Revive The Champion In Me: Your Time For Revival Has Come
Author: Michael A. Jones
Within this book many will learn the benefits of how God desires your worship and why it is crucial and beneficial to you today and forever. The author reminds us that he deserves his glory and as you open the pages of this book his Spirit leads you to many different places. But, the focus of my thoughts will center on the many lessons that I learned reading this insightful book and leave the religious passages, quotes to others to read and embrace on their own. Within the first chapter the author explains the three most effective ways to prepare for acceptable worship which are to approach, channel, listen and memorize which is part of number one titled acceptable worship. The second is to restore all broken links caused in disagreeable/upsetting situations with another brother and sister. The final one Pay A Faithful Tithe and offering when you come to Church. Each point is expanded upon with this chapter as we move to Chapter Two titled Empty and Broken But Not Discarded which focuses on a message of inspiration and hope, comes to you from the prophet Moses. He explains his trials, tribulations and extraordinary accomplishments but he also shares why Moses and the people of Israel faced hard times and what God did to redirect them back on the right paths. He includes in this chapter why he works with the homeless and why they often feel they are beyond the point of God’s help because they feel their sins are so severe and frequent. They feel they won’t be forgiven. Moses rose from the pits of “depression and despair, to become a hero to his people. The author continues to explain he was successful because he eventually allowed himself to be coached by the one who knew him inside and out. He continues to explain how Moses started His God requested approach to ministry with a broken mindset, although his attitude toward higher levels of Godly service was poor. Reading this chapter and understanding Moses responses to God’s many requests will help readers understand the journey Moses took until he finally realized that his true calling and that he needed to hold on to the Lord, and pray for mountain moving faith and believe in him. The author states on page 39 that he prays for you and your family, friends and co-workers will be blessed through God’s work on your character and in your life.
Chapter three focuses on The Power of the Spirit who lives Within You followed by Chapter Four Aim for Higher Ground. The story of Joseph is ever present in this fourth chapter and Joseph realized that God was within him and finally recognized the true happiness experienced by him, his peach that surpassed all understanding despite his turbulent family life never came from his expectations of God, but from fulfilling God’s expectations of him. He continues with more related to Joseph, the lessons he learned and the final segment GOD IS NEVER WRONG telling the story of Jonah who was sent to deliver a message of repentance to a certain people, he refused to go because he thought God was wrong about His assessment of the assignment he had chosen him to do. Joseph was wrongly placed in the dungeon due to a lie told by someone else. He developed as you should his mindset and intentionally committed to living a life of obedience to our everlasting God, even until death. Waiting in prison came his promotion from God. The author ends this chapter by thanking God and reminding you to thank him for his love and you will wait patiently until he returns. Chapter 9 helps to define The Pathway To Perfect Obedience. Many times you might think you have been wronged or have caused someone discomfort, instead of apologizing or making a strong effort to restore a fragile or damage relationship, we instead either have heard or used this small, non-productive saying: Well I’m Not Perfect You Know! Many of us have said that in defense of not dealing with the real issues at hand but if self-inflicted habits become our excuses for engaging in behavioral patterns not endorsed by God, adverse thinking can create a “foray of reflex reactions to these thoughts, which can coax one down pathways of diverse and catastrophic avenues cruise control leading toward total mental, physical and spiritual destruction.” He continues to define and answer the question: Does God Hear Me When I Pray and then two chapters that I feel really send messages to young children, young teens, young adults and adults that we can really latch onto and learn from. Everyone has a talent and is outstanding in that talent whether you can sing, dance, write, paint or teach children. How many of us have taken the time to seek the help of as the author defines The Holy Spirit in identifying and developing our talents. Whether you realize it or not he ahs been prompting you to recognize, discover or, further develop them. When recognizing these talents that God has granted you, how many of in need of praising the Lord through sharing of such benefits with them can say that, they are freely with them? Will you explore them or will you bury them? He continues by adding something from the 25th book of Matthew and then explains the five avenues toward your spiritual development and maturity on pages 163-16 7. He concludes with your praises and deeds of kindness will hold no value unless they are generated with Heaven inspired sincerity from this list: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. Chapter 12 to me is the most powerful as its time to take your power back. Focusing on what happens when you create a life around the opinions of others, then you will put yourself in a position to be led by anyone. This is a powerful statement that young teens and young adults need to realize and address. We all must be vigilant or who will be next on his list. It has been proven he states that when a person consistently exposes and endorses the opinions of others, they eventually adopt their lifestyle. To me it means you no longer are living as you are but another person taking away your own identity and losing your own thoughts and opinions. In bold on page 172 he states: Always remember that whatsoever sees you sow, the quality of your crop will be reflected in the harvest you reap.” (James 3:17). Finally, the chapter ends with an important point: Stand firm and fearless in the face adversity and embrace it, even as your adversary’s maybe plotting your destruction or downfall. You are being tested and God brought you to it because He has the confidence knowing that you will trust Him to lead you through it. Finally, there are many other lessons that each one of us will learn by reading this well researched and important book but lastly know to always be joyful. Always encourage each other, edify and great each other and make it your focus to live in harmony and peace within them. A very well researched, insightful, grounded book that will help everyone understand how to deal with life’s ups, downs, good, bad, adversities and even more understanding the power of believing in your God and Getting your Power Back.
Fran Lewis: Just reviews/MJ magazine