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.
One man said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing the same way expecting different results. Well, I agree. In the book of Joshua I am reminded of the Israelites going to fight a battle against the city of Ai.
When they went to battle against them they could not defeat them. As a matter of fact as I remember there were thirty-six men killed in action at that battle. The Israelites even turned tail and ran back to their camp.
Nobody could figure out the problem. Then God revealed to them what the problem was. During their previous victory they were instructed not to take anything that was accursed. The instructions from God were clear. Yet one man had to disobey. Because of his disobedience they lost this battle and men died in the process.
when it was discovered he was brought before Joshua. Look at Joshua 7:25, “And Joshua said, Why hast thou troubled us? the LORD shall trouble thee this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones.”
God is serious about sin. There is punishment for it. We must keep our heart sensitive to the Holy Spirit of the Living God so when we are convicted that we deal with it immediately. Maybe, the effects of our sin might not be to the extent of Achan; but, sin has serious consequences. We need to consider that before we do what we are not supposed to do.
As I was thinking about this theme of “Cover Up” I began to recall many people in the Bible who are guilty of this very thing. Abraham asked Sarah to conceal her identity in order to save his life (so he thought). This pattern continued in the family too. Adam and Eve tried to cover up as we have already seen.
How about Ananias and Sapphira? Their cover up was deadly to both of them. Remember they lied about the amount of money they gave in the offering. They wanted people to think they gave more than they really gave. Their deceit cost them their lives because they lied to God the Holy Ghost.
Some of us might know of or remember a man named Achan. His cover up is recorded in Joshua 7:21, “When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it. ” Because of his cover up his sons, daughters and animals were taken into the valley and burned.
These are all serious consequences from what people today would consider a “minor offense”. Wrong! When you look at it from God’s perspective you see it totally different. You see it as sin against a Holy God. This cannot be. Sin will be dealt with It might not bring the house down upon you at that moment; but, rest assured it will come back one day. Then you will regret it possibly for eternity.
As I looked at the burn on my arm; which is getting better, I thought about women. No, it was not a curling iron accident. I thought about how women use make up. Believe me, some of us need make up. We have friends that when they arrived at Church the lady of the house would remain in the car putting on her make up. When someone would ask the husband where he wife was today he would tell them, “She is out in the car painting the barn.” What can you say to that.
This cover up started back in the beginning. Only three chapters into the Scriptures we have Adam and Eve taking part in the first cover up. Look at Genesis 3:7-8, “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.”
God had warned them about partaking of the fruit. When they did things played out just as He had told them. Their eyes were opened and then they knew they were naked. Then shame cam flooding in. How do I know this? Their attempt to cover up. They were before Almighty God and tried to cover up their nakedness. They were trying to cover their sinfulness too.
Is this not the reason that we try to cover up today? Absolutely, it is. We have an image in our mind that we want to live up to and when we don’t meet that expectation, we cover up.
It is like the spiritual life. We do everything we can to cover our sin before God. Guess what? He already knows about our sin. Remember, Jesus died to pay the debt of yours and my sin. He knows. Quit trying to cover up and be honest before God. Trust Him today as your Saviour and you will not have to cover up anymore.
Well, here I sit once again with tears running. As you can see from the title today I will be trying to memorialize one of God’s dear saints. Almost twenty years ago I had the privilege of becoming a reserve police officer in our little burg. It paid nothing; but, your training and uniforms were free.
During my time as a reserve deputy town marshall I met so many different people. One of those people was David Spannuth. David is a stellar Christian man and his sweet wife Connie is a stellar Christian woman. I remember how excited David told me that he was when he found out that another Christian brother was coming on board the police department. We enjoyed many hours of sweet fellowship. I would come out and ride along with him (even though I was not allowed to do so) and we would talk about the LORD. Such sweet fellowship.
Yesterday, we received word that David Spannuth had gone to be with our LORD. I managed to hold back all the emotions until this writing. Now the tears fall for those who know and love David. There is now a part of them that has departed. Oh, we would not wish David back to this vale of tears and pain. There is one thing for sure. One day I will see my friend David Spannuth again. I believe that it will not be long until that meeting will be taking place.
Let me ask you my reader. Are you really prepared for Heaven? Was there a day in your life when you realized and acknowledged that you are a sinner? After you realized this did you cry out to Jesus to forgive you of your sin and ask Him to save you?
If you have never done that would you please contact me and let me take the Bible and show you how to be born-again so that you too can spend eternity in Heaven with Jesus, David Spannuth and me.