The Great Experiment

November 1-10, 2019

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Sunday, November 10 - Day 10 of The Great Experiment, November 1-10, 2019

Transcript:

Hi. Welcome to another day of The Great Experiment, November 1st through the 10th, 2019. We are really thankful that you've joined us in this effort to seek God for ourselves, for our communities, and for this nation. We want to see revival, and we know that that starts with God's people drawing close to Him and seeking Him with all of our hearts. Part of what we know is needed, as we draw close to Christ and we seek to be filled with the Holy Spirit, is first to be emptied of ourselves. That happens through repentance, through us identifying, by the help of the Holy Spirit, what is in our lives that should not be in our of our lives, that is not of the Holy Spirit, and having Him pull those things out of us, and us choosing that, "Hey. I don't want to have any of this in my life whatsoever. I want to be 100% devoted to God." That's what it means to be holy, 100% devoted to God.

Here's a verse from 1 Corinthians 3:1 that helps us in this regard. It says, "Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh. As infants in Christ, I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you're still not ready for it, for you are still of the flesh." For Paul to say that Christians are of the flesh is quite a statement, because he says that the flesh is opposed to the Spirit, if those who are of the flesh can't please God, and they don't submit to God, and they don't have their minds set on the things of God. What were the things that Paul saw in the Corinthians that had him identify them as people of the flesh?

Well, he says in the next verse, that I didn't read, that there was strife and there was jealousy. Paul says many other things in Galatians 5 about what the works of the flesh are: sexual immorality, anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, all kinds of things. What Paul says about these people who are ... who should be Christians and should be walking in the Spirit, they're really walking in the flesh, and what has happened? It stunted their spiritual growth. They're infants in Christ. So, sometimes when we look at our lives, when we feel like we've plateaued as Christians, it's a good chance that we can look back and we can say, "Where are the works of the flesh present in my life?"

The Lord wants to show us these things not to shame us or cause undue guilt. What He wants to do is show them, so that we can remove them, so that we can have our internal heart desires change, so that we don't desire the things of the flesh, we don't desire the things of this world, we don't desire things of sin. We desire the things of the Spirit. We desire the things of Christ, the things that are good, and lovely, and excellent, all those things for God's glory and to be filled with Him. So, today, as you are going through the five Rs, I just encourage you, take time to allow the Holy Spirit and ask the Holy Spirit, "Show me any ways that are of the flesh that are still in me, because I want to be rid of them, and I want to be wholly set apart for Jesus, my Savior, and to be used for His glory. God bless you today.

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Here is your guide for the “Five Rs” of The Great Experiment, November 1-10, 2019.

1. Read and Pray
Spend 30 minutes every morning reading the Bible and praying, and also spend time in the evening doing the same. To intensify your devotional times, consider fasting for some of the days. We have created a daily 30-minute devotional that you can use.

2. Repent.
What sins do I need to repent of today? What hindrances to my devotion to Christ can I remove today?

3. Respond to the Holy Spirit.
Holy Spirit, what is the one thing you most want me to do today? (Write it down, and do it today).

4. Represent Christ. 
How will I bear witness to Christ today? With whom shall I share the Gospel today?

5. Raise Your Faith.
Be bold and courageous in living out your faith. Choose from one of the following options for a “Joshua Faith Challenge”:

  1. Host an all-night prayer meeting. Set a date during November 1-10 and invite friends to come and pray with you for revival in America.
  2. Every day, pray for ten friends and family members to come to faith in Christ and look for opportunities to share the gospel with them.
  3. Share an evangelistic post on social media every day from November 1-10.
  4. Anything else the Lord burdens you to take on that will require courageous faith.

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Testimonies
What have you seen God do during the Great Experiment? Reply with your story. We are always looking for stories of God at work, to encourage others!

What people are saying about the Great Experiment:

"I am so thankful God led me to your Great Experiment. It truly has gotten me back on track."
- J. England (Lamar, CO)

"You have encouraged my faith walk in new ways. I have six other women from my church praying with me."
- J. Newton (Ballston Spa, NY)

What is The Great Experiment?

The Great Experiment is a commitment to seek God in extraordinary ways to see what wonderful things He will do.

James 4:8 — “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.”

The Great Experiment Commitment

We are trusting God to make His glory known in our lives, communities and nation. We are committing together to the seek the Lord for His divine purposes. In addition to praying fervently, we commit to the following with like-minded friends in Christ. Each participant, whether part of a small group or participating as an individual, commits to the 5 "Rs":

  1. Read & Pray. Spend 30 minutes every morning reading the Bible and praying, and also spend time in the evening doing the same (Luke 18:1-8). To intensify your devotional times, consider fasting for some of the days.    
  2. Repent. Consciously repent every day of all known sin and put away everything that may hinder your devotion to Christ (Hebrews 12:1,2).
  3. Respond to the Holy Spirit. Seek God in the morning for the thing the Holy Spirit most desires for you to do that day, write it down and follow up that day (Psalm 143:10).
  4. Represent Christ. Look to share Christ every day and speak about Christ publicly (Acts 1:8). Write down the names of five people on your heart. Pray for their salvation every day during the Great Experiment. Trust God for opportunities to share Christ with them.
  5. Raise Your Faith. Be bold and courageous in living out your faith (Joshua 1:8,9). Choose from one of the following options for a “Joshua Faith Challenge”: 

1. Host an all-night prayer meeting. Invite friends to come and pray with you for revival in America.

2. Every day, pray for ten friends and family members to come to faith in Christ and look for opportunities to share the gospel with them.

3. Share an evangelistic post on social media every day.

4. Anything else the Lord burdens you to take on that will require courageous faith.

Why The Great Experiment?

The Great Experiment is the boost you need in your walk with Christ. It will re-energize your faith and give you fresh purpose in God. You will see how you can partner with the Holy Spirit to transform your surroundings. We are seeking God for sweeping spiritual transformation in America. How else will transformation come unless we, the people of God, rise up to become the Christian revival that is needed?

We are eager, and so is God, for another history-making move of God’s Spirit. What will He do in our time, if we seek Him with all our hearts? Will you answer the call and join The Great Experiment?

Historical Background

Christian renewal has come in the past as Christians have challenged the spiritual status quo and attended to the basics of being followers of Jesus.

In 1904, the small country of Wales experienced a national revival and impacted several other nations as they focused daily on four simple truths.

  1. Confess all known sin, receiving forgiveness through Jesus Christ
  2. Remove anything in your life that you are in doubt or feel unsure about
  3. Be ready to obey the Holy Spirit instantly
  4. Publicly confess the Lord Jesus Christ

This six-minute video tells the amazing story of the Welsh Revival.

In 1970, a similar effort was carried out by a few devoted students at Asbury University who changed the entire campus and significantly impacted the nation. A one-hour chapel service lasted eight days without ceasing! Churches from around the United States invited Asbury students to tell their congregations what happened. Almost everywhere the students went, a great move of the Spirit accompanied them.

This six-minute video relates the amazing events of the Asbury Revival.

How does The Great Experiment work?

The Great Experiment is something you can do individually, wherever you are. It is even better to participate with a group of others who are doing it with you. Consider inviting some friends and family to be a part of it!

Whether part of a small group or not, each participant commits to fulfill the five commitments of the Great Experiment on a daily basis.

Day and Night will produce video devotionals each day of The Great Experiment to encourage participants, share testimonies, and help us focus our prayers.