Scriptures and Key Points:
Our response during times of drought matter.
Matthew 14:13-21 NKJV …And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.”…
- In offering what we have in thanksgiving, our offering can become more than enough.
- “Lord, Thank You for the joy of Your salvation and the privilege of Your calling.”
- It’s our opportunity in the midst of difficult times for us to bring a semblance of the presence of God and to let His light shine in and through us that others might see Christ in us.
Matthew 5:16 NKJV Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Hebrews 12:27 NKJV Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.
“Revival will come by choice or by circumstances.” – Doug Stringer
Proverbs 10:5 NKJV He who gathers in summer is a wise son; He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame.
Jeremiah 8:20 NKJV “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved!”
“Revival is no more a miracle than a crop of wheat.” – Charles Finney
Even when it rains to break the drought, there is no harvest if the ground has not been tilled or the seed has not been sown.
- Our hearts need to be ready for the drought to end.
Genesis 6:13-22 NKJV Noah builds the ark
- When we pray for the Holy Spirit to rain revival, there will be no harvest if our hearts have not been tilled and our lives have not been sown as seed for the soil of souls.
- Simple obedience is the highest form of worship.
Romans 12:1 NKJV I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
- True revival happens when we humble ourselves and acknowledge our only hope lies in the presence and power of God Himself.
- God will bring the miracle rain to nurture the soil where the seed has been planted.
A commentary by Rick Ezell from January 1, 2014, posted on Lifeway website
“The harvest and the summer were two different seasons. The former was the time for gathering grain. The latter was the time for gathering fruit. If one of these harvests was a failure, the other was usually a success. If both were unsuccessful, stark tragedy stared the people in the face. The proverb speaks of the tragedy of wasted opportunity. It would be said today, “Time’s up!” “The party’s over. There comes a time when it is too late…
A sense of urgency is required to bring in the harvest. A similar urgency needs must be felt for the harvest of souls… And if they were to die they would go to eternal punishment without knowing the love of Christ.
Jesus’ heart broke over the harvest when he said, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest” (Matt. 9:37-38). He saw the people, saw the clock, and saw the need. His heart broke because time was running out.
The old preacher Vance Havner used to say, “The tragedy of our time is that the situation is desperate but the saints are not.” We are living in desperate times. And desperate times demand action. We live in a lost and broken world desperate for the good news of Jesus Christ.”
When the rains come after the drought, it not only cleanses, but it reveals the hidden things.
- Likewise, when the rain of the Holy Spirit increases, and spiritual water levels rise, along with the outpouring of His Presence, it also exposes the hidden things.
- God wants to do something mighty, but He also wants to cleanse His people.
- Are we willing and prepared for the increase of the rising water levels that will also expose the hidden places and things?
- It’s crucial that we find a perspective and purpose greater than ourselves.
Hebrews 12:2 NKJV Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith..
1 Corinthians 11:1 KJV Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.
“What is needed desperately today is prophetic insight.” – A.W. Tozer
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