As long as Jesus is alive there will be revivals in men and women.Isa 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. Jesus will certainly be here.And there will always be some people with humble and contrite hearts.
There will always be personal revival yes. But when there's a Soveriegn move of God where massive amounts of people In one nation are coming to the Lord (like is happening in Iran right now - leading the world in conversions and thus called revival). I believe a "revival" will come to America again only if/when (massive numbers of people coming to Christ in the same time period - which ain't happening here right now) judgements & great shaking comes also to awaken & remove the idols most Americans lean on. To say in the new covenant there's no such thing as "mass revival" is to ignore the Great Awakening, The Chinese revival of the last 20+ years, the Iranian revival taking place right now, etc. just to explain away these things to suit a certain grid/paradigm.
Brother, I am certainly praying and hoping revival will come to America, too. Most people see the futility of the political system since the 2014 elections and this time, when they see what the establishment is going to do, I hope they finally realize there is no hope or solution in politics and they humbly turn to God for all their needs. But, for over 40 years now I have seen the Church putting their hope in politics and for 40 years they have not gotten what they wanted as America as devolved into decadence and sin. There must be a turning to God, soon.
I agree that the answer is not in politics but repentance
May God grant us this holy dissatisfaction as A.W.Tozer called it. Every holy longing and desire for God and his holy presence is born of the Holy Spirit in us. We need so much heart brokenness and humility and a bold faith that will ascend to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace in the time of need.Personal revival is something that I long for and its possible for everyone of us, if we fulfill those conditions for intimate relationship with Jesus and total surrender by faith to Him. Consecrating our will and our heart to Him, and expecting and receiving by faith the Baptism with the Holy Spirit and fire. Clothed with power from on high and filled with the Holy Spirit is the crying need of today.Paul said not to quench the Spirit, there is this holy fire that should burn deep down our hearts and purify us like gold is purified from dross. Tozer wrote about the fellowship of the burning hearts, those who know God thru a living experience, know that to enter his holy presence they need to come to the Cross and wash away their sins and with purity of heart approach the Holy of Holies in the Heavenly Tabernacle and worship their heavenly Father in spirit and truth.How deep and broad and incomprehensible is the pure love of God and it is His pure love shed in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, that gives us the confidence to call God our Abba, Father. This divine love we know only as we experienxe the indwelling Spirit and are led by the Spirit and not by the flesh. The flesh and the Spirit are in conflict with each other, if we don't crucify the flesh we will give in to temptation and sin will enslave us but if we crucify the flesh and let the Spirit have its way with us and control us we will be more than overcommers. That's what I believe about sanctification - we need to set apart ourselves as vessels of honor in the Temple of God and separate ourselves from sin, the world and everything that is an hindrance between us and God and we can do that only by the power of the blood and Holy Spirit and faith and total surrender in Jesus are indespensible. It is not just a blessing that we are to seek after but the Giver of every blessings. It is Christ who is our Sanctifier and its not about an "it" but Him that we should seek not just to bless us but to indwell our hearts and to be enthroned as the only legitimate King.It is the will of God that we be wholly sanctified and as we seek his will and obey Him from the heart and walk in the light of his Word and the truth will set us free.The secret of holy heart and life is Christ in us and as we give all of us to him, we in return will receive from Him all the blessings we need to live a godly life.In Christ only we have new life and are a new man, the old man has died on the Cross and we should recken ourselves as dead with Christ on the Cross and as dead to sin and slaves to righteousness and the fruit of holiness will be evident in our life.Blessings,
Yes Redi, l agree that we are not to seek the blessing but rather the giver of the blessing and perhaps it us the reason why so many seek and seek but do not find.It us only when our motivation us right that we will find entrance.
So true, Brenda.Jesus is not an enabler of co-dependent children.Whenever the periphery is in danger of displacing the center, we are not far removed from idolatry.- D.A. Carson
Hi Brenda,Our Father gives us blessings when we ask Him in Jesus name and by faith with a humble heart. We are his children and He loves us but He wants us to mature and grow up in our faith and learn to seek and love Him for who He is and not just for the blessings we receive.This way we don't depend on our feelings but in our faith in Him. That's way we call it the life of faith, its a higher plane and it's a life in total dependence on Jesus and sooner or later as we remain faithful to Him and walk by faith, He will give us more than we expected or longed for. His blessings will so overflow us and our cup will run and rivers of living waters will flow out of our bellies as Jesus promised and we will be a great blessing to others and our witness for Jesus will lead sinners to the Cross and saints will be encouraged and build up in their faith by our service in the Lord. God uses broken vessels and hearts that are humble and contrite in his presence.Blessings sister,
Praise God that the same Holy Spirit that dwells in us and produces the fruit of theSpirit as we abide in Christ also comesupon us in power enabling and empoweringus to fulfill our ministry and be a witness for Christ. He is the same Spirit that sanctifies us and makes us Holy. He is the same Spirit that lives within usto intercede through us because we donot know how to pray as we ought to.He is the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead, and he quickens( gives life)to our mortal bodies, this includes healingin the here and now.May we as the saints of the living Godavail ourselves to all of the ministry of The Comforter.