God’s work has given us a framework for national revival. In 2nd Chronicles 7:14 he says: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked way, then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sins and will heal their land.”
I think it is ironic the Lord spoke these words to Solomon during a time of great prosperity, much like America has experienced throughout the last generation. I think we should take particular notice of the fact that God sets specific conditions for revival by starting this discourse to Solomon with the word “if.” He then proceeds to list four “ifs” that must be satisfied by God’s people prior to his promise of a response. The first “if” requires them to humble themselves, the second is prayer, the third directs them to seek HIS face, and the fourth is to turn from their wicked ways.
Revival, although closely linked with Evangelism, should not be confused with evangelism. Revival is an experience, while evangelism is more of an expression. Revival is afresh demonstration of God’s power.
Let me suggest a few possibilities that might explain why we have not already witnessed such a revival:
1) It could be related to the fact that the Christian message has become so highly commercialized. Too many who proclaim the message use nearly every tactic possible to get the tithes of widows and the poor, while at the same time, they indulge themselves in luxury living and shamelessly beg for more!
2)We have allowed the gospel to be cheapened. We can never quit preaching that the cross of Jesus Christ coupled with spiritual re-birth is the one and only path to Heaven. Acts 4:12 states, ” Salvation is found in no one else for there is no other name under Heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
3) Individual carelessness. Perhaps we spend too little time in prayer and lack a dedicated commitment to expand the Kingdom of God.
4) We too often fear what others may think or say. Instead of using every opportunity to proclaim the only name whereby all men must be saved, we allow intimidation to rule over us and effectively silence any prompting of the Holy Spirit.
5) Our prayers lack urgency. This may very well be the biggest single factor contributing to the delay of the Holy Spirit-led revival.
6) Perhaps we have acquired a taste for the glory that belongs to God and to HIM only. Jesus said, “I do not accept praise from men” (John 5:41) and “How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God?” (John 5:44)
I encourage you over the next several days, to evaluate yourself and see if any of the six issues have been a spiritual burden in your life. Let’s lean into God’s word, pray with URGENCY and continually seek God’s face.
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