What We can do to bring Revival to America
With unemployment rates at the highest most of us have ever seen, and fuel prices to match, the cost of living is at an all-time high, and the hopes and dreams of the American people are slipping toward an all-time low. It is nearly impossible to own a home. Rental prices are higher than ever, and landlords are hesitant to invest in maintaining their properties because tenants cannot afford to stay long enough to make their investments pay off. America is slowly slipping into a new depression; not necessarily and economic depression just yet, but a depressed state of mind because costs and stresses of everyday life. Drug and alcohol addiction rates, as well as suicide rates are at all-time highs because people are trying to take the easy way out, either by escaping reality or by escaping life itself. Things have to change. Our country was founded as “One Nation under God”, our currency bears the words “In God We Trust”, but we act as if God does not exist. We have gone from a mindset of “One Nation” to a nation of one, every man for himself. Instead of trusting in God we trust only what we can affect with our own hands and in our own minds.
It is time for a nationwide revival. No, I’m not talking about weeks or months of church services held all over the nation. I’m not talking about camp meetings, or tent revivals, and I am certainly not referring to a folk-rock band. I’m talking about us Americans regaining our trust in God. I’m talking about America becoming “One Nation under God” once again. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV) says “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Who is this passage of scripture referring to? We’re “One Nation under God”, so I would say it applies to us because it is addressed to God’s people who are called by His name. First it says we have to humble ourselves, so we have to put all pride and boasting aside, climb down off our high pedestals, and acknowledge that we need God and we are nothing on our own. Step two; we have to pray and seek God’s face. This means we can’t just say a simple prayer with our lips; we have to seek God’s face with our hearts. Step three; we have to turn from our wicked ways. America has become a corrupt nation; encouraging homosexuality, murdering unborn children, accepting profanity and obscenities as entertainment, and attempting to play God in nearly every aspect of life. These are the wicked ways God is telling us we have to turn away from. The remainder of this passage of scripture is pretty much self-explanatory. God will hear us, forgive our sins and heal our land. That sounds like a nationwide revival to me!
Once we have begun this revival there is still a lot of work to be done to keep this country from slipping right back into the mess it is currently in. We as God’s people have to maintain our personal relationships with God, which is our personal responsibility. How we do this is through committing to live a life of worship to God. In 1 Timothy 2:1-4 (NIV) we find a first step in this life of worship; it says “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” Pray for those in authority that we may live peaceful lives! This glorifies God and continues the work of revival in our nation. Later on in this same chapter 1 Timothy 2:8-10 (NIV) we find more instructions for worshiping God; it says “Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing. I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.” “Pray lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing”, think of this as letting go of the troubles and baggage of this world and reaching out to God. Women this passage of scripture isn’t saying you can’t wear nice things as long as those things are decent and modest; it’s saying those fancy things aren’t important. Doing good, worshipful deeds is what is really important. What good are nice clothes and expensive jewelry if you live an ugly life?
James 2:14-18 (NIV) says “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, ‘You have faith; I have deeds.’ Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.” This is for men and women and children of all ages. Show your faith; prove your faith by doing good deeds. God has a plan and a purpose for each and every one of us; get out there and fulfill yours. 2 Timothy 4:2-5 (NIV)says “Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.” We are living in the time that this passage of scripture is referring to; people have turned away from the truth and are listening to whatever makes them feel good. Join with me, fulfill your ministry, get out there and do whatever God is asking you to do to help bring revival to this nation.