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Rumors of Revival part 1 (based on sermon from Mar. 10)

Posted by A.Totire on March 22, 2019 at 9:15 PM



Psalm 80:14-19 (NLT)

 

14 Come back, we beg you, O God of Heaven’s Armies. Look down from heaven and see our plight. Take care of this grapevine15 that you yourself have planted, this son you have raised for yourself.16 For we are chopped up and burned by our enemies. May they perish at the sight of your frown.17 Strengthen the man you love, the son of your choice.18 Then we will never abandon you again. Revive us so we can call on your name once more.

19 Turn us again to yourself, O LORD God of Heaven’s Armies. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved.

The writer of Psalm 80 undersatnds that Israel had fallen away from God, and needs to be revived.  It is not enough just to resume their religious worship to God:  Their very relationship with God needs to be revived.  In other words, Israel needs to come to Yahweh with true heart affections and love for Him.

In recent history, England, America, and other parts of the world have experienced revivals, also called "The Great Awakening."  These revivals were preceded by intense time of people praying, fasting, and confessing sins.  I also want to say that such meetings often were not called "in order get a revival started", but to call people to repenatnce and to return to a saving relationship wiht God.  Many of our current Pentecostal churches came from revivals that began in Wales, India, and at Azusa Street in Los Angeles.


True revival will always be a revival of  the heart, with the heart's affections turned towards God and his glory.  True revival will always be accompanied by a desire for holiness, a repentance of sin, as well as a renewed sense and urgency of God's mission.  Often, the result of a revival includes a changed society, an increase in foreign missions, greater church attendance, and greater love for one another.

Today, however, many people use the word "revival" in ways that tend to water down the original meaning.  For example, many churches utilize contemporary worship songs with lights, fog machines, and a clever worship set that is desinged to induce a certain psychological effect on its listeners.  Others tend to emphasize the spiritual gifts, such as prophecy, where people are taught that anyone can prophesy.  While good music and spiritual igfts are good things, there is an assumption that dependency on these things will cause people to fall in love with God more.  This is not the case, in fact, these things tend to displace the work of the Holy Spirit in people's lives.  The Spirit does not need such enticements. 

I am concerned that people are being inoculated against the real work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  Let us seek the Lord and repent of worldly enticements.


Psalms 63:1 (ESV)

 O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;

my soul thirsts for you;

my flesh faints for you,

as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.




 

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