March 2009


Why we need revival

 

            Why do we have revival services?  Why does our pastor keep saying that “we need revival?”  Perhaps it is because we do.

     We all have a remarkable habit of falling into the habit of the mundane.  We get stuck in a rut of business and duty and our spiritual life becomes stale or even cold.  We begin to focus on the “stuff” of this world and drift away from the like of hope and joy God has given us.

            We need to refocus.  We need a renewed relationship with God.  We need revitalized, reenergized and reanimated.  We need revival.

            We are not alone in our need for revival!  Revival is a need we all share; as did our Christian ancestors.  David cried out for God to “Restore to me again the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.” (Psalm 51:12).  Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezikiel and the other authors in the Bible spoke of God’s restoring power and desire to revive His wayward people.  Peter taught us that God is being patient, giving us more time for revival.

     Jude gives us some guidelines for revival and some blessings of revival received.  “But you, dear friends, must continue to build your lives on the foundation of your holy faith. And continue to pray as you are directed by the Holy Spirit. Live in such a way that God’s love can bless you as you wait for the eternal life that our Lord Jesus Christ in his mercy is going to give you. Show mercy to those whose faith is wavering.  Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. There are still others to whom you need to show mercy, but be careful that you aren’t contaminated by their sins.”   NLT   Jude 20-23

1.      Build your lives on the foundation of your holy faith.  Unfortunately our lives sometimes “slip off” the right foundation.  Maybe we do not fall all the way off, just “slide” a little.  Revival can reorient our life fully onto the firm foundation of Jesus Christ and be stronger and more stable than it has ever been before.

2.      Pray.  How is your prayer life?  Would you describe your communication with God as rich and fulfilling?  It can be, trust God and spend some time speaking with Him.

3.      Live a good, Godly life.  Live the way God wants you to live.  Live in such a way that you make God smile.

4.      Show mercy to those who are not strong in their faith.  Maybe this is the ones who are “2 a year” Christians – Christmas and Easter.  Maybe they have not been part of the fellowship for some time.  Perhaps they were hurt or disappointed.  Never give up on them. 

5.      Reach out to those who are dying without a relationship with Jesus Christ.  We all know people who are lost.  We all know people who have, right up to this moment, rejected the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  They have the odor of hells flames already surrounding them.  They need saved.  This revival could be the difference between eternal damnation and eternal life for them.. Do you care?

6.      Reach out to the lost and fallen, but never fall into their trap!

 

Rio Grande City is full of people who are hurting and need help.

Rio Grande City is full of people who are broken and need restored.

Rio Grande City is full of people who are fracturing and need support or they will fall apart.
Rio Grande City is full of Christians who are not faithful, not joyful, not hopeful and need revived.

Rio Grande City is full of people who are wandering through life, lost and destined for hell if they do not believe in Jesus Christ.

 

We have the opportunity to be the connecting point between them and the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Illustrate with power cord and plug….God has the power – the device (person) needs the power – FBC can be the point of connection….the outlet they need.

Pastor Bob Alderman

First Baptist Church

A young girl asked Santa for a pony one Christmas season. Christmas morning the excited little girl ran to her parent’s room and dragged them from their bedroom, down the hall, past the kitchen and into the living room where their tree glistened brightly. At the exact same time the little girl saw her new pony and shrieked in excitement, her father saw the exact same room and yelled in outrage because all he saw were the batches of “presents” the pony had left on the floor. Both saw the same room but had completely different reactions.

The daughter saw the gift and the father saw the manure.

We are often more like the father than the girl; we tend to see the worse in a situation long before we look for the best.

Why do we seem to always choose to see the negative in others? Why are we consumed by the bad stuff of life when there is so much good?

Here is an example of finding the pony in a conversation with your spouse. Your spouse says, “I would like for you to begin working out.” The “manure” thought is “You think I am fat!” while the “pony thought is, “You’re concerned about my health!” Same statement, two different ways of interpreting it.

Choose to look for the pony in all aspects of your life. They may even mean something stinky, but you don’t have to let them destroy your day! Find the pony!

Trust me, it is much better to find the pony than the manure!

The reality is that when we give into the rotten side of life we are only hurting ourselves and handing control of our emotions and happiness over to the other person. Do not give them the satisfaction! Thank them for the “pony” and move on. The worst that can happen is they will be left dazed and confused over your response.

Here the Words of God given to us through James, “My dear brothers and sisters, be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Your anger can never make things right in God’s sight.” NLT James 1:19-20

Jesus is a man who looks for the pony in every situation. Jesus can do this because He knows what perfect love, compassion and patience are!

On Mount Calvary, as Jesus was nailed to the cross dying for our failures, He did not give in to the negative; choosing instead to focus on the gift His sacrifice was to us. Jesus could have chosen to wipe us from all existence for our rebellion and sins, but He chose to find the pony of perfect love and gave everything He had so that we might have eternal life with Him.

Jesus should be our example. Look for the positive, focus on the possibilities. Find the pony.

Hear the teaching of Jesus about dealing with those who seek nothing better than to shovel manure over you: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” NKJV Matthew 5:43-46

Jesus taught is to be people of love and compassion regardless of how others act towards us. We are fully responsible for our thoughts and actions; not theirs. Look for the pony!

Remember that Jesus loves you! And so do I.

OK…Just trying to figure this out enough to post something.  Bear with me