What Revival Is 7

Today as we finish up our series on “What Revival Is” I want to leave you with one last parting thought.  Revival is normal Christianity.

Look at Psalm 51:13, “Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.”  When we experience true revival it will forever change us.  When we come into contact with the Living God we are forever changed.  You cannot be the same.  You see, a decision must be made.  There is no middle ground.  You are either better or bitter.

As we have looked the past few days at “What Revival Is” I hope that we have learned that revival truly is what normal Christianity is or should be.  God wants us to live in a constant state of revival.  When we walk with Him we will want to live a life of revival or normal Christianity.

Far too many Churches today have left normal Christianity.  We have gone after a certain style of music or a certain style of worship.  Maybe we have even sought after a certain person.  Music is good.  Worship is good.  Being influenced by others can be good with the right people.  We need to be “normal” in God’s eyes and forget what the world thinks and says is normal.  They are all turned upside down.

So, how are you doing?

The Living Bible

Today’s post was taken from an e-mail that I received from Wes Gates of Grace Revival Fellowship.  He received the e-mail from Pastor David Broome.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

“Now this is the Living Bible:

His name is Tim. He has wild hair, wears a T-shirt with holes in it, jeans, and no shoes. This was literally his wardrobe for his entire four years of college.

He is brilliant. Kind of profound and very, very bright. He became a Christian while attending college.

Across the street from the campus is a well-dressed, very conservative church.  They want to develop a ministry to the students but are not sure how to go about it.

One day Tim decides to go there. He walks in with no shoes, jeans, his T-shirt, and wild hair. The service has already started and so Tim starts down the aisle looking for a seat.

The church is completely packed and he can’t find a seat. By now, people are really looking a bit uncomfortable, but no one says anything.

Tim gets closer and closer and closer to the pulpit, and when he realizes there are no seats, he just squats down right on the carpet.

By now the people are really uptight, and the tension in the air is thick.

About this time, the minister realizes that from way at the back of the church, a deacon is slowly making his way toward Tim.

Now the deacon is in his eighties, has silver-gray hair, and a three-piece suit. A godly man, very elegant, very dignified, very courtly. He walks with a cane and, as he starts walking toward this boy, everyone is saying to themselves that you can’t blame him for what he’s going to do.

How can you expect a man of his age and of his background to understand some college kid on the floor?

It takes a long time for the man to reach the boy.

The church is utterly silent except for the clicking of the man’s cane.  All eyes are focused on him. You can’t even hear anyone breathing. The minister can’t even preach the sermon until the deacon does what he has to do.

And now they see this elderly man drop his cane on the floor. With great difficulty, he lowers himself and sits down next to Tim and worships with him so he won’t be alone.

Everyone chokes up with emotion.

When the minister gains control, he says, ‘What I’m about to preach, you will never remember. What you have just seen, you will never forget.’

‘Be careful how you live. You may be the only Bible some people will ever read!'”

So, how are you doing?


A dear friend shared a quote with me yesterday and I cannot remember who was given credit for the quote.  Biscuits and gravy will do that to a Preacher.  Whew!  Anyway, the quote goes as such.  “Pray or fail”.

This is one of those truths that is small in size; yet, enormous in implications.  Think about that for a moment.  “Pray or fail”.  Maybe you are asking yourself why this is so important.  It is simple really.  Jesus said in John 15:5, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. ”  There it is.  Jesus said in the latter part of that verse, “…for without me ye can do nothing.”  We get too big for our britches and we think we can do it.

What would you rather be a success in the eyes of the world and a failure in the eyes of God or would you rather be a success in the eyes of God and a failure in the eyes of the world?   The choice is really up to us.  If we want to please God and have access to all that He has for us then we need to access the avenue of prayer.

Notice Luke 11:2, “And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.”  The first part of this verse is critical.  Prayer is not an option for a Christian.  Notice He said, “… When ye pray, “.  Prayer is a grand assumption.  It is absolutely true, “Pray for fail”.

So, how are you doing?