Some Thoughts On Revival 2

If we are going to have revival we must start somewhere.  Notice the words of king Hezekiah in II Chronicles 29:5, “And said unto them, Hear me, ye Levites, sanctify now yourselves, and sanctify the house of the LORD God of your fathers, and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy place.”

Notice he is talking to the “Levites”.  He is addressing the religious crowd.  He did not go to the heathen and begin an evangelistic meeting.  He started right where he was.  He was the king so he could do as he pleased.  He demands their attention.  Then he goes on to tell them to “sanctify now”.  He was eliminating excuses.  He was commanding them to go now.  There was no time for turning back for this or that.  It is no different today.  We need to “sanctify now”.  The word “sanctify” is a primitive root; to be (causatively, make, pronounce or observe as) clean (ceremonially or morally).  This is taken from the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.

The problem is that we don’t want to be clean.  It will cost us.  We would have to give up something or somethings.  Once we have given up this or that thing then we must get cleaned up.  We have to come before Holy God and get clean through confession and forgiveness of sin.

Is there something in your life that you do not want to give up?  I hope not.  The songwriter penned the words right, “All to Jesus I surrender.  All to Him I freely give.”  “I surrender all.  I surrender all.”  Really?  Okay.

So, how are you doing?

Some Thoughts On Revival

As I was reading my Bible the other day I came across II Chronicles 34:2, “And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the ways of David his father, and declined neither to the right hand, nor to the left.”  it is my opinion that if we are going to experience true revival here in America we are going to have to get back to some things.

I. Go back – In our verse we are told of Josiah, “And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD,”.  We are going to have to go back to old fashioned obedience.  If we know it is right and godly then we need to do it.  We need to go back to prayer.  We have left off prayer for programs.  We have left off prayer for personality.  We have left off prayer for play time.  This list could go on ad-nausea.

The problem is that we have become comfortable with out pet sins and we just plainly do not want to give them up.  We must “Go Back” if we are going to experience revival.

II. Get back – Our verse tells us, “and walked in the ways of David his father,”.  We have walked away from our God.  We are nowhere near Him today.  It is obvious by the sad state of the Church that we are not near Him.  Nearness is likeness.  Jesus is nothing like His Church today.  God help us to be like Jesus!

When the lost son of the book of Luke came back he “came to himself”.  Then he got up and started back home.  He did not call his father to come to skid row or jail and get him.  He got up and got back.  As he went he began to rehearse what he would say.  Then as he was coming down the last stretch of dusty road his father came running to him.  By the way it was considered shameful for a Jewish man to run in those days.  He chucked that off and ran to his son who had returned.

III. Grab on – “and declined neither to the right hand, nor to the left.”  The Church today is as a whole letting go of many things that re important.  I mean you can indulge in social ills today and they are no longer frowned upon by anyone let alone the Pastor.  I mean, they seem to be getting into the wallow with the pigs to supposedly “entice them out”.  This could not be further from the truth.  They are feeding their flesh by being involved in these worldly, fleshly activities.

It is no wonder that the Church is losing it’s power.  We are so burdened with sin and filth.  We need to get clean and want to stay clean.  How about you my  reader?  Will you have revival and meet God’s requirements?

So, how are you doing?

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?

What Revival Is 6

Revival is recovered joy.  Far too many people today are looking for happiness.  The problem with that is that happiness depends upon stuff or circumstances.  What people need is true joy.  Joy is a result of our relationship with Jesus Christ.

If I know Jesus Christ as my Saviour then I should be filled with His joy.  This joy does not depend upon what happens or what does not happen.  Joy comes from Jesus.  It is produced by the Holy Spirit of the Living God.  He lives in us and so that joy should flow freely from us.

Look at Psalm 51:12, “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.”  We have to be careful.  We can allow too many things to cause us to surrender our joy.  Nobody or nothing can take our joy away from us.  We willingly surrender it.

As you go through life do you have the joy of the LORD?  It will be obvious if you do.  It will just radiate from us like sunshine.

So, how are you doing?

What Revival Is 5

Revival is a renewed spirit.  Look at Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”  Far too many of God’s people are going around today with a wrong spirit or attitude.

I remember one of my favorite scenes of the movie “Facing the Giants” is the death crawl scene.  One thing the coach asks the player named “Brock” is “How’s your attitude?”  One of the assistant coaches leans over and sniffs the boy’s shoulder like he had an odor. Maybe we need to stop and check our attitude or spirit.

People that we enjoy being around are often people that have a renewed spirit or attitude.  Most people do not want to be around someone with a poor attitude.  When we experience revival the Holy Spirit of the Living God will give us a new attitude or a “renewed spirit”.

Our attitude effects everything.  Nobody wants to be around someone that has a sour attitude.  As a Christian our attitude should be catching.  When we are filled with the Spirit and living for Jesus then our attitude should reflect Him.

So, how are you doing?

What Revival Is 4

What Revival is.  It is the removal of sin.  Too many people are going around trying to live under their sin.  In other words they do not want to do anything about their sin.  They like their sin and they want to keep participating in whatever it is.  People run to the doctor for medication to cover the effects of their sin.  They hope this will allow them to cope with their sin.  The only remedy for sin is Jesus’ blood.

Look at Palm 51:2, “Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.”  Also look at Psalm 51:9, ” Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.”  When we break free of our sin we are free to live as God wants us to live.  Far too many people are all about my, me and mine.  They want to live life like the old song says, “I did it my way.”  That will not work when it comes to revival.  That will hold back revival, truthfully.  We have to meet God’s conditions and then we can have revival.

The problem is that we love our sin and we want to continue in it. If we are going to have revival this cannot happen.  Sin is a poison.  It affects every aspect of our lives.  If we let it go then it will take over our lives.  We become a slave to sin.  Jesus wants us to be free of sin.  He wants us to be free to have revival.

So, how are you doing?

What Revival Is 3

Revival is requesting forgiveness.  When we experience true revival we will find that we are not the person that we should be.  I mean we will see ourselves like God sees us.  This can be a frightening place.  Yet, if we go there we can get forgiveness.  Then it is like we have not done what we have asked forgiveness for.

Look at Psalm 51:6-8, “Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.  Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.  Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.”  I have heard a few Pastors say that David was a great sinner; but, he was also a great repenter.  He took advantage of repentance.  Even as weak and sinful as David was he experienced real revival.

We have to get to the place that we will set aside our pride and come before God and ask for forgiveness.  The great hing is that I can do that.  God extends His mercy to us and all we must do is access is ask for it.  Far too often our pride keeps us from even asking.  We think we can handle it.  We cannot handle it.  Only Jesus can handle it because He alone is our Sin Bearer.  We need to run to Him and beg for forgiveness.

So, how are you doing?

What Revival Is 2

I forgot to give credit yesterday where credit is due.  The main points I will be using during this series “What Revival Is” comes from a sermon preached by Dr. Rufus Edmisten.  It impacted me many years ago so I developed his main points into a message of my own and now a series here.

Revival is when we acknowledge our sin.  Look at Psalm 51:3-5, “For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.  Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.  Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.”  If we are going to have revival we must acknowledge our sin.  Sin separates from God.  That is why this new brand of Christianity will not work.  They teach that you just do the best you can and it will all work out.  Wrong!

God has told us in His Word that we are all sinners and have sinned against Him.  He is Holy and we must approach Him accordingly.  Without His mercy and forgiveness we cannot approach Him.  Once we become His child then we have access.

Sometimes life draws us away from our God.  This is when we need revival.  We need to recommit to to serving our God anew.  That is what revival is about.  It is realizing that we are His child and we have sinned against Him and that we can have a restoration of that relationship by repenting and returning to our God.  He is waiting.

So, how are you doing?

What Revival Is 1

What is revival?  If you asked one hundred people you would get a multitude of different answers.  In our Churches we pray for revival.  I really wonder if we even know what we are truly praying for.

As I continue this thought of revival I want to take the next few days and consider the thought of “What Revival Is”.

Today’s thought is that revival is God having mercy on us.  Look at Psalm 51:1, “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.”  The Word Web dictionary describes revival as 1.) Bringing again into activity and prominence.  2.) An evangelistic meeting intended to reawaken interest in religion.”

We all know that the Church needs revival.  We need to get back to some things.  We need to get back to the Word of God.  We should have a structured time of reading the Bible everyday.  This is God’s Word to us and we need to put it into our heart.  Our attitude toward the Word of God will determine our readiness for revival.  A person who will not read the Bible is not giving the Holy Spirit of the Living God anything to work with.  He takes the Word of God and ministers it to our heart.

Revival starts with God having mercy on us.  When we are people of the Word then we are convicted of our sin by the Holy Spirit using the Word and then we have the mercy of God to withhold right judgement.  If it were not for the mercy of God we would all be in hell.  This does not mean that we will not suffer the consequences of our sin.  God extends His mercy to us because He loves us supremely.

Thank God for His mercy in sending revival to those who will meet his conditions.  He is willing to send revival; but, far too many of us are not willing to receive it.

So, how are you doing?

 

Revival: Am I Willing To Pay The Price?

Today I am posting an article written by my friend Missionary Jim Kilgore on revival.  I hope you are challenged by it.

Revival:   Am I Willing To Pay The Price?

 

Many Christians today have no clue what a critical hour we are living in. The hour is urgent, the Lord is willing, the devil is hard at work, and too many church members are sitting in the grandstands enjoying the view when they should be suited up and on the field.  “Woe to them that are at ease in Zion…” (Amos 6:1)

Around 1am this morning, I was paying about revival when God challenged me with why I REALLY want to have a revival.   I searched my heart for improper motives.  Was it merely to make life easier for us in America?  Was it to make life easier for the Christian?

Jesus reminded me that in THIS world we shall have persecution. John 15:20, “Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.”    II Timothy 3:12 reminds each Christian, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus SHALL suffer persecution.”

The object of spiritual revival is not the emotional outbursts, unstructured services, and excessiveness in enthusiasm, bigger budgets, or even the crowded churches which often accompany revival. These things may occur and often do.

The whole point of a movement of God’s Spirit which we call revival involves great concerns, matters like:  glorifying God in this world, magnifying the Lord Jesus Christ, the salvation of the lost, often times in great numbers of people coming to Jesus Christ, the restoration of families, and the reviving and re-aligning the Lord’s churches.

It is time to rise up out of our sleep.  It is time that each one of US confronts our own casual approach to Christianity.  If we really want revival, then each mush DO something.  A good place to start is by humbling ourselves.  II Chronicles 7:14).   James 4: 6 reminds us “that God resists the proud…”    the word resists carries the idea of “raging in battle against the Believer because of his pride.”

Until our pride is smitten, destroyed, and we completely lay bare and honest before God, revival will not come.  May you and I take time today, no matter how busy that we are, to fall down before God and start confessing our pride, our independent spirit, our utter nothingness apart from God.

We have ALL said, “Something needs to be done.  Someone needs to do something to help save America.”   Here is YOUR opportunity.

Revival must start within you and I. This is how this “Revival Facebook page” will be different.  We must refuse to cease talking about revival and allow the Holy Spirit to start the revival with us!

Will you seriously start this inner process of revival today?  Will you be willing to confront your own indifference, inactivity, and insensitivity to the Spirit of God today?

God, I now lay myself on your surgery table.  Start the painful process within my life.  Amen”

So, how are you doing?