Jubilee Inspiration: The Key To Revival
Jubilee: Inspiration – The Key to Revival
A few years ago, family camp. Campfire, smores. In the morning, pile of ash until wood (fuel) and I blew until the buried embers ignited the wood. Breath rekindled the fire. Many of our marriages are like that campfire. What was once roaring with passion, now may seem like a pile of dust and ashes.
We are here to tell you that you are still here, God is still on His throne, and there are embers under the ashes. You just need the fuel of the word of God, and to breathe the life-giving breath of the Holy Spirit through prayer and speaking life.
To breathe out, you must first breathe in. Before Adam exhaled for the first time, he was filled with the breath of God. He was inspired to cultivate, name the animals, design the garden, and prepare for Eve. God can do anything with some people who get inspired with the breath of the Holy Spirit.
Inspire: To breathe in, fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
Adam was alive with the breath of God. Then God made Eve and their marriage was made alive by the breath of God.
At the Fall of man, we got the wind knocked out of us.
Where there is no breath, no inspiration there is no life.
Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision [revelation], the people perish
God desires that there be a revival, in your life, in our church, in our community.
To revive means that something was alive, they died, and then they are brought back to life.
Adina died, prayer, intercession and declaring God’s word, brought her back to life.
Many of us are living as though our throats have been cut. Some of us feel as if our marriage, our call, our purpose started in a garden, but now we find ourselves in a desert. A valley of the shadow of death.
God confronted a man named Ezekiel with a desert valley.
Ezekiel 37:1-3 The hand of the LORD came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord GOD, You know.”
God is asking us, can this marriage live, children, job, etc.?
God wasn’t just pointing out the obvious problem. He was preparing Ezekiel for a solution. God desired a revival, but it required Ezekiel’s involvement.
Ezekiel 37:5 Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live.
God declares the desired end result and then gives Ezekiel a step-by-step strategy for revival.
Ezekiel 37:4 Prophesy to these bones
The first step in reviving your marriage is hearing God’s word, then speaking it and praying over yourself, your spouse, and your marriage.
Get the into the word and get the word into you so that when the pressure of life comes, what spills out is not cursing or complaining but the word.
Bones are the foundation of the body just as the word is the foundation of the soul and of marriage.
Wash by water of the word.
Ephesians 5:25-26 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,
Prophesying over Adina’s recovery
Speaking God’s word over my marriage – reading the word
Ezekiel 4:9 Prophesy to the breath
Breath is to the body what prayer is for life and purpose. It is the inspiration and life.
Pray for and with one another over
James 5:16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous person avails much.
You get out what you put in. Women receive multiply and deliver.
If you don’t like what she’s giving you, what did you put in? How do you treat her?
Revelation 2:2-5 “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil… and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.
Psalm 23:4 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me;
Practical: Break off every word spoken against you / our church
1. Read, receive, & recite the word
3. Ask the Holy Spirit to breathe life and passion back into your life / call
Keep prophesying until the fire of your passion and purpose is rekindled.
God is calling us to repent of our selfishness and competition, of speaking unkind words. Of thinking the grass is greener somewhere else. We are to water the wilderness, to get inspired by the Spirit and let Him breathe on the embers of our heart and then breathe on the embers of our marriage to rekindle the love and passion that God desires for our lives.
One of the best ways to keep the embers of love glowing brightly in our marriages is to use Scripture to pray for our marriages fervently and frequently.
Just as an untended campfire grows cold without careful attention, our marriages can grow stale and fruitless without strategic and intentional prayer. The enemy of our souls is cunning, intentional, and strategic in his attacks–so why wouldn’t we be equally as intentional with the weapon of God’s Word?
Romans 12:10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Ephesians 4:2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
1 John 3:18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
Ephesians 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
1 Corinthians 13:4–8 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.