Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Revival

I just wrote an entire discourse on revival. Where it went, no one knows. I hit that "publsh" button and the good folks in the cyberworld told me it had been published. But it was gone. Vanished. As we say in South America, se hizo humo. Up in smoke.

So I will try again. This subject is important enough I cannot let the cyber-demons eat it.

What do you know about revival? Have you ever experienced a true revival? What about a spiritual awakening among the lost; have you experienced that? I heard a man preach Sunday. He is hungry for revival. He wants to see his church revived. And he was honest enough to say he had never seen a revival.

His message made me think. It was a good one, to be sure. The long arm of the Holy Spirit stirred among us. Some were able to ignore Him; but not all of us. God spoke.

Why do we not hear about revival in America these days? Has God closed up heaven and told us that it's too late? I don't think so! I actually believe the problem is on our end. We have not because we ask not. When we do ask, we ask for the wrong reasons. I think those words from James 4 are applicable to revival.

There are many reasons we do not see a revival today. One of them, perhaps one of the greatest reasons, lies with the preachers. We preachers are too soft, too complacent. We love our comfort. We love our frills, our fringe benefits. We even believe we deserve them, all the while preaching against prosperity theology.

I listen to preacher talk among themselves. I have heard the coarse language. I have heard the off-color comments. I hear them laugh at things that should bring tears.

I read the surveys. I know that preachers are far more in love with the internet than they are the Bible. One man told me that his preacher bragged about not studying the Bible. He did not prepare sermons because he feared he would forget them before he ever got to the pulpit. Preacher, fall in love with God's word. If you cannot, then quit preaching. Quit starving God's sheep.

I know that preachers have lost their zeal for prayer. The demands of a modern-day church suck out the zeal like a hungry leech. Yet we have not because we ask not. We must rediscover the joy of sacrificial prayer.

Our cups do not run over. Norman Grubb wrote of that on page 19 of his booklet, "Continuous Revival:" "But here comes the point of it in this message of revival. We are to recognize that'cups running over' is the NORMAL daily experience of the believer walking with Jesus, not the abnormal or occasional, but the normal,continuous experience."

If America is to experience revival, my prayer is that America's preachers get in on it.

Revive us, Oh Lord!

4 comments:

J. A. Gillmartin said...

Billy Graham said, "Preacher, if you really want revival, go home, draw a cirle around yourself, and then don't leave that circle has started with you."

Hope and pray all is well with you my brother ... let's step into the water together what do you say?

Blessings,

EAGLE INTERNATIONAL said...

I'M IN AGREEMENT!

IT'S REVIVAL OR RUIN!

NOT RELIGION...SATAN HAS THAT!

REAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST, .... UNTIL YOU TURN OFF THE T.V., THE PHONE, THE FAX MACH, THE WEB, PUT THE DOG IN THE BACK YARD...LOCK THE DOORS AND FALL ON YOUR FACE BEFORE ALMIGHTY GOD AND CRY OUT OF YOUR SPIRIT MAN; " GOD! VISIT ME WITH YOUR POWER.. OR LET ME DIE!!"

I HEARD OF A HUSBAND AND WIFE WHO DID THAT RECENTLY, IN AFRICA ...
AND GOD SPOKE TO THEM TO: 'GO TO
THE WORSE VILLAGE YOU CAN FIND AND BE WILLING TO DIE (IF NEED BE) FOR REVIVAL..AND I'LL SHOW UP AND DO
THE SUPERNATURAL!!"

THE ASK AROUND AND FOUND A MUSLEM VILLAGE, WHERE THE HATED WHITE PEOPLE AND CHRISTIANS!

WHEN THEY GOT THERE, THEY WE'RE ARRESTED AND TOLD "THEY WOULD BE KILLED AT SUNDOWN!"

THEY ANSWERED; " FINE, BUT FIRST BRING US YOUR BLIND, CRIPPLED AND SICKLY... AND LET'S SEE IF OUR GOD CAN WORK MIRACLES!"

WHEN THE BROUGHT THE SICK, THEY PRAYED FOR ALL THE BLIND PEOPLE... "AND THEY STARTED SEEING, BY THE POWER OF GOD!"

THEY PRAYED FOR THE CRIPPLES AND THEY WALKED!

THEY PRAY FOR ALL THE SICK ...AND GOD HEALED EVERYONE OF THEM!

THEN 80% OF THE MUSLEMS, ACCEPTED CHRIST AND THEY STARTED A CHURCH
AND STARTED FEEDING THE HUNGRY!

IT'S NOW HAPPENED IN SO MANY VILLAGES, THAT THEY'VE SENT OF 200 MORE PASTORS AND NOW FEEDING OVER 20,000 CHILDREN!

GET READY! IT'S COMING TO AMERICA!

IT MAY GET WORSE ...BEFORE IT GETS BETTER, BUT PRAISE GOD IT'S COMING!

LET IT START IN YOUR HEART... RIGHT NOW! GOD'S POWER AND LOVE IS REAL!!

IN "HIM"-

BUFORD DOWELL

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Anonymous said...

I left my blogger ID at homeso I couldn't log in...

I heard Steve Hill say several years ago, "the reason we don't see more wide spread revival in the U.S. is Americans are by and large content to live without it..."

I for one am not content to live with out it! Give me revival Lord!

David Copeland
www.revivaljournal.com

Kevin, Somewhere in South America said...

You can be assured that too many are content to live without it. Sometimes I am afraid of it! I begin to see some pet habits I will have to repent of. And my flesh hates to die. But revival is so delightful, I always wonder why I waited so long.

KDS