REVIVAL!

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by Jack C. Corcoran

Back in the year of 1990, I was a student at the seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. On this one particular day, we were seated in the classroom for “History of Christianity”; there were about 30 of us – men and women.

Our study on this day was in the Book of Nehemiah. The professor was going on and on about the statistics, i.e. when it was written; who wrote it; that sort of stuff. He was boring me so I went ahead and started reading.

I was especially intrigued with chapters 8 and 9. As I read the words in these two chapters, the Spirit of God came over me and I began to weep and grow very warm. I was especially captured by certain verses; 8:5,6,15; and 9:2, 3.

You should find time to read them yourselves but in verse 8:5 it starts out with…

“Ezra opened the book…and as he opened it, the people all stood. In verse 8:15, they are told that “they should proclaim this word and spread it throughout their towns…”

And by the time we get to chapter 9:2 – 3, we see what is happening. “They stood in their places and confessed their sins….they stood where they were and read from the book of the Law of the Lord their God.”

And I’m squirming in my seat and thinking, this is revival! This is what a revival is!

I’m not sure how much time had passed; probably not more than a few minutes. But I was suddenly brought back to the present when I heard the professor shouting; “Mr. Corcoran, are you ok?”

As I began explaining what I was reading, I began to weep again and suddenly, some guy from behind stood up and began to confess sin. You could hear a pin drop and then sobbing, and then another stood up and confessed and then another. And then, suddenly, the dismissal bell sounded and the professor broke in and dismissed us. The spell, or whatever you wish to call it, had been broken and everyone quietly filed out and went on their way.

I believe to this day that if I had been more alert to the Spirit’s leading, we would have seen revival right there in the seminary. But like everyone else, I went casually on my way and it was soon forgotten. But not totally forgotten because I have been reminded of it several times since.

Last night for instance, as I was praying, I was reminded again. Twenty-six years have passed since that day in the classroom and I am being reminded again. I don’t think this is accidental or coincidental; I’m sure you all might agree that we are sorely in need of revival, not only in the USA but around the globe.

So, here is what the Lord laid on my heart last night as I was drifting off to sleep. I am urging each and every one who reads this to join me in prayer for revival. I don’t mean just one time; I mean it this way;

Each night before you crawl into bed, I would urge yo to do as I am doing (actually, I started last night). If you recall, God made a promise to His people in 2 Chronicles 7:14. He said:

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Many people have been posting this quote from Scripture for several years but, it doesn’t end there. The promise is enforced in 12:7 when the word of the Lord comes to Shemaiah. The Lord says… “Since they have humbled themselves, I will not destroy them but will soon give them deliverance.”

We humble ourselves whenever we fall to our knees before the Lord. So, this must be the posture we take as we pray for deliverance and revival. And remember; “The Lord is slow to anger; abounding in love and forgiveness.” these very words are repeated over and over throughout Scripture. Read some of them as you find time.

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We can have revival, and we must or we will nor survive. The enemy is at the door and only God can stop him. You can see, if you’re nor blind, that our politicians aren’t doing their job. In fact, they are going against God. I’m a retired police officer and it sickens me to see what’s going on in our country with all these officers being murdered.

The only thing that can stop it is revival and the only way to bring revival is us.

The way to revival starts with ME! Say that to yourself each night as you fall to your knees; start tonight and every night from now on until the Lord answers. I do not believe that it would be improper to ask the Lord to keep His promise from 2 Chronicles. this is the way I intend to close out each and every day from now on until the Lord answers.

Will you please join me?

 

 

Your own idea?

by J. C. Corcoran

Lean not on your own understanding; I have learned, or rather God has taught me to live by His Word. Like “wait on the Lord” and “lean not on your own understanding”. I’ll use a good case in point to show you what I mean.

I lived in Texas and my girlfriend lived in Indiana. At first, we thought she was moving to Texas but that didn’t work out so, in order for us to be together, I would have to move to Indiana. But, was it the right thing to do? We knew we loved each other and we knew we wanted to be married but, who was going to make the move? I prayed and waited on God. It didn’t take long (7 months to be exact).

First of all, I was stopped by the Texas Highway Patrol for driving an unregistered motor vehicle. The court slapped a steep fine on me and I couldn’t pay it. The court said “thirty days or we take your driver’s license”. And then my landlady advised me that she was going to have to raise my rent. You see what’s happening here, don’t you? The Lord is closing doors; telling me it’s okay to move. So I did.

Within three months in Indiana I landed one of the best jobs I had ever had outside of my law enforcement career. And for the next six years I worked that job. At the same time, my girlfriend, who is now my wife, sold the diner she had owned for more than fifteen years, and went to work at a Kroger Supermarket. In less than four years she was training for management and she is now on the management team. God has blessed us beyond measure. We had prayed and we had waited  and the Lord led us to where we are; where He wanted us.

And now, I’m waiting again because I had kidney cancer which caused me to leave that job, which put us in a precarious financial situation. What should we do? We will do what I have learned to do; I will wait on the Lord and lean not on my own understanding. The Lord will always bring about something good from what may appear to be an impossible situation because “with God all things are possible.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart  and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Can I get an amen?

You Know What?

You know what?

We cannot live a life of sin and expect a blessing from God. Sin is disobedience to Gods word and He says in 1 Samuel 2:30 …them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.

Christian brothers, hear me; you cannot continue your life of sin and expect God to deliver us from our oppression. Yes, we are being oppressed; our enemies are in high gear in their attempts to destroy every sign of God in our country. Do you not see it? Of course you see it; so what are you doing about it? Some of you are taking part. You ask how are you taking part, and I’m glad you asked because I’m fixing to tell you.

Please open your bibles to Ephesians to the fifth chapter and read with me from verse three.

“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.”

Now skip down to verse eleven: “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

And you know what?

“ if you try to deny that you are involved in any or all of those listed, you are lying to yourself but, most of all, you are lying to God. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; THEN WILL I HEAR FROM HEAVEN, AND WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN, AND WILL HEAL THEIR LAND.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

Can I hear an Amen please!

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Prayer

Prayer

By J. C. Corcoran

10/19/2014

 

You know, I am simply amazed at the Christian community for their constant grumbling over prayer in public places. “We’re not allowed to pray in school” or “We’re not allowed to pray at sporting events” etc., etc. etc.. And not only do they grumble about it but they broadcast it on all the news media. So, I think it’s about time we set the record straight.

The bible, which is the manual for Christian living, tells us not to pray in public as the hypocrites do but to pray in secret as Jesus did. Let me start with Mark 1:35 where it tells us that; “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”

Several times throughout the gospels Jesus tells his disciples to “follow me.” So, why all the grumbling and wailing about not being able to pray? Why don’t we follow Jesus and pray in secret? When Jesus’ followers prayed, they met together, usually behind closed doors, (Acts 12:5 and 12:12 and Acts 4:23-31), not out in public. In fact, Jesus calls those who pray out in public hypocrites (Matthew 6:5-9). In fact, look what He says in verse 6; “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

Quit complaining about not being able to pray. “Follow Me.” Follow Jesus’ example and pray in secret. There are only a few times in Scripture where Jesus prayed in public for everyone to hear. And when He did, it was miracle time; As in Luke 3:21-22. After He was baptized by John, Jesus prayed and the Spirit, in the form of a dove, landed on Him; “And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

And again in John 11:41-42 when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. And when was the last time you saw something like that happen after praying at a baseball game? And what do you pray for at a ball game, that your team will win? I certainly hope not because then you would be asking God to take sides. When you pray in school, what do you pray for, good grades; good behavior? You don’t need to pray aloud for those things.

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” And first Thessalonians 5:17 says to “pray continually”.

 

How do we pray continually? We pray in the spirit; in our minds. Remember, God knows our minds and He hears our prayers when we pray silently. You can walk down the halls of any school praying in the Spirit and no one can stop you. They might wonder what you’re smiling about but that’s okay; there’s no law (yet) about smiling in school.

So please my Christian brothers and sisters; quit grumbling about not being allowed to pray in public. You’re not supposed to pray in public; you are supposed to pray in secret and God will reward you; Matthew 6:6… “Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

And may God bless you as you follow His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. To God be the glory.

 

 

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