Summary: Are the days of great revivals over with? Could be for you.
ARE THE DAYS OF GREAT REVIVALS OVER WITH?
ARE SERVICES WHERE WAVES OF GOD’S GLORY PASSING THROUGH THE HOUSE OF GOD OVER?
I STILL BELIEVE WE ARE SERVING A GOD WHO ANSWERS BY FIRE.
IN FACT WE OUGHT TO BE HAVING GREATER REVIVALS TODAY THAN WE’VE EVER HAD. BECAUSE:
17 in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
ITS NOT TIME TO SLOW DOWN, ITS TIME TO EXCELLERATE.
Our passion for Christ should be greater and our burden for the lost should be driving us into the highways and hedges.
MAYBE WE DO NOT HAVE REVIVAL BECAUSE WE DO NOT EARNESTLY PRAY FOR IT.
1. We pray, but often without feeling
2. We pray, but often without faith
3. We pray, but often our prayers are very formal
4. We pray to keep the church going, but how many of us pray specifically for revival
5. Faith-filled revival praying brings revival
1 Tim 4:1
4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith,
depart - To go away; leave.
faith - Loyalty and allegiance to.
Maybe we don’t have revival because the church does not have to offer what it used to.
Maybe it’s because of compromise, and the lack of faithfulness, that we don’t have the power to lead people to Christ or to heal and deliver them.
Maybe our own conduct and behavior is pushing people away instead of drawing them in.
11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
Look at the world, our family members and friends.
The Devil is snatching lives and souls away every day.
God, give us power to stop him.
FRIENDS, REVIVAL WAS NOT BORN OUT OF JUST A DESIRE FOR ONE, BUT BY PLEADING THE CAUSE WITH GOD. BESEECHING HIM TO POUR OUT HIS SPIRIT ON US AND TO RAIN DOWN HIS RIGHTOUSNESS ON US.
LORD, PLEASE GIVE BIRTH IN OUR HEARTS, A DESIRE TO KNOW YOU IN WAYS THAT WE’VE NEVER KNOWN YOU BEFORE.
I BELIEVE HE WILL SEND A REVIVAL BASED UPON OUR COMMITMENT TO BE OBEDIENT TO HIM. TO FOLLOW HIM WHERE EVER HE LEADS.
REAWAKEN OUR FAITH. DON’T JUST STIR US BUT CHANGE US FOREVER.
WHAT IS REVIVAL?
IT IS RESTORING OUR LIVES TO USEFULNESS AGAIN AND THAT’S BROUGHT ABOUT BY:
1. PURGING OURSELVES FROM THE WEIGHTS AND SINS AND INSLAVING HABITS THAT KEEP US FROM THE FAITHFULNESS THAT GOD REQUIRES OF US.
2. THE TOTAL SURRENDER OF OUR WILL TO HIS WILL.
3. LOOSING OUR LIVES SO THAT HE CAN LIVE IN AND THROUGH US.
IT’S COMING BACK TO THE PLACE OF ACCEPTANCE WHERE YOU PRESENT YOUR LIFE AND BODY A LIVING SACRIFICE TO GOD.
IT’S REINLISTING INTO HIS SERVICE. BEING AVAILABLE WHEN AND WHEREEVER HE CHOOSES.
IT’S ONLY HIS MERCY THAT HE WOULD SEND A REVIVAL TO US.
FRIENDS, REVIVAL IS ANOTHER CHANCE.
IT’S NOT HIS FAULT THAT WE GROW COLD OR LUKE WARM IN OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.
WHEN IS IT FINALLY EVIDENT THAT WE NEED A REVIVAL? DO WE NEED ONE TODAY? DO WE NEED ONE IN THIS CHURCH? DO YOU NEED REVIVAL IN YOUR PERSONAL LIFE? I DO.
WE NEED REVIVAL WHEN:
A. WHEN THERE IS NO FAMILY HARMONY.
B. WHEN WE CAN’T FORGIVE AND FORGET.
C. WHEN THERES NO SPIRITUAL GROWETH.
D. FAMILY MEMBERS NOT FILLED W/HOLY GHOST.
E. NO OUTREACH AT PERSONAL & CHURCH LEVELS.
F. NO TEARS ON ALTARS.
G. WHEN CALVARY BECOMES MEANINGLESS (INSENSITIVE AND NON MOVING).
6 Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?
7 Shew us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation.