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22 September 2012
By Loren S. Robinson

Christians across America need true revival. We are excited about the beginning of revival meetings this Sunday at First Baptist Church. We are praying that followers of Christ all across America will humble themselves, and pray, and seek God’s face, and turn from sin. Churches across America put on weeks of revival meetings, and at the end of the week most of them continue on as they did before. No change, no enthusiasm, no difference in the people of God.
In my experience, true revival happens when God’s people get fed up with themselves. The Spirit of God convicts us of sin, and we are brought to a place of repentance. Our problem in America is that the majority of people across America who claim to be Christians have no desire to allow God to have control over their words, actions, and lifestyle.
God’s people spend more time in judgment of other people than they do looking into their own heart and at their own life. The problem with America today is not who is in Washington. The problem with America is not who sits on the judiciary. The problem with America is not our mainstream media, nor is it Hollywood. Yes, we need to be praying these positions will be filled with people who will seek God first, but that does not solve the problem of American Christianity today.
The problem is with us. It is the people who have claimed the name of Christ, who profess to believe in the Almighty God, Jehovah, who have been “saved” and call ourselves Christians. We are the problem. Jesus said that the one who believes in Him will have rivers of living water flowing from him. Most who claim to be Christ followers cannot say they depict that kind of lifestyle.

As long as we are content to live without revival, we will!

~Leonard Ravenhill

David Wilkerson put it this way:

What are the shameful, disgraceful things that are happening in the church of Jesus Christ today? 
First of all it is the rotten seed that is being preached by covetous shepherds.

This is known as the prosperity gospel. This is one of the greatest reproaches that the church of Jesus Christ has ever perpetuated since Christ. This perverted gospel is poisoning multitudes in China, Africa and all over the world. It is an American gospel invented and spread by rich American evangelists and pastors.

It alarms me that so many people can hear the tapes and see the videos that are coming out of these prosperity conferences and not weep over them, and not get the burden for what is happening to the church. This poison has spread all over the world.

For the rest of the message…

Revivals are supernatural demonstrations of God’s power. When will we learn to let God work in His own way? When will we spend more time in seeking to know what His way is than we do in devising human plans and methods which only bring us a sense of failure and loss? We need a revival. The church needs a revival. The world – hungry, restless, sin-cursed, dying – needs a revival. God wants us to have it. Let us make every effort to meet the divine conditions and let us expect Him to answer by fire.

~ P. V. Jenness, quoted A. Wallis, In the Day of Thy Power

See You At The Pole 2012 Awaken

Imagine the potential of Christians from all different churches and ministries at a school joining together in united prayer. See You At The Pole brings teenagers to their school flagpoles to intercede for other students, their schools, families and nation, asking God to bring moral and spiritual awakening.

imagine the potential

See You at the Pole is a student-initiated, student-organized, and student-led event taking place the fourth Wed every September.

This years date: September 26, 2012. For the rest of the post…

Revivals are always preceded by prayer and often begin with the younger generations. May God bring revival to our nation!

Bryan  

John Stott says in his exposition of Acts 2: Pentecost has been called – and rightly – the first revival, using this word to denote one of those altogether unusual visitations of God, in which a whole community becomes vividly aware of His immediate, overpowering presence. It may be, therefore, that not only the physical phenomena (verse 2ff) but the deep conviction of sin (verse 37), the 3,000 conversions (verse 41) and the widespread sense of awe (verse 43) were signs of revival.

~ R. E. Davies, I Will Pour Out My Spirit

We cannot organize revival, but we can set our sails to catch the wind of heaven . . .

~ G. Campbell Morgan

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I have never understood or empathized with the view that knowing more about God gets in the way of loving God. And yet there are people who, it seems, build their lives and ministries inside the fog of doctrinal ambiguity.

It has been my conviction, and my experience, for over 40 years that knowing more about God from his inspired, energy-filled word puts more kindling in place so that the Holy Spirit can ignite a greater and greater flame of passion for God in our hearts.

The Mountain of Majesty

But there are people who believe that we will marvel at the majesty of the mountain of God’s truth more if we don’t try to climb it, but stay at a distance, leaving it in a cloud, hazy and indistinct. I don’t believe that. My life and ministry is built on the opposite conviction — that the fullness and clarity of the “whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27) are a source of indomitable and exquisite joy, and passionate worship, and radical obedience, and biblical unity.

I was created — and so were you — to help people see and savor the glory of God. To that end I have devoted my life to spreading the truth that this happens when we ourselves are profoundly satisfied in God — especially in times of suffering. God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.

An Unspoken Assumption

But there is an unspoken assumption here. “Satisfied in him” means “him as he really is.” For God to be loved duly, he must be known truly. Reveling in some rich pastry honors the chef. But not if it turns out that it wasn’t his creation after all. Admiring the beauty of Jane honors her — unless it turns out that it really wasn’t Jane. White-hot worship only honors God, if what moves us is really true about God.

It doesn’t matter how intense our doxology is sung, if God doesn’t recognize himself in the theology that stirs us. The more closely our portrait of God truly portrays him, the more our joyful response to that portrait will honor him as he is.

Awakening

Therefore, my enthusiasm for spiritual awakening and unity in the body of Christ increases in direct proportion to the fullness and clarity of central gospel truths which are driving the awakening. And my enthusiasm for awakening and unity diminishes in direct proportion to the decrease of the fullness and clarity of the central biblical truths sustaining the awakening.

I want to see God send a great spiritual awakening marked by a passionate, God-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated consensus rooted in the fullness of central gospel truths. Spiritual awakening is mainly about more and more people seeing and savoring the glory of Jesus Christ. And that glory shines most brightly when his beauty is seen most clearly, and savored most dearly.

 

I am in Lincoln, NE for the 16th Annual Meeting of the Heartland Converge District. The speaker for the Friday night banquet was Pastor Steve Pearson of Big Springs, SD. He preached one the best sermons on prayer that I have heard in a long time. He used the example of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark to illustrate that prayer (and lots of it…not the typical 10 to 30 minutes per day…if that) is the prerequisite to anything new that God does in our lives and in the church.

Steve also referred to the prayer life of Dr. David Yonggi Cho, the pastor of the largest church in the world (around a million members).  Years ago when the church was at 750,000 members, a fellow pastor, whose church was “only” 3000 strong, asked Dr. Cho why his church was so large. Dr. Cho asked him, “How much time do you spend in prayer in day?” and the pastor answered, “30 minutes.” Dr. Cho then said: “That is why your church is so small!”

Dr. Cho spends 5 hours a day in prayer!

Prayer must be the reoccurring old business in our lives and church

“Only a God-given reawakening to Christ and the full extent of His supremacy can resuscitate the Church’s hope and passion, and re-engage her effectively in the worldwide advance of His Kingdom.”

~ David Bryant, Website at http://proclaimhope.gospelcom.net/

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