When we say we need Revival, what are we saying? We are saying that we need an extraordinary work of the Holy Spirit producing extraordinary results……. The re-entry of Christ’s manifest presence. We need Christ showing up in an extraordinarily powerful new way, to significantly overthrow the status quo and establish the claims of His kingdom afresh in our individual lives and in our church. Because, we must remember that the church will never be anymore revived than we the people are.
We must also remember that to pray for revival is to invite war between the Spirit and the Devil. Satan does not want us to experience revival. Do You? If we want to experience revival then there are some sacrifices we must make to have a true heaven sent revival, Conditions we must meet. We find those conditions in 2 Chronicles 7:14, which says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
“If” indicates a condition. There is a “if” to revival. Revival is something that is definitely needed. It is something that I believe God desires to give to us……yet there is a “if” to it! There are conditions that must be met before God’s holiness will allow him to send us revival! God doesn’t just send revival because we need it, but because we desire it!
Do you have a desire for revival in your personal life? Is there a desire burning in your heart for revival to come to our church? Would you like to see, and feel the winds of revival blowing across our nation?
Then we must respond to God’s “if”.
We must be willing to meet the condition…….to pay the price!
What are these conditions? Well first of all the God’s people must respond. Second, Pride must be removed. Pride is a great hindrance to revival! Third, Prayers must be offered. Have you been praying that God would send revival and help you to meet His conditions for revival that Revival might fall from heaven? Fourth, we must pursue His Face. This phrase is found only twice in scripture….in our text today, and in Hosea 5:15 I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early. We once sought the face of God! We wanted his presence, his power, his blessing! But for too long now we’ve been seeking to please ourselves, and to make a name for us! Oh……isn’t it time folks that we sought the face of God! Though he will never leave us nor forsake us, sometimes we forsake him, and go our own way. And Fifth, we must repent and turn from our sins. Then revival can come.
Have you thought and prayed about what kind of revival we need? I have. I think we need and Real and Lasting, Old Fashioned Doctrine enriching, call back to Personal Godliness that impacts our Domestic lives at home and in our community.
“One of the things we desperately need is a spiritual renewal in this country. We need a spiritual revival in America, we need revival at the top of the hill, Henards Chapel Baptist Church. Pray!
“Wilt Thou not revive us again: that Thy People may rejoice in Thee? Show us Thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us Thy salvation.” (Ps. 85:6-7) Was the prayer of God’s people, past. Let it be our prayer as well today. Reformation only changes the outward; revival changes the inward.
When revival comes to a people, as it did to England in the days of the Wesleys and to Wales in the days of Evan Roberts, it changes national morality. There is a new surge in church attendance. Drunkenness, immorality, crime, dishonesty are curbed. Integrity is restored to national character. Employers become more considerate; employees become more industrious and dependable. We need to cry out for revival!
Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? This was a plea for the spiritual awakening of God’s people, a petition that God would restore their hearts with renewed devotion toward him. If God would revive them, they would rejoice again. But, conversely, there can be no true rejoicing without spiritual revival.
In Christian Love and With Many Prayers,