What I Think When I Hear Revival

Revival in America

FIRE FROM HEAVEN

Lord God I pray, that You our Sovereign Holy God would send revival to this great country of ours. God I pray You send fire from heaven as Elijah prayed. God fill Your people with the Holy Spirit that we as a nation would turn back to You God. God we were founded on Your precepts on Your Holy word, instill in our hearts the love of Christ, that we show that to a country starving to hear the True word. God put us on our knees, humble our hearts before you and do not let us rest until we are so stirred God that we have to turn to You and seek to accomplish Your will. God be in our elected officials that they will be on their knees that they will be so convicted to serve you than serving the office they hold. God be with these leaders that they realize America will only prosper through You. In the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ I pray Amen.

Revival

II Chronicles 7:14 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 I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and I will heal their land.

My friends it is time we humble ourselves and pray, it is time we seek the face of God. We have endured such atrocities and sin in our churches that we cannot lead the lost to Christ. We have made our churches a social club with dinners and family times but have left God out. Oh, sure, we pray, we ask God to bless the event, but, have we asked God to forgive not just our own individual sin, but the sin of our church? Our sin, the greatest culprit to the church being strong keeps us from God's mercies. When sin abounds we tie the very hands of God and receive not blessings because we hinder God from such. God is faithful, He wants to bestow his mercies and blessings and grace on His people, but we keep those blessings aside. It is our own filthy desires and lusts preventing God from the miraculous in our lives and churches. We need to do but one thing, humble ourselves and pray.

WAKE UP AMERICA!

The radio host used to have a skit of an old man saying wake up America! It is plain and simple, wake up America. School prayer is illegal, the Ten Commandments cannot be hung in our courthouses anymore. WHY? Why have we let this happen? We did not stand up, we did not use our voices. It is time for a radical change. It is time born again Christians with the power of the Holy Ghost make a stand. We need to pray when we get up in the morning, we need to keep prayer in our hearts all day and seek God's face in prayer as we go to bed at night. Constant prayer before the throne of God seeking His will in our churches.

CHURCHES

I loosely use the term churches. It is the gathering place of God's people the Church. We are the Church, you and me, God's called out. Yes, we are in different areas assembling across this great land all seeking God's true will in our lives and the life of the Church. And, we, the Church, though miles apart across America need to be of one accord. ( Acts chapter 2:46 of one accord) We need to have the same mindset, that Jesus Christ is Lord and only through His Holy Spirit may we bring America back to prosperity.

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Conclusion

BE YE SEPARATE

Come out from among them and be ye separate. We are in this world but not of this world. We as Christians are to stand out from the rest of the world. We have God's seal and we are to spread the Gospel. Jesus gave the great commission and that was not just to the disciples. It was not just to those around as He said it but to everyone called by His name. Go ye into ALL the world preaching and teaching in my name. Jesus said to go into all of Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the world. This is why we need to be holy, why we need to stand apart from the world. So we can and are able to take the Gospel out to the uttermost.

SAMARIA

The Samaritans we bred from the Jews and the Babylonians. They were not fully Jewish by birth. From this, divorce in the days of Ezra was allowed to restore the lineage of the Jewish people. As a result the Jews hated Samaritans. Remember the lady that came to Jesus? He scoffed at her, said she was a Samaritan an unclean dog. Now Jesus did not do this to ridicule her but to show His love and compassion for everyone, regardless of where they came from. How many Samaria's do we have in this country? I know every city has the places we say we would not go to no matter what. Gangs, drugs, prostitutes, guns ringing out constantly, we quiver to think of going in these places. But Jesus said to go into Samaria. We have places like that here in Southwest Ohio, Drexel, west of Dayton, and Over The Rhine in Cincinnati. Jesus said to go into Samaria, go into these areas and spread His Word. What does all this have to do with revival?

CHURCH REVIVAL

When I hear a church is holding revival services I think of the Church getting right with God. Before we can go out into Samaria we need to rid our lives and the Church of sin. The church needs to have a time that they confess their short comings and sin before God. We as individuals need the same, placing our own filthy lusts and fleshly desires on the altar and giving them up to God. When our local Church body is whole, complete in the grace of God, then we may work His will. NOT UNTIL THEN! So I hear of revival I think of the church body humbling themselves before the throne of God and letting the cares and sin of the world go, giving it to a majestic, almighty, sovereign God. Then after we are restored one day we can lie our crowns before the feet of Jesus and hear Him say," Well done, thy good and faithful servant." Amen, even so come Lord Jesus.

Comments 24 comments

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aguasilver 5 years ago from Malaga, Spain

"So I hear of revival I think of the church body humbling themselves before the throne of God"

But unfortunately there are not many churches who think the same way, to most, revival means all the growth and joy, the repentance and solemn assembly is not so appealing.

Good hub, thanks.

John


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Michael,

You hit the nail on the head with this hub! Now may the American church heed the warning, take the challenge, and return to her Head of which she is the body.


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sherrylou57 5 years ago from Riverside

Amen! All it takes is a spark! We need prayer, and return to, Jesus! Beautiful hub!


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee

voted up and beautiful! Well written and impressive. We definitely need revival in our land, a return to God, but I feel we will never have it until we see ourselves as God sees us; like the old song says "Lord, send a Revival... and let it begin in me!"


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DavePrice 5 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

Well written, but I have a question concerning my own definitions. I have always thought of revival as being focused on the unsaved, and renewal as being focused on the "church" - so which is it you think we need the most?


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JeanieR 5 years ago from Sequoia National Forest, CA

Indeed, the spark, that fire from heaven that needs to start with me! There is a stirring in the land. We are being called to awaken from our slumber, from our apathy and provide a great demonstration of the love of God that has been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. We've been too long hitting the snooze button!


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memoreton 5 years ago from Blaina South Wales UK

Amen! a brilliant reality check as to what revival is about. Revival starts with us, on our knees in repentance. Then we have to change our ways that dont fit in with God's will. Then we have to listen to and obey God, and all this is just the begining. Thank you Michael. God bless you greatly.


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Dave Price,

i agree renewal with the Christian, I look at though that the church needs to be right before we evangelize to the lost and try to bring them in. Revival as I was a new Christian was bringing in the lost to get them saved but the church didn't seem to be interested or believe they had sin to lay at the cross so the church would grow. Then I heard an evangelist that lit the church up 5 nights in a row. It was revival but he spoke of the church repenting before God so it could do God's work. It gave me a new perspective on revival and just what we need to do as a church. Thanks for the insightful comment.


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Thanks to all the replies so far, I couldn't believe it here this evening that i came to this hub and 7 people had already replied! Amen, thanks fellow hubbers.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

You make some excellent points. one being "We have made our churches a social club with dinners and family times" I have had issue with this for quite some time now. I find at times the church wishes to be more of a social event than a functioning body concerned with the eternal issues and disciplines of our faith. I really don't need to be entertained and the "fun" thing seems so over rated as well. I am hungry and thirsty for genuine Christianity and no amount of fun or entertainment is going to fill that void.

It frustrates me that many in modern cultural Christianity don't really have a working idea of what is in the Bible. They have heard a few verses but really don't know it.

The other you mention is "Our sin, the greatest culprit to the church being strong" we have lost our power and influence in the world because of this. Where is our passion for righteousness, not in a judgmental finger pointing way but the genuineness of faith that simply desires to please Him because we love Him. Its our part in that relationship. He loves us but we don't always love Him, at least in a way that is exhibited in our lifestyles.

Excellent exhortation and so true. It truly is time to wake up. Lord have mercy on us if we don't.


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Tamarajo,

Wow what a reply, wish I could have that put into the body of this hub, Thanks for the great comment


tinamarie9884 5 years ago

Michael, all I could say is you have wrote an excellent hub. I know the church I belong to is known around the entire world and they have 100 dream centers around the world. In our church every time there is service they ask everyone and anyone to stand who may want to repent, be forgiven, or saved and hands are being stretched out or touching someone during prayer, it has become very emotional for alot of people. At least we try to be driven into the right direction. Blessings to you!!


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Unleashed Victory 5 years ago

This is a powerful post. Sin can't and shouldn't be hidden,especially when God is so ready to forgive us. Thanks for sharing this!


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

tinamarie,

thanks for the comment, the church trying and ministering to the people is what it is all about!


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Unleashed,

Thanks for the comment and the fan mail you left, it means a lot to me, glad to have you following, I pray what i write is a blessing to all who read. I agree about sin it needs to be confessed and if one can't do that in the presence of God's people comfortably then the church needs help! Looking forward to reading your hubs


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skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Hello Brother. Your hub of love is very powerful heartfelt truth and written in the Spirit. I truly believe many will be led here Michael. The birthing pains are getting closer together. Yes revival is so needed. The truth is needed not twisted to fit agendas. May God help us brother. We do have our work cut out for us. Awesome work for the Father. Glory to God my brother. I just love ya. Hugs galore. You keep on and keep on OK.


Brand_New_Woman 5 years ago

All I can say is Amen


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

BNW, Thank you for stopping in, welcome to my hubs!


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA

Michael, I think you stole my dog. LOL. Is yours a Brittany or a Springer? Beau looks more like that when his hair is grown out.

Good subject.


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

He is all Springer, our rescue dog


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

WOW! Revival,Regeneration,Renewal,something the Church of Christ is in deep need of.


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Thanks Dave, yes the church needs to be on its knees seeking the face of God and declaring His precepts and statutes as in Psalm 119. Then we can have revival in the land and our lands be healed by the touch of the risen Christ!


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christ4ever 5 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia

Great job Michael and well put. Revival is not just about the gathering of the crowds and the excitement of having all those people moved simultaneously in the Spirit. It's what happens after the tent stakes are taken down and the "show" goes away. That is what counts! True revival in the Spirit and in the heart of the masses is where it is all at. When the worship finally stops, all knees can then be bent to edify Him. Keep up the great work in your travels too!.... With praise and prayers, Rev.Ted


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Rev. Ted,

Thanks for the encouraging words, we are keeping on as God leads. Did a little street preaching the other day while working, talked to a man that is a drug addict and alcoholic and gave him a New Testament, he knows he is a sinner and he is reaching out, since I know where he lives I plan on stopping by to see him again, his name is Steven please keep him in prayer.

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