Nancy Leigh DeMoss is the host and teacher for
Revive Our Hearts and Seeking Him, two nationally syndicated radio programs, heard each weekday on nearly 1,000 radio station outlets. A compelling speaker, Nancy communicates a love for the Word and for the Lord Jesus that’s truly infectious.
Nancy is also a prolific author—her books have sold over 1,000,000 copies. She is the general editor of Biblical Womanhood in the Home. She is also author of Choosing Forgiveness, A Place of Quiet Rest, Lies Women Believe, Walking in the Truth, A Thirty Day Walk with God in the Psalms, Brokenness: The Heart God Revives, Surrender: The Heart God Controls, Holiness: The Heart God Purifies, and she co-authored Seeking Him, an interactive Bible study on revival.
For more than 25 years, Nancy has shared her burden for both personal and corporate revival in conferences and retreats throughout North America and abroad. In October, she hosted True Woman ’08, a conference designed to help women grow their love for Christ and His Word, their heart for the home, and their understanding of God's beautiful design for them as women.
A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Nancy grew up in a family that was deeply committed to Christ and to the mission of world evangelization. At an early age, she surrendered her life to Christ and to His call to serve His Kingdom.
Nancy graduated from the University of Southern California, with a degree in piano performance. After completing college, she served as the Primary Children's Ministries Director at Thomas Road Baptist Church, in Lynchburg, Virginia. Since she is unmarried, Nancy has had the freedom to serve the Lord without distraction. She currently works on the staff of Life Action Ministries, a revival ministry based in Niles, Michigan. Until 2001, she served as the Director of Women's Ministries and as the editor of Spirit of Revival magazine.
Why am I putting the spotlight on Nancy Leigh DeMoss today? Because on December 3, 4, 5, 2008 Nancy hosted a very special program dealing with current recession. The transcript of her three-part program is entitled,
"Hope for Uncertain Times: Surviving and Thriving in an Economic Crisis." Nancy’s faith and wisdom are calming and inspiring. Following is a brief summary of her message.
Surviving and Thriving in an Economic Crisis
Nancy Leigh DeMoss opens with a quote from a dad in his 80s who wrote to his grown children:
“As the effects [of the economic crisis] begin to touch our lives, we have the wonderful opportunity to put our beliefs into practice. What do our hearts really trust in? As long as we have a visible support system—job, friends, savings account, police and fire departments—we are tempted to place undue trust in something or someone other than the Living God.
I want to remind all of you dear children that just within our family we have seen the unmistakable hand of our God time and again. He has proved Himself faithful all the days of our lives, and he is the one who is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” More…
1. In times of economic crisis, we need to look upward rather than outward or inward. When we have faith and confidence in the Lord, we won’t have to be hoarders—to hold tightly to what we have. Instead, we will be able to practice the grace of giving generously. This brings joy and hope.
2. Tell God your needs. Pray. Ask God for wisdom, creativity, to direct your steps, perseverance, and for revival in our churches and this country.
3. Learn the secret of contentment—choosing that God has provided everything I need for this present moment. Contentment enables us to live within what God provides and to give Him thanks.
4. Ask God to fulfill His purposes. God uses adversity to show us what’s in our hearts. He uses adversity to purify us and to deepen our dependence on Him.
5. Ask God to purify our hearts. What kinds of things do we need to confess? eg. living beyond our means, irresponsible debt, fear, greed, temporal values, bitterness, withholding tithes and offerings, lack of compassion.
We’re all affected by this crisis, directly or indirectly, but the truth is that if we have Him, we are rich.
6. Allow God to re-order our priorities as needed. Times of economic hardship or loss have a way of exposing what really matters to us, what we really love.
7. Put our confidence in the Lord. In times of financial uncertainty or loss, we demonstrate what we’re really trusting in. He is still very much on His throne, and He is accomplishing His purposes in your life and in this world.
8. We need to reach out to others facing financial hardship. We can pray, offer encouragement with a note, email, or phone call.
9. This is a time to practice Christ-like giving. When we give out of our need, we’re reflecting the heart of Christ.
10. Don’t let the enemy steal your joy. If we want to survive and thrive in an economic crisis, rejoice in the Lord. We’re all affected by this crisis, directly or indirectly, but the truth is that if we have Him, we are rich.
If you need encouragement in these uncertain times,
take the time to read the three radio transcripts.
Also, you can subscribe to the RSS version of Revive Our Hearts Radio; more tasty words from Nancy that are chock full of wisdom on a variety of subjects relevant to Christian women.
Related: For more information about Nancy Leigh DeMoss's ministry, don't miss Andrea's blog entry, "Revive Our Hearts" at Embracing Him.
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Photos: Revive Our Hearts (1 & 2) a.drian, djking, Lividfiction (Flickr)