Revivalution Podcast

As I watch our world I see a great need for a change in it’s current direction. A needed revolution so to speak to change its course but not one that involves war and bloodshed but one brought about by the love of an awesome Father. A God who loves us. A revolution brought about through revival on a weary world. We need a Revivalution.

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Monday May 27, 2024

There is this struggle inside of me... One where there is frustration... One where I feel like I am floundering, with life and purpose.  There is confusion as well. “Am I where I’m supposed to be? Am I doing what I’m supposed to be doing?”  Time is ticking... 
 
There is a pull... a tugging at my heart towards Him.  It is more powerful than a tug, it is like a hook that reaches down to the deepest part of me and painfully pulls with the strength of a million horses at the center of my being. It is a longing. This longing describes the desire, but it doesn’t describe the confusion in how to satisfy it. What do I do? How do I satisfy this fire inside of me that burns to be with Him? To be in His presence, to commune with Him, speak with Him, hear His voice, live in the fullness of all He is. Anything else will simply not do, yet making the move towards that almost seems impossible. Is this what Paul felt like, when he penned this, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”  Romans 7:15. It seems I do the things that would take me further away from that longing instead of closer to it.  Really it is simple to satisfy this longing, but it is also telling of where my heart, or our hearts are. Here is the simplicity it’s found in Jeremiah 29:13 “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”
 
Here is a picture of where I’m at. Imagine a day in August in the Southeast United States, It’s hot and the humidity is near 100%. You’ve been working out in the sun and now you find yourself standing next to a pool. The water sparkles, it’s crisp, it’s clean and you know it is cool and it is going to feel amazing to jump in. Yet the first few seconds of that immersion are going to be painful as your body adapts to the abrupt and sudden vast change of temperature.  It is going to be shocking. As you stand there for several moments, making the move to jump in but just before you do you pull up, the change is going to be too much.  You question yourself... Is it worth it? 
 
Now let’s bring this back to something much greater, much more powerful, much more shocking to our spirits. Every one of us has this longing, it is an innate desire to be fully immersed in Him. But here is this drawback, it’s going to be so shocking to everything we are: spirit, soul, and body.  Here is what I need to satisfy this longing, the place where the tug of the horses is pulling me.  It’s where John found himself standing on that day in Revelation 1:10, I imagine he was searching for Him with all of his heart when Jesus showed up in Revelation 1:17.  And when Jesus showed up John fell at His feet as dead. 
 
There is this place that I know I’m headed and I have to be honest it scares me. For me there is so much unknown about it, yet all of it seems perfectly familiar. I find myself pulling back, about to jump yet holding up. But the tug... It’s too powerful... It’s almost as if it is dragging me in. It’s His love for me, it won’t let me be denied Him, but as much as I want to be with Him, it is infinitely more precious to Him to be with me.  Gently He pulls but it doesn’t feel that way. I look behind me, I can see the ruts that my heels have made in the soil as I’ve tried to dig in and hold my ground.  I long for what’s ahead, I long for all that is there, why can’t I simply give in and dive head-first into all of Him?  
 
At first, what happened to John doesn’t sound pleasant. There is no greater image of what it means to be undone than He describes. Dead. All of the things I hold to are folly, compared to being with Him. Yet I dig in. It’s not even that I don’t want to give them up because I don’t want any separation.  
 
This place where I’m headed... it seems crazy that I or anyone else who has this longing would fight against it. For we are fighting for petty things, exchanging them for the perfect things our hearts long for.  That moment is going to be sin-killing shocking, when finally the tug has pulled me so close that I have no choice but to give in and fall into His presence, fully dying to this world.  Yes there will be that painful moment of death, but then there is the rest of the scripture in Revelation 1:17.  “I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.” 
 
Now alive our purposes are renewed, forever we have been going to the pool with buckets that have no bottoms, dipping them into the pool and drawing them out empty, and then trying to minister to those who need Him with empty, bottomless buckets. But God’s intention is that we not use buckets, because we are the buckets. I believe it is His intention to use us, living in Him, in this place of the perfectness that all He is, and minister from that place. Maybe he allows us to be one of the horses pulling on the ropes that are hooked to the deepest parts of others to tug them just a little closer to Him, until finally they choose to fall in. 

#22 Proof that God loves me

Friday May 24, 2024

Friday May 24, 2024

Proof that God loves me...
I used to strive to find God’s love. Working hard to earn it, looking for it everywhere until the miracle of the revelation that He truly does love me.  What an incredible thing to finally know after so many years.  Now wherever I look I find it.  As a matter of fact I found it this morning while celebrating Dawn’s birthday.  You my love are proof that God loves me. 
 
Proverbs 18:22 (AMP)
He who finds a [true and faithful] wife finds a good thing and obtains favor and approval from the LORD. 
 
Steven Curtis Chapman has a song I love about the day his wife was born called 11-6-64.  It’s all about that one day in  his life on the day she was born.  For me part of the song would read this way.  “And I was only 4 years old, So really, I don’t know what was going on. But I, I bet I laughed and played harder on that day ‘Cause my whole world was changing on 7-6-71”
 
To my love... You are proof of how valuable I am to our Heavenly Father, to be given someone so completely wonderful, so fully loving and lovable, someone who completes me in every way. You are my gift and I can guarantee on the day and moment you were born, joy filled my four year old heart and I laughed for some unknown reason in the moment, because the gift of you was given to me on that day. 
 
Father, thank you for everything, every joy reveals who You are. The struggles in life only prove your faithfulness, and the gifts you give are so perfect.  I thank you today for my bride, she is a gift to me that proves to me how truly valuable I am to You. To be given someone so amazing to walk through life with lets me know that you must really think a lot about me.  :) I love you Father.  Lead us through this day and help me to let you love someone through me.  ~amen. 

#21 Signs & Wonders

Wednesday May 22, 2024

Wednesday May 22, 2024

Yesterday I had the opportunity to sit down with someone that I love.  As we sat there I shared with him the greatest of all miracles that we each get to experience as a Christian, a proof that God is real and active in our lives. It’s the greatest of the signs and wonders and for the most part it goes unnoticed in our lives. 
 
As Christian’s I believe we all have a desire to not only see true miracles but we also want to allow God to work miracles through us. I believe that this is a God given desire because we have been made in His image and it’s natural for us to want to reflect Him.  But today it’s not about that it’s about the greatest miracle of all. The miracle of salvation. Probably more than any other time in history there is a struggle in the mind.  Anxiety and depression are overwhelming us and it is leaving us hollow and feeling unloved as we struggle through the day to day of life.  For that reason Salvation to me is the greatest of all miracles and we have all experienced it. When we come to Christ and submit our lives to Him and ask Him to forgive us of our sins and receive that salvation, a verifiable miracle occurs. All of the things we have done wrong, all of the things that separate us from Him, all of the mental challenges are washed away.  We are made new, our minds are renewed, it’s instant.  There is a miracle that happens that a billion dollars of therapy can’t do. It’s the miracle of being made right with God, not because of something you did but because of everything that He did.  Think about it... How hard it is for people to get over mental issues, and yet God can come in and make the vilest clean, and they know it and they receive it? No therapy needed. That’s a miracle. But there is an enemy that comes in and immediately starts the work of accusing. So let me share this as a personal testimony of what God has for us.  
 
After the miracle of God’s love for me being revealed I had an encounter with the enemy.  Like he had done so many times before He came accusing me, it was like a movie of everything I had ever done wrong was playing out on a screen in front of me.  He wasn’t saying anything just the memories of all of my failures were flying through my mind and it was overwhelming. Then he whispered... “I know who you really are”.  I’m standing there literally feeling all of the emotions of every failure, it is being poured on me like hot lava, engraving itself back into my mind. It was at the moment, born out of the knowledge of God’s love and acceptance for me, that I whispered back, “Then you know who my Savior is...”  -And it stopped!  As a matter of fact to this day, I couldn’t tell you one thing out of the millions of things I was being accused of. It was gone. 
 
Father,
 
Thank You for loving on me today. Thank You for washing and making me clean. I’m already facing some things that if allowed them to would overwhelm me.  Most are self inflicted, so I’m so thankful for Your mercy, I’m so thankful for Your faithfulness, and I know I’ve already said it but I’m so thankful that You love me.  Thank you for the miracle of forgiveness, for the miracle of being made right before You. Thank You for leading me through this day and giving me favor and influence, thank You for meeting my needs today, and blessing those around me.  
 
I love you,
Stacy

#20 Humor Found in the Bible

Monday May 20, 2024

Monday May 20, 2024

Read this this morning and have to say it struck me as funny.  
 
John 7:1
After these things Jesus walked in Galilee; for He did not want to walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill Him.
 
I think maybe it could have been said that He did not want to run in Judea.  :)
 
Anyway, I love this scripture. Jesus knowing His purpose lived in the authority of it, and not the fear of it.  Finding your purpose and living in it will make you fearless.  
 
Father,
Thank you for the joy you bring and the purpose you have given me for this day.  May I live it to the fullest. Thank you for walking with me and planting my feet securely. 
I love you, 
Stacy

#19 "My Truth"

Friday May 17, 2024

Friday May 17, 2024

“My Truth”
 
It’s become a very popular statement here recently.  I watch as people formulate their Truth through life experiences. From brokenness they grab at little pieces of their lives, arrange them, trying to understand them, and then one day out of that hurt and brokenness, they have their eureka moment, and that turns into their truth. This truth is where they stand and it’s unchallengeable. They are saying to the world, “You are welcome to your truth, but this... this is mine, you can’t take it, you can’t change it, it’s my truth.”
 
John 17:17
“Sanctify them by Your truth...”
 
I’m struggling to write this morning.  I fear that my motivation for writing is becoming about me instead of hearing from the Father. Trying to put together something that will get a like or a share. Ughhh.  That’s not what it is about.  This world needs the love that I’ve been allowed to experience.  The love of an awesome Holy and Perfect God, that left heaven, became a man, lived a sinless life and then gave His life for me. And if that wasn’t enough, He stretched His muscles, rose from the dead and is now seated at the right hand of the Father, where He makes intercession for me.  
 
Father,
 
Thank you for Your truth, Your word is Truth. Thank You for helping me hide it deep in my heart. Thank You for sanctifying me through it. Change me Lord into Your image. Hide me in Your shadow.  Thank You for this day. Thank You for meeting my needs and the needs of Dawn, my children and my grandchildren. Thank You for your goodness and faithfulness.  You are so awesome.  You are so perfect.  Help me to allow myself to loved by You even more fully today, and allow me to love others today with all of the love that you have for me. So that they can experience the love You have for them. Go before me. Guide my steps and make me exactly what You long for me to be. 
 
I love you,
Stacy

#18 Conclusion

Wednesday May 15, 2024

Wednesday May 15, 2024

Around 1,000 B.C. Solomon penned the book of Ecclesiastes. It is presumed that he was in a backslidden condition.  In this condition and with all of his wisdom, he reasons with himself the plight of man and the utter fallacy of earthly sins, pleasures, and pursuits.  In 12 chapters he proves that the mind of man is the same 3,000 years later. We deal with the same things, the same people, the same desires. In two verses he sums it all up, and it is a truth that is written on all of our hearts. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14:
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:Fear God and keep His commandments,
For this is man’s all. 
For God will bring every work into judgement, 
Including every secret thing,
Whether good or evil. 
 
In the day and time, we have been placed on the earth most men who are, living, breathing, working, eating, and sleeping, are also striving to silence the truth written on their hearts. We give to God the things that are easy for us to give him, but if we struggle with something, we call it “precious”, we call it “our truth”, we call it “mine”, and refuse to give it up. We believe God’s word and His love for us, as long as it doesn’t make us emotionally conflicted. We are not emotionally conflicted, we are sin-conflicted. There is a war going on for our souls, and many of us our waving the white flag of surrender to the enemy because we are tired of fighting for what is written on our hearts.  We strive for what is ours, we wear ourselves out holding to the things God longs to free us from. We turn from our sins and yet feed our sinful selves with the junk of this world, and then we wonder why we don’t hear His voice. You are what you eat. Quit dining at this world’s table and then complain to the Father about how fat you are with sinful desires.   
 
Each of us from the most godly among us to the most agnostic, knows that our day is coming. It is written deep inside of us, it is a surety.  “Every secret thing, Whether good or evil,” will be judged. 
 
Father,
 
I feel a long way off today. Some may feel that what I’ve written today is in judgment of them, and not filled with love. You know my heart.  I’m not writing to anyone. This is what I see in myself, I’m passively sitting at the world’s table and feeding myself garbage and then I complain to You about how hard the fight is. It’s time to change seats. It’s time to get up from this table and come to the table of your presence and dine.  Thank you for this word today. You spoke quietly to my heart and then revealed to me a path to freedom. Set my heart, set our hearts afire for You. Feel us with all that You are. Make us strong in Your presence and send us into the fields filled up and overflowing with Your love, Your power, and Your freedom, onto the world around us. 
 
Thank you for going before me today and speaking to me all day long. You are everything.
 
I love you,
~Stacy

#17 Three Steps

Thursday Apr 11, 2024

Thursday Apr 11, 2024

Over the past several years I have been so blessed to have a small glimpse of God’s great love for us.  I now see how much of it is available but not fully realized. I say that because I believe that one evidence of knowing this love in the smallest amount would cause you to weep for anyone else who does not know Him. The lack of our love for others (all others) is proof that we not only do not know His love but that we do not know Him.  Because His great love for me has allowed me to rest in Him like I never have before.  I’ve gone from someone who doubted his salvation to someone so secure in Him, at times maybe even too secure. 
 
Over the past 6 or 7 months I have felt inside of me a call to Holiness, not the bondage of a list of don’ts, but the freedom of removing the things from my life that are contrary to His word. While reading Leviticus Chapter 9 we come to a scripture where God is calling His people to repentance.  It reads like this: 
 
“Then Moses said, “This is the thing which the Lord commanded you to do, and the glory of the Lord will appear to you.’ and Moses said to Aaron, “Go to the altar, offer your sin offering and your burnt offering, and make atonement for yourself and for the people. Offer the offering of the people, and make atonement for them, as the Lord commanded.”
Leviticus 9:6-7
 
Here are three things (or 3-steps) that I noticed about this scripture this morning.
 
First God said do this and the glory of the Lord will appear to you. It is a call to repentance, a call to separate yourself from your sins, but it is also a sacrifice. Holiness and being Holy is a sacrifice, but it is a sacrifice of unholy things, sins that separate me from the thing I long for the most. The presence of God. It’s almost a trade of my ways for His ways so that I can be with Him fully here on earth.  
 
Second, Moses said to Aaron, “Go to the altar, offer your sin offering and your burnt offering.” It’s time for those who are called to bring the Gospel, whether pastor or layperson, to lead by repentance, and separation. To know and see God to live in His glory while we serve Him here on earth.  
 
Finally, “make atonement for them, as the Lord commanded.” Our world needs people in love with God crying and weeping for them. Crying out for mercy for the meanest and vilest among us, and freedom for everyone no matter how close or far away from God they are. The lack of love that I know and show is so evident. 
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Psalm 10:17
You have heard the desire of the humble;
You will prepare their heart;
You will cause Your ear to hear.
 
Father thank you for this... Thank you for preparing my heart, for causing Your ear to hear me. 
 

#16 Eclipse

Monday Apr 08, 2024

Monday Apr 08, 2024

Today is April 8, 2024, and here in the United States, we are awaiting a total eclipse of the sun.  Then I wake up and the first verse I read has to do with the end times. 1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11. It starts off with, “But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.”
 
There have been several Christian commentaries talking about the last 2 eclipses and the fact that they are 7-years apart, with 7 being the number of completion. That the path of the two eclipses creates an x in the center of the United States referring to God rendering judgment on this nation.  There are also partial truths about the eclipse from 7 years ago passing through 6 cities named Salem, which means peace, and then this one passing through 7-cities named Nineveh referring to God’s judgment.  Again partial truth, most of the cities called Niniveh are outside of the total eclipse, but still to say the least there are some pretty stark coincidences in the path. For a large portion of my life I’ve heard it said before that if God doesn’t judge the United States He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah. Most of, if not all of the time that I’ve heard that spoken it was almost in a prideful way, almost rejoicing in God destroying a place.  After my small glimpse of God’s love for us, I find myself more broken over the loss of the souls of others than I am longing for judgment.  Be warned God will have His day, He will judge this earth, it has already been spoken it will happen.  
 
Here is my greater concern. It has to do with how much time I’ve wasted in my life, and how little influence on eternity I have made for the souls of men. Many Christians look for judgment longing for the day of “I told you so,” instead of falling on their faces and crying out to move the heart of God for those who do not know. We are looking to one day in time when an eclipse passes over the earth instead of the end times which we are clearly living in. We almost act surprised that there would be such a day, resting in false peace. My heart is too far from Him. I’ve not sought him the way I ought to, I’ve not let him work his life through me onto others, I’ve allowed my tongue to be stuck to the roof of my mouth, instead of allowing it to bring life and hope and His great love to those around me.  
 
Yet, “won’t the Judge of all the earth do right?”  These words come from Genesis 18:25 where Abraham starts to cry out and plead in such a beautiful way for God to hold off judgment for Sodom and Gomorrah.  He prays and converses with God asking multiple times for a better chance for the cities.  Each ask is granted until it is finally decided that God will hold off the judgment of two entire cities for the sake of 10 righteous people. 
 
Here is what I’m asking of myself and of you. Do we have the heart of Abraham? Are we intimate enough with the Father that we can change his heart and plead with Him for a chance for those around us? Are we interceding for those who don’t know Him, and also for those who do? Judgment affects us all. It is harsh, it is scary, it is deadly, but I can’t help but think that it may bring all of us to our knees in repentance. 
 
Father,
 
Thank you for Your great love for us. It is constant and it is perfect. I need You today to bring me to the place where You can use me. I long for a relationship with You that is alive and overflowing, or at least I say I do, but yet I lack so much. I’m weak in so many areas. This world holds so much of my heart and I know You need me and long for me to be fully enveloped and immersed in You. Why do I struggle so? Thank you for Your protection, Your peace, Your favor, Your love. Without it I would be undone, with it I have great hope. Have mercy on us. It’s completely undeserved but without it, we are undone.  Let me know Your love in a greater way today. Let me live in the fullness of it and let it pour through me onto a dry and thirsty land. Jesus be with me all day, may I walk with you so intimately, just like your disciples did. Holy Spirit dwell in me completely, speak to me, lead me, and help me give you everything.  
 
In Jesus name, amen.

#15 The Rock

Monday Mar 11, 2024

Monday Mar 11, 2024

Over the past couple of years, I’ve had something creep up in my life and it has started to dominate my thoughts and image of myself. It’s the thought that I’ll never change, and because of that, I’m doomed to failure. I mean... look at my life. Is it not evidence that I simply can’t overcome the ins and outs of day-to-day life? That I keep repeating the same mistakes failing in business and thus an inability to properly provide for my family? That what I offer to Dawn is way less than what she deserves? Even when things go well it seems that I look more for the thing that is coming to destroy it than for the One who has come to bless it. This wouldn’t be so bad if it was just the second or third time of going through such things but here we are and it has been a life of ups and downs with little if any stability. At this moment in my life, I have so little fight left in me, to once again get up from the mat after being dealt yet another knockout blow.  
 
Discouraged... I have not sought You. The enemy screams accusing me of what I am, which is failure. It yells to me “Give up.” My world shakes at the thunder of his voice. It’s in these darkest of times that Your love whispers to me... “I’ve got you”. Though I feel far from you and forgotten, the rock on which my life is built is secure. Yes, I’ve been knocked down but It’s only caused me to once again fall against You.
 
It’s here that the enemy is silenced and You use the encouragement of a friend to give direction.  Watching them in their struggles remain steadfast, documenting faithfulness in the simplest of ways. I’m convicted, yet lifted. You deserve my best and with the example of a friend and your still small voice, I wake this morning excited to seek you.  It’s been a while... yet it is so sweet and so familiar. It’s Your presence and it is precious.  Years of failure wash away. The lie is washed away and replaced with truth which is, You’ve never left me, You have only held me. 

#14 Something's Wrong

Tuesday Feb 27, 2024

Tuesday Feb 27, 2024

On October 23, 2024, God woke me up and showed me how I had not been protecting my family from the enemy, leaving doors wide open for him. This short story is about how God spoke to me that early morning. I wrote it down and it is just a glimpse of the seriousness of the situation.  

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