Fears of Revival

Here are some ‘fears’ people have of Revival:

1) Fear of exposure – people may find out my shortcomings and sin.

2) Fear of the cost – a total commitment to Christ.

3) Fear of the comfortable – may have to leave our traditions and comfortable structure.

4) Fear of the Unknown – we’ve been so far removed from real Revival.

Revival

Levels of Revival

Three levels or degrees to Revival:

1. Personal Revival:  “Revive Me…”     Ephesians 5:15-18

2. Inter-personal Revival: ” Revive Us…”  Ps. 85:6

3. Corporate Revival: “Revive Thy Work…”  Hab. 3:2

 

*From ‘The Philosophy of Revival’ by Ralph Sutera

12 Ingredients to Prayer

A structure to your prayer time will increase the affect and the intimacy of your prayer life.  These 12 ingredients will help:

1) Praise – esteem God and His virtues!  Pslam 63:3

2) Waiting – “be still and know…”  Psalm 37:7

3) Confession – Clear the way for powerful praying  Psalm 51:10

4) The Word – pray the Word of God!  Psalm 19:7-8

5) Intercession – praying for others  Psalm 2:8

6) Petition – personal needs Matthew 7:7

7) Read the Word – not only pray the Word of God, but read the Word of God

8) Thanksgiving – praising God for what He has done!  Phil. 4:6

9) Singing – worshiping God in melody  Eph. 5:19

10) Meditation – ponder spiritual themes – an active mind.  Psalm 1:1-2

11) Listening – the ‘still small voice’ I Kings 19:11-12

12) Praise – We end as we began!

– by Dick Eastman

15 Hindrances to Revival

1. Rejecting Truth – Proverbs 28:9

2. Pride – James 4:6

3. Hard – heartedness  – Zechariah 7:12-13

4. Lack of Compassion – Prov. 21:13

5. Unconfessed Sin – Isaiah 59:2

6. Wrong Motives – James 4:3

7. Unbelief – Hebrews 11:6

8. Not asking in earnest – James 4:2

9. Broken Relationships – I Peter 3:7

10. Sinful Lifestyle – Isaiah 59:2

11. Vain Repetition – Matt. 6:7

12. Lack of Forgiveness – Matt. 6:14-15

13. Hypocrisy – Luke 18:9-14

14. Double Mindedness – James 1:5-8

15. Idolatry – Ezekiel 14:3

* From Dr. TV Thomas – copied from The Revival News, Fall 2007.

Do I need Revival? Answer these questions

Do I thirst for time in God’s Word each day?

Is my prayer life best described as: the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous…?

How sensitive am I to sinful actions, words, jokes, etc.?

Having spent a week at my house, would someone describe me as being ‘filled with the Spirit’?

Am I burdened deeply for the lost and looking for opportunities to witness?

Could my Christian life be described as fruitful?

 

Do you really want Revival?  Do you really want God’s Power?

Revival will come when…

Article by Gordon Conner, published by ministry127.com

Revival Will Come When…

Cultivating Your Heart for Revival
 

Revival is more than simply having a special guest preacher and a few extra nights of meetings. True revival is a work of the Holy Spirit. That is why Habakkuk prayed, “…O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years…”(Habakkuk 3:2).

Revival Will Come When We Recognize Our Need

Do you ever get discontent with your spiritual progress? Do you ever hunger for something more from God, or sense conviction from the Holy Spirit that things are not what they should be or could be? As long as you and I are content to keep the status quo spiritually—as long as we think we are doing fine—revival will not come.

Denial of our true condition is a major obstacle to revival. Real revival will not come until we reach the place where we cannot and will not ignore the truth of our spiritual condition. The simple fact is: if we never take time to let God speak to our hearts, and show us our need, we will never experience revival.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”Psalm 139:23–24

Revival Will Come When We Confess Our Sin

Revival is held back when God’s people refuse to get right with Him. How can the Spirit of God freely work when our hearts are pre-occupied with other things? David understood this and sought the Lord’s cleansing and restoration in Psalm 51:10–13: “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.”

I am constantly amazed at God’s grace in my life. He truly is patient and longsuffering with me and is always, always, ready to hear my cries for mercy and forgiveness—when I repent and confess my sin to Him.

“For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” Isaiah 57:15

Did you notice? God will revive the spirit of the humble and the heart of the contrite ones. We often quote 1 John 1:9 which says: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” But we often forget the verse begins with the word if and that is the great pivoting point. No confession—no forgiveness and no reviving of the heart.

The importance of confession is seen in 2 Chronicles 7:14 as well: “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.

Will revival come? Yes, I believe it will, but only to those who are of humble hearts and willing to confess and forsake their sin.

Revival Will Come When We Ask for It

When we are confronted with our sin, the devil tries to keep us from moving toward God. He tries to hinder us even after we have fully and honestly confessed our sin and received God’s forgiveness. Remember the words of David? “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.” David understood that a clean heart needs the joy of God once again.

Jeremiah 29 has one of my favorite passages of encouragement. It reveals God’s message to Israel at a time when they were going to be chastened for their sin. God extends to His people—including you and me—an offer of His presence and renewed Spirit:

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the Lord:” Jeremiah 29:11–14

We need revival, and I believe God is ready to send it when He hears our prayers lifted up to Him and sees our seeking hearts. Paul wrote to the believers at Philippi, “That I may know Him.” That should be our cry and heartbeat.

God invites you and me to see what He can do in us, through us, and for us.

“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Jeremiah 33:3

Revival Will Come When We Are in the Place of Revival

“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”Hebrews 10:24–25

May 15, 2012