Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." ~John 14:6
My fellow Baby Boomer buds more than likely remember the spiritual awakening that took place in the late sixties and early seventies of the last century. Known as the Jesus Movement, or the Jesus Revolution, it spawned a fervent wave of revival among teens and young adults, who craved to know Jesus and His saving grace.
Many of these "flower children" had believed the utopian promise of love and peace offered by the emerging Hippie culture. But after being strung out on drugs, or wanton sex, many realized that they had been looking for love in all the wrong places. Nothing in their unaccountable lifestyle filled the emptiness in their lives.
Greg Laurie was one of those lost and lonely teenagers.
Jesus Revolution focuses not only on Greg's transformational journey from hopelessness to enduring hope in Christ Jesus, but also intertwines with the historical events of this time in which our country experienced enormous upheavals, not so different from the ones we are living through today. It offers invaluable insights as to how revival manifests itself through the Holy Spirit, and because it's God-initiated, countless souls are saved and redeemed.
We long for former days of revival not because we're nostalgic, trying to get the same experience back that we once had in the past. If we do that, our affections are sadly misplaced. No, we long for the Holy Spirit to fall upon us, our communities, and our nation in a fresh way so that God Himself would be glorified through the fruit and love of changed human lives.
Wouldn't that be a dream come true?
As Christians, we have been facing more opposition and animosity in these current days than ever before. More prayer and commitment to the Lord are needed on our part to combat this satanic influence. Yes, Lord, send a revival, and let it begin with each one of us as we go deeper into Your Word and live our lives in a way that others will see Jesus in us, and will want to share in that incomparable joy!
I don't recommend many books here on my blog, but this one is definitely a winner, my friends. Reading it has convicted me anew to delve even deeper into God's Word; I'm no longer content with a cursory daily reading of the scripture. If any of you have encountered a Bible study that changed your heart, and inspired you to commit yourself more passionately to Jesus, will you share it here?
With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can start a revival!