9 Days to Revival? We are 1600 years too late!
40 Days of Increase | Day 29
–by Pastor Don Weeks, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
You want a model for revival? Follow the pointing finger of history. Look back over 1600 years with me and see a boy walking near the seashore. He spots a pirate ship closing into toward shore and before he knows it, pirates have encircled him. The pirates capture the lad and take him from his parents, family, and Scottish homeland. They take aboard their ship and set sail for Ireland.
There the boy is sold as a slave, and his master just happens to be a Pagan high priest of Druidism. For six years he served this Pagan, and yet, this young boy named Patrick became a devout Christian.
I would say more silly rituals are celebrated on St. Patrick’s day than any serious consideration of his life. Many religions will claim him as their own, but he was never canonized a Catholic saint. He never mentions anything Roman Catholic. He preached the gospel of sinners needing Jesus Christ alone for salvation. And, he never mentions anything about the luck of the Irish or wearing green.
St. Patrick was a sold-out for God, zealous Baptist missionary. You can do your own research, of course, but please allow me to read you some words that proves revival had been going on fervently in the heart of this man we call St. Patrick. He is not waiting 9 more days for revival, and neither should you or I!
God, my God, omnipotent King, I humbly adore thee. Thou art King of kings, Lord of lords. Thou art the Judge of every age. Thou art the Redeemer of souls. Thou art the Liberator of those who believe. Thou art the Hope of those who toil. Thou art the Comforter of those in sorrow. Thou art the Way to those who wander. Thou art Master to the nations. Thou art the Creator of all creatures. Thou art the Lover of all good. Thou art the Prince of all virtues. Thou art the joy of all Thy saints. Thou art life perpetual. Thou art joy in truth. Thou art the exultation in the eternal fatherland. Thou art the Light of light. Thou art the Fountain of holiness. Thou art the glory of God the Father in the height. Thou art Savior of the world. Thou art the plenitude of the Holy Spirit. Thou sittest at the right hand of God the Father on the throne, reigning for ever. —St. Patrick
Your practical task for the day
Pray. Write our Colossians 3:16-17 and recite it from memory, if you can. If you’ve got time, read about the life of St. Patrick. You can read directly from his own testimony who he believed and what he preached. Different faiths may claim him and countries may make him their patron saint, but God knows the real story. And if St. Patrick really is a saint, it is because he got saved. It is because he trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior.
Because it is St. Patrick’s day, I may wear green. But I will also be resolutely revived in my spirit, with Patrick words echoing in my soul, as an example.
Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
Have an awesome and inspired St. Patrick’s day.
HE MUST INCREASE