Ps 85:6 & 7 6: Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee? 7: Shew us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation.
Revival = Recall from a state of Apathy or Lethargy; to re-invigorate or re- vitalize.
Jesus is coming! GET READY! Be Prepared! John 14:2: In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3: And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Before He can come revival has got to take place The church has got to be ready, Ready to do whatever, whatever it takes. We must be open minded toward the Spirit of God Knowledgeable in the Word, & WILLING ----- to accept change There is a change coming In Thinking In Actions In Appearance (Glory to Glory) God has a plan. He's bringing us to a new place. A place of: Growth Spiritual Rest Great Joy & Peace Knowledge and Wisdom ACCEPTANCE Change is the most dreaded word in the Church today! (We like who we are.) But God never changes brother.
Hebrews 13:8 8: Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Why then must the Church Change? The Church must change because it must come into maturity. A Bride without spot or blemish 50% of the Church today is not Rapture ready. Stuck in complacency, tradition, the old ways. God is not the God of the OLD, but the NEW New Creatures New Revelations New Out-Pouring of the Spirit Now is the time for the NEW, to get in the boat, to saddle up. It is more of a necessity today for us to be about our Fathers business than ever before. 24 hour a day Church. God is bringing things about speedily.
Hosea 6:1-3 1: Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. 2: After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. 3: Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.
1st day - Humble yourselves before God Micah 6:8: He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? 2nd day - Revival 3rd day - Restoration (Jonah .... Christ) Former Rain - Rain of Preparation Latter Rain - Rain of Maturity and Harvest Former and Latter Rain Together - A move of God that is incomprehensible to man. What I am saying is, MY GOD IS UP TO SOMETHING! GET READY, REVIVAL IS COMING! (Look at the signs)
It is not enough to be Saved!, Cleansed!, Sanctified! We must also be doers of the word! (Imitators of Christ.)
James 1:22 22: But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
If we are gonna be doers of the word, WE must STAY in REVIVAL!!! (A Life not in revival is a life on the doorstep of sin!)
God has got a purpose for everything. He also has a PURPOSE for giving His Son on Calvarys cross.
God doesn't do anything that doesn't bring about something, He has a Purpose. He has an intent, He has a plan, and an expectation!
We must get out of the DRY, PLACID COMPLACENT and STALE place that the Church is in today, and start growing. Growing in the Newness of the change that He is bringing us into. Preparing ourselves for the outpouring of the Spirit that will catapult us into REVIVAL! The Church has been in the valley of Dry Bones too long. Look what God is saying:
Ezekiel 37:1-6 1: The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, 2: And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. 3: And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest. 4: Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. 5: Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: 6: And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
God is saying, I"M GOING TO REVIVE YOU, and when I am done, you will know who I am. Cause you are going to be CHANGED!!!!!!! Dry bones in Hebrew means : Starvation, Emaciation, or Leanness.
Look at verse 9& 10:
9: Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. 10: So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.
From being DEAD! To an EXCEEDING GREAT ARMY!!!!!! HOW? There is soon coming a day when the dead are gonna get up!!! Praise God!!!!
Acts 3:19-21 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; 20: And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: 21: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
In this passage 3 things are coming that we need to be ready for! Refreshing, Restoration, & JESUS! Refreshing in the Greek = Revival, which = repentance Repentance = a change from our way of thinking to Gods way of thinking. This is the necessity of all mankind. To walk Like Christ, Talk like Christ, Act like Christ, GLORY TO GOD!!!! BE YE IMITATORS OF THE LORD JESUS!!!!!!!!!
To repent is to humble oneself before God, with a broken and contrite Spirit, and cry out to JESUS.
Wigglesworth once said, "I'd rather die trusting God than to live in unbelief" Half the Church is trusting in themselves, the world, or the spokesperson of God. The world can't get you there! The Preacher can't get you there! You can't get yourself there!!! REPENT!!!!! And TRUST GOD!!!!!!
How to get Revival.
2 Chron. 7:14: If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Repentance is for everyone. The Lost, the backslider, and the Church.
How long will we stand on tradition?!!!! How long will we close our minds to change?!!!! How long will we continue in our ways and not Gods ways?!!!!
The church is walking around today with the: I'm just trying to make it through, low down, broke down, no crown, Blues. Glory to God!! If we are saved we should act like it!!!! Walking in PRAISE, POWER, PERSERVERANCE, and PREPARATION!!!!!! WE should be REJOICING every step of the way. KNOWING! That HE is faithful to complete the work He has begun in us.
WE MUST BE REVIVED!!!!! Restoration is upon us!! A time of miracles!!! The former rain is gone....... The Latter rain is here.......... God wants to give us both of them together!!!! TODAY!!!!!!
The miracle is not in the deed, but in the doer ....... JESUS is our miracle today! He said, "Behold I come quickly". The church has been holding Him up long enough. It's time to get excited about Jesus. Stir up the Spirit within you.