Let The Revival Begin!
Sermon shared by George Dillahunty
Summary: Almighty Godís "Secret Weapon" - Revival - can be compared to a race car driver injecting nitrous oxide into his race car to enhance the vehicleís performance or a fighter pilot kicking in the afterburners to get that extra burst of power!
Series: Revival Fires
Denomination: Church of God
Audience: Believer adults
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This evening, my brothers and sisters, I would like to read our Scripture text one more time; however, this time instead of using the King James Version (KJV), I want to read from the New Living Translation (NLT): "So Solomon finished building the Temple of the Lord, as well as the royal palace. He completed everything he had planned to do. (vs. 12) Then one night the Lord appeared to Solomon and said, I have heard your prayer and have chosen this Temple as the place for making sacrifices. (vs. 13) At times I might shut up the heavens so that no rain falls, or I might command locusts to devour your crops, or I might send plagues among you. (vs. 14) Then if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land. (vs. 15) I will listen to every prayer made in this place, (vs. 16) for I have chosen this Temple and set it apart to be My home forever. My eyes and My heart will always be here."
My prayer, for this evening and the next two (2) nights, is that Almighty God will appear unto this "Temple not made with hands" - your Temple and my Temple - because He has heard our prayers! It is my prayer that Almighty God will inject our engines with "nitrous oxide" for that extra burst of power - Holy Ghost power - that Almighty God will kick in the "afterburners" of our aircraft - and that each and every one of us will emerge from these three (3) nights with newly created "clean hearts" and renewed "right spirits" - "vessels unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the masterís use, and prepared unto every good work."
Toward that end, I pray this evening, "Light the fire, Lord, Itís time for Revival! Let there be a Revival in this place and let the Revival begin in me!"
This sermon has been compiled, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, from many different sources - especially with the assistance of sermons by Raymond Perkins (September 2000), Gerald Flury (February 2001), Rick Flowers (September 2001), Mitchell Skelton (June 2003), all of which can be found in the "Top Ten Sermons" under the subject of Revival, and all of which can be found at www.sermoncentral.com! My special thanks to all of you, my co-laborers in the vineyard! My brothers in Christ Jesus - I salute you!
John Basham has been quoted as saying, "Prayer is the backbone of a Revival...instead of substituting new ideas such as religious films or social entertainment, why not really try the God-given method for Revivals: Pray without ceasing." As can be seen from our Scripture text for this evening and the next two (2) evenings, Revival comes only through prayer! So, my brothers and sisters, if you havenít done so already (and, I hope that you have - I know that your church leadership has), I want you to begin praying for this Revival!
I want you to ask Almighty God to "show up and show out" in your "Temple of God" and my "Temple of God" - these "Temples not made with hands" - chosen by Almighty God as a place of sacrifice, as we place our bodies - your body and my body - at the "Altar of God" in this "House of Prayer" - not your house, but Almighty Godís House! The Apostle Paul, in 1 Corinthians 3:16 (KJV), tells the church at Corinth and us: "Know ye not that ye are the Temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?"
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