When the Holy Spirit Stirs Up

Ezra 1:1,5
By: Rev. Dr. David Kim, President and Lead Pastor of Glocal Mission

May 1, 2018

The success of Ezra’s physical rebuilding project and spiritual reformission (physical rebuilding + spiritual transformation) campaign was not based upon his own wit and strategy but solely on God’s initiatives and power. We read twice in Ezra 1:1 the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, and in 1:5 everyone whose spirit God had stirred to go up to rebuild the house of
the Lord that is in Jerusalem. When the Holy Spirit stirs up the heart of His people, spiritual revivals and missional reformission happen. The Bible records several great revivals where people in great numbers turned to God and gave up their sinful ways of living.

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Each revival was characterized by a leader who recognized his nation’s spiritual dryness. And in each case, the leader tookaction and was not afraid to make God’s desires and Kingdom agenda known to the people. We often talk much about the Great Commission but in reality few of us are being discipled by someone and in turn, making disciples who make disciples that multiply churches. Today, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who forgave our sins through His death and resurrection calls us out by His Holy Spirit to become fishers of men not merely keepers of an aquarium. The Holy Spirit bids us to be powerful witnesses (Acts 1:8, Gk. martyrion=martyrs) who make disciples that make disciples of Jesus. Would you like to join me in proclaiming Jesus Christ from all Scriptures, in order to make disciples from all the nations to all nations?

Prayer

“O Lord of the Harvest, purify my heart, let my heart be stirred up by your Spirit for the very things that break your heart. Use me for the Great Commission tasks locally and globally. In the precious name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.”