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Πληροφορίες και προσευχή για τον Λαό της Κύπρου     



                  ΕΝΤΕΥΚΤΕΣ ΓΙΑ ΤΗΝ ΚΥΠΡΟ

   Πληροφορίες και προσευχή για τον Λαό της Κύπρου




Revival in the Church


Message for pastors, elders, church & ministry leaders:

On a recent retreat, I was mulling over Joshua chapter three. It began to come alive……Joshua 3v3-9: "When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, (i.e. God’s presence) and the priests, who are Levites, carrying it, (i.e. church leadership set apart for serving His people), you are to move out from your positions and follow it. (Leaders lead).  4  Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before. God is doing something new in this time of Coronavirus. (Services and interactions may never be fully the same again. Leaders need to receive God’s strategies from heaven). 

But keep a distance of about a thousand yards between you and the ark; do not go near it." 5  Joshua told the people, "Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you." (Consecration from the world, and being set apart for God and His purposes in these days).  6  Joshua said to the priests, "Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on ahead of the people." (Leaders must respond to the challenge, seeking God for His way, not hiding their heads in the sand, hoping all will go away).

So they took it up and went ahead of them. 7  And the LORD said to Joshua, "Today I will begin to exalt you in the eyes of all Israel, so that they may know that I am with you as I was with Moses. 8  Tell the priests who carry the ark of the covenant: 'When you reach the edge of the Jordan's waters, go and stand in the river.' (How about that? Stand in the river! What an invitation to seek God for the river of His life, the river of His Spirit to flow afresh in you! Who knows what God will do with one who chooses to seek Him?) " 9  Joshua said to the Israelites, "Come here and listen to the words of the LORD your God. (We all have the opportunity and invitation to spend time in His presence and in His word, being led of His Spirit, and receiving fresh revelation….for such a time as this.)

Joshua 3:14 &17: So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them. 17  The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground. We are all ‘a royal priesthood’ [1 Peter 2v9] and are all – especially leadership - required to ‘stand firm’ in the faith. Leaders' obedience prepared the way. 1 Corinthians 15v58 and Ephesians 6v14 are two of the several verses on this theme of standing firm…worth looking into. Having read this, pray for your church leadership, for ministries leadership, for Cyprus denominations’ leadership including the Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church in Cyprus.  


Revival in the Church:  
Whilst we need discernment to identify and reject false prophecy over revival, often in the form of wishful thinking, we also need to recognise where God is moving upon His people as a bride in preparation for her husband to be. As one brother put it, repentance, submission, surrender and obedience brings God’s divine protection. But it can also make a way for Him to move….preparing the way of the Lord. Revival cannot be earned for it is a work of the Spirit (John 1:12-13; John 3v6), but showing our concern for God to move and our willingness to repent will prepare the way.

When He moves, it will be a ‘suddenly’ of God, but He will take into account the prayers of those who are crying out for God to move in the land…..and in our world. Your prayers for revival are important to God. Maybe the current world events are part of His plan in humbling people to start to seek God amidst the insecurity of the times. Revival in the Church will overflow in transformation of the nation(s). Remember also that the Bible speaks clearly of revival in Israel (Psalm 53v6; Zechariah 12v10 & 13v1-2), so pray in alignment with His revealed word. (Gen 12v3).