God's Recipe for a Revival.
It is my delightful joy to continue preaching to you this series of messages about Revival.
The title of my message today is, "God's Recipe for a Revival."
My scripture reading comes from 2 Chronicles 7:14, and it 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 will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
"GOD'S RECIPE FOR A REVIVAL!!"
We need a mighty Heaven-sent, world-wide revival!!
Most scholars are saying it today:
- Bible-believing leaders
Everybody is saying it today: WE NEED A WORLD-WIDE REVIVAL!!
Dr. Billy Graham said, "The only thing that can save the world is revival!"
A revival is: "An awakening of God's people which causes them to become active for God." That should really be our goal….to be very active for God!! I get very excited about serving God; because I love doing God's work and I love revival! As a pastor, I have heard it said, "I can't wait to go to church!" You see, revival will make you very excited about Jesus and the things of God.
Dr. Thomas F. Zimmerman was the General Superintendent for the Assemblies of God from 1959-1985. Dr Zimmerman stated, "Nothing can stop the forward thrust of a church that is on fire for God."
Jesus said, "I will build my church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it."
Yes, the church needs to get on fire for God, but the end result is the salvation of souls. If souls are not being saved, then all we have is just a series of meetings. My personal prayer has been, "Oh God, send us a genuine Holy Ghost revival. A revival that will save the lost and change the lives of everyone, GLOBALLY."
Let us look closer at our text:
THE TEXT IS DIRECTED TO GOD'S PEOPLE!!
"If my people, which are called by my name."
This is where real revival starts…In the hearts of God's people.
An individual cannot bring revival…Revival only occurs as we come to Christ and we are desperate for God's power to move in our personal hearts and life.
John 1:12 says, "As many as receive Him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God."
If you know Jesus as Savior and Lord, then this text is for you. If you are not saved, then I encourage you to repent of your sins and receive Him as the Lord of your life. This experience is for you…The Bible says in John 3:7, "You must be born again." The only way to God the Father is through Jesus the Son.
Jesus said, "I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6
THE TEXT TELLS US TO HUMBLE OURSELVES AND PRAY AND SEEK GOD'S FACE!!
This simply means that we are to earnestly and sincerely pray before God. We are to acknowledge our sins, confess our shortcomings, and put aside everything that stands between us and God. We do this in prayer!! You see, we must pray for personal revival in our life by being saved…then revival begins!! Pray for salvation…pray for revival…pray for healing.
PRAYER CHANGES THINGS, PRAYER CHANGES PEOPLE, AND PRAYER BRINGS REVIVAL!!
We are to humble ourselves, pray, and seek God's face.
THE TEXT TELLS US TO TURN FROM OUR WICKED WAYS!!
The Psalmist told God to, ‘try him and see if there was any wicked way in him.' Look down deep in your heart. Is there any sin? If so, then we need to give our sins to God. And, He will forgive us of all our sins. I John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us of all our sins."
We need to turn away from a Christ-less life. We need to turn away from all sin and worldliness. You may say, "I am alright; I'm a member of a church. I have a good name in my community, and there's nothing wrong with me." But God says in Romans 3:23, "All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God."
"And again, if you say that you have no sin then we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us." I John 1:8
SIN IS ALL OVER THE WORLD! We live in an age where anything goes. My prayer is that every man, woman, boy and girl would have a conviction of personal sin and turn from their wicked ways and accept Jesus as personal Savior and Lord. Psalm 119:11 says, "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee."
There are three things that we should do with God's Word:
- Love it
- Learn it
- Live it
Yes, my friend, when you truly turn from your sins and live for God, revival will come to you, and everyone around you will see a real change in your life.
Yes; this is God's recipe for revival…
IF all of God's people will get right with God,
IF they will go out to live right before Him,
IF they will faithfully hide God's Word in their heart,
God will keep His promise…God will send a mighty world-wide revival.
BUT NOTICE THE CONDITION… "IF"
IF we do our part, God will do His…GOD CAN AND GOD WILL!!
I close with this question…"Are revivals important?
Indeed they are because… I was saved in a revival!!
Revival changed my life, and revival will change your life as well.
LET US PRAY:
Father, I pray for everyone listening to this message today. I pray that You would forgive them of their sins and that they would live for You. I ask this for personal revival in their life in Jesus name, Amen.
I close by saying this; I encourage you to accept Jesus as the Lord of you life today and live for Him. God Bless!
FOR YOU TO CONSIDER:
- Are revivals important?
- God's people in a Godless world can do what?
- A Christ-less life is an empty life…why?
- "IF" means what to you?