“Umm… can you hear me now?”
The old Verizon Wireless commercials of the early/mid 2000s hilariously depicted humanity’s struggle adjusting to cellular devices.
Back then, cell towers were just being built so calls weren’t being heard in clarity compared to today.
Service doesn’t just affect voice, mind you. It also has an impact on messages sent via text.
Today, on either iPhone or Android Devices, when a message is trying to be sent in area with poor or no service, a red exclamation mark appears declaring a “Message Send Failure”.
It can be SUPER frustrating at times; for both the alleged recipient of the message, and the sender of the message.
Trying to actively reach another person, only for it to get botched because of the recipients poor reception is wild. Fast-Forward to 2021. The Year of so-called “Revival” and the “call” that precedes it. It goes without saying, many of us still HAVEN’T. GOT. THE MESSAGE.
What am I talking about?
Jesus has been trying to reach all of us for the sake of the revival for a long, long time. Yet our generation has failed to receive this message due to our poor reception and service.
Now crazily enough, if you have ever had to do deal with reception issues like myself, it can get pretty interesting on what one might do with their phone to get service. With that being said, getting a message to send or knowing that a message has to be received on your part, has a lot to deal with where you have positioned yourself.
Needless to say, many of us have willingly positioned ourselves spiritually in a place where we can’t hear nor receive the call or messages of Revival.
The Parable of the Scattering Seed works in beautifully here. I’ll use Luke’s version.
There are 4 seeds that are scattered by the farmer. All of those seeds represents God’s word, but only one of those seeds produced a harvest. 3 Failures. 1 Success.
Let’s look at them and tie it in to this concept.
Seed #1 – The Devil is fidgeting with the cell towers.
Luke 8:11-12 NLT
11 “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is God’s word. 12 The seeds that fell on the footpath represent those who hear the message, only to have the devil come and take it away from their hearts and prevent them from believing and being saved.
In the year of Revival, which at its root means bringing the dead back to life, you best believe that the ruler of darkness (Satan) is messing with the cell towers. Therefore, the message that God is trying to send to us becomes null and void, becomes the moment we hear it on a pulpit, on YouTube, or from an IG Story, Satan works at the hearts, and snatches them and the message away before they can catch it. For my football guys, a clear reception, turns into an interception.
Also Remember that Ephesians 2:2 will tell us that Satan is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who disobey. So he is out here destroying cell towers, so the message appears to not have been sent in the first place. Therefore, the call of Revival… Never. Happened. A “Message Send Failure.”
Seed #2 – Message was received… but was not fully believed…
Luke 8:13 NLT
13 The seeds on the rocky soil represent those who hear the message and receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they believe for a while, then they fall away when they face temptation.
Crazy thing about the second seed, is that the message of Revival did in some fashion get through. The recipient had acknowledged the Word given! With joy, I might add! Unfortunately, our relationship with God and his call of Revival, is NOT a one-off.
You have to deepen yourself in his message. Understand every facet of what he is trying to say to you and what he is trying to do with you. I can’t stress this enough. Revival is Deep. Deeper than I could ever explain. If you don’t have deep roots (read Col 2:6-7) in his message, when the challenges and temptations of the world (which are inevitable, I might add), start calling you in attempts of a conversation, you’ll have forgotten that you’re already in talks with the force behind all Revival.
That message of Revival sent is as good as gone. A “Message Send Failure.”
Seed #3 – Message was seen… but God… you are not the only one speaking to me!
Luke 8:14 NLT
14 The seeds that fell among the thorns represent those who hear the message, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares and riches and pleasures of this life. And so they never grow into maturity.
Yikes. Our generation explained in a nutshell.
In dealing with Revival, as explained already, it’s dead things being transformed into life. Needless to say, the young people of our time, LOVE DEAD THINGS.
We love this life, more than we would love the next one. Crazy.
For my ladies – Makeup. Hair. Outfits. Relationships.
For my men – Money. Status. Respect. Women.
These messages and others (it’s a long list) crowd our inboxes and our voicemails,
So much so that God’s message of Revival, is so far down in your inbox, that it’s not even worth scrolling, and even if you did scroll, it’s probably deleted. We never grow into the person that God needs to be because we simply have grown out of our childishness, foolishness, and immature ways.
Therefore, another “Message Send Failure”.
Seed #4 – Accepting the Message and Call of Revival.
Mark 4:20 NLT (Same Parable, Different Version)
20 And the seed that fell on good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
Hmm. Christ, who is the Word, has dropped another gem.
When God’s call and message for your life is heard AND accepted in your heart, then and only then can you experience and be a catalyst for Revival in this generation. It’s that simple.
I want to remind everyone.
God has NEVER failed in sending his message.
We have failed in receiving it, which makes it look like he never sent anything in the first place.
God is always speaking and sending messages about Revival, but do you listen?
Heck, do you even want to?
I wrap with this.
Hebrews 4:1-2 NLT
God’s promise of entering his rest still stands, so we ought to tremble with fear that some of you might fail to experience it. 2 For this good news—that God has prepared this rest—has been announced to us just as it was to them. But it did them no good because they didn’t share the faith of those who listened to God.
I’ll be frank.
Some of us aren’t going to Heaven. Some of us will fail to experience His true Revival.
Only because, we failed to grasp His message here on earth.
Let me help you out, God wants to send His message so you in turn, can send His message! Talk about Service
But if you fail to send out his message, it’s because you are failing to receive the one that he sent.
You may have to position your spiritual device differently, you may have to get out of your neighborhoods of darkness and the things of this world, if you truly want to hear the message that he has for you!
I really hope you hear from him soon,