ARC Sunday Preaching April 26, 2020 live via Facebook with Pastor Edwards: The influence upon yourself. Some of the Scriptures included: 1 Samuel 30:1-8, John 12:24, Acts 1:8, and Jude 1:21 KJV.
As he preached, Pastor Edwards said each of us is solely responsible for allowing the things of God in our life. If we will not encourage our self, we will not be encouraged to encouraged others. It will not or ever be about “me” but about “us.” It may start as a “me” thing but it must become a “we” thing – a we thing to be right with God (i.e. till we all come to the unity of the faith: Ephesians 4:13).
It must be a me thing until it becomes a we thing. My “me” revival must become our “we” revival till it becomes a they/us/Church Revival. We need to personalize it, unify it, then evangelize it. Our greater revival will only come when we release the lesser revival. We need to be aware and careful of trying to become a single extraordinary when we need to be a unified extraordinary. When we cooperate, God will operate. And we need to be aware or careful of the “me” victories that have no we celebration – 1 Samuel 18:6).
As he continued preaching, Pastor Edwards said we are to be careful not to overdose on vitamin “me.” And we need to make sure we don’t have a deficiency of vitamin “we.” If we fight against the me revival, we will fight against the “we” revival and the body (i.e. the Church). In unity, you do not blame the wrong person.
David encouraged himself in the Lord (1 Samuel 30:6). And to be encouraged “in the Lord” means to go or look beyond ones own personal persecution, trials, sorrows, sadness, and such alike. But instead of that, we need to look unto others who may be adversely affected or is being adversely affected. The “me” encouragement when done “in the Lord” will help to increase the “we” encouragement in the Lord.
Pastor Edwards also said if you have the Lord, no matter where you are, it will make a difference or make things better because of the Lord. Each person is responsible for his/her our own revival, and to then help others to be in revival. The revival will then become a “they” or our revival and not remain a “me” revival.
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