Summary: Within our lives there are enemies to revival which prevent us from experiencing God’s power working in our lives. These are pride, prayerlessness, priorities and our practices
Enemies to Revival
God wants and expects His church to be spiritually alive. God is in the business of reviving, restoring, renewing, healing and fixing that which has been broken notably our relationship with Him. Ephesians 2 tells us that that His Spirit quickens or revives that which is dead. However, within our lives there are enemies to revival which prevent us from experiencing God’s power working in our lives. These are pride, prayerlessness, priorities and our practices.
I. Pride – “Humble”
A. Proverbs 8:13 “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate.”
B. Spiritual pride is a great hindrance to spiritual growth. When the saintly James Harvey was a young curate, he frequently talked with a wise old plowman named Clayton. One day the subject under discussion was this: "What is the greatest impediment to spiritual growth and happiness?" The curate said: "Surely to renounce our sinful self." "No," said the plowman, "the greatest difficulty is to renounce our righteous self." — Sunday School Times
C. Job 35:12 “…they cry out, but He does not answer, because of the pride of evil men.”
D. Paul W. Powell once observed: “Pride is so subtle that if we aren’t careful we’ll be proud of our humility. When this happens our goodness becomes badness. Our virtues become vices. We can easily become like the Sunday School teacher who, told the children in her class about the Pharisee and the tax-gatherer praying in the temple (Luke 18:10-14). She said that the Pharisee prayed, “God, I thank You that I’m not like other people,” while the tax-gatherer said, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.” The teacher explained how the pious, self-righteous attitude of the Pharisee caused him to look down on the tax-gatherer. At the end of her lesson she said, “Children, let’s bow our heads and thank God we are not like the Pharisee!” – copied
E. It is pride which has been the chief cause of misery in every nation and every family since the world began. - C. S. Lewis
F. 1 John 2:16 “For all that is in the world -- the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life -- is not of the Father but is of the world.”
G. Pride stops one from seeing themselves as God sees them. It causes one to be blind like the Laodicean church which was unaware of their deep spiritual poverty.
H. 1 Peter 5:5 “Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble."
II. Prayerlessness – “Pray”
A. Revival does not come to people who seek revival; but to people who seek God! - copied
B. Prayerlessness is the enemy of revival! It is the first cousin to pride. Prayerlessness says, “I do not need to call on the Lord, I can make it just fine without His aid.” Prayerlessness does not say, “He is all I need”; but “I am all I need.” Prayerlessness relies on self and the resources self can produce and refuses to lean on Jesus alone. – A. Carr