For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. - Jas 2:13 NKJV
One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Psalm 42:1 “As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.” I have in insatiable thirst for the presence of the Lord, for His Spirit to be released in my life and all that I set my feet to. I believe that God is going to pour out His Spirit on all humanity in one massive revival such as the world has never seen!
Recently as I was pondering my thoughts on God, I randomly heard the word resuscitation. I get random words in my mind often, and I have found if I write them down and do not disregard them, the Holy Spirit will bring me to them later and begin to birth a revelation.
Resuscitation is a medical term defined as a revival from potential or apparent death. It is a restoration to life or consciousness for one whose respirations (breathing) had ceased. God created life with His breath when He breathed into Adam; And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. - Gen 2:7 NKJV
Later we see Jesus release Holy Spirit onto the disciples by breathing on them. And when He had said this, He breathed on [them], and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. - John 20:22 NKJV
Job acknowledged that life comes from God and Him alone when He said: "The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” ~Job 33:4
We are living in a time when the Church is full of the walking dead. We are witnessing people living in unbelief while attending Sunday services. Those who have ears to hear but do not. God is saying He alone is the giver of life and it is time for a mass resuscitation of the Body of Christ!
Resuscitate is not in the Bible but revive is, and numerous times. Revive is the same thing, bringing back to life. In the New King James Version of the Bible, we see the word revive 19 times, 14 of those are in Psalms.
A David Kind of Plea
If I were to take these 14 Psalms and put them into one structured plea, it would sound like this.
Oh God, I am afflicted, hear my voice and revive me again. My soul clings to the dust revive us again that we may praise You. Revive me according to Your word; revive me in Your way; revive me in Your righteousness, according to Your loving kindness, according to Your justice, and according to Your judgments, revive me for Your name’s sake!
God is our Great Physician, and He alone can bring a people back to life. According to these Scriptures, God’s word, ways, righteousness, loving kindness, justice, and judgments are what will revive us. But it will take humility on our part to be brought back to life through submission to these things. A dead person or an unconscious person can’t fight back and argue. They have met their demise, and unless the “doctor” is successful at resuscitating them, they will forever be dead. But God simply tells us to turn around, look back to Him, and He will reach out. If we come to Him with humility and a contrite spirit He will revive us.
For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name [is] Holy: "I dwell in the high and holy [place], With him [who] has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones. - Isa 57:15 NKJV
God Delights in Mercy
God delights in showing mercy and His mercy triumphs over judgment. He brings us from death to life and from wrong to right. Praise God for His faithfulness. Thank Him for rewriting your story. Thank Him for resuscitating that which was dead. He bore you to bear life, and yet we chose death, but He had another plan. God's plan involves the Kingdom of Christ and not Satan's; it is to prosper you and not cause you harm. Forever we shall spend our days in worship to The Holy King. For God is the Lord of lords and King of kings. He is the Alpha and The Omega and was in the beginning and is in the end and He is everything in between.
Should we not turn back to Him and request His breath of life into our nostrils? Should we not repent for our lack of desire for Him and give our Creator the opportunity to revive and restore all that is within us? Have you reached the end of yourself yet? Are you desperate to be brought back to life?
We are in need of a burning. The fire of God to thoroughly purge us from all uncleanness that we may be brought to life again. The fire to burn out the infectious disease of sin and the effects of it in our lives and our nation. Isaiah 1 refers to God’s fire doing this very thing. As I began to write about these Scriptures, the Lord began to release His thoughts.
The Holy Fire of God is Needed
“I will turn My hand against you, And thoroughly purge away your dross, And take away all your alloy.” Reform and be pardoned! Come now, and let us reason together….is there any legal reason why you think you can continue in a wayward relationship with Me and I will allow it? Certainly not! I am commanding you to make yourself clean, stop doing evil and get wisdom. Learn how to do good things for My name's sake. Seek justice according to My word and not your soulish desires. A religion that I call good and undefiled is merciful, kind, and loving. A religion that I say is relevant to My kingdom is that which takes care of orphans, feeds the hungry both natural food and spiritual food; takes care of the widows and the elderly. Religious activities that allow you to be the attention receiver instead of Me is defiled with pride and manmade traditions.
Have I not called you to separate yourselves and come out from among them? Have I not called you to turn from evil, seek justice, and love mercy? Have I not sent My Son to become a sacrifice in exchange for Your sin? Yet you continue to walk in sin and relish in the appetites of your carnal and wayward flesh.
Though I have sought after you over and over, you have rejected My advances toward you and have said to Me, your Creator, that you do not need Me and will find your own way Home. I am Home. My kingdom will come, and My will shall be done regardless of your efforts to destroy them. I will not relent from My heart’s desire to see My Son have His Bride that He laid His life down for. Do you not understand that a man who lay’s his life down has established the greatest love of all time? I lend ears to the righteous prayers of My people. I do not respond to manipulation to get Me to do your will. My ways are not complicated nor are they burdensome, NO! In fact, My ways are life, and your ways are death. It has been that way from the beginning. I said choose life. You choose life by choosing what god you will serve. If Satan is your way than his way will be your ruin but if My Son is your way you will turn from your will unto Mine and you will live.
Oh God in Heaven hear our cries! We are sickened by the state of our sins! It is time to bring forth life from what we have killed. We repent on behalf of our own sins, our families, our churches, and our nations. We repent for filling our lives and hearts with the ways of man and this world while rejecting Your ways that lead to life. Our country is in great despair, and only You can repair the damage that our sin filled lives have begotten. Won’t You hear our cries and relent from judgment? We desire undeserved mercy and thank You that according to Your Word Your mercies are new every day. We need Your mercy Oh Lord! In Jesus name, Amen.