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  Northfield, NJ 08225


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Why The Fire?

"Will You not Yourself revive us again, that Your people might rejoice in You?" (Psa.85:6)

So, why do we need the fire? The fire is a revival, and only God is able to supply the heat necessary for that revival. It is only when the heat of God's revival is upon us that "Your people might rejoice in You." God looks for all of us to desire the fire of that revival and renewal. Through our confession and repentance, God will supply the gift of forgiveness. It is then, through this revival and renewal that we can find true joy.....The fullness of joy! "I will listen to what the Lord will say; he promises peace to his people, his saints----but let them not return to folly" (V 8). In the previous verse is the plea for God to show His unfailing love. Only through that love will we find the peace of God's presence. That peace is the Shalom of God. We have come use that Hebrew word Shalom as a greeting of peace, but it means much more than just simply peace. It is a complete peace....It is a feeling of contentment, completeness, wholeness, well being and harmony. Only God can bring us that peace as His glory dwells within us. Lack of revival is not because of God's reluctance to bring it, but our failure to entreat Him for it. When God brings the fire of revival and renewal to us, the peace that accompanies it heals relationships. We all remember the words of the prayer that Jesus taught to His disciples...."Your kingdom come, Your will be done." If we want the joy and peace of the fire of His revival, we must humbly ask for it...I believe that it is His will for us...I hope you got a lot out of Psalm 85 as you read and meditated upon it....

Have a wonderful day....Let His light shine through you... Love mark Phil.4:11

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