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.

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