Summary: The third installment in the Prparing for Personal Revival series
Ps 51:10-12 “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.” (KJV)
We’ve been talking about preparing for personal revival. There’s not a one of us that does not need a fresh touch, or a rekindling of God’s Spirit within our lives from time to time.
God wants His fire to burn hot within us, but as I had said before, the very nature of fire is to go out unless it is fed. To keep our hearts burning within us, we must feed the fire. So we must not only prepare our hearts for personal revival, but we need to learn how to stay in a state of revival.
What is personal revival? Personal revival is where we can come to the place where we’re not asking what God can do for us, but we come to the place and say “Lord, what do you want to accomplish through my life today.”
So many times we get so wrapped up in ourselves that our spiritual eyes start looking in the wrong direction.
When we’re sick, we seek healing instead of the healer. A lot of times when people start seeking after the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, they get hung up on tongues instead of seeking the one who Baptizes us.
What personal revival does ultimately is causes us to pursue God and seek after an intimate relationship with Him. You cannot have revival apart from God. You can not experience revival as long as your own selfish interest stay in the forefront.
I want each of you to know tonight, there’s more to your relationship with God than what you have right now. Ask yourself this question, are you really happy with where you are at spiritually. Do you think if you sat down with God and had a heart to heart talk, that He would be pleased with your Christian walk?
You’ve got to make up your mind whether you’re satisfied being mediocre, living off spiritual crumbs, staying on the milk of the word.
Or do you want to go from the court yard of the King and begin to enter into the Holy of Holies.
I. Who can Go?
This is not just for a select few, but the fact is only a few experience a powerful relationship with God because they decide that they would rather live for worldly pleasures than do what it takes to come into God’s presence.
God told me that we only give Him the scraps of our life, the crumbs, the leftovers. Do you believe, that is all the God of all the universe is worthy of? The leftovers, the scraps, the crumbs of our life or do you think the God of all the universe is worthy to have all of us. That His dreams become our dreams. That His will becomes our will. That His desires become our desires.
If you’ll listen to what I share with you tonight, you can begin to take a trip into the presence of God and experience Him like you’ve never experienced Him before.
Matt 5:6 “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”(KJV)
It’s easier to do nothing, but you always will get nowhere!
I’m going to be very candid with you and share with you my heart and the process that God is taking me through. The first question that we need to ask is “Where do we begin?”
First you must realize that each and every one has a purpose that God wants to fulfill in your life. Satan has so many Christians beaten down that they think that their life will never matter when it comes to God. That their opinion never matters, all they will ever be is Spiritual wall flowers, blending into the pew. They’re thankful that they’re going to heaven, but that’s all that God has for them.
You hear me tonight church. You are not an accident, a life without purpose. You didn’t catch God by surprise when you came on the scene. When you asked Christ to be your Lord and Savior, God didn’t ask, where did he or she come from.
Listen to what the Psalmist wrote in Ps 139:14 “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (NIV)
Jeremiah 31:3 “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” (KJV)