Yesterday we talked about how the Nazirites Samson, Samuel, and John the Baptizer are types for the anointed church. Powerful, uncompromising, set apart from the culture, willing to stand for God, His word, and His truth at all cost! But today I want to look at the mind sets that birthed these anointings. Because the anointing breaks the yokes of the enemy that manifest in revival but that doesn’t just happen, someone prayed it through, someone sacrificed, someone lived their life selflessly in faith for what was coming like a mother with child, someone pushed through and cried out. God used someone birthed these revivals.
First we look at Samson’s mother, the wife of Manoah. In obedience to the voice of God, she took on a Nazarite vow, something that normally only men did. She was willing to sacrifice, fast, and separate herself from sin and the culture of the land. What was ok for others was not ok for her because she was birthing revival and she had to set a strong pure clean foundation for it. Not only could the Nazirite not drink wine (the obvious sin) but they could not even partake of anything that came from the grape. No gray areas, going the extra mile, erring in the side of caution, avoiding even the appearance of evil, no compromise, no slippery slope, just selfless sacrifice and holiness unto the Lord! She gave up certain things in her life to birth a revival based on holiness (Naserite) that could carry mighty a anointing that the gates of his enemy (Hell) could mot prevail against.
Next, Samuel’s mother was a woman of fervent prayer, fasting, and faithfulness. So intense was Hanna’s praying that the priest (who should have understood prayer but lacked in that area himself) thought she was drunk. He mocked and ridiculed her fervency, her brokenness, her grieving fasted weeping before the Lord. Yet she pushed through and cried out to God until He heard her prayer and promised to send her a son, of whom she gave back to God to use as He willed. She was faithful to the Lord even when it was painful, and she trusted God with that which was always His to begin with, not trying to claim it for herself. She did her part, she prayed for it, she carried it, she nurtured it, she labored for it, but she did not try to horde the glory of it. She gave it back to God knowing that He could do more with it then she ever could.
Elizabeth, birthed John the baptizer. This mother of revival stood with unshakable faith and humility against the ridicule of many. Then once God had given her this miraculous promise did she not brag, or boast, or try to expose herself for vengeance sake, pride, or pomp. But rather she hid herself even while she yet carried this great gift of God until that He Himself was ready to reveal her in the appointed time. Patient, humble, faithful, sacrificial.
Just as remarkable and invaluable as these nurturers of revival were the fathers who selflessly stepped into their rolls as coverings, guardians, providers, and protectors over what God was bringing forth. Without them, these praying mothers could not have carried what God had placed in them to term, for the devil fought hard against the destiny that threatened him in them. In all three of these ladies chosen to care for the womb of revival and the husbands chosen by God to guard it, we see humility, prayerfulness, selflessness, sacrifice, faithfulness, righteousness, and above all holiness. Separation from sinfulness and anything that might lead to it, or lead others to become complacent with it. That what they were entrusted to bring forth would have the strongest, purest, foundation they could so selflessly provide for the vessels of anointing that would move forward from that foundation for generations to come.
“Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.” – Genesis 18:18-19
“And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.” – Ezekiel 44:23
All of these men and women had to lay down their own lives, wants, plans, and desires to live for what was coming even when they could not yet see it and had no physical reason to believe it. After all, all of these women were barren! Yet out of barrenness God brought revival. Out of despair He brought hope. Out of brokenness He brought healing. Out of death He brought life. God always works this way. Out of the lowliest He births the mightiest. In our weakness His strength is proven. He uses the least to do the most because they are willing to give all. Having nothing, they gain everything by simply trusting Him enough to follow His instructions and be ye separate, holy unto the Lord, so that He can use them to birth something different that the mockers and scoffers around them have never seen before.
So for those who have cried out in the midst of a spiritually barren land for God to birth revival, He is as willing to answer your prayers as He was to answer these three women’s prayers. The only question is, are you as willing as they were to count the cost, pay the price, and lay down your own life to carry it through. God is looking for the next womb of revival. Can He trust it with you? To no longer live for the moment, but to live for what’s coming? To make every decision sacrificially in faith for the best of what’s to come, like an expecting mom?
Perhaps you have cried out and the Lord has heard your prayer and begun the process of bringing something mightily anointed to bare. But like that expecting mom, you just can’t see it yet, but you can feel it. You know it’s real, and it’s coming. You don’t know exactly when, but you know it’s coming and you are determined to prepare for it as best you can in the waiting. Have faith, keep believing, keep feeding it with the word of God, keep it healthy, keep it growing, keep praying, keep preparing a place in your life for it, keep pushing, keep protecting the baby. Don’t give up on it when it gets painful or inconvenient like the culture teaches you too. Don’t abort God’s plan for you while it’s still in the womb. Carry it through to the appointed time and even you will be surprised by what God brings forth through you. Revival is coming. He just needs a womb. Selfless mothers and fathers in the faith to surrender their own lives to bring forth more abundant life. To die to self that others might live in Christ. To nurture, guard, and obey the word and work of the Lord and endure the sacrifice, selflessness, pain, and laboring required to bring forth the pure. To lay a strong foundation against compromise and sin with their every action and decision to ensure that a mighty anointing can rest upon the next generation. It’s time to birth revival.
I say, “yes Lord! Let it be me. I ask for Your strength to make my church a nursery. Raise up a mighty anointing that will break every yoke of bondage that the gates of Hell cannot prevail against. You did it before, you will do it again. Raise up a remnant from out of this spiritually barren land. We are willing to submit to commit to set the stage for it with selfless, sacrificial, God breathed holiness. Make us the womb of revival.”
“…for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth. … wherefore lift up thy prayer for the remnant that is left.” – Isaiah 37:3-4
“And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?…So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.” -Luke 14:27-28, 33
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” – John 16:20-24