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Where Do You Belong in God’s Revival Movement?

“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.”
– Eph 5:15-18

At times, when God wants to bring about the fulfillment of His prophecy for revival in the world, He can allow a rearrangement in the world’s order and no one can escape it because it’s a divine decree imposed on everyone in the world.

In Luke 2:1-4 we read, “and it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. ([And] this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)”

The prophecy must be fulfilled that Christ must be born in Bethlehem, and there were other series of prophetic events that must follow in Bethlehem too. However, for this prophecy to be fulfilled, the Lord allowed a decree from Caesar Augustus that a census in the world should be carried out so everyone could pay tax.

At times, for believers to birth revival and be prophetically positioned, God will allow a world event that we won’t have any option but to obey or be part of. Event could be world decree, famine, epidemic, insecurity and so on.

At times these world/national events can be allowed by God when believers are cut up in world affairs and its businesses and find it hard to let go its en-trappings so they can fulfill the purpose of God. Such was the case when “Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison. Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.”

I imagined how difficult it would have been for believers bearing the burden of revival (Jesus) like Joseph and Mary to leave their jobs, business, extended families, relationships, farms at Galilee and go to a Bethlehem, where there was no room for them; no place for business, no relationships, no jobs. Imagine people in the world leaving their business, jobs, friends and returning to their country/state/cities/town and there is no hope of what they are going into when they arrive in their land? Also imagine the effect on the world’s economy, security issues, disease outbreak from one country to another?

But despite all the crisis that this gave birth to in the world, the focus and mobilization of heaven was on believers who were carrying the burden of revival. The Bible did not even mention any other thing happening to people except to Joseph and Mary! Heaven’s care, eyes, resources, host of angels were only concerned about this couple/home bearing God’s revival.

But does this mean God care less about what is happening in the world? Certainly no! Because this coming revival (Jesus) is the hope, salvation and light of the world. He will bring peace to God’s people, joy and gladness to the world. His coming will positively affect the economy, security, health etc., of the world. God might use a world event to bring us into His purpose of revival. But those that discover God in all these events and are yielding to the decree (as long as it is not sinful) will give birth to a prophetic move of God.

Joseph and Mary yielded to the decree, though not convenient, and they gave birth to the hope of the world, JESUS. They were instruments through which God fulfilled His purpose.

How do you see the present world events? Do you see yourself being a positive agent in bringing God’s will and purpose to pass? Do you want God to use it for you to discover His purpose and be relevant in His plan? Or you just keep analyzing, murmuring and fail to be partaker in God’s purpose?

Arise into God’s move for heaven’s focus is on it. Let children, teenagers, youth, man, woman and particularly Christian’s homes arise into this move!

“Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”

Sunday Oladiran is a teacher of God's Word, committed to the revival and reformation of the body of Christ. He lives in Ibadan, Nigeria, together with his wife, Bukola. They have two children.

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