Lazarus, what does that name mean to you? To most, it is the name of a man once dead, but raised from the dead by Jesus Christ. It is a preview of sorts of the latter death and resurrection of Jesus. It is a simple moment that helps define and extend the then known limits of Jesus’ power to His disciples. It is an example of revival, and how that can only be achieved through the means of Jesus Christ. Lazarus was dead, he ceased to live, and his earthly potential was diminished. But Jesus is not of this Earth, the Earth is in fact of Him. So, Jesus revived Lazarus’ body and in turn his spirit and the potential his life held. Jesus later performed a similar miracle when he died upon the cross and was later resurrected three days later. It is important to remember His sacrifice and the core of what it means for our earthly lives.
Just as Jesus saved Lazarus from the chains of death, He has freed all who choose to follow Him from the death that we are victims to because of our sin.
Ephesians 2: 1-2
1As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.
Whereas Lazarus received a revival of body, we have received a revival of spirit. While sin is still an obstacle to all man and women during their time on Earth, it is no longer the end of the line. When anyone sins, our hearts become blemished. We have violated God’s commandments and have been separated from His presence because of our imperfections. The wages of sin is death, meaning that under the law, sin should cause eternal separation from God. Thankfully, God loves us enough to offer us a chance at revival. He extends this offer through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus lived a human life, but He did not sin, fulfilling the commandments as indicated by the Law. However, Jesus still died on Good Friday. He chose to take the wages of sin, despite it not being required of Him. He took on that punishment so that we wouldn’t have to. He offered us a second chance, He offered us revival. This is again reflected in the story of Lazarus, as Jesus converses with Lazarus’ sister, Martha.
23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again. 24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 27“Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
If Jesus can revive Lazarus, He can revive the spirit of any individual, and so then shall He revive the spirit of a city, state, or nation? It’s no secret that the world is not a perfect place. We live in a society filled with violence, crime, hate, greed, and every other sin imaginable. It seems hopeless and bleak at times, especially when those issues become present in a Church or among believers. But don’t worry, because Jesus also spoke of these issues before ascended into heaven.
18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’[b] If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.
This world is not meant to be pleasant, especially for Christians who are actively trying to spread the love and message of Jesus Christ. But, He would not commission His followers to such an insurmountable task if He was not also leaving them well equipped. As believers, we have not only inherited His gift of eternal life, but the power of the Holy Spirit that dwells within us. As believers we must stand united under His Spirit and His purpose. So, I will close this post with a call to action, and a request for this nation.
As we see the world around us submitting to sin, as we see the chaos spreading around our cities, homes, and schools; let us pray. As we deal with struggles in our families, in our friends, and in our co-workers; let us pray for revival in San Antonio, in Texas, in our nation and around the world. As Satan hits us with everything that He’s got, temptation after temptation passes our way; join other Full Gospel Holy Spirit filled Apostolic Pentecostal Churches in San Antonio TX and let us pray for revival. Let us pray not that these struggles, issues, and sins will simply go away; but that the Lord Jesus Christ will revive our spirits and fill millions with the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost). Let us pray that Jesus brings revival to all of His children. Let us pray that the Church be unified and ignited with renewed fervor for it’s message. Let us pray for revival. Join other United Pentecostal Churches in San Antonio as we seek the face of God for revival. San Antonio and near by suburbs desperately needs revival. If we had a great Holy Spirit sweeping revival it could affect the entire state of Texas. When need the Holy Ghost to affect San Antonio like it did in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost! Let us call the names of a few of the counties by name that need revival. (if I miss one please call that name in prayer for revival as well.)
Bexar County Texas needs revival!
Comal County Texas needs revival!
Guadalupe County Texas needs revival!
Wilson County Texas needs revival!
As you go about your week please pray with us that a spirit of revival comes and sweep the world. Pray with us that we shall no longer be asleep like Lazarus, but be raised by the power of Christ.
We at Pentecostal Life Church would like to extend a welcome to you to come in person and join with other Full Gospel Holy Spirit Filled Apostolic Church believers in praying for revival. Pentecostal Life Church is affiliated with the United Pentecostal Church Internal. (UPCI) Pentecostal Life Church is located in a Suburbs of San Antonio Texas called Schertz. Here are some towns within 7-20 minutes of Pentecostal Life Church depending on traffic.
Cibolo TX 78108
Garden Ridge TX 78266
Universal City TX 78148
New Braunfels TX 78130 78131 78132 78135
Converse TX 78109 78239
Selma TX 78154
Live Oak TX 78148 78233
Windcrest TX 78218 78239
San Antonio TX which is Schertz largest suburb ;D
Pentecostal Life Church location 1201 Oak St. Schertz, TX 78154
Service time Sunday 10:30 am & Thursday 7 pm