Summary: Fifth in the series: Revival – Reviving Me, Reviving the Church & Reviving Our Community. The focus of this message is upon what we can and should expect of God once we have done our part to prepare ourselves and invite revival. In the end, what we do
The Roar Of Revival
Fifth in the series: Revival – Reviving Me, Reviving the Church & Reviving Our Community
Perth Bible Church August 19, 2007 AM Rev. Todd G. Leupold
Show video: “Go Start A Fire”.
Whatever our choices in life, the reverberations they make will always and inevitably gather and build until they are ultimately and forcibly expelled as a great roar!
What kind of roar will it be? Will your roar destroy or will it provide? What will it sound like? What effect(s) will it produce? All of these results are shaped and determined by our individual and collective choices.
The only doubt, the only uncertainty, the only question before us – then – is what will we choose? What kind of a roar will our lives produce?
Recite 2 Chronicles 7:14 (and repeat)
We each have a choice as to how we will respond to the Lord’s call for and offer of revival in our lives.
Knowing our human tendency to over-complicate things, God has clearly presented us with just 2 simple choices. Both are ’roars.’ Both have powerful consequences. Both are ours to freely choose. But both are NOT equal!
What Will Your Choice Be?
I.) A ROAR OF REJECTION?
- Jesus called us all to be “salt” of the earth. That is, he is called us to add to life around us
and in way that is tasteful and that preserves purity and goodness.
- Sometimes, we may reject this call outright – reasoning that “it’s not our job,” or this
world/community doesn’t “deserve” to be seasoned, or because it’s too much ’work,’ or
because we simply don’t care.
- Other times we really mean to be “salt of the earth” but, despite what we consider our
meaningful efforts (going to church, praying, reading the Bible, giving financially), we fail. I
would suggest this morning that, while in a very different way, this too is a form of rejection!
We accept the principle of His call, but we refuse to actively live it out! When we do not,
not only are we really rejecting His call, but we are hypocrites as well.
- Confused? Consider: sometimes we can spend so much time and energy accumulating salt,
but we never serve as salt. In other words, if we’re not careful we can work so long and
hardy to be ’salty’ that our lives become useless – or, worse, toxic!
- Allow me to illustrate: The Dead Sea is so salty that it contains no fish or plant life. The high
salt content has killed the Sea’s life! How? Why? The problem is that the Dead Sea has no
outlets! Great quantities of water and salt pours into this area, but nothing flows out. It is a
law of nature that anytime something has many inlets but no outlets it will produce death.
- In the same way, this world is full of well-meaning, active, busy and even full Christians who
nevertheless exhibit a dead faith! As James, inspired by the HS, reminds us: “For just as the
body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead” (James 2:26).
- Friends, according to God’s Scripture, we are to be filled with godliness in order that we may
in turn overflow with godliness. Simply learning godliness, learning Scripture, going to
Church, attending Bible Conferences, listening to Christian radio, etc. is NOT being “the salt
of the earth.” To listen, learn, ’go through the motions,’ and ’talk the talk’ without actively
and noticeably living and applying those things to our everyday lives is exactly what Jesus
refers to as salt that has lost its taste. Matthew 5:13: “You are the salt of the earth. But if
the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything
but to be thrown out and trampled on by men.”
- Jesus is more simply summarizing the warning that the LORD had given to Solomon
after he finished building the temple. 1 Kings 9:1-9. A warning that it is still true for us
Is This The Path You Will Choose . . .
Will You Choose . . .
II.) A ROAR OF REVIVAL?
IF, rather than reject His offer, we – who are called by His name – embrace and live it, then
we and those around us will experience a wonderful, healing, restorative and powerfully regenerating roar of revival! IF we humble ourselves, pray, seek the LORD’s face, and turn from our evil ways, THEN we are promised a glorious roar of revival – powerfully emitted from the gaping jaw of the Lion of Judah (Jesus Christ) Himself!
When we choose this path and do what is asked of us, we can know without a shadow of doubt that the Lord will respond in Three Amazing Ways: He Will . . .