Summary: One author wrote, “Samson strangled a lion; yet he could not strangle his own love. He burst the fetters of his foes; but not the cords of his own lusts. He burned the crops of others, and lost the fruit of his own virtue when burning with the flame kindl
How to Have Personal Revival Judges 16: 25-30
25 So it happened, when their hearts were merry, that they said, “Call for Samson, that he may perform for us.” So they called for Samson from the prison, and he performed for them. And they stationed him between the pillars. 26 Then Samson said to the lad who held him by the hand, “Let me feel the pillars which support the temple, so that I can lean on them.” 27 Now the temple was full of men and women. All the lords of the Philistines were there—about three thousand men and women on the roof watching while Samson performed. 28 Then Samson called to the LORD, saying, “O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!” 29 And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars which supported the temple, and he braced himself against them, one on his right and the other on his left. 30 Then Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” And he pushed with all his might, and the temple fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead that he killed at his death were more than he had killed in his life.
One author wrote, “Samson strangled a lion; yet he could not strangle his own love. He burst the fetters of his foes; but not the cords of his own lusts. He burned the crops of others, and lost the fruit of his own virtue when burning with the flame kindled by a single woman.”
If you desire personal revival it’s not too late. Samson cries out unto God, “Remember me I pray.” Here’s a prayer of repentance and trust poured out by Samson. Again, its not too late- God can bring renewed strength, renewed hope and passion. Samson was Israel’s champion; however, his fleshly passion caused him severe hardship.
We are blessed! No one here is in the predicament that Samson was in. AW Tozer laid out the steps that will lead to personal revival.
#1. You have to become thoroughly dissatisfied with yourself.
Complacency is the enemy of Spiritual progress. A complacent soul is a stagnant soul.
Psalm 80,19 Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; Cause Your face to shine, And we shall be saved!
Smith Wigglesworth once said, “We have been focusing too much on feeling the power. God is waiting for us to act.”
Col. 2,9 For in Him (Christ) dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;
#2. Set your face like a flint toward a sweeping transformation of your face.
Throw your entire soul into a desire for God.
Psalm 42,1 As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.
What happens next? Life transformation!
Eph. 4,1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called,
#3. Put yourself in the way of blessing.
Don’t expect for God to bring a windfall of blessings if you aren’t ready.
Are “conditions” right for new desire?
A life without personal devotions mixed with prayer equal the same results. (Samson’s hair grew back- time and reflection.)