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Fallow¬†groundBreak up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, till He comes and rains righteousness on you.” (Hosea 10:12, NKJV)

What is revival? That is the question and that is the quest. Many of us thought it was a group experience like a tent revival, but few of us considered the concept of personal revival. Clearly, after reading the chapter, we could see that revival is the sovereign work of God who awakens in our hearts and increased awareness of Him and gives us a new love. This is the essence of this course.

In my mind, I believe the most significant and authentic personal revival we have all experienced is our salvation. But, the longer we are a Christian, the more we experience a number of valleys that can take us away from our first love. But God, in His faithfulness, draws us back … and each time we are brought back, it’s a revival … whether we have fallen away completely or just lost our former devotion, it’s a revival.

For me, I had such an experience through a vision. God showed me a tree growing next to a river:

“But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose confidence is in him.

He will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8

Then He showed me another vision… that of the tree slowing moving away from that living water… and the fruit fell from the tree and the leaves withered and the tree became weak. This was a warning and I grieved my state and I was able to ask God to bring my tree back to the water.

We also discussed the things that can block our revival … those things we are unwilling to let go of or have allowed to take priority in our lives: like consumerism, sensuality, family activities, general busyness and a variety of attitudes.

Yellow ribbon“But God’s work in revival, and in particular, through this study, will be a series of plowings in order to break up our fallow ground… from the large machine that breaks through the hardpan to the various other tools that will prepare our soil to receive the fullness of God’s love. God is waiting for us. He has a yellow ribbon.

Keys for us to remember is that God is faithful and He will never give up on us.

We are on this road together.

Hello everyone… it’s been a very difficult week. I am ill and no one really knows what’s wrong with me. Please pray that the pain below my sternum eases and that the G.I. specialist will know what’s going on tomorrow at my appt. more later. ib

Wow! What a great class. We had a wonderful turn-out and it was a good time of introducing the material and meeting one another. I really appreciated the heartfelt sharing about the reasons for taking the class. That’s important when laying a foundation for future sharing and discussion. The more honest and transparent we can be with one another, the more genuine our experience.

Part of the time, I talked about the basic structure of the workbook and how we will be working through the book together. This is a study that requires all of our commitment to get the most out of the lessons. I’m not trying to “scare anyone off” but at the same time, it’s my belief that daily work on the material will be important for our growth. I believe God has called each person to this class. He has something for each us – a gift. But it is up to us to discover what that gift might be and how to appropriate it.

Next week, we begin in earnest with Lesson 1. We will begin to break up our fallow ground this week. We will begin to seek the Lord. And, we will experience the pouring out of His righteousness (and grace) upon us.