Are We Experiencing Normal Christianity?

Are We Experiencing Normal Christianity?


Webster defines revival in part, as "a recovery of consciousness from unconsciousness". He describes the word revive in part, as bringing back to a normal condition. I want us to take a minute and consider these two thoughts. How much are we really conscious of the spiritual need around us? How close are we to normal Christianity?

I still remember sitting in a 9th grade science class. The room was very hot and we were all crowded into a a small corner of the room to watch an experiment. Slowly, little by little, the room began to spin and everything turned black. Eventually I met the point of no return. I do not remember a thing from that time until the time of recovery in the nurse's office. For sure, there was activity all about me, but it was completely unknown to me at the time. I have no recollection whatsoever of that time period.

Could it be that we are spiritually unaware of a world that is spinning out of control and is covered in the blackness of sin? We do not have to look very far to see it, but do we? It is there, but are we conscious of it? Could it be that at one time in our lives we stood against sin, and for the Savior? But now, we have given in to worldly pressures, family pressures, possibly even church pressures? Our zeal and spiritual energy have been drained to the point of numbness, and we are not even aware of what is taking place in the spiritual battle. We have become spiritually unconscious. Meanwhile satan (I do not believe in capitalizing his name) is working his plan just as Christ desires to work His plan.

Maybe you are not unconscious, just a little tired of the battle. Maybe just a lttle sleepy. May I remind you that there is a lost and dying world out there that is counting on us to make a difference (even if they are not aware of it). The same was true in Jonah's day. Can you hear the world call "What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not" (Jonah 1:6). Remember that God through the Apostle Paul tells us to be stedfast, unmovable, and of course, always abounding in the work of the Lord (I Corinthians 15:58). Remember too, not to be weary in well doing (Galatians 6:9). The rest of that verse goes on to say "...for in due season we shall reap, if we FAINT not."

God never expects us to faint, to grow weary, to sleep, to become unconscious to the battle going on around us, but yet all too often it happens. Do not allow the things of God to become dull in your thinking. Keep on keeping on for the Lord.

As I awoke in the nurse's office, I can remember things seeming a little fuzzy. It took some time to understand where I was and what had happened. It took a few minutes for me to return to normal. If we have gotten away from the Lord, returning to our first love may seem a little strange. There may be some major obstacles we need to overcome, and it may not happen all at once. Gradually, little by little, God can and will allow a return to normal Christianity.

By your choice, He will fan a spark in your heart and cause it to grow into a holy fire. Could it be that at this time you do not desire to be revived, to be on fire for the Lord? Could it be that you are content to live a life apart from God? Returning may be a little fuzzy", but return anyway. Ask God to give you the desire, to give you that little spark that He can fan. He will.

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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA

This is a very good devotional. I really enjoyed the message!! I'm thankful God revived me a year and a half ago; my life has not been the same since that day. It happened through hearing of the Word and the testimony of Nick Vujicic of lifewithoutlimbs.org - a young man, the age of my son, born without arms and legs. He is a powerhouse for the Lord!! God bless you :-)


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Sky321 6 years ago from Canada

Nice hub and very inspirational.


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davidisaiah 6 years ago from Klamath Falls, Oregon

Lifegate,

Acknowledging that we are not perfect in our relationship with one another and, therefore, not perfect in our understanding with God begins the healing and journey back to his loving embrace. Perhaps this lack of awareness is something that happens more often than even believers care to admit. Today, Lord, let me be more aware of your love and grace.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thanks All, My prayer is that God will somehow use these writings in the lives of those that read. May Jesus Christ be Praised!


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Michael Adams1959 6 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

Great writing loved it, just give it to God! Let HIM do the work, and He will.


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cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

Great hub. Thank you for sharing this timely reminder. Blessings to you and regards.


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djbraman 6 years ago

What we need is a great awakening, and I pray and long to see the day when all of us worship and praise him with a love in our hearts that is unmistakable! I like your simplistic style of writing, you're a great communicator. I thought you looked like a minister, with the pleasant face, and fatherly look, but when I read your bio, at first I thought no, he's not, then I got to the part I just knew in my spirit about you. I grew up in Dahlonega, Ga, but now live in NC, but I know what you mean about the mountains and streams, I miss that surrounding! I'm going to read your 5 part hub on revival soon. Thank you for the connection, and may God shine his face upon you and favor you always!


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota

nice hub and so true. It is so easy to slip off into the mundane of living and all the business that goes with it and compartmentalize God by putting Him in a slot we mean to get to later. By then our hearts are cooled and it's difficult to connect. Thank you for the encouragement to stay close and stay awake.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Tamarajo,You are absolutely right. It's far too easy to slip off. I'm very thankful to God for His faithfulness, even when I slip off.


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

I believe that there are times like when you passed out, that our spirits are released temporarily from our bodies. Why I'm not certain, maybe God wishes to calm it down from everthing going on around it which makes sense to me at least.


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lifegate 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Thanks for your input, Dave. All I know is that it was a strange experience.


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Debradoo 5 years ago from Cocoa, Florida

Wonderful hub Lifegate. We do absolutely need to remind ourselves daily, that we are in a spiritual battle that manifests itself in the natural and physical realm and seeks to claim us in it's ferocity.

Just the other day, I was napping in my easy chair and when I awoke I was disoriented and thinking, "where am I and what day is this and what is happening here because nothing looks familiar". It took about 30 seconds for me to realize that I was napping in my chair and not in my bed(I musta been sleeping deeply). The reality of what was happening to me, was such a relief!


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Debradoo,

Thanks for the visit. Glad you woke up and were able to make sense of your surroundings. Life is strange sometimes!


Michael Adams 7 months ago

Just what is normal? What is revival? You have brilliantly summed it up as always. We have been in experiencing revival in our little church here in Southwestern Ohio. Preaching has been the key, last several messages have been on opening eyes yo se what is going on not only in the world but in the church.


Rick Vincent 7 months ago

If we look around us and take a good hard look at the church, do we really want "Normal Christianity?" I see "Normal Christianity?" as the Laodicean Church that we read about in Revelation 3:14-22. God says in verse 16, "So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth." Paul said in Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

How many of us are really pressing on to the high calling of God in Christ Jesus?


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lifegate 7 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi Michael,

I think normal is what the New Testament church was. We're so far from it today. Revival in my thinking is getting back to what the New Testament church was. Again we're so far from it.

By the way, I posted your preaching video on the TGAF website. I kind of forgot to ask if it was okay. Ket me know. I can always take it down. Thanks for visiting!


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lifegate 7 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi Brother Rick,

I hear you. Most today are missing the mark, I'm afraid. I do think normal Christianity is displayed by the New Testament Church. We are so far from normal today, we have no idea what a Christian should be like. It's time for all who name the name of Christ to stand and be counted. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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