Summary: Why we need revival
My daughter is really close to walking on her own. The other night as we were trying to get her to take some steps, it occurred to me the reasons we need revival.
Baby Christians need revival because it can jump start some spiritual growth. In a few nights of focused attention, God can move them along greatly in the Faith.
Mature Christians who are needing help to walk like babies are in a bad way. They need revival because they have returned to a state they had passed before.
Other mature Christians need help walking because something has been broken in life. They need someone to walk alongside them to help.
“We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. 12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
HEB 6:1 Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity,”
What reasons are there in lives that lead to neglect or brokenness for the more mature Christian?
1. They have become lazy!
a. Heb. 5:11, “you are slow to learn” is more accurately translated, “you have become slow to learn.”
b. Paul is saying, “You got lazy!”
c. Just like babies get lazy when you do everything for them for too long, Christians can regress because they aren’t using their spiritual muscles.
d. Grandparents think it is their job to spoil babies. Then parents have to work hard to unlearn the being constantly held and entertained.
2. They have been sleeping in class
a. Hebrews 5:12 says, “By this time you ought to be teachers.”
b. The emphasis is on the idea of their lives being an example for others. That they could teach people how to live for Christ, not necessarily in a formal, or “school”, setting but rather in passing on the faith to people God has given them.
c. But they weren’t progressing and had reached the point of needing remedial work.
d. How did this happen? (Complacency, see #1-lazy, “it’s not my gift or my ministry”
3. Their zeal is choked by the world’s cares and worries
a. Fact is, the Mayo Clinic claims 80-85% of total caseload due directly to worry and anxiety.
- Many experts say that coping with stress is the #1 health priority of our day.
o One leading physician has stated that, in his opinion, 70% of all medical patients could cure themselves if only they got rid of their worries and fears.
- We know that medical science has closely tied worry to heart trouble, blood pressure problems, ulcers, thyroid malfunction, migraine headaches, a host of stomach disorders, amongst others. For example…
o 25 mill Americans have high blood pressure due to stress/anxiety; 1 million more develop high blood pressure each year. 8 million have stomach ulcers