Are You Going to Miss Revival?
I will be holding “revival services” August 10th-13th at First Baptist Finger, Tennessee and I am looking forward to it. I am praying it will be “real” revival. I ask you to pray the same. Thank you.
Having said that, I have mentioned in several sermons I have preached lately that I believe there will be a last-days revival in America. I know things look bad right now, the nations morality, government, and common-sense is out the window.
If you know much about church history, you know the church flourishes when it is under the greatest persecution. This is no doubt due to the fact that we, God’s people, cry out to Him in earnest when we are in trouble. In fact, the fervency of our prayers are in direct proportion to the degree of need or persecution.
Formula: degree of need or persecution = degree of fervency in prayer.
It does not HAVE to be that way but many times it is.
That being said, it does not take a prophet or an economic rocket scientist to figure out that soon, things are going to get very bad in our country and in our world.
1. When things get bad - people will call on God. 2. When people call on God (sincerely, fervently, and whole-heartedly) - revival will break out.
But what IS revival?
When the word “revival” is spoken, some people involuntarily think of a series of church services, typically lasting anywhere from 3 to 5 nights. This is simply a result of our culture. Most main-line denomination churches hold “revival services” in the spring, in the fall, or both. Many in America, particularly here in the Bible belt, have grown up this way. So it is no wonder that when the word “revival” is spoken, this is what is thought of.
Is this revival?
According to Webster’s Dictionary, “revival” is…
REVI’VAL, noun [from revive.]
- Return, recall or recovery to life from death or apparent death; as the revival of a dead person.
This has nothing to do with a series of church services. This is personal and individual. This has to do with me and it has to do with you, inside or outside a church setting. It has to do with a real encounter with The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The One True and Living God today, our God, Jesus Christ.
It has nothing to do with:
- The songs that are sung.
- The messages that are preached.
- The fact that we have become a member of a church.
- The fact that we have been baptized (prior to any real repentance).
- The fact that we have committed to teach Sunday School, keep the nursery, serve on a board, go out on “visitation” or any other “church work” that may be used as a substitute for repentance, belief, and walking in the Spirit.
I say all that because a last-days revival is coming and many here in the Bible belt are going to miss it.
What? How can WE, who are so steeped in religion and church, miss a real revival.
- BECAUSE: WE ARE SO STEEPED IN RELIGION AND CHURCH
Allow me to give you a couple of small examples:
- Visitation Night. Does your church have a visitation night? Many of our churches here in the Bible Belt do. What would you say if someone were to suggest we stop having a visitation night? Some people would think you just broke the stone tablets! Question 1: How many people are on your church membership roll? Question 2: How many people participate in visitation night? If you have a church of 100 and 8 people are showing up for visitation, there is our first clue there is a problem. It is EVERY person’s responsibility to share the Gospel and it IS NOT limited to one night per week. If the Holy Spirit lays someone on your heart to visit, call, or write a note to on Tuesday, then by all means do it on Tuesday! Not the preacher. Not the deacons. The Holy Spirit laid them on YOUR heart. GO! (This is actually a subject for an entire post we may get to in the future).
- Music. Why are so many of our churches stuck 50 to 75 years in the past? THE MESSAGE HAS NOT And WILL NOT CHANGE but the methodology should change every day. Some think that Hezariah 7:8 says that we are to only have piano andmaybe organ in the church (You say Hezariah 7:8 doesn’t exist…EXACTLY). Perhaps they have never read passages like Psalm 150. I dare say many have lost the power and presence of God in their church because He is not being given the true worship He is due. You may say you are worshipping just fine the way things are, I hope so. But I know for a fact that I have been to several that are dying on the vine because of a lack of spiritual worship. The powerful hymns of the past should still be sung and taught to our children but the powerful songs of today should not be ignored either. I still go to the grocery store, I just don’t go on a horse and buggy.
When it comes, it is going to come in signs, wonders, and the power of the Holy Ghost. Because it is not coming in a series of 3 or 4 nights of church service and in a way some may expect, they will miss it…
…Just like many missed the Son of God when He came right in front of their faces the first time.