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Search Me, God

How many times have you been at a meeting when someone talked about a Great Awakening? We all agree we need another Great Awakening. However, the hard truth is we are not likely to see spiritual awakening—globally, nationally, or even locally—without first experiencing personal revival.

The format of this Personal Revival Guide is to have seven days of readings and reflections in four areas: introspection, consecration, intercession, and decision. On Sunday, we will introduce the week’s focus. Due to your church commitments, this day’s assignment will be brief. In Weeks 2 and 3, you will be introduced to assignments which will require planning and preparation.

As you worship today, here are some verses for reflection and some assumptions to consider:

This week's key verse

Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my concerns.
See if there is any offensive way in me;
lead me in the everlasting way.
Psalm 139:23-24
Pray these verses daily. The goal of introspection is to ask God to search your heart and show you the offensive ways in your life. The temptation is to find the sin in someone else’s life. That is not the goal of this week. The easiest way to stop personal revival is to be preoccupied with someone else’s sin while your sin goes unchecked.

Here are several assumptions to guide us in our journey.

  1. Following this guide does not guarantee personal revival.
  2. Revival is not broken into phases, but this study provides an action plan whereby we might seek the Lord for personal revival
  3. While not everyone necessarily needs revival, all of us can and should be moving toward greater sanctification (becoming more like Christ), therefore making this journey useful for all.

Daily Change Challenge

• What would you add to this list of assumptions?
• Begin memorizing Psalm 139:23-24 and make it your personal prayer.
• As you worship corporately today, be particularly sensitive to what God might
say to you about your sin.
• As you pray today, individually and in corporate worship, commit these next
four weeks to God to seek personal revival.

This post is an excerpt from the book Change Me by Dr. Steve Horn. Used by permission.
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