Summary: Revival is so important. The word revival contains 21 items that will bring us to revival in our local churches, cities and nations.
REVIVAL IS IN THE WORD ITSELF!
2 Chr 7:14 KJV If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chr 7:15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. 2 Chr 7:16 For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.
I.} R RECALL your own Christian experience.
A. When you share your testimony you give people hope and hope always precedes faith. Godfs people are Hope Givers.
1. Paul was always sharing his testimony, giving people hope before preaching the Word and by that giving them faith. Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Psa 61:8 KJV) So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.
RENEW your promises to God!
Psa 116:18 I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people,
A, Many are the times when people are in trouble they promised God so many things and after the storm passes they forget their vows.
1. I recall the story of the sea captain who was a Christian and given to much prayer. A great storm was blowing and someone came the wheelhouse where the Captain was. It was a great storm. A man shouted to the Captain, gWhy are you not prayingh? The Captain said, gI pray during the calm and when the storm comes I sail may shiph. Many people do the opposite.
RESOLVE to do your best in His service.
(2 Tim 4:7 KJV) I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
II} E ENTER into the revival enthusiastically!
(Psa 100:4 KJV) Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
EXERT every effort to win someone to Christ!
(Acts 1:8 KJV) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
(Mark 16:15 KJV) And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
A. The added benefit of winning souls is strength. The joy of the Lord gives us strength. The greatest joy next to the joy of your own salvation is winning another soul to Christ. Of the 43 years of missionary evangelism we have seen many answers to prayer with the healing of many. However, I do not believe that a blind eye that is opened, a cancer healed or any other physical healing brings great joy in heaven. I am sure it does not make the Lord sad, but the Bible teaches us that there is GREAT JOY in heaven over one sinner that repents. Many times my wife Marge and I are asked how do you keep going year after year to a point that some people think your address is on the airplane? We tell them winning souls to Christ is the answer. God gives us some of that heavenly joy He has when a sinner come to Christ. We rejoice in our meeting if there is one or when we have led up to 4,000 in a since service to Christ. Great joy, great strength.
ENLIST this new convert in service to Christ!
(Mat 28:19 KJV) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
(Mat 28:20 KJV) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
A. This is why along with Rev. Walter Zygarewicz we are now having our 15th Basic Bible Training School in the former USSR. We are training and making leaders through teaching the Word. What is wonderful is that 90% of all students that have gone through our schools are in full time ministry winning souls. There have been over 1,000 students that have gone through the schools. We have trained over 5,000 in evangelism in the former USSR. It is not enough to win souls we must disciple them too.
III} V VISUALIZE the condition of the lost!
(2 Pet 2:12 KJV) But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;