Wednesday, July 13, 2011

God's Power to Revive a Heart" Andrea Griffith Testimony

I had the Wonderful blessing of hearing this testimony Sunday while at the Bible Tabernacle. God is so Awesome and Faithful. I am Thankful He is very Alive and working in this late hour. Peace be with you.

First a couple of good scriptures to read over that are covered in this testimony as well.

Isaiah 61 says,  "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion—to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified (vv. 1-3)".

I preach repentance toward God; and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21).

Each of these will take you to a page with the transcript.   Right above the Post there is a "Listen" button that will allow you to download the MP3's.    
 Part 1: More Than Calling Him Lord 

 Part 2: A Portrait of Personal Revival
 Part 3: Bitterness Is Harbored Hurt
 With Scriptures and key notes/statements listed below:

Part 1: More Than Calling Him Lord  
That word Lord is more than a word. It indicates a relationship, His total possession of me and my total submission to Him. That’s salvation. That is Him being Lord of our lives.

Psalm 103 says "Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s (vv. 1-5)."

2 Timothy chapter 3. It says, [They] have the appearance of godliness, but [they] deny its power. Avoid such people. . . . [They are] weak , burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning but never able to arrive at the knowledge of the truth (vv. 5–7).

“Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven will enter” (Matt. 7:21).

“These people draw near to Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me” (Isa. 29:13 paraphrased).

Repentance is a change of mind. It’s a change of direction.   It is a 180. 

Part 2: A Portrait of Personal Revival
Brokenness is simply my response of humility and obedience to the prompting of God’s Spirit and the revelation of God’s Word.

In Isaiah, 54:4 it says: Fear not for you will not be put to shame; and do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced; but you will forget the shame of your youth.

Proverbs 28:13 Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and denounces them finds mercy.

Part 3: Bitterness Is Harbored Hurt
"God's specialty. He loves to take the broken places in our lives, the places where we've totally blown
it, the things that we are so ashamed of and hope nobody else knows, where we think we can never minister out of that—that failure was just too big. God loves to take those broken things and make them into something He can use to give us back beauty for the ashes of our lives." - Andrea Griffith

Characteristics of bitterness—how that when we're bitter, we're overly sensitive, that we assume negative, and that we have a critical fault-finding spirit. Bitterness shows up physically in your body as you having no rest and no strength.

In Hebrews it says, “See to it that no root of bitterness spring up among you defiling many” (12:15)