Summary: This sermon examines the need for Revival in our churches and in our nation, and also gives a possible reason why we (The United States)have not experienced a nationwide Revival for over a century.
Introduction: Have you ever gone out to eat at a fancy restaurant, and even though your food looked and smelled great, it didn’t satisfy you?
Or maybe someone talked you into trying a new soft-drink combination at Sonic. You know they will add flavors like vanilla or lime to your soft drinks or fruit flavors like peach or apricot to you ice tea. Anyway someone told you how good it was, but when you took that first drink you were disappointed, because it just didn’t satisfy your thirst like you had hoped it would.
Hunger and thirst are two very powerful cravings that we have all experienced at some point in our lives. Some of you may be hungry or thirsty right now, and can’t wait until this sermon is over so you can go to McDonalds, or Captain D’s or Cracker Barrel and get something to eat.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6 (New American Standard).
Luke recorded what Jesus said slightly different. In Luke 6:21 it says, “blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied.”
Both of these verses seem to indicate that it is possible for those of us who hunger and thirst after righteousness to be satisfied.
So that’s my question to you today. Are you satisfied with your relationship with Jesus Christ, and more importantly is He satisfied with you?
I’m afraid that the majority of people today have become satisfied with just ‘knowing about God, rather than knowing Him, and having a personal relationship with Him.
I’m afraid that most of us are satisfied giving God one or two hours a week rather than devoting our lives to Him, and being available to Him 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
It’s sad to say but I believe many Christians today have become satisfied with simply having Fire Insurance rather than being “on fire” for the Lord.
That’s why I believe it is so important for the church in America to experience another Great Revival. In my opinion our nation and our churches are in desperate need of Revival. Despite the fact that pollsters report that the number of people who classify themselves as Christians is up, the morality of the country continues to decline.
Judge Robert Bork, who was nominated for the Supreme by President Ronald Reagan in 1987 wrote a book a few years ago entitled: Slouching towards Gomorrah. In that book Bork says, that the forces of evil are so deeply entrenched that any cultural shifts will only be superficial unless they are accompanied by another spiritual awakening.
William Bennett in his Index of Leading Cultural Indicators gives the following statistics for the past 30 years.
• Despite increased funding for law enforcement and stricter laws violent crime has increased 500%. (The mass murder of 32 people at Virginia Tech last week is a good example of this.)
• Sex education programs have proliferated and at the same time illegitimate births have increased over 400%
• The divorce rate has quadrupled during the last 30 years.
• Single parent homes have become the majority, rather than the minority.