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Revival In Our Midst?

November 22, 2014
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Revival doesn't necessarily mean the masses. It doesn't have to be demonstrated in some emotional human experience. It starts with individual hearts that are changed by the power of the Holy Spirit. A renewed desire to serve a risen savior. Praise God!

Revival In Our Midst?

Jesus Christ desires his children to yield completely and willingly to the leading of the Holy Spirit of God. Like a Father leading his children, he wants us to listen, obey, and then put into action what he has commanded. In yielding, we place ourselves in a position where we individually can be used to stir and revive hearts. While revival is a work that God alone must perform in mankind, by yielding to the Holy Spirit we can be used as instruments for the furtherance of the gospel message and His good pleasure. The word revival in the Greek in many instances means literally to come back from the dead. In order for God to revive the hearts of wicked men, several evidences must be present. F. Carlton Booth writes, “Revival always involves the preaching of divine judgment, confession of sin, repentance, acceptance of salvation as a free gift, the authority of the Scriptures, and the joy and discipline of the Christian life.”

 

When we look at our individual church bodies in relation to the evidences of revival, don’t we see these manifestations in our midst? As a church body, don’t we see souls being saved, people confessing their sins, desiring to live disciplined Christian lives, and the overall focus to please their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? I believe we do! And if revival means to come back from the dead, isn’t our Lord pleased with the salvation and the conversion of just one soul? Luke 15:7 states, “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.” And as it relates to the disciplined Christian life, we can only look around our church body and thank the Lord for the wonderful and dedicated members who truly desire to serve Him. We have people in our church who are being called to the ministry, young folks that are preaching God’s Word, members desiring to care one for another, and many of the other manifestations that Carlton Booth expresses. I ask you again, do we have revival in our midst? If you are waiting for revival to be some emotional out of body human experience, then we would agree to disagree. However, if you believe that revival is seeing souls saved, seeing Christians yielded to His word with a fresh desire, then I don’t think you have to look any further than to your brother and sister in Christ sitting right next to you in church. Praise God in the Highest! Please stir our hearts!


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