Summary: Do you ever feel spiritually lifeless? How about inwardly empty? Are you less than hot in your love relationship with God?
God’s Promise of Spiritual Revival
Isaiah 57:15 For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:” I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
Do you ever feel spiritually lifeless? How about inwardly empty? Are you less than hot in your love relationship with God?
Years ago, an entire nation was wrestling with sort of questions. The answer led them to experience God’s promise pf revival!
Let’s talk about the water gate revival. To our generation, the name Watergate brings back bad memories; it brings to our mind a painful period of shame and the downfall of a United States president!
The Watergate I’m speaking of happened around 450 BC; Nehemiah led a group of Jews from Babylon back to Jerusalem. One of the 12 gates on the east side of Jerusalem near the Gihon Spring. People carried water into the city from the spring through the gate, so it became known as the “Water Gate!”
After the walls were complete Nehemiah gathered all of the people together in front of the Water Gate, and then Ezra did something that hadn’t been done in 70 years.
Nehemiah 8:1-3 Now all the people gathered together as one man in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate; and they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded Israel. 2 So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly of men and women and all who could hear with understanding on the first day of the seventh month. 3 Then he read from it in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate from morning until midday, before the men and women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law.
Nehemiah 8: 4-5 say’s as Ezra unrolled the scroll the people stood up in reverence to the word of God!
Jer. 15:16 Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts.
Nehemiah 8:6 And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God.
Then all the people answered, “Amen, Amen!” while lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground.
All morning Ezra read the law, and though most of the people had never heard God’s word read, it brought a holy cut into the hearts of God’s people!
Hebrews 4:12-13 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
Nehemiah 8:8-9 So they read distinctly from the book, in the Law of God; and they gave the sense, and helped them to understand the reading. 9 And Nehemiah, who was the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn nor weep.” For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the Law.