Summary: 1 samuel 7:2-4
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Sermon: Are You Ready For Revival? - Part II
2 And it came to pass, while the ark abode in Kirjath-jearim, that the time was long; for it was twenty years: and all the house of Israel lamented after the LORD. 3 And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the LORD, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines. 4 Then the children of Israel did put away Baalim and Ashtaroth, and served the LORD only.
a lot of people think that when people are surrendering to Jesus in salvation that a church is experiencing revival.
Evangelism and won souls may come after revival.
But God does not send revival to the lost,
now don't get me wrong I hope there are many souls saved in this upcoming revival but God performs revival among His church.
In revival, God does a fresh work in those who have life, yet who have grown weak through sin or neglect.
as we get started this evening
I would like to share some quotes that I got offline describing revival:
."Revival is that sovereign work of God in which He visits His own people, restoring and releasing them into the fullness of His blessing."
"Revival is a return to spiritual health after a period of decline into sin and broken fellowship with God...
Revival is for God's people when they need to be forgiven and restored to life, spiritual health, and vitality"
"Revival is an extraordinary work of the Holy Spirit producing extraordinary results."
Background: Let’s take a moment and see how we arrived at this point.
In the sermon this morning we examined the events in the life of the Children of Israel.
They had faced several intense attacks from the Philistines.
On one occasion Israel lost 4,000 men
On another the Philistines slew 30,000
The Philistines seized the Ark of the Covenant
Eli, his sons and his daughter-in-law died.
After a series of devastating plagues the Philistines thought it best to return the Ark to the people of Israel.
The Ark remained in the house of Abinadab for a period of 20 years
After an extended period of time Israel came to their senses and desired to return unto the Lord.
They sought counsel from their leader Samuel and took the proper steps to return to the Lord.