Monday, February 9, 2015

A Cry For Revival

Signs are pointing to the end of the age and the soon return of Jesus Christ.  However, it is alarming that many of God's people are not recognizing or responding to this crucial hour.
Look at
 the war in Syria,
 fighting in Gaza, 
 ISIS,
 the brutal killings and beheadings,
Christian genocide,
Islamic State selling, crucifying, burying children alive in Iraq,
abortion,
 the aggressiveness of Russia,
 global growth of anti-Semitism and anti-Christianity,
religious discrimination against Christianity,
persecution of Christians growing in the US,
 lawsuits against Christians,
 same sex marriages,
human trafficking,
economical crisis,
prescription and other drug addictions,
new diseases (Ebola),
Increasing natural disasters (North Texas rattled by 11 earthquakes in just over one day),
and
 government mandated tolerance for all types of perverseness.

Certainly world news should indicate how serious this hour is.
During Jesus' ministry He was amazed that the people could understand signs related to weather, but they could not discern the signs of the time.

He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.
And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? Matthew 16:2-3

In such days, 
the Lord calls HIS people to act!
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. 2 Chr. 7:14
Too many Christians have the attitude,
"Relax and wait for the rapture."
Christians see the need for the evildoers to repent.  We believe that if these evildoers change their way of thinking, the world will be better off.
However, who does God look at?
God looks at the condition of HIS people and His church.
Sinners are dead in their sins, doing what comes naturally--sinning.
But we are God's people!
I read this quote somewhere,
"Perhaps the church doesn't suffer for the sins of the world
 as much as the the world suffers for the sins of the church."
America is in the state of 
spiritual emergency!
The answer will not be found by implementing more messed up government programs!
No, the answer is spiritual!
The answer is...
"Yet even now, declares the Lord, Return to Me..." Joel 2:12
Wake up Christians!
There is an urgency to call out as the Prophet Jeremiah did.
"My eyes fail from weeping, I am in torment within, my heart is poured out on the ground because my people are destroyed" Lam 2:11.
[I was going to post a link(not the actual picture)to a website with graphic images associated with the horrific crimes of isis here, but
 I was grieved and nauseated by the images myself. Just search Google images for "isis" if you are in the dark about the spiritual warfare going on in this world. I warn you though; it may make you sick.]
The point I wanted to make from the images was this...
Are our eyes failing from weeping? 
 Are we tormented within?
  Is our heart poured out?
The painful effects of wickedness we are experiencing
in our families, in our community, in our country, and throughout the world should 
awaken us (God's people) with urgency to a 
sacred cry for revival!
The condition of our world is ominous . 
 We may, in fact, be living in the last days before the return of Christ.
Just as Joel anguished over the callousness, carnality, and complacency of God's people in his day, we too must possess this kind of intensity and urgency as we realize the need for revival.
Where does it begin?
For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 1 Peter 4:17
Why is the "light" so hidden in this world?
Why has the "salt" lost its flavor?
Too many Christians are thinking of SELF.
  If evil hasn't broken down their front door, then perhaps they are comfortable enough to turn a deaf ear or a blind eye to the torment of others. 
Why are God's people to proud to humble themselves in sackcloth, ashes, and bitter weeping? 
It may do us all good to remember Ester's warning.
Then Mordecai commanded to answer Ester, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king's house, more than all the Jews. Ester 4:13
Many Christians rather hear a pleasant dissertation on Psalm 23 rather than be rattled by a fiery sermon from a man who exclaims with passion and a broken sob, "Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?"Psalm 94:16
The New Testament church did not depend on the moral majority, but rather the holy minority.
The church right now has
more fashion than passion
is
more pathetic than prophetic
and
more superficial than supernatural.
The early church was identified with persecutions, prisons, and poverty; today many of us are identified with prosperity, popularity, and personalities.~ Leonard Ravenhill
Clearly, there is a serious discrepancy between who Christians say they are, and what they say they believe, and how they are living.  As a result, the church is as weak as, or even weaker than, the culture itself. 
The time of reckoning draws nigh when every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
 (Rom. 14:12)
Just because many Christians believe they have their "admit one" ticket to Heaven, they think they are allowed to sit back and do much of nothing.  
Nowhere in the Bible does God call us to spiritual laziness! 
How can we drift listlessly along with such a need for spiritual revival?
We are called to be laborers and ambassadors for Christ!
Are we complacent, cold, dead, or lukewarm?
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 
Rev. 3:16
Are we not worried about the alarms sounding?  
Are we comfortable just where we are?
How can the church be the salt and light of the lost world if it is no different from that lost world?
And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?Luke 6:46
Spiritual awakening needs to be the passion of the church!
"...For the day of the Lord is near; it will come like destruction from the almighty" Joel 1:15
It's time to cry out...
Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord your God, and
 cry unto the Lord. Joel 1:13
Look around.
God is warning His people.  
The alarms are going off everywhere.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. Psalm 33:12
God is full of mercy and compassion.  God blesses His people and nations.  However, God judges them as well.(Jer. 18:7-10)
The God of the Bible will not endlessly tolerate idolatry and evil from a nation.  
He extends grace, but He cannot accept sin. 
It's not just about how the world is acting, but how the church is behaving.
Today, we need an extraordinary move of God!
Revival begins with us, the church.
God is waiting for our cry. 
Many may think their individual cry wouldn't be enough to start a revival.  
However, a blaze is started by a tiny spark.
Cry out to God for His mercy and for a revival.
Our only hope for restoration is through the power of the
 Holy Spirit.
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. 2 Chr. 7:14
When God tries to awaken us, it is not wise to hit the snooze button!
See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. Hebrews 12:25-26

25 comments:

  1. Yes! Thank you. We cannot ignore the truth. Too many Christians look at themselves thru rose colored glasses. Too many prayers are lukewarm and repetitive. I rejoice when I hear a passionate prayer. God bless.

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    1. Thanks Regena. I appreciate your passionate response to my post.
      God bless.

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  2. "Revival begins with us, the church." YES, YES!! It must begin with the body. -- Hopped on over from Time Warp Link-up! Thank you for this great word.

    Carmen Miller
    carmendmiller.com

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    1. Thanks for your supportive comment. Let us pray for revival!
      God bless.

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  3. Thank you for linking up at Party Under The Big Top #BigTopBlogParty

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  4. Lord send a revival and let it begin with ME. Loved your rant! Thanks for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

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    1. Thanks Hazel. I love how you said, "I love your rant!" haha
      God bless you.

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  5. Praise God for the truth! Preach on, dear friend. This post meant SO much to me tonight. Dear Lord, help us. We are in such a state of lethargy. Jesus knew it would be this way. It is no wonder that He asked whether He would find faith on the earth when He returned. I cannot tell you how much it means to me to come here to your blog and read the TRUTH, and nothing but the truth. It blesses my soul to hear it proclaimed. God bless you and give you courage to continue to tell it like it is. You are ministering to many, and God is using you in a mighty way here. Please stay the way you are. Love you!

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    1. Cheryl, Your words always encourage me! I love writing a post that I am passionate about. I am glad that this post was a blessing to you. I hope it is for many.
      Love you!

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  6. What a powerful message! Thank you so much for stopping by Party Under the Big Top and linking up this post.

    Wishing you a fabulous week

    Much love,

    Lysa xx
    Welcome to My Circus
    #BigTopBlogParty

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    1. Thank you lysa! I appreciate your encouraging comment, and for hosting the link up party.
      God bless.

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  7. Oh, yes, I truly believe that we are headed toward the end times, but God's time is His own. Prayers can work. I was just sent an email that there is the beginnings of a national prayer time for our county to pray for one minute at 9pm EST every night.

    Another thing that I see that we are headed for is suicide. With all the acceptance of suicide, it will turn to where people will look down upon you with pressure that once you start aging or are sick that you will be told that it is time to take your own life.

    Also, we are seeing a trend toward making people get permission to have children. I guess if a woman gets pregnant without permission, she will be forced to kill her child in the womb? Abortion is one of the biggest evils this country has allowed second only to sodomy.

    The evils all boil down to sins of the flesh.

    Well, I could go on and on, but I think I have said enough.

    Thanks for linking up to Royalegacy for Wordless Wednesday.

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    1. Thanks for your comment on this post. There is a huge need for revival today!
      Have a blessed week.

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  8. Wow, what a powerful post! May we humble ourselves before God and may there be a revival first in our hearts and lives and may it spread in our nation and all over the world! Thank you for sharing this, Chris, for these thoughts are much-needed. So glad you linked up at Roses of Inspiration. Hugs!

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    1. Thanks Stephanie. I am praying for revival. Thanks for hosting your lovely link ups!
      God bless.

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  9. I think there isn't much of a concern because everyone is desensitized Chris. So much of this junk in movies and television that this way of life is normal. The images aren't as bothersome. Thank you for trying to rouse up the troops! We certainly need it!

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    1. Thanks Jes. I pray that God will rouse us all.
      Have a blessed week.

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  10. This is a fantastic post, more people need to hear this. We need to give ourselves a slap to wake us up to what is happening in the world and the signs of the times. Thanks for sharing this most powerful post at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

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    1. Thanks Terri. I am glad you enjoyed it. I am praying for revival.
      God bless.

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  11. This fantastic post is being featured on my blog today as part of Tuesdays with a Twist blog hop: http://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/2015/02/time-to-link-up-tuesdays-with-twist_17.html
    Thanks so much & I hope that you will join us again today.
    Angie

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    1. I am very glad you liked this post. Thanks so much for the feature this week!
      God bless.

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  12. So very glad you left this link on my blog Chris. This was/is so timely! I believe we need revival too and I believe God wants to give it to us. But not if we are lazy and have an "I-don't-care" attitude of complacency. God help us all. Keep fighting the good fight dear sister!! ♥

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  13. Such timely words. I have added you to my sidebar, hopefully others will read these words and refocus their hearts before it is too late. I am so happy to meet a likeminded fellow blogger.
    Shirley in Virginia

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  14. Yes, the signs are all around us. I agree that we need to be on our knees praying for revival and repentance. I am motivated to memorize scripture, to be in the word so I am ready to share my faith. Ephesians 2:1-10 contains the gospel message.

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