Summary: 3rd in 7-part series on Revival - focusing on the Obstacles that keep us from experiencing revival.
The Obstacles To Revival
Third in the series: Revival – Reviving Me, Reviving the Church & Reviving Our Community
Perth Bible Church July 29, 2007 AM Rev. Todd G. Leupold
Show video: “re-fuel”
Don’t you hate it when that happens! All that power, all that beauty, all that impressive chrome and customizing . . . and it’s all stuck in a dead state? Why? Because, it has no fuel. It has all of the appearance, all the internal hardware, all the specialization to blast out of the gates and perform some truly impressive feats. Yet, it is going nowhere. For all it has been given and equipped with, this sports car lacks the one thing it needs the most to be of any use.
Come to think about it, this sounds an awful lot like some churches I’ve known. I’m ashamed to say it also sounds an awful lot like me in various periods of my life. God has blessed and equipped in ways I can’t even begin to imagine and stands by ready and eager to “supe” me up even more! But, lo, I drive my life headlong through the potholes and dips of worry, cultural pressures, personal desires and selfishness, pride and cynicism. I’ve burned out my tank hitting them all. Suddenly, I begin to feel as empty as my gas tank. I forget about all the power and potential available to me if I would just receive a fresh fill-up. With all the power and equipment to roar gloriously, I find myself instead choosing to be a Sunday afternoon casual cruiser.
Read Together: 2 Chronicles 7:14
re-state “Humble Themselves”
What does this mean?
Why is this necessary?
There is something which is blocking revival in our lives. Something which is somehow hindering God’s power. Something the likes of which, the only antidote is our voluntary humility!
One & Only One Thing That Hinders God’s Power & Blocks Revival:
Unconfessed & Hidden Sin in God’s people!
The late George T. Stephens declared: “There is just one thing that hinders God’s power and stands as an obstacle to revival. That is unconfessed and hidden sin in the hearts of Christian people. Sinners outside our churches are not the ones who keep back blessing; it is sinners inside our churches who do. Uncleansed and unsurrendered Christians are the greatest obstacles that block God’s way” (True Revival, pg. 44).
[Note: the following outline is built around those first presented by George T. Stephens in his message “Obstacles to Revival,” and Donnie Martin in his message, “Conditions That Make Revival Crucial. The ’melding’ and ’fleshing’ of these outlines is mine under their influence. My apologies if I have in any way made something lesser out of something greater!]
SIN BEGINS & GROWS IN THE HEART
What kind of heart is fertile ground for sin?
1)A Crowded Heart
- Our hearts are crowded any time that we allow other desires, concerns, dreams, worries, or
fears occupy the space that belongs to Jesus.
To please the recruiter, no one serving as a soldier gets entangled in the concerns of everyday
for Demas has deserted me, because he loved this present world