Summary: Has your relationship with Christ grown cold and distant?
Return To Your Fist Love
God wants to send real revival! More than just a banner stretched outside a church
building, more than just a few conversions, more than just a temporary rush of emotions
and more than a gathering like we have here this morning. God wants and God desires to
send real revival. He wants to send the kind of revival that finds individuals radically
allowing their lives to be changed. He desires to send the kind of revival that invades the
homes of our families and heals the hurts that we have thrown on each other. He yearns
to send the kind of revival that finds entire cities falling under the canopy of His glory!
Why do we so often approach the level of revival that God desires and that we dream
about but never quite get there? It is as if we are missing one ingredient. I’ve come to the
conclusion that the missing ingredient is true unity. It is God’s catalyst for revival.
When a recipe is created, there is often a single catalytic ingredient that triggers or initiates
significant change when it comes into contact with the remainder of the ingredients. If
that catalyst is missing from the recipe, then the whole cake flops. I remember when I was
first learning how to cook, I failed to understand the difference between baking powder
and baking soda. Well for those of you who don’t go near the kitchen except to go see
what is in the fridge, let me clue you in on what can happen with the wrong ingredient. It
is the difference between a cake rising as it should and filling the house with its flavorful
aroma, and one that smells good but doesn’t look or taste as it should. One small
ingredient can make the difference between success and failure, between victory and
Friends, here this today we have the opportunity to get the recipe right. We have the
opportunity to understand God’s plan for us, for you and for me, I praise Him that He
desires to be here this morning, that He desires to invade us tright now, and that He
desires a personal relationship with each of us so greatly, that He sent His son Jesus Christ
to die on a cross in payment of our sins! Thank you Lord! for being here today!
In God’s Word is the only unanswered prayer of Jesus! Jesus’ unanswered prayer is very
simple and is repeated no less than five times in John chapter 17. It happens in verse 11,
and in 20 - 26. That prayer, that desire, that plea from Jesus to the Heavenly Father is that
“we may be one”. I have found that anytime something is repeated in the Bible, that it is
signifying importance and that it is a value or a lesson that we need to understand and to
store deep within us. Five times this prayer of Jesus is repeated. Now if something is
important enough to be repeated five times, well, I think and hope that you get the picture
that this is a key desire of Jesus.
Unity comes in many forms, some of which come to mind almost immediately and some
that need to be dug up from deep places in us. Lets look at a few examples that I thought
What about snowflakes, you remember those things that fall from the sky in the winter