154 days until the Lilburn, GA, USA Revival Conference
The key to revival is in your hand and mine, fellow Christian. God has put it there. Many years ago God gave the keys to revival into the hands of His own people, and He has never taken them back.
Rain is typical of revival (Isa. 44:3; John 7:37-39). If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, God says, (2 Chron. 7:13) then the Lord shows how to get the rain back how to get revival! Here is exactly what He says; here are the keys to revival:
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 (vs. 14).
Note carefully the steps we have to take and it is to His own people that the Lord is pointedly speaking. First, humble ourselves quit boasting and bragging and start bending and breaking. Next, pray. The Lord doesnt tell us here to say some prayers. He means for us to really pray, to mean business, to pray to get results!
But that is not enough. We are to go on and seek His face dig into the causes of Gods disfavor, seek and search out any and everything that could possibly block the way to revival. Seek the Lords face till we find His smile!
Then, an amazing truth dawns upon us. We discover to our shame as we humble ourselves, and pray, and seek Gods face we come to realize that we (with all our experiences, professions, works and everything else) we have wicked ways from which we must turn before revival fires will burn.
The Lord says that. He cannot lie. He means exactly what He says. The reason we are not having revival is because we have wicked ways. And the startling truth is this: we never realize the depth of our need, the awfulness of our wicked ways until we do as God says humble ourselves, pray, seek His face.
We look out on the world tobogganing to hell. We note the particular sins of this one and that one and it is terrible, there is no question about that. But those sinners cant be revived. They have never been saved, never been born-again. In our text, the Lord is not talking to the great mass of unsaved sinners. He is speaking directly, pointedly, personally to you, to me, fellow Christian!
We hold the key to revival! We are responsible to unlock revivals door and no one else on earth can do it for us.
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SI Moderator - Greg Gordon