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Revival Countdown - 5

 

One Step Ahead...

 

We are kidding ourselves and being disrespectful to the holiness of God if we expect God to bless, answer prayer, provide, etc... when we willfully & knowingly sin.  That goes against the grain of Biblical doctrine and the very nature of God.  As well, it would be impossible to expect God to bring revival to our church or any church where the membership lives under the shroud of unconfessed sin.

 

Sin is a separator.  It distances us from the grace of God and blocks His blessings and spiritual action among us.  It's like putting water on fire or in a gas tank.  It disables the properties that cause combustion.  The Bible calls this quenching the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19).  Why would we want to resist the One who is on our side?  Why would we want to disable the One who has all power and loves us unconditionally?  We do this through a lack of repentance.

 

Repentance is a natural & necessary ingredient of revival.  If there is revival, there is repentance.  It begins with those close to God who realize its necessity and goes down the line to the sinner who walks through our doors.  What I want us to understand is this.  In order to be one step ahead and see God do tremendous things as He actuates revival within us, it is better if this essential component of revival start now rather than later. 

 

I have seen revival services where God has gotten hold of people in a tremendous way and repentance occurs.  I have seen revival where preparation is made prior to the revival services where repentance begins before the scheduled services begin.  In my observation, the latter is always more lasting than the former.  If we enter this time of revival repentant, we can expect God to do marvelous things and see sinners become repentant and accept Christ.

 

Repentance begins with remorse over your sins.  Isaiah 57:15 says, "For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: "I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones."  Contrite, (from the Latin contritus 'ground to pieces, crushed by guilt) is sincere and complete remorse (i.e. regret with guilt) for sins one has committed. The remorseful person is said to be contrite.  It is understanding that our sins are not mistakes but direct assaults and insults toward the God who saved us.  Would you ever imagine spitting in the face of our Savior Jesus as He hung on the cross?  In a sense, that is a perfect analogy of a sinning Christian who sins and thinks nothing of it.

 

Repentance means to confess our sin to God and turn from it - quit doing it!  When we are remorseful for our godless attitude toward sin, it will result in forgiveness which leads to revival.  Let's be one step ahead in preparation for revival by taking care of this now rather than later.

 

Pray with me.

Heavenly Father, I am SO SORRY for the sins I have committed and that I keep on committing.  I have grown accustomed to and justified sin in my life.  Now, I recognize the intense pain it causes you.  It is for the remission of sin that you came.  I am sorry for my sins.  I confess my sins to you and ask for your forgiveness.  I also ask for help in allowing your Holy Spirit full control of my life as I endeavor to never fall into the state of willful sin again.

 

In Jesus' name, Amen.

Published Tuesday, October 18, 2011 6:30 AM by Pastor Bill
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