Summary: REVIVAL is a public admission that you are not living up to the standards we say we uphold. Removing the need for Revival calls us to...
REMOVING THE NEED FOR REVIVAL—2Chron. 31:20—32:8
Need for REVIVAL signals a Hindrance to expected service.
REVIVAL is a public admission that you are not living up to the standards we say we uphold.
Need for REVIVAL means...
1)We Have fallen into Sin... —Complacency/Indifference/Apathy/Pride/Ego/—Specific sins—Teaching/Organizational/Doctrinal/Familial—Entrenched
2)We Recognize/Admit it...
3)It can be Rectified.
Need for REVIVAL signals we are in a tight spot.
How can we get out of the tight spot we’re in?
How can we remove the need for revival?
1—Removing the need for Revival calls us to
A PRIOR PROSPERITY(31:20-21)
:20—“And thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah; & he did what was good, right, & true before the LORD his God.”
Hezekiah honored God
—Personally— “good, right & true”
:21 —“And every work which he began in the service of the house of God in law & in commandment, seeking his God, he did with all his heart & prospered.”
Hezekiah “worked” to please God.
—Cleansing the temple, Reinstituting sacrifices, Reinstituting the priestly & Levitical order & maintaining them.
“With all his heart”—The state of the heart is vital for revival.
“in law & in commandment”
—moral, ceremonial, & judicial
We don’t live in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s anymore...
We live now/today!
?How have you “prospered” in the past?
?What brought the Prior Prosperity to Pine Hill BC?
*Remember who you are in Christ!
2—Removing the need for Revival calls us to
EXAMINE THE ONSLAUGHT/INVASION(32:1)
“After these acts of faithfulness Sennacherib king of Assyria came & invaded Judah & besieged the fortified cities, & thought to break into them for himself.”
Sennacherib—705-681 BC—24 yrs.—Assyrian king—Followed Sargon II & Succeeded by Esarhaddon.
“& beseiged”—Stopped normal input & output
“Fortified Cities”—Strongholds of our faith—Music/Youth ministries/Childrens’ ministries/Discipleship ministries/Training ministries/Divulging ministries/Pastoral ministries
?How do you view the present INVASION?...
3—Removing the need for Revival calls us to
—Explanation/Argumentation:(:2-5) Preparation/Within your power
:2—“Now when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib had come, & that he intended to make war on Jerusalem,
:3—“he decided with his officers & his warriors to cut off the supply of water from the springs which were outside the city, & they helped him.
:4—“So many people assembled & stopped up all the springs & the stream which flowed through the region, saying, “Why should the kings of Assyria come & find abundant water?”
:5—“And he took courage & rebuilt all the wall that had been broken down, & erected towers on it, & built another outside wall, & strengthened the Millo in the city of David, & made weapons & shields in great number.”
“Rebuilt all the wall...broken down”—
Rev. 3:1-2—“And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: He who has the seven Spirits of God, & the seven stars, says this: ‘I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. ‘Wake up, & strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God.”