Across the face of Adventism we must seek a renewing of our minds and hearts as we anticipate the Holy Spirit's power.
The Holy Spirit is urging us to join together as young and old, women and men, in a united church under His leading, humbling ourselves before Him and pleading for revival and reformation in our personal lives and as a corporate church. We read in 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” This wonderful promise from the Lord calls for a committed response from His people. We ought to be daily asking the Lord to fulfill the promises of Joel 2 and Acts 2 so that the latter rain of the Holy Spirit will be poured out upon His church.
We must refuse to allow the world to squeeze us into its mold.
Scripture also reminds us that the revival and reformation for which we are pleading will be opposed by forces intent on keeping the church in its Laodicean state. The devil is certainly trying his best to persuade Seventh-day Adventists to settle for something less than the life-changing power promised in the gospel and historically taught by this people. In subtle and not-so-subtle ways, he is seeking to distance us from the Bible and a plain understanding of what God has said is true. The apostle Paul’s words are as relevant today as when he first wrote to the believers in Rome nearly 2,000 years ago: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Rom. 12:2). The Phillips translation puts the image boldly: “Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould.”†