Dim Sum – Awakening

Today we leave for a church retreat in Malaysia. There will be over a 120 of us who will be relating to one another in a deeper way than before, spending time with the Lord and with each other in prayer and fellowship from 8-12 June 2013.

We have spent Sunday afternoons each Sunday from January to May 2013 in discussing and experiencing God in our Bible study.  Now we move to a retreat situation, away from the hustle and bustle of daily leaving to a golf resort in Malaysia, where we will be shut in with God each morning, listening and being exhorted from His Word, praying together and having application in bonding exercises with the whole family of God away from the call of home.

We expect to be Awakened for  the theme of our retreat week is “Awakening”.  Will there be  an awakening or a revival?

thumb-24488551Christian revival is a term that generally refers to a specific period of increased spiritual interest or renewal in the life of a church congregation or many churches, either regionally or globally.

  • There was an evangelistic outreach last Sunday which evidenced  that our Bible Study Experiencing God with Henry Blackaby and his son Richard  has revived evangelistic fervor  – several  were invited to our evangelistic outreach, where previously there would have been no new one.
  • There was an increase in the prayer meeting attendance recently

and now what are we expecting for retreat from the world?

Ephesians  5:14 Wake up from your sleep, Climb out from your coffins; Christ will show you the light. (MSG)

QUOTE from my church bulletin  to prepare us for the retreat:

Awakening is a process of getting out of a sleeping mode, waking from our  deadness and experiencing Christ’s transformation light. While there is an initial awakening to new life in Christ, there remain many areas that need further awakening.

What is worrying is that a Christian can fall back to the state of slumber and remain dead. It was out of this concern that we want to ask God to quicken us to who we really are in Christ. We want to work with God to bring about awakening. It is everyone’s responsibility  to seek spiritual renewal. It is also the parent’s responsibility to pray and prepare the way for our children’s awakening. This is not something that happens automatically or to be taken for granted. It is not something that happens within one or even five years. It is an on-going work of the Holy Spirit.

Holistic awakening must include 3 dimensions

  1. Personal awakening – we have been praying and working towards personal revival and renewal. We need to be awakened to God’s love and the Father heart of God through the use of LECTIO DIVINA as a method of reading the Scriptures, we learn to remain awake to God’s personal word and communion.
  2. Relational awakening happens when we learn to walk in the light and practice Christ’s acceptance.  For many of us, relationship is an on-going area of struggle and growth. There are people we are “trying” to love, children we are trying to connect with, marriages that are still grappling with issues.
  3. Missional awakening, we need to grow in our passion for outreach and missions. It was St Irenaeus that made this startling comment “The glory of  God is man fully alive.”

UNQUOTE

It has been said in his blog by 4hispraise in Expecting the Unexpected that “The sequence of events in each of our lives has probably brought meaning to tnat expression. Perhaps early in life we had been warned to avoid high expectations at the risk of being disappointed. The idea; “Don’t get your hopes too high” comes with a warning voiced by Oswald Chambers in his writings as he cautions us to the contrary, when he states emphatically that our problem may be that often we do not expect as much as we should. That. “we expect too little”. His reference, of course, relates to the power and promises of tshe Lord; and that we might well expect miracles big and small.”

So as I join the rest of my church members at the retreat, I believe it is only when we see Christ high and lifted up that we shall see the light of Christ and live for Him in spirit and in truth.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkvCWeqKVEQ

And as we see the glory of God descend,  may we draw closer to Him for there is none like Jesus.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMKsDlyDIjA

Then we shall  lift the Name of God on high

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COQ6cni_TG8&list=RD02bMKsDlyDIjA

The Everlasting God – we shall wait upon Him and we will be strengthened.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02IRabrPNdQ&list=RD02bMKsDlyDIjA

He will be more than we expect. Amen.

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4 Responses to Dim Sum – Awakening

  1. I am trying to catch up and find that I have arrived here a day after the retreat finished.
    I pray that many were ‘awakened’ and truly blessed and encouraged and empowered to go forth proclaiming the Good News of the Gospel by their lives, their attitudes and their words and actions, and that as a result they themselves will be blessed and used to bless others.

    • ptl2010 says:

      Dear Angela, I am so glad you are back with us , a sure sign of answered prayer of healing among us. Praise The Lord! The Lord is indeed good and among us as He abides with us at mountain tops or in the valleys, to bring us closer to Him.
      Thank you for your wonderful support of ChristianBlessings. God continue His healing work in you and fill you with His joy and peace as you live and serve Him all the days of your life.

      • rickroehm says:

        Angela…we missed you. God knows our hearts…and supplies our need. More than we can ask or think. Communion in the Spirit has no substitute. The omni-presence of the Holy Spirit is big. When a member of Christ’s body is effected…other members know…and the Spirit maketh intercession for us. As mentioned..we missed you. God Bless.

      • Thank you Evelyn and Rick.
        I am almost back to ‘normal’ but I had to delete three weeks of email notifications because playing ‘catch up’ was out of the question.
        I praise God for His undertaking for me and thank you both for your fellowship, your prayers and your encouragement.

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