Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Where Will Revival Start? #8

Today, the church I am Transitional Pastor at is in a series of five meetings on Revival. We are privileged to have a student from Southwestern Theological Seminary come and lead our services. We began praying for God to move in our hearts back in January and will continue to pray for Him to ignite the fire in each of us. we have been praying for Eric Dyer as he is preparing his heart and messages to come be with us. Over the next few days of devotions, I will be sharing some thoughts about revival.

Psalms 85:6-7 - "Will You not revive us again so that Your people may rejoice in You? Show us Your faithful love, Lord, and give us Your salvation."

We must now ask, How can we have revival?

Only God can send revival. He alone is the source: "Will you..." It is impossible to schedule and plan for revival. No matter how much effort we put forth, we can’t make it happen. What we must do is pray for God to grant it to us.

We must face up to spiritual realities. We need to see ourselves as we are...we must be brutally honest. We need to acknowledge God for Who He is and quit playing games with Him. We must see sin for what it is confess it, repent of it, and forsake it.

We must desire to be revived. Usually we don't want it bad enough to make any difference. Hear the words of Isaiah 55:6-7 – “Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.”

Notice the four important words and their order. Seek; Call; Forsake; Return. God wants to send revival upon those who genuinely seek it.

Today we need:
  • Personal revival: that means individuals getting right with God. 
    • Drawing a circle and praying – God send a revival, and let it start in this circle. 
  • Home revival: that means families getting back to the place they need to be in. 
    • Dedicating to follow God’s Word to show the world a better way. 
  • Church revival: that means getting back to doing what God has called us to do. 
    • Demonstrating to a lost world their need for Christ.

We need to draw, dedicate and demonstrate – God give us revival!

Prayer: Lord, send a revival, and let it begin in me. Amen.

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