Why We Don’t Have Revival 2

I want to continue my thoughts today on “Why We Don’t Have Revival”.

Another reason would be that we don’t pray.  I don’t know who said it; but, it is true.  Here it is, “All failures are prayer failures.”  Wow!  So, based upon our topic today if we don’t have revival it is due to a failure to pray for it and it is a failure to pray.

Life is busy, I understand that.  Two of the most important things that we as Christians can do is spend quantity and quality time in prayer.  We must pray.  Look again at our Scripture in II Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Prayer is a vital thing in the life of someone who knows Christ as their Saviour.  This is the time that we can spend with Him and commune with Him.  If I love my wife I will spend time with her.  It is no different with my LORD.  If I love Him then I will spend time with Him in prayer and reading His Word and listening for Him to speak to me.

So, my dear reader it is simple.  If we are going to have Heaven sent, Holy Spirit revival like our nation, our Churches and we ourselves need we are going to have to spend time on our knees and our faces before Holy God in prayer.  We must pray for forgiveness of our personal sins and our national sins.  God please forgive me/us.

So, how are you doing?

The Cover Up

The other day I was making two double batches of my homemade BBQ sauce.  Someone had requested some of both the honey hickory and the honey mesquite.  When I finished the second batch I tuned off the burner.  Then I removed the lid from the stainless steel pot.  Then I moved the pot to a cooler burner.  When I removed the lid; before moving the pot, the BBQ sauce boiled violently for a couple seconds.  A splatter about the size of a dime hit my right arm.  It hurt badly!

I wiped my arm off and it turned a little red.  Then it began to blister and hurt terribly.  I ran cold water over it in an attempt to stop the burning and cool things down.  For several days I put medicine on it and it is healing.  Upon going to Church on Sunday my suit coat rubbed against this area of my arm.  It hurt horrible.

I began to think.  The suit coat was covering the burn mark.  Unfortunately, the thing that was hiding the burn from sight was the one thing that was irritating it.  Then my mind ran to Proverbs 28:13, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”

We need to quit covering up our sin with whatever we can find.  We need to confess our sin to God and forsake it.  Then we can move on and live in freedom. The problem is that too man of us love the pleasure of sin and we don’t want to forsake it at all.  Yet, this is what is bringing an irritation into our lives whether we realize it or not.  It is time to quit covering up and get it out in the open before God and get forgiveness and freedom.

So, how are you doing?

Posted: No Trespassing!

Picture this.  You are driving down the road and suddenly you pass what appears to be an old Church.  You do a little research and find that it is reported to be the oldest Church in the county.  There are weeds, trees and all kinds of debris around the building.  On the front of the building is a sign, “Posted:  No Trespassing!”.

I was going to post a picture of the Church building I write about.  Due to unfortunate computer problems that will not be possible at this writing.  I do hope that we will take to heart what I am going to say today.

This Church building is a sad testimony to a once thriving congregation.  I know; because, I grew up within one mile of this building.  I remember seeing the wooden windows open for services.  I remember seeing cars in the parking lot.  Now, only weeds and trees fill the parking lot.

If we are not careful the physical state of this Church building will become the spiritual state of our Churches.  Remember; the Church is not the building, it is the people.  We have become careless in our Christian life and we need an old fashioned revival.  I do not mean people hanging from the light fixtures.  I mean real revival where lives are forever changed.  If we would simply put away the junk of this world and come to the place where all we want is Jesus Christ and nothing else we would see true revival.  Again, I am not talking about this fake, garbage that is called revival on the so-called Christian television stations.

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”  II Chronicles 7:14.  It is time ladies and gentlemen for God’s people to get right and turn the world upside down for Jesus.

So, how are you doing?

I Am Not Alone

As I was driving around our neighborhood I noticed that very few people park their vehicles in their garages.  Their garages are often full of stuff (junk).  Some have set up TV viewing areas in their garages.  I have seen these full of people watching sporting events.

No matter how much stuff people accumulate they will not be fulfilled until they meet Jesus Christ and trust Him for salvation.  So many people walk through this life lonely, alone or just feeling alone.  It is rampant; but, people most often don’t want to admit it.

The other day our son was watching a Gaither Homecoming video recorded in New York City.  He kept playing a song by Natalie Grant.  The one part of the song that stuck out to me were the words, “I am not alone”.  I was moved to tears listening to this song.  I do not care for the song; but, those words struck a chord with me.  My mind went to the Scriptures in Hebrews 13:5, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

Oh; by the way, as you pray today please pray for my wife.  She will be speaking at a ladies conference at 2pm Indiana time.  The conference starts earlier than this; but, she is scheduled to take the platform at 2pm.  I know she will appreciate it.

Remember honey, “I am not alone” because you have God’s Word on it.

So, how are you doing?

What Should We Do With Sin?

Comedian Dennis Swanberg has a great routine where he talks about an incident in Church involving him.  When he was a young boy the Pastor asked a rhetorical question from the pulpit during his message.  The question was, “What should we do with sin?”  For emphasis he repeated the question.  Dennis Swanberg felt bad that nobody answered him so he answered him in the voice of Don Knotts (Barney Fife).  After the Pastor asked the question young Dennis Swanberg answered, “Nip it in the bud.  You gotta nip it baby.  Nip it in the bud.”

This is meant to be funny; but, there is some deep spiritual truth here.  If you find yourself caught in sin this is the remedy.  Go to Christ and receive forgiveness and then “Nip it in the bud!”  It is really not rocket science.  The problem is that we enjoy sin.  Look at what Moses said about sin and it’s pleasures in Hebrews 11:23-24, “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;”  So, we must quit enjoying sin and get back to enjoying the relationship with have with Jesus Christ.

So, how are you doing?

You Are Not Alone

I remember reading about an experiment that took place many years ago where some people were selected to take part in a study.  They were placed in what the thought was some kind of bunker.  They were fed information that led them to believe that a nuclear war had taken place and they were the only survivors.  It was quite interesting.  That is unfortunately about all that I remember about the study.  I remember that they were shocked and dismayed when it was over and they came out to find that none of it was true.

You and I face situations daily that could be devastating.  How do we make it through?  You rely upon the principles of God’s Word and you keep pressing on.  As I thought about the above illustration I also thought on a particular passage of Scripture. Look at what we find in Genesis 16:13, “And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?”

What comfort we can gain from the Word of God.  Not matter how devastating the storms of life are we can rest in the truth that “Thou God seest me:”.  You and I are truly not alone.  We might “feel” like we are; but, we really are not.

So, how are you doing?