buckler and shield, and draw near to battle. Harness the horses; and get up, ye horsemen, and stand forth with your helmets; furbish the spears, and put on the brigandines.

Press on, move up the victory is near. Do not let your focus be turned toward your circumstances or yourself. Do not stop though the battle has been fierce. Pray and bring forth and call up that which I have given thee, the power to tread on serpents, snakes and all the works of the enemy. Shake off the dust of rejection it has clouded your vision. Be not offended any longer; rise up. There is greater victory than you know ahead, that is why the resistance has been long. Move forward in the spirit, draw nigh unto your Lord and you will feel My strength returning to you, continue to move toward the Holy One of Israel and the strength of the Lion of Judah will be imparted unto you. I have called you to battle but not with out the strength and roar of a lion king and not with out the heavenly armor. Fear not this is not more than we can do together.


I Live, Yet Not I

Homer Owen

It is when I turn to Christ, when I give myself up to His personality, that I first begin to have a real personality of my own.
At the beginning I said there were personalities in God. I will go further. There are no real personalities anywhere else. Until you have given up your self to Him you will not have a real self. How monotonously alike all the great tyrants and conquerors have been: how gloriously different are the saints.
Your real, new self (which is Christıs and also yours, and yours because it is His) will not come as long as you are looking for it. It will come when you are looking for Him.
The principle runs through all life from top to bottom. Give up yourself, and you will find your real self. Lose your life and you will save it. Nothing that you have not given away will ever be yours. Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead. Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.
The above is a quote from the writings of C.S.Lewis.

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20)

Galatians 2:20 talks about replacing our life with His life. We must not see ourselves as a fallen, independent being separated from God. We must see ourselves as a unique container of God. How we see ourselves is very important. I pray that you see who you are today because the way you act is dictated by how you see yourself.

One of the wonderful truths in this passage is that we live by the faith of the Son of God. This is how it reads in the King James. It is His faith and amazingly as we allow Him to live His life through us He tells us that it is our faith. What grace and mercy has He bestowed on us.

Once you see that Christ in you is more than a positional truth, in fact that He is a living Person, with the attributes of faith, hope, and love, then rest is yours. It is at this point that we can just relax and just be ourselves, because we know now that the Real me is Him living in union with me. Glory!

I live, yet not I.

This is coming to you from Homer Owen in Waco, Texas. My home page is:

My Call Or Your Opinion?

Deborah Voetberg

What is more important? My call or your opinion? Many are called but few are chosen.

My Son emptied Himself to do My call upon His life and there was no evil to be found in Him. Lay down your sifting through of good and evil in your hearts. What you call good, I may call evil. Empty yourselves and follow Me.

Many of My called ones have been defiled by the wisdom of this world. But by My grace they are in a new season of purification and qualification by My Spirit of Holiness. I will baptize them with power by My Spirit when they are found in one accord. Great boldness will mark their lives. Great grace and power will be seen upon them. And My fear will go before them, and come upon those who have not believed. And My body will be again, esteemed highly.

No longer will I look upon My children and not see the fullness of My Spirit. For those who heed My call and turn toward My face, I will move mightily on their behalf, bringing forth all that I have declared concerning their life.

But for those who continue to harden their hearts, stiffen their neck and mock My truth, swiftly I will come and take an account of their life.

Great Mercy & Great Grace!

Deborah Voetberg
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