A Re-Discovered History

by | Jul 30, 2015 | Faith, Redemption, Revival | 0 comments

The farther an experience moves
away from our current reality the greater the chance that experience will
someday become only a legend to future generations. The first disciples did not
let this happen. They lived in the daily demonstration of God’s power and
presence and continued in that lifestyle until the end of their days. They had
no partitions in their faith that relegated the demonstration of the God’s
Spirit to a back room experience in the fear of making someone feel

As you view the history of
Pentecost over the last 100 years, some denominations and church movements that
began in a visible demonstration and affirmation of the Spirit’s power now only
tell stories of the people who became legends in the initial imprint of their
history. Those who study these histories ascribe some of this to a sociological
process called Redemption and Lift. 

Redemption and Lift starts when
we get saved and begins the process of organizing our lives around Godly
principles that will eventually affect our character, finances and
relationships. As a result of this transformational process we begin to rise
from the pits of social and economic despair and start climbing higher in the
social order. In that rise we have a tendency to leave behind the very thing
that was present at the start of our journey – a dependence on the power of
God. This process, if ignored, can deposit us in a place of respectability that
we will use to sustain our newly acquired status in culture. Once our needs
have been met we no longer require a miraculous God to show up to meet our
future needs because the momentum of our social status has replaced Him. 

The resulting mindset this
uplift creates can infect what we do in our private life and in the public
display of our faith. Once we arrive at this new place we begin to change our
attitudes and language to reflect a god whose primary goal is to help us
maintain our new position in culture. Risk becomes the enemy of our newfound

As you review the history of
revival it is rare to see a fresh move of God rise from within existing
denominations or church movements. The reason for this rarity is because, after
the first generation of risk-taking apostolic leadership passed, they were
replaced by a maintenance style of leadership whose primary role was the
survival of the status quo. In the decades following there may be seasons where
an external revamping of mission takes place, but at its core nothing has
changed. Something still remains in the organizational thinking that makes
safety and stability the primary role of leadership versus the kind of leader
who welcomes the level of risk required for revival, renewal and a new
beginning. As a result, embracing the instability that comes from a fresh
encounter with God becomes suspect. 

Today, if you find yourself in
this place take heart. There is a way forward. The way forward is discovered
when you revisit the beginning of your history and rediscover what you may have
left behind. Within the elements of your beginning you will reconnect with the
faith required to help you get back on track and finish well. 

A house is always built from a
foundation. During the most dramatic remodeling process your faith and practice
will remain solid if it is constructed atop a solid and known foundation. Risk
will never put a solid foundation in jeopardy. Your rediscovered history will
give you the courage required to begin the redesign project of your future that
will allow the presence and power of God to take center stage once again.



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