Summary: The Body of Christ has found itself crying out for an awakening, shaken, for Revival, but in order to experience Revival we must dismiss that it only comes as an arranged event.
Intro: I like to call this message “Some Like it Hot!” It is from these passages that I find instruction for Revival. These instructions themselves are not direct, but form in a type or an allegory. The Body of Christ has found itself crying out for an awakening, shaken, for Revival, but in order to experience Revival we must dismiss that it only comes as an arranged event. Revival is more than a yearly event, but is something that can be acquired daily. In order to understand this point we must go back to the passages that I read where we find this 3 step plan for Revival.
I. The first step to Revival is listening to the man of God.
A. From the text the problems of that ship started when they didn’t listen to the man of God.
1. In Acts 27, Paul is taken prisoner, and is to be taken to Rome.
2. Where he is to make his appeals before Caesar.
3. During much of the travels by sea the waters are not welcoming.
4. It is for these troubles that Paul warns his captors of an immediate danger.
5. In Acts 27:11 Paul’s captors would not heed this warning, but would rather rely on their on judgment, which resulted in their ship being caught by the storm, and running a ground near the island of Melita.
B. Many great Revivals have been missed, because men and women would not hearken to the voice of the man of God.
1. The man of God is the oracle or mouth piece of God whereby he speaks: 1 Peter 4:11 If any man speak, [let him speak] as the oracles of God; if any man minister, [let him do it] as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
3. I will not read these passages, but I will give a brief synopsis of there content.
4. The man of God is to be a watchman and Shepherd unto the children of God.
5. He is to minister and study the truths of the scriptures, that he may warn the sinner of their destruction, and to reprove, rebuke, exhort, and instruct the believer in their walk with Christ. Condemning sin and encouraging all to live holy and acceptable before the living God.
6. He is to edify Christ so that others will do the same that the Kingdom of God may grow.
7. The man of God is accountable for the word he speaks and for those he is to warn.
8. It is a calling without repentance and one of great importance.
C. It was the words that Paul spoke that the men did not want to hear.
1. It was by not listening that these men became rebellious.
2. Rebellion is one of the leading causes for no Revival.
3. Rebellion is such an offense to God it is classified in the category of witchcraft in 1 Samuel 15:23.
4. It is because of rebellion that sin entered into the world; that only the Children of Israel’s children were permitted entry into the Promised Land, it was Saul that begun a trend of Rebellion that other Kings would follow which would split the Jews into two nations and ultimately lead to the Babylonian Exile, and the destruction of the Temple.
5. Isaiah 30:1 ¶ Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:
6. Rebellion has destroyed and split more churches than any other factor.
7. It is rebellion that causes a member to leave a church. When the Word of God cuts them instead of allowing it to prune them they let it bruise them, and take offense and leave to go to another church for “HEALING”; that is until they get cut again.
8. But on the job when your employer corrects you, you don’t quit your job. You take the correction apply it and try to do better. You know that when raise time comes you want that money and plus you don’t want a pink slip. Let me tell you it’s almost RAISE time for the Saints of God because He is coming and many are going to be shocked when they are pink slipped.
9. The Word of God does not cast stumbling blocks, but removes them.
10. The man of God speaks with the burden of the Love of God; to see the captive freed, and enjoying the fulness of Christ.