Summary: If we really want to see revival then we must allow the Holy Spirit to "kill" the sin within us so that the "common people" will be touched through us.
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Pastor James May
IGNITE A REVIVAL
Acts 5:11 and great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.
5:12 and by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch.
5:13 And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them.
5:14 and believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.)
5:15 Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.
5:16 There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.
Acts 5:11 Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events.
12 The apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade.
13 No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people.
14 Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number.
15 As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by.
16 Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by evil spirits, and all of them were healed.
Do we really want a revival to come to Victory Temple and to our community? I believe that the answer would be “Yes” from the heart of every born again Believer! Our greatest desire is to see the Holy Spirit move in the hearts and lives of His people and then draw new souls into the House of God to hear and respond to the message of the gospel.
We should all know that revival does not come without a price. Before God will come to bring revival, there must be a “time of reckoning” for those who are in the church. How can we witness and preach Jesus to others if Jesus isn’t first in our lives or if our own hearts are not right with God?
I know that God can bring revival whenever and wherever He wants to but He also uses His people to prepare the way through prayer and fasting. Then, the Holy Spirit will begin to convict us of the sin in our lives and to bring us into agreement with the desires of the Father to reach the lost through us.
Too many of us live with nothing on our own mind but our own troubles and tests. We dwell upon the “bad day” that we had and forget the goodness, mercy and grace of our Lord who pours out His blessings upon us continually.
Too many Christians have the attitude that they can’t see the blessings because of the troubles. Do you think that you have troubles? Do you think things could get any worse for you? Let me give you a few examples of how things that look bad can really get worse.
1) Several years ago the Exxon Valdez ran aground and created the greatest oil spill on record. There were a number of birds, seals and other creatures that were endangered by the oil, and many that were killed. After catching at least 2 of the seals and spending $80,000 to treat and rehabilitate them, they were turned loose into the sea. Less than one minute after releasing them, a killer whale devoured both of the seals.
2) One woman came home to find her husband in the kitchen, shaking frantically with a wire hanging from his waist towards the electric skillet. She quickly picked up a piece of wood and whacked him on the arm to free him from the deadly electrical current. She broke his arm in two places and knocked him free, only to discover that the wire was attached to his Walkman radio and he was only swaying to the music.