What 21 days of silence taught me
It really feels as if I lived an entire lifetime these past three weeks. I was so surprised at how slow time passed when I eliminated so many things from my life. Maybe the reason our lives seem to be flying by is that we’re the ones running so fast. The first 6 days were not easy. I probably cried more tears than I did this entire year. The Holy Spirit was doing something deep down inside of me. Something so deep I didn't even have the words for. I felt this brokenness and sadness I couldn’t seem to shake. On the 6th day, I woke up hoping it would be gone but it was actually the complete opposite. It had only increased and that morning I had an encounter with God that shifted everything for me.
Often times what feels like sadness is actually the Holy Spirit doing a deep work within us. The pain is not for our harm but for our healing. Brokenness is the pathway that leads to breakthrough.
Going into this 21 days of silence one of my prayers was complete breakthrough in my life and vision for the year ahead. God answered that prayer in a way that exceeded every expectation I had. On the seventh day, I woke up and all of the sadness I was experiencing the week before was gone. I felt like a weight had been lifted off. The Lord then started to speak so clearly and intimately filling my heart with dreams and visions. My life felt like a dam that had been closed up, and once the Lord had set that area of my heart free it was like a force of rushing water flowing through every part of me.
It’s amazing what being off social media can do for you. Something about not scrolling through everyone else’s lives freed me to become more confident in my own specific purpose and freed me to dream with God about my future. It removed the distractions, the comparison, and the wasted time to invest in who God has called me to be. It reminded me that some of life’s sweetest moments cannot be captured, but only remembered. That not everything has to be documented. I don’t believe social media is wrong at all, I love it! But I also know I don’t need it and sometimes it’s just a good idea to turn it off.
I’ve had a lot of time to think in the past few weeks and something I haven’t been able to get away from is this urgency for revival. I believe God has a very specific purpose for your life and that He desires to pour out His spirit not only on you but in our nation.
In Acts 2:17 it says "In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.”
All across the world, a revival is breaking out. More than ever in history we are hearing stories of Muslims coming to know Jesus through dreams, people being supernaturally healed and thousands coming to know Jesus. These nations don’t have all of the riches, fame, production, fancy buildings and the resources that we do and yet they are experiencing a great move of God. None of these things are wrong, but we have sat and let culture change the church when we are called to be the ones who change culture.
Jesus says in John 14:12 that "I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.”
The miracles and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit we read about in the Bible are still for today. The gifts of the spirit are not for a select few, but for every believer. You have full access to everything God has promised in his Word but these gifts will not just happen. You have a part to play.
Jesus says ask and you shall have. Seek and you will find. Maybe deep down inside you’ve always felt like there was more. More to the Christian life than simply going to church, participating in Christian activities, and doing your best to be a good person. I know that feeling because I’ve been there. It’s something you may have a hard time putting into words around, but it’s this longing for something more. Press into that. Pray and ask Him for more. Ask Him to reveal more of who He is. To take you deeper. Intimacy with the Lord is a process and it won’t happen overnight, but it's worth pursuing.
I believe there are two things we can do to unleash revival not only in our lives but in every atmosphere we enter.
1. Get to a place of repentance
Now if you’re anything like me when you think of this word you immediately picture an angry preacher with veins popping out yelling at you to repent. But that is not the heart of the Father. Repentance is actually a beautiful thing.
God’s kindness leads us to repentance, and repentance leads us to revival.
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” | 2 Chronicles 7:14
2. Get into your prayer closet
I’m afraid we often don’t get to this point or encounter the gifts of the spirit not because God doesn’t have them for us today, but because our lives are filled with so many other things that we’re not seeking them.
In Matthew 6:6 it says "But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you."
When you seek revival in the hidden places, you will experience an outpouring of the Holy Spirit that cannot be contained. God has a very specific purpose for your life and you have a special role to play in advancing the Kingdom of God on earth.
I know this post may not be the most positive and uplifting and it hasn’t been the easiest for me to write it either. But my hope and prayer are that it sparks a flame in your heart for revival. That you would walk away knowing that you have a specific part to play in what God is doing on the earth, no matter your age, circumstances, position, or title. You are called to do great things and don’t be afraid to live a life that looks different. A set apart life is one that experiences a supernatural life.