The term REVIVE suggests a RETURN to "consciousness of life." Revivals are not explosions; they are spiritual awakenings. In Habakkuk 3:2 we read, "O Lord, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O Lord, REVIVE thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy."
About 10 years ago I was asked "Pastor, have you ever seen a revival." My answer to that question then as well as now is, "In all my years, I would have to say NO. There were times when I saw the stirring of the Holy Spirit in the lives of God’s people, and results of soul winning, but there has never been a time when I have really seen a real revival" But that doesn’t mean I stop praying and begging God for one, and anticipating one even in our Church. Today I don’t know what, but something has got to happen in our nation, our homes and our church. "WITHOUT REVIVAL THERE IS NO HOPE…AND THERE IS NO HOPE LIKE A REVIVAL!"
Great Revivals are always possible when we are willing to pay the PRICE and PRAY. Here are some never-changing reasons why I anticipate that there will be more great revivals:
First: The Gospel is still as Romans 1:16 tells us "the power of God unto salvation." Thank God! It still will bring conviction and conversion when preached in boldness and power.
Second: It is still true as we read in Acts 1:8, "Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you" and then you can win souls. How wicked and fruitless to try to do God’s work without God’s power!
Third: God still answers prayer: persistent, believing, heartbroken prayer like that before Pentecost, and like that with Elijah there at Mount Carmel. Second Chronicles 7:14 is still true, “If my people, who 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.” REVIVAL CAN BEGIN HERE!
This verse challenges us for the need of brokenness over pride. "If my people, who are called by my name, SHALL HUMBLE THEMSELVES…" REVIVAL CAN BEGIN HERE.
This verse challenges us to recognize the sins in our lives and the need concerning Spiritual forgiveness. Forgiveness must begin to remove old grudges and spiritual bitterness, "If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves…and TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS…" REVIVAL CAN BEGIN HERE.
This verse challenges us to return to seek the face of God. "If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and SEEK MY FACE…" REVIVAL CAN BEGIN HERE.
This verse challenges us to pray. "If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray…” REVIVAL CAN BEGIN HERE!
Fourth: Sin everywhere leaves hearts sad, hungry and fearful. Men can be won, so can mothers with dead babies, parents with boys on battlefields, the sick, the poor, the disillusioned, and all those who have found that neither drink, nor sex, nor money, nor nightclubs can satisfy a heart made for God.
Where do we start? We start by going back to the concept of brokenness. When God’s people call on God out of a pure heart, the answer comes, and REVIVAL FIRES FALL, and the church begins to burn with the GLORY AND POWER OF GOD.
Revive us again; Fill each heart with Thy love.
May each soul be rekindled with FIRE from above.
Hallelujah, Thine the glory; Hallelujah, Amen.
Hallelujah, Thine the glory; Revive us again!
In His Amazing Grace,
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