Summary: For the church of Jesus Christ to be revived in 2005 we must get back to the historical way of attaining revival by repenting, forgiving and praying.
Revive in 2005 – Part 4
Thesis: For the church of Jesus Christ to be revived in 2005 we must get back to the historical way of attaining revival by repenting, forgiving and praying.
Opening Illustration: From “Let The Sea Resound”
Our clip illustrates from history and current day stories the power of revival to transform individual people. It shows the importance of repentance and forgiveness for full revival to explode. God does hold us responsible for our sins and he does desire us to make it right with others and with him.
Another key ingredient of revival that I observed from our clip was the act of repentance and forgiveness. Repentance and forgiveness is a required action for revival to emerge where sin is rampant. Sin always causes devastation and bondage and the answer to sins destruction is revival. Revival comes from breakthrough prayers not by human wisdom, human strength, human money, or even human resources. It comes by God’s divine presence and manifestation of His power to transform that area through individuals one by one. But for revival to come to us we must repent of our sins take responsibility and then do the appropriate action required by God which means we must humble ourselves. The other important truth is revival comes to us by inviting God to come! It takes communication between us and God and that is called prayer. Prayer, repentance and forgiveness must happen for revival to come! No repentance, no forgiveness and no prayer then no revival!
11When Solomon had finished the temple of the LORD and the royal palace, and had succeeded in carrying out all he had in mind to do in the temple of the LORD and in his own palace, 12the LORD appeared to him at night and said: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices. 13“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14if my people, who are called by my name, will 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. 15Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. 16I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there…19“But if you turn away and forsake the decrees and commands I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them, 20then I will uproot Israel from my land, which I have given them, and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. I will make it a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples. 21And though this temple is now so imposing, all who pass by will be appalled and say, ‘Why has the LORD done such a thing to this land and to this temple?’ 22People will answer, ‘Because they have forsaken the LORD, the God of their fathers, who brought them out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them—that is why he brought all this disaster on them.’”