Summary: How to experience revival as illustrated by the life of Josiah

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Judah’s Last Revival

2 Chr 34:1-3

1. It was Youth Lead. {Child = 2,037 times / Youth = 422 times}

A. Josiah could have chosen to be a Rebellious Youth.

· Both his grandfather, Manasseh, and his father, Amon, were wicked.

· Manasseh began to reign at age 12, reigned 52 years, and was the most wicked of all Judah’s kings.

· Amon was 22 when he began to reign, reigned 2 years and was also wicked.

· Isaiah prophesied about Manasseh:

n (Isa 30:1) - Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:

n (Jer 32:30) - For the children of Israel and the children of Judah have only done evil before me from their YOUTH:

B. Josiah was a Recollecting Youth.

· He no doubt remembered Joseph; committed to purity.

· He no doubt remembered Samuel; called to serve.

· He no doubt remembered David; a man after God’s own heart.

· He no doubt remembered Solomon; asked for wisdom.

· He remembered God.

n (Eccl 12:1) Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy YOUTH, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;

C. Josiah was a Repenting Youth.

· (Psa 25:7) Remember not the sins of my YOUTH, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD.

· (Eccl 11:10) Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and YOUTH are vanity.

D. Josiah was a Redeemed Youth.

· 80% of all Christians were saved before age 25.

· (2 Tim 3:15) And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

· (1 Ki 18:12) … but I thy servant fear the LORD from my YOUTH.

E. Josiah was a Radical Youth.

· (Psa 71:17) O God, thou hast taught me from my YOUTH: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.

· (1 Tim 4:12) Let no man despise thy YOUTH; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

2. It was Word Fed.

A. They Found the Word.

· (2 Chr 34:14) And when they brought out the money that was brought into the house of the LORD, Hilkiah the priest found a book of the law of the LORD given by Moses.

· (Jer 15:16) Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.

B. They Fed on the Word.

· (Jer 15:16) Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.

· (Job 23:12) Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

· (1 Pet 2:2) As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

· (Acts 17:11) These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

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Kirby Haire

commented on Sep 13, 2007

This was very helpful

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