Revive Revival… 2022
O Lord, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.
It is a principle – that if we give-out to others, what God-has-given-to-us – we bring ourselves into The Reception area of God’s office. 🙂
A reception area is where you meet the owners of the firm (or their employees) – but also they meet you.
But God’s reception area – is also a place where you receive from God Himself. God loves to give. Mankind is somewhat slower at giving, to make an under-statement.
God says: 38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
There are many things in this world that would distract us, and cause us to lose sight of the fact that God is a giving-Person.
Here is a scenario that we as believers, if we do not exercise due diligence, can drift into:
Hard times, bad times, perilous times, doom and gloom all around, a great falling away in moral standards, evil men getting worse and worse.
Because of all of these things we start to believe that God doesn’t care and certainly doesn’t want anything to do with a world of grossly misbehaving humans.
So we stop looking for Christian Revival. Revival as in firstly God moving in His church again, amongst His people.
Some think themselves Biblically correct when they conclude that there will be/is – a great falling away. That fits into their eschatological position, and they feel firmly justified in saying there could not be a revival.
Wow! God has lost His ancient power then? He can no longer save? He is powerless to do anything about this state of affairs?
In fact let’s just accept this and tell others the bad news. At least we are biblically correct, right?
Wrong. As unbelief increases, (because all sin begins in unbelief), we as Christians are not called to simply accept the inevitable, when the inevitable flies in the face of all that God is, and stands for.
God is the God of ‘the more’. There is never a Time when God does not want to save.
When He is not moving, and saving and filling, it is not because He has ordained the falling away – or wants things to get worse and worse, it’s because He knows that rebellious man will fall away in increasing measure.
But that does not mean we abandon every revealed principle concerning who and what the God of our salvation is, in thought, word and deed.
Go to sleep church, don’t seek me anymore, I will not bless, I will not save, there will be no revival, I will leave you and forsake you.
How does that sound?
And so we stop. We simply stop. We have got (so many may think) the eschatology right – so do nothing because there’s nothing we can do. Wrong again.
God calls us to seek Revival – 2 Chronicles 7:14
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 will forgive their sin and heal their land.
We need God to move in power, if souls are to have the real thing in a true salvation/conversion experience, and God tells us nowhere that He is no longer interested in saving souls.
World wide Revival? If The Lord Jesus was on the earth still in the form of a man – and He prayed – could He bring worldwide Revival?
Only if He went to a cross, …
And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
Having triumphed and done what was necessary – Revival can come. And has – many times throughout history.
He doesn’t need to return to earth, become a man and do it all over again. ‘It is finished’. (John 19/20). Now anything is possible to those who believe. (John 14/12).
But if revival doesn’t come – it is not that God has ordained it to be so. It’s that His people stop looking for, or expecting it, either in faith or hope.
Let’s seek The Lord for more of the manifestation of the Holy Spirit as God builds His church – one without Spot or Wrinkle, or any such thing. (Ephesians 5/27, Matthew 16/8)
The Manifestation of The Holy Spirit, is given for the profit of all. (I Cor. 12/7)
Is salvation by the convicting, convincing power of the Holy Spirit – often with signs following – not for mankind anymore? (I Corinthians 12/7) (Mark 16/17).
Of course it is – it is not God’s will that any should perish. (II Peter 3/9).
Let’s shake ourselves and hold forth/fast the Word of Life knowing that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think. (Philippians 2/16) (Ephesians 3/20).
In conclusion when nothing of revival is happening – are we those who look away from The Saviour or are we those who look upon Him without distraction?
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.