A heart cry for Revival!
II Chronicles 7:14 If my people who are called by my name 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. (ESV)
Recently my pastor has been teaching on revival. What it is and what it is not: First, it is not attending a meeting where there is a manipulating message to produce guilt. That will wrongly convict us to keep rules to make us feel good. Oh, yes, it will puff you up but it will not create a contrite heart.
What it is: a heart cry for revival. It’s kind of like surgery that cuts deep and causes pain and then the healing begins.
Healing for the Contrite: Isa 57:14-18 – And it shall be said, Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstruction from my people’s way. For the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite. For I will not contend forever nor will I always be angry; for the spirit would grow faint before me and the breath of life I made. Because of the iniquity of his unjust gain I was angry, I struck him; I hid my face and was angry, but he went on backsliding in the way of his own heart. I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will lead him and restore comfort to him and his mourners.
Candidates for revival are 1) Already trusted in Jesus as Savior 2) Spiritually unhealthy – refers to backsliding. A busy life can cause backsliding. Verse 17 ….went on backsliding in the way of his own heart.
A good question we can ask ourselves. Am I more like Jesus today than I was a year ago? There is no standing still in the Christian life. We need to be proactive in our walk with Jesus. Not just read His Word, attend church, or do good deeds, but to have a desire to grow in His Truths.
Moral failure is on the rise. “Wake up America.” We need revival in our personal lives and in our country. We must be spiritually ready for revival; we must admit our backsliding state with a contrite heart.
Isa 62:2 The nations shall see your righteousness…..
Who comes to mind when you hear these words? “Create in me a Clean Heart, O God”. Read Psalm 51.
It is my prayer for God to create in me a clean heart. That doesn’t happen without some pain attached.
God Bless America and God bless all of us as we Trust & Obey HIM.
A Servant of the Lord, and a friend of Keswick