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?

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?

Jesus The Man 1

Jesus is a hot topic this day and age.  Those who hate Him seek to obliterate His precious name from all of life.  They can take away His precious name; but, they cannot obliterate Him.  Praise the LORD!

I was thinking after hearing my friend Evangelist Dale Tilley preach yesterday evening.  I am going to share some of his thoughts over the next couple days.

First of all Jesus is the Sinless Man.  Look at II Corinthians 5:21, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”  There it is.  We have proof that Jesus was sinless; but, became sin for you and I so that we could become the righteousness of God.

I remember a few months ago a television show launched titled “Black Jesus”.  It pictured our LORD Jesus Christ as a pot smoker and many other vile things.  It is blasphemous!  You see, the world wants to drag Jesus down to their level.  They want to make Him just like them.  This will never happen.  He is the Sinless Son of God!

What do you think about Jesus?  Is He God or is He not.?  Your answer or what you believe about Jesus could mean an eternity without Him in a real place called Hell.

So, how are you doing?

Too Close

Monday evening I took off to the field to chisel plow.  I really enjoy being able to work on the farm again.  I sometimes think about how my family is feeding America and the world with their efforts.  This is a powerful thought to me.

I worked Monday evening until about 4a.m. on Tuesday (I would not recommend this).  I was glad I did because the rain came in and we cannot work again.  The chisel plow I use is about as wide as the tractor I drive.  This means I have to get really close to the edge of the field and this causes me to come in contact with large tree limbs.

Late Monday evening a large tree limb hit my outside rear view mirror and knocked it around and that is not unusual.  It is designed to break back.  It did with such force that the mirror was broken out.  I searched in hopes of finding the mirror glass.  I found a corner of it.  So, Tuesday afternoon we loaded up and went to the parts counter at John Deere and got replacements.  Now, I will have to go replace what I have broken.  There is a cost.

As I was thinking about this adventure I had a spiritual thought.  If I had not gotten so close to the tree line I would not have broken the mirror and would still have the money I paid for the replacements to pay bills with.  It is a domino effect.

Now, let’s think about sin.  We want to get so very close to things that we know we have no business being around.  We think we can get a little closer and not get hurt.  Then “Bang!” goes the mirror so to speak.  Look at Acts 28:3, “And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.”  Yes, these are different circumstances; but, the principle is the same.  The “viper” of sin will be “fastened” on your if you are not careful.  We must flee sin like it is a snake.

So, how are you doing?