Further Study: Discernment: The Safeguard of Revival
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“The promise of the Spirit is not appreciated as it should be. Its fulfillment is not realized as it might be. It is the absence of the Spirit that makes the gospel ministry so powerless. Learning, talents, eloquence, every natural or acquired endowment, may be possessed; but without the presence of the Spirit of God, no heart will be touched, no sinner be won to Christ. On the other hand, if they are connected with Christ, if the gifts of [...]

Inside Story: Mila’s Prayers Bulgaria
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Mila [MEE-lah] is 6 years old, but already she’s a prayer warrior. She prays for people until God answers.

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One day at school Mila saw her teachers outside during their break smoking cigarettes. Mila knows that smoking is dangerous, so right there she prayed for them. “Dear Jesus,” she said, “please help my teachers know that smoking is bad for them. Help them to stop smoking before it makes them sick. Amen.”

That evening when Father [...]

08: Discernment: The Safeguard of Revival – Thought Starters
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“Consider how I love Your precepts; revive me, O Lord, according to Your lovingkindness.” “The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever” (Psalm 119:159, 160, NKJV).

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[Thought questions for Discernment: The Safeguard of Revival August 21, 2013]

1. The devil studies the Bible. Imagine going to a Bible study and finding out that our wily enemy, the devil, will be there, too. What if this [...]

Thursday: Fruits and Gifts
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What are some of the prime reasons that God gives the gifts of the Holy Spirit to His church? 1 Cor. 12:4-7,Rom. 12:4-8, Eph. 4:11-16.

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The gifts of the Holy Spirit might be divided into two large categories: some gifts are qualities, other gifts are callings. For example, the gifts of helps, hospitality, exhortation, and teaching are qualities that God imparts to individual believers (Rom. 12:6-8). The gifts of apostles, prophets, evangelists, and pastor/teachers are callings given to individual [...]

Who Am I?
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How many of you have seen the movie The Runaway Bride? Julia Roberts plays a woman with a particular personality type. Maggie (the girl played by Julia Roberts), is the absolute epitome of the phrase “all things to all people”.

Have you ever met anyone like that? He (or she) gradually shapes himself into someone he thinks you want him to be. If you say you like jazz, this person likes jazz. If you like anchovy and garlic pizza, that becomes [...]

Bible Cures for Narcissism
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Have you ever worked for a narcissist? Maybe you think someone in your family is a narcissist? Maybe you are one and you just don’t care. Sometimes you may get into a working relationship or even romantic relationship with a narcissist before you realize what they are really like. They come off as sincere and caring, but before you know it, they are using you to serve them and their agenda. Many cult leaders are narcissists.

Below are signs, from the [...]

Revival: Counterfeit or Genuine?
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Last week I pulled up behind a stopped car at a red light. We both were waiting to make a left turn. The light turned green but the car in front of me just sat there. I politely honked my horn. The car continued to just sit there. Frustrated I decided to just go around the parked car and make my left turn! As I did I almost hit a fire truck with lights [...]

Wednesday: Ministry and Miracles
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False revivals often place their major emphasis on miracles. Genuine revivals focus on ministry.

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False revivals emphasize spectacular signs and wonders; genuine revivals recognize that the greatest miracle is a changed life.

The healing miracles of Jesus testified to the fact that He was the Messiah. As our compassionate Redeemer, the Savior was concerned with alleviating human suffering. But He was even more concerned with the salvation of everyone He touched with His healing grace. The [...]

08: The Safeguard of Revival – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : God longs to pour out His Spirit in Pentacostal power on His church so His work may be finished upon the earth.

[Teaching plan for The Safeguard of Revival August 19, 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Psalm 119:49,50.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. Can you have true revival without respect and reverence to God’s law?
c. Personal Application : How can we differentiate between revival [...]

Tuesday: Formalism, Fanaticism, and Faith
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One of the challenges of true revival is breaking through the icy surface of cold formalism, while at the same time avoiding the fiery flames of fanaticism.

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Formalism is rigidly locked in the status quo. It is satisfied with the external husks of religion while it denies the living reality of faith. Fanaticism tends to go to extremes. It goes off on religious tangents. It tends to be unbalanced, focusing on one aspect of faith [...]

Monday: God’s Love and His Law
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Revival is all about knowing Jesus. It is a reawakening of the spiritual faculties of the soul.

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It is a personal and vital experience with the Savior. Knowing Jesus-really knowing Him as a friend-is the essence of all revival. From the depth of his personal experience with Jesus, the apostle Paul shared that he is praying for the Ephesians to “know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all [...]

Sunday: God’s Will and His Word
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All true spirituality is focused on knowing God and doing His will (John 17:3, Heb. 10:7).

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Any so-called “revival” that focuses on experience rather than commitment to obey God’s Word misses the mark completely. The Holy Spirit will never lead us where God’s Word does not. The Holy Spirit leads us into the Word (2 Tim. 3:15-16). The Word of God is the foundation and heart of all true revival.

What do the following passages in Psalm 119 reveal about revival and [...]