We are besieged by the busyness of life, tempted to constantly scroll on a screen or from one form of entertainment to the next. This busyness screams for our attention and won’t stop until we have given in or silenced the noise to listen to God’s still, small voice. We are at war, and we are all on the battlefield, whether we recognize and believe it or remain distracted by the minuscule things that have captivated our focus.
Scottish missionary and revivalist Duncan Campbell once said, “There is a growing conviction everywhere, and especially among thoughtful people, that unless revival comes, other forces will take the field that will sink us still deeper into the mire of humanism and materialism.” For many, especially those overseas, the battle is still raging to overcome the trappings of isolation from the pandemic. For us in Florida, we are just beginning to catch our breath after surviving one of the most destructive hurricanes to ever hit America. Yet in the midst of these battles, none can compare to the internal war that each of us faces daily. The enemy has his sights on our minds and hearts with his finger on the trigger to do everything he can to steal, kill, and destroy our lives. We have been reminded in this season of the “helmet of salvation” and the “breastplate of righteousness”; the gifts God has given us as protection from the inevitable assault. Whether the shots being fired are lies about our identity, doubting our security in Christ through HIS grace alone, or the desire to fulfill the deep longings of our hearts with lust or greed, we are standing in the middle of a heavy conflict zone.
It has been said that “As long as we are content to live without revival, we will.” —Leonard Ravenhill. We are recognizing a movement of discontentment, a push for something more. We believe a revival is stirring, and our hope and prayer is that Volume III will move you to action as you read the stories of those who have stepped into the arena and have stood victorious. We want to encourage you to pick up your “sword”, put on the armor, and stand firm as we continue to fight the good fight. We’re not throwing in the towel any time soon.
Holding fast as The Pursuit Collective,
Mark Koch, Editor-In-Chief