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Filling in the Gaps - Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

“When our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that God had frustrated their plan, then all of us returned to the wall, each one to his work. From that day on, half of my servants carried on the work while half of them held the spears, the shields, the bows and the breastplates; and the captains were behind the whole house of Judah. Those who were rebuilding the wall and those who carried burdens took their load with one hand doing the work and the other holding a weapon.”
Nehemiah 4:15-17

All throughout the evening worship service last night, I referenced how important it is that we personally take ownership in this revival. Look at the example of Nehemiah and the Israelites. When they wanted to rebuild the wall, everyone had to play their role. Everyone had to do their part. Nehemiah most definitely couldn’t do the rebuilding by himself. In Nehemiah 4:16-17 it says, “When our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that God had frustrated their plan, then all of us returned to the wall, each one to his work. From that day on, half of my servants carried on the work while half of them held the spears, the shields, the bows and the breastplates; and the captains were behind the whole house of Judah. Those who were rebuilding the wall and those who carried burdens took their load with one hand doing the work and the other holding a weapon.” What a beautiful site! Can you imagine all throughout the torn walls surrounding the city of Jerusalem, individuals, families, and groups of people are stationed. All were doing their part in the rebuilding process. Some were ready to fight. Others were to keep on building. Both very important tasks. It didn’t matter what they were doing, as long as they were faithful in doing the tasks at hand.

Well here in the city of Dallas, as we begin to see the “walls” of the church being rebuilt, I have become SO thankful for the individuals, ministries, and local congregations who have been doing their specific roles in this 40-day tent revival faithfully. Whether it was a faithful sister-in-Christ who was dedicated to praying with us before the actual 40-day tent revival began, or a local congregation whose physical, spiritual, and financial support is beyond description , or a devout brother-in-Christ who encourages and supports this journey of faith through his attendance, to a local congregation who provides counselors every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, to another brother-in-Christ who put forth endless hours of editing/compiling film for a promotional video, the Lord is providing the right people to fill in each gap of the broken walls within the church.

One couple in particular stands out. They have grabbed the “tools” to rebuild these walls and have given 100%. Each and every day I am amazed at their selflessness. After a day of work, they faithfully arrive at 6:15 p.m. and volunteer in any manner. It could be putting up parking lot signs. It could be throwing away trash INSIDE THE TENT. Sometimes they make signs for the evening. Whatever the case is, they are filling in the gap. The Lord is so good in how He provides. Yet, this morning I was blown away by this couple. They arrived at prayer time this morning. It was good to see them not in their blue shirts working at night. Why? Because I just wanted them to have the opportunity to rest and relax in His presence without working. Hopefully with all their energy and efforts they put into this 40-day tent revival, they can find refreshment in this morning’s time of prayer.

After it was over, I didn’t get a chance to say good-bye to them. I didn’t see them anywhere ~ until I was walking out of the tent. I ran into the woman with a cloth in her hand. I asked her, “Are you planning on putting that in the Lost-n-Found?” She said no, “I was going to wipe down the chairs INSIDE THE TENT.” I couldn’t believe it. Here we are on a Sunday morning, and she is going to wipe all the dust that has settled on the 600+ chairs. Thank-you Jesus. Then as I was driving off, I saw her husband. He had backed his small pick-up truck to one end of the tent. With lumber beside the truck, I knew what he was doing. He was building a ramp for the handicap. Thank-you Jesus. We are slowly starting to see more people with disabilities and special needs come each evening, and this man found it essential to buy the lumber, roll up his sleeves, and build a ramp. Oh Jesus, thank-you for people like this couple. People who are willing to serve You for the sake of the kingdom.

May I ask each of you a question? As we continue to rebuild the spiritual walls of the Church in Dallas, what is your role in this 40-day tent revival? What is your part? The more we take ownership of this GRASSROOTS revival, I believe the more we will see the mighty hand of God move in this time of revival. Will you please join this faithful couple, along with the other individuals who are committed, and the local congregations who are dedicated to FILLING IN THE GAPS? Because if the Israelites could rebuild the city walls of Jerusalem with the help of God, then who are we to say that it can’t be done here in the city of Dallas? Please hear my cry, and let us come together as one to see the walls restored.
- klm
" We cannot organize revival, but we can set our sails to catch the wind from Heaven when God chooses to blow upon His people once again."

- G. Campbell Morgan