Summary: Part two of the series, Keys to Revival
Last week I began a series of messages on Key’s to Revival. It may seem strange that I’m sharing about revival with a group of Believers that are faithful. But you are exactly the ones that I need to pour this message into.
Revival will always be birthed by someone who cares.
If no one cares about revival, then they will not sincerely seek God to send a revival.
On the other hand, God will answer the cries for revival from the hearts of those who truly are concerned and have vision for what God wants to do.
As I began to work on this message the Lord laid on my heart our scripture text tonight.
Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”
It’s important that we get a vision for what God wants to do in our city. It’s up to those who care to cry out to God for revival to come not only to our city but to our church.
Our churches are dying and people are going to hell because of the lack of our knowing God’s vision for this city.
What is God’s vision for the city?
If we’re to understand God’s vision for the city, we first need to understand where God’s heart is.
2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” The King James Version
Underline in your bibles God is not willing that any should perish. Look at this verse in context…
First it says “the Lord is not slack concerning His promise…”
The promise this verse is referring to is Christ coming to take home His bride.
For years we’ve heard that Jesus is coming soon, and for years He’s not come. But the Word makes it plain that God has not been slack concerning the rapture of the Church. He’s not forgotten that He suppose to be doing this.
We see why He’s not come yet, because He’s not willing that any should perish, but all would come to repentance. If He doesn’t come today, it’s because He’s extended His hand of mercy to give people another chance to come to Him.
But here’s where we need to be concerned, every day that goes by is one day closer to the rapture of the Church. It’s one day less that someone has a chance to make it in. It’s one day less for someone to come to Christ.
That’s why we need have the vision of God, the compassion of God and the power of God operating in our life. That’s why we need revival to fill our church and to fill our city.
Before revival can come to our church, we’ve got to get ourselves ready. We need to live in awareness that judgment is coming to the house of God first.
1 Peter 4:17 “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”
We’ve got to get ready. A few weeks ago the Lord spoke to my heart and told me that revival is coming, get ready. That’s what this series is about. What must the church do to get ready for the revival that God desires to bring.
Last week we looked at the first key, renewal of prayer and Worship.
Let me share just a little bit more about prayer before we go on. Prayer is the key to any revival. I’ve shared this before, there have been great revivals without great preaching, but there’s never been a great revival without great praying.
I’m passionate about prayer, there is rarely a day goes by that I don’t spend at least an hour in prayer. God has invited us through the avenue of prayer to help bring His will to pass on this earth.
I don’t know why God has, but the fact remains that God has placed the responsibility in our hands to help bring His will to pass through the avenue of prayer.
Jesus taught the disciples to pray …thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. God has chosen to use intercessor’s on earth as the go betweens between man and God.
When we don’t pray, things that God desires to do, don’t get done. I don’t know of one person that has ever come to the Lord that someone wasn’t praying for them.
There are such strongholds out there that want to keep man blinded from the light of the Gospel. It’s going to take us to enter into intercession and pray that the veil be lifted from off their eyes. We need to be praying that the Father would draw them to Christ.