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HOW TO HAVE A PERSONAL “REVIVAL”

Posted by admin May - 3 - 2011 - Tuesday

It never ceases to amaze me how one can take Biblical principles (not even bring up that they are from the Bible!) and apply them to our daily lives and it just “works out!” You probably read the title of this entry and thought “he’s going to talk about religion.” Hang in there! This “revival” thing applies to football coaches too.

It’s that time of year when school is winding down. Coaches have been going hard in the off-season for 4-5 months and you feel drained. Some of you have Spring Practice to go through too. Then the summer begins. Our need for revival can be emotional as much as it can be spiritual. (Some of us might need BOTH!) I wanted to share some thoughts on how you can have a personal revival if you are feeling worn down or run over by your circumstances.

1- Get thoroughy disgusted with yourself! Yep! Complacency is the enemy of growth… whether it be emotional, intellectual or spiritual. A complacent soul is a stagnant soul.

2- Set your face like a rock toward a sweeping transformation of your life. Timid experimenters are tagged for failure before they start. We must throw our whole being into our desire for change.

3- Do a thorough job of repenting. Again, easily applied to a spiritual revival but it’s true of any facet of our life. Repenting does not mean just “feeling bad” for what you’ve been doing or failed to do. Repentance is an action word. It actually means “to turn about or around” and head in a different direction. Until we recognize how badly we screwed up (yes we— don’t blame our failures on others!)— we will never develop a desire to change.

4- Make restitution whenever possible. If you owe a debt, pay it… or at least have a frank understanding with your creditor about your intention to pay. If you have quarreled with someone, go as far as you can in an effort to achieve reconciliation.

5- Finally… have faith in God. Begin to expect. Look up toward the Throne where your Advocate sits at the right Hand of God. All of heaven is on your side. Did you know that God desires to bless you? He’s not a punitive god. He loves you and is there to help you. But, first, you have to look to Him! God will not disappoint you.

IF… you desire it, you can have a personal revival!

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