The First Step Toward Revival

As many Christian believers already realize, America is in great need for revival. There can be no denying it. Nothing else can restore America to what it once was other than its relationship to God.

The key to America’s blessing is recorded in the songs we as a nation have sung through the years – in our schools, in our assemblies, in our games, and in our churches! Verse 2 of The Star Spangled Banner boldly declares:

“O thus be it ever, when free men shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Pow’r that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just;
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust!”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!”

In the next couple of posts, I want to talk about revival and how it comes – or how to get it. There are several steps. I will take one step at a time (per post).

The first step, and each of them, is found in II Chronicles 7:14, which says: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray.” As this verse plainly teaches, revival must start with the people of God.

We cannot look for revival to come from the White House, or from Congress. It will not come when certain laws are rescinded, or when special laws are passed – that is not revival.

Nor is there necessarily revival when churches conduct special meetings called revivals; although that may be the beginning of real revival, or a part of it. In fact, revivals often do have their start in a church, or churches.

Believers, God says, need to start by humbling themselves. There is a need to come before God and confess – “I am part of the reason why there is no blessing in America, or in my church!” When we realize we lack His blessing, and stand in need of it, then we can agree with Israel in II Chronicles 6:37: “We have sinned, we have done amiss, and have dealt wickedly.”

We need to face it, we often are not the godly saints we want others to think we are! God looks at our hearts and knows we could have done more! He knows our love for Him and for our fellow man is not always what it ought to be. In fact, sometimes, we don’t even love our spouses or children like we ought!

There needs to be a time of thinking through of our failure and our sins, and a facing up to how we have sinned against Him! No, we have not lost our salvation – just our love and our joy! Other things have crowded it out. Can you take some time and confess it! Be thorough and be broken over those sins. Forsake them.

Tell God you are sorry for those sins, and then trust Him to heal you. Proverbs 28:13 tells us: “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”

Humbly coming before Him and being broken over sin is the first step of revival. It takes time before Him before we can be truly revived. Sometimes we don’t feel remorse over sin immediately. If that is the case, let God begin to soften that heart by spending more time in prayer and in the Word. He will give what is needed.

Psalm 85:6 tells us that God must even give us the right heart to seek Him: “Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?” Revival comes from God, and when we get humble and serious about wanting Him – we can then start to look for it.

Will you spend time before God confessing your sins? That is where revival starts.

For more about the steps to revival, be sure to come back and see the next posts.

For True Revival,
Evangelist Mike Valles

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