TWELVE STEPS TO REVIVING YOU AND YOUR CHURCH


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Psalm 80:17-19 (NIV) “Let your hand rest on the man at your right hand, the son of man you have raised up for yourself. Then we will not turn away from you; revive us, and we will call on your name. Restore us, Lord God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.”

Psalm 85:5-7 (NIV) “Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger through all generations?  Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? Show us your unfailing love, Lord, and grant us your salvation.”

Hosea 6:1-3 (NIV) “Come, let us return to the Lord.  He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds.  After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence. Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge him.  As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.”

As I have been thinking, reading and writing about these ideas on revival, it is as a pilgrim, one who is in continuing need and seeking the revival of his soul.  Some days I simply feel as though I am missing the exquisite joy of my First Love.

INTRODUCTION:

Who am I?  No one of any consequence really – except to my family, my friends and God.

God sent his Son to die for me you know.  I guess that does make me somewhat important.  Jesus died for me? I guess that makes me very important!  In fact VERY, VERY SPECIAL and VERY, VERY IMPORTANT!  Are you SUPER-SPECIAL like me?  Are you the focus, joy and passion of a jealous God? That kind of thinking takes a while to sink in, doesn’t it?

My name is David Oliver Harrison.  I was born August 1951 (the middle child of three with a sister on either side) which makes me 62 at the time of writing.  I was raised in England and immigrated to Canada at the age of 22 with $400 and change in my pocket and two suitcases.  Mark Burnett (the producer of Survivor, Shark Tank, The Bible, etc.) followed a year later with $500 in his pocket.  Mark is now worth $300-million.  What a difference $100 can make!

As children I and my sisters got dragged to church by my mother at Christmas and Easter – and family weddings. I can only recall my father coming to the weddings.  Religious education was simply part of the school curriculum in my childhood and we always sang hymns at assembly each week.  My UK passport says ‘Christian’ under religion but from my teens through 35 I would have considered myself an atheist at worst, agnostic at best.

In the early ‘80’s I bought a cottage in Port Carling, Ontario.  I remember sitting out on the lake one evening mesmerized by an incredible sunset.  “There has to be a reason for such beauty.”  The thought faded with the sunset.  At that time I was president of an audiovisual integration company with two partners.  At our peek we had approximately 25-employees.  At some point the economy dove and so did we.  As we got closer and closer to the precipice, and finding myself in the pit of despair, I finally shouted out at the top of my voice, “God, if you’re there, help me!”  My first prayer. God answered and I was introduced to the Person who would become my First Love.

I was both a deacon and later an elder in our local church for approximately 15-years. Presently, I am president of Bus Stop Bible Studies, a registered Canadian Charity that posts Scripture (in the form of brief Bible studies) using the interior and exterior advertising space of public transit vehicles.  The ministry is in its seventh year of operation.

What follows are life-lessons that I have learned, some of them quite recently.  The Twelve-Steps are thoughts and ideas which have fermented over time and I believe are validated by Scripture. Many of these ideas have come directly from personal experiences and my desire to encourage other believers in their faith.  Yes, the Twelve Steps theme is deliberately borrowed from Alcoholics Anonymous, likewise, the intent here is to guide you to recovery, refreshing and revival.  Twelve in the Bible is the number of completeness.

The Twelve Steps are in no specific order.  For the most part they are the order I experienced and/or observed them in.  None of the Twelve Steps are exclusive to each other.  All twelve have impacted me personally in some way or another.

My spiritual gifts are faith (in God’s Word) and prophecy (speaking God’s Word into a situation and encouraging other believers in their faith).  I can lead and I can teach but these are not my primary gifts.

If you think I may have erred in any of my thoughts or arguments please use Scripture as the basis for any correction and you will have my attention.  I ask only that you apply this single rule:

RULE ONE: Interpret verses in the context of the passage, interpret the passage in context of the chapter, interpret the chapter in context of the book and interpret the book in context of the whole of Scripture.

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