When the Word of God meets the Spirit of God in the midst of the people of God we have the essential ingredients of awakening.
Every awakening is an echo of the resurrection of Jesus and a foreshadowing of the great resurrection to come.
Awakenings mostly begin when a few ordinary people, often in obscurity, band together and move boldly in the ways of small, steadfast obedience.
We so readily see the profound need for great awakening in the surrounding society; it is much harder to see our own need of it.
Without the Holy Spirit there will be forms of religion without the power, duty without desire, discipline without delight, knowledge without knowing, and yes, bodies without breath.
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The Word of God without the Spirit of God produces a form of reality without the power. On the other hand, the Spirit of God without the Word of God brings fire without any form.
To sow for awakening means coming to the sobering awareness that God owes us nothing and there’s nothing we can do to somehow get God in our debt.
Awakening cannot be reduced to mere spiritual renewal. It happens when Word and Spirit come together to make gloriously visible the will of God in the working of human beings.
We have an infinitely high capacity for the life of the Holy Spirit in us and yet we have a desperately low reality of the Spirit’s presence and power in our lives.