Summary: This Sermon was written to inspire our youth group to seek revival.
Asking For Revival...
Psa 85:6 Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?
Psalms 85:6 gives us the cause & effect of revival. See, the cause is that the psalmist asks for revival.
How many know that asking can cause alot of things to come to pass.
Jesus said in Mat 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
So by asking, the saints of God can set the ball rolling to start receiving. Amen?
In this case revival is what the psalmist asked to receive.
And the effect that revival would have was happiness.
It’s happiness that causes people to rejoice. Gladness.
When we ask for something specific from our Father and He is faithful to hear and answer our prayers we rejoice.
God is good. Amen?
How many came expecting something tonight?
I don’t think the problem with this generation is expectation. I think we expect great things.
We just need to learn how to expect and receive!
What I’m trying to say is that we can’t just sit back and expect something to happen if we aren’t working toward that common goal.
We can’t go through life thinking that God, or anyone else for that matter, owes us something, and therefore we are going to receive.
If I expect a pay increase from my boss then I have to work a little harder and do things by the book.
In the same way, if we expect an increase from God, whether it be spiritually, physically, or financially, we have to do things by the book.
Fortunately for us the Book says that all we have to do is ask.
Give Him some praise.
In his book, The Bridger Generation, Thom S. Rainer gives us some recent statistics.
It says that 65 percent of the Builder Generation are evangelical Christians.
That is Americans born between 1910-1946.
35 percent of the Boomer Generation, that is Americans born between 1947-1964, are evangelical Christians,
While only 15 percent of the Buster Generation, that is Americans born between 1965-1976, are evangelical Christians.
Can you see the decrease?
Slowly our nation has lost it’s main asset... Our root in Christ Jesus.
I believe that the gradual decline of our nation’s moral ethics is mainly because we have neglected to instill our
superior Christian beliefs in our youth.
The same Christian beliefs and the same Christian principles that our nation was founded on we’ve neglected to
pass down through the generations.
I think it’s time we stop complaining about our youth and start praying for our youth.
Start claiming blessings on their lives!
Praying for the Holy Ghost to pour out conviction of sin, righteousness and judgement across our youth.
I think we as the adults have expected a change in our children’s and grandchildren’s lives but we haven’t done our part to break the generational curses.
We haven’t educated our youth in the things of Christ.
Scripture tells us in
Pro 22:6 to ...Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
It seems like these days we are more apt to critisize our youth than support them.
We complain about their clothes, their music, their speech, etc., but what if we just taught them about modesty in
dress or traded in their secular rap for Christian rap.
What if we supported their differences in style and celebrated our likeness in Christ.
I believe that’s what Jesus would do.
God calls us to be seperated from sin not our personality.
Look at it this way... If you listened to country music before you were saved chances are you like southern Gospel
now. If you wore cowboy boots before you were saved you probably wear cowboy boots now.
If someone would have told you that you weren’t Christian enough because you wore cowboy boots then you
probably wouldn’t have gone back to that Church. Amen!?!
God didn’t call you out of your personality and He’s not going to do it to our youth.
I believe the problem is that we’ve been trying to put our youth into an hundred year old mold and that doesn’t
work! We have to reach them on their level or we’re going to continue to shun them away from Christ.
I don’t know about you but I don’t want that on my rap sheet when I get to Heaven. Amen!?!
Don’t get mad at me!
The statistics show it.
Our nation went from having 65 out of an hundred youth professing Christ as their personal Lord and Savior,
To only a projected 4 out of an hundred in this generation.
My generation our children’s generation.
Only a projected 4 percent of the Bridger generation, that is Americans born after 1977 are or will be evangelical Christians.