Psalm 85:6: Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?
Revival is to restore, recover, or to repair
• Restoration of joy, liveliness, and strength
• Restore hunger for truth and holiness of the Word of God
• To the believer, the Body of Christ
• So the world will know Jesus Christ is Lord
THE BIBLE TELLS US TO BREAK UP THE FALLOW GROUND
Hosea 10:12 says: Sow to yourself in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground; for it is time to seek the Lord till He come and reign righteousness upon you.
Jeremiah 4:3: For thus saith, the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.
Fallow ground:has once been tilled but has gotten hard, and now lies waste. This ground has to be broken up and cleared of thorns and weeds before sowing seeds in it again.
THESE PROPHETS ARE SAYING: Break off your evil ways, repent of your sins, cease to do evil, and then the good seed of the word will have room to grow and bear fruit.
WE AS THE BODY OF CHRIST AND AS A NATION NEED A REVIVAL
Acts 3:19: Repent ye, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
• To have that refreshing
• The prophet John the Baptist said:
• Bring forth fruits meet for repentance: Matt 3:8,
o Or Bring forth fruits worthy of repentance
o Or to show that you are repentant
o Repentance is a turning away from
• Jesus said: His followers are known by their fruit – Matt 7:20
• The fruit of the Spirit is in Galatians 5
o Violence and fighting are not among the fruits of the Spirit
o They are works of the flesh
Romans 8:1: There is, therefore, now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Vs. 5. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. Vs.7 Because the carnal mind is enmity(hostile) against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. Vs.8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
• The flesh or carnal nature of people is hostile
• The flesh not subject to the Law of God
THE BIBLE TELLS US TO PRAY FOR THE LEADERS OF OUR COUNTRY THAT WE MAY LIVE IN PEACE
1 Timothy 2: 1-4: 1 I exhort (encourage) therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, [and] giving of thanks, be made for all men;2 For kings, and [for] all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.3 For this [is] good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
• Doesn’t say if you agree or like them to pray for them
• The encouragement is to pray for them.
o “that we may live a quiet and peaceable life.”
o Presently in our Nation, we have not experienced peace or quiet
• NOWHERE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT ARE CHRISTIANS TOLD TO:
Physically fight for the cause of justice and peace
Any Christian that becomes part of physical violence:
• Promotes it
• Or glad that it happens
• Or thinks it needs to happen
I ENCOURAGE YOU TO GET ON YOUR FACE IN PRAYER AND FASTING BEFORE THE LORD
• Get right with Jesus
• He is coming soon!
He is coming like a thief to those that are not looking for Him
OUR ENEMY IS SPIRITUAL WE FIGHT WITH SPIRITUAL WEAPONS
2 Corinthians10:3-5:For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:4(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;)5Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
USE THE NAME OF JESUS ANOTHER POWERFUL WEAPON
Proverbs: 18:10: The name of the Lord is a strong tower the righteous runneth into it and is safe.
Matthew 28:18:And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
JESUS GAVE US AUTHORITY TO USE HIS NAME
Mark 16:17-18: And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Give your heart to Jesus today by saying this prayer:
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank you for dying on the cross for my sin. Please forgive me. Come into my life. I receive You as my Lord and Savior. Please, help me to live for you the rest of this life. Fill me with your Holy Spirit. In the name of Jesus, I pray.