“I have given you every place where the sole of your foot treads, just as I promised Moses.” Joshua 1:3 (HCSB)

We have been praying for revival for a long time. There are actually folks in Athens whom the Lord led here decades ago to specifically pray for revival! I am wondering, have we begun to enter into it, now?! I know we all have expectations of what it should look like, but from what I am hearing, from prophetic voices, we may be looking for God to move inside our boxes. I get the sense that He is already moving outside the box, but many can’t see it because they are looking the wrong way. It’s like the pro-life argument, if death is announced when the heart beat stops, shouldn’t life be announced when the heart beat begins? Life begins long before we see it. Likewise, revival begins long before we see it, as seeds germinate under the surface. Let me say, revival is here. But revival is not our destination!

When the Israelites crossed the Jordan, into the promised land, they now had a new challenge! Though the Lord told them they would receive every place their feet tread, it would require effort, much effort. In fact, the word ‘tread’ is referring to warfare not just walking. These desert wanderers, now had to become warriors and take possession of the land. God did the miracle, parting a flooded Jordan, to allow these wanderers to cross, but now it was their turn. Sure, He was going to be with them, even lead them, but they had to engage in war. They had to de-possess the giants who occupied the cities. Remember, this is their promised land, but they had to take it, get rid of the evil occupants and make it their own. This required unity and focus. It required fighting alongside their brothers for each other’s specific slice of the land.

As we cross the Jordan known as revival, our quest is not over. In fact, it steps up into an even more intentional time of warfare. We are not simply wanting nice, fun, maybe scary worship gatherings where God shows up in power and glory, behind the walls of our churches. Yes, that is amazing, but that is not the purpose of revival. Jesus’ great commission wasn’t for His disciples to go and perform signs and wonders in the nations. Nope, He was very clear, GO MAKE DISCIPLES (Matthew 28:18-20)! Yes, signs and wonders are a part of it, but Athens needs to be discipled. Every fiber of our city, every corner, every organization, every governmental agency must be occupied for our King. We are not talking visitation, but habitation of our King, and ultimately, transformation and reformation of everything that does not honor Him! We are crying out and contending for the very atmosphere of our city to change!

Ask God to prepare His ekklesia to occupy our city, to identify and remove the giants in our land and to establish His throne in every high place. Ask Him to reveal His divine city-taking strategies to His leaders across Athens. Ask God to stir your pastor with boldness, vision and humility to be a part of the Church in our city, not just an island. Every local church has a part to play, just as the tribes had to fight alongside each other. Ask the Holy Spirit to assemble Jesus’ body parts to operate as One, as He and the Father are One (John 17:20-23). Ask Him to show you where you fit, and what role you are to play in discipling our city! Though we have never been this way before, ask Him for eyes to see the amazing things He is doing outside the box (Joshua 3:4-5).