The Word of God without the Spirit of God produces a form of reality without the power. On the other hand, the Spirit of God without the Word of God brings fire without any form.
To sow for awakening means coming to the sobering awareness that God owes us nothing and there’s nothing we can do to somehow get God in our debt.
Awakening cannot be reduced to mere spiritual renewal. It happens when Word and Spirit come together to make gloriously visible the will of God in the working of human beings.
We have an infinitely high capacity for the life of the Holy Spirit in us and yet we have a desperately low reality of the Spirit’s presence and power in our lives.
Before we can become the agents of awakening, we must first hear the awakening word ourselves. We must prophesy to the bones that are ourselves and one another, “Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!”
We must resist our incessant impulse to answer with optimism. We must release our expectations, renounce any entitlement, and respond with, “Sovereign Lord, only you know.”
The only way to resist the temptation is to invite the searching light of the Holy Spirit to survey the valley of our own souls.
The mysterious miracle of awakening happens not so much on the mountain tops, but in the low places of loss, the rough places of brokenness, and in the dark places of desperate need.
Awakening begins in the land of impossible. It winds along the way of the cross. It ends in the country of eternal possibility—nothing short of resurrection life.
Kairos times and seasons are priceless eras when God opens a new door into a new day where he purposes to do new things.