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Stick with Today –Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
- Matthew 6:34

I won’t lie. I must admit there are days when LIFE begins to pile up for me. LIFE begins to overwhelm me. And as soon as I begin to think about tomorrow it becomes twice as worse. That was the case yesterday. Many things were flying at me. It doesn’t matter what it was. Emails. Phone calls. Interviews. More emails. More conversations. Meetings…you get the point. LIFE is beginning to build up with lots of stuff. Hopefully all are meant with good intentions, but I am beginning to feel the timeframe of the 40-day tent revival. Thanks to individuals reminding me, we are less than two weeks away from the beginning date of Monday, April 9th. I am trying hard not to think that far ahead. I really am. Yet when the to-do lists are created, I begin to get nervous. I begin to worry. How in the world is everything going to get done? Who will be the final speaker? What about the finances? How about the evangelism counselors? How should we advertise? I begin to lose focus…until I get in the Word of God. Until I pick up the Gospel of Matthew and begin to read the Sermon on the Mount. What good advice for the current situation I am dealing with, called LIFE.

Jesus instructed His disciples in Matthew 6 with the cure for anxiety. He said, “Do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?...And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?” With this passage in mind, every time I begin to “worry” I am determined to turn it into prayer. Worry doesn’t do any good. It doesn’t change the situation at hand. My focus needs to be on the Lord and not on myself. Sounds simple in writing, but when we are putting up a 9,000 square foot tent, how do I know people will even hear about this “tent of meeting?” We are trying to get the message out, but is there really a guaranteed means for marketing to the city? All these questions I ask myself, but the real question I must ask myself is, am I really willing to turn it over to the Lord? I can’t do this by myself. Our community involvement coordinator can’t do this by himself. It is up to the Lord to provide the marketing ideas. It is up to the Lord to play Public Relations. I know this is going to sound obvious, but the Lord already knows what we need. Jesus confirmed this mindset when He said, “For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.” He has provided up to this point, so He won’t disappoint us. We mustn’t worry. Therefore, instead of looking at our woes and worries, we must look to the Lord and trust that those who need to hear about the revival will. Keep in mind, we must want the Lord to be apart of our lives here on earth. Yet, in order for this to happen, we need to give it over to him. Because when we do, the Lord will respond. It says in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Remember the prayer requests of lately. They have been about promotion and advertising. Well, the Lord is getting creative. Case in point, one of yesterday morning’s prayer requests was for the involvement of The Dallas Morning News. Well, guess who I got a phone call yesterday afternoon? Yeah, a reporter from the newspaper called and we talked for 30 minutes about the upcoming 40-day tent revival. The reporter sounded excited about the magnitude of The Dallas Revival, and is planning on running an article sometime right before the 40-days. They are even going to send out a photographer to take a picture of the tent going up on Friday, April 6th. Trust me, I didn’t set up the interview. Then in the afternoon, I got a phone call from a local pastor who was talking to someone in the church about the tent-revival. One thing led to another, and someone has now offered the possibility for us to advertise on a moving truck to help promote The Dallas Revival. Can you believe how the Lord works?

I just need to remember to take one day at a time. I need to let the Lord reveal Himself for this day and this day alone. Because each of us are instructed by Jesus, “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Good practical words to live by, even when we are pursuing a revival for the city.

" 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