Revival – What Will It Take?

Pray for Revival
Much Prayer Is Essential to Revival

There is little doubt that our world is not getting better. Not only are there problems abroad, such as the bombings in Turkey’s largest airport yesterday, the Brexit decision, shootings in Denver, and large forest fires in California. We are seeing trouble everywhere growing.

This indicates two things to me. I find both of them in the Bible. First, the increasing worldwide problems indicate that God is less involved in blessing than He once was – but He is certainly not at all absent. I say less active, in some ways, because fewer people really want His interaction in their macro and micro worlds. They pray less, do not pay Him much attention by going to church anymore, do not read His Bible, and government leaders increasingly push Him out through legislation, and permit things that God hates. God can take a hint, too, and knows when He is not wanted!

I know He is less active in national and international affairs because, when He chooses to bless a nation, or a family, there are many things He prevents, as well as providing some obvious blessings. Yes, He permits struggles, too, but there will also be blessings. We are seeing our nation and world crumble because they do not care to seek both God and His blessings.

A second way that I know God is less active is because those who hate God, as well as those who could care less, are definitely on the increase. This happens as those who love God decreases. The first commandment of God given to Moses still stands – not for salvation – but it reveals His desire for us that He may bless us and not turn away.

It is for this reason that God, in the first of the 10 Commandments, said: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me” (Ex. 20:3). In the New Testament, Jesus brought out its meaning like this: “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment” (Mk. 12:30). The same thoughts can also be clearly found in such Old Testament passages as De. 30:16, where blessings are promised for following this same commandment: “that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.”

Being less active, though, in the overall affairs of the world does not at all mean He is less active or less interested in answering the prayers of His own people. He definitely is still working in their behalf. As far as the world goes, He is preparing to let the antichrist have it soon – but there may still be time for revival.

Revival Can Start When:

  1. Believers Examine Where They Are in Their Relation to God

It is not too unusual for Christians to sometimes fall into a rut of living by rote. They do what they do out of duty or schedules, without taking time to check to see how healthy their personal relationship is with the Almighty.

One spiritual thermometer the believer can use is to be honest about their daily Bible reading and prayer. Do they really enjoy that personal time with God alone? One man that loved God immensely, and vice versa, was Job. In job 23:12, Job said this about his love for the word of God: “Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.” Is your love for the Word like that?

  1. Believers Understand What God Really Desires of Them

Too many believers today draw their own conclusions about where they are spiritually. This is often done even though they don’t know much about the Bible, and often never ask Bible-knowledgeable people, such as a Pastor or Sunday School teacher. This most certainly will lead to a misunderstanding, and an incorrect conclusion.

A quick way to find out what God expects of Christians is to read Revelation chapters 2 and 3. Before you read, ask God to reveal problems in your own spiritual life. Be willing to make adjustments as God reveals the need.

  1. Confess Sin

Sin needs to be repented of. God is infinitely holy and whoever would walk with Him must also seek to be holy.  If you can look at sin and it not bother you – you need to be revived. There is a problem. Confess the fact that it does not and ask God to help you hate it. If you love things that God clearly commands you to avoid, be sure that you and God cannot walk close: “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Am. 3:3).

  1. Spend Much Time in Prayer and Bible Reading While Seeking His Blessing

Realize that God is more than willing to bring revival to truly hungry hearts. David prayed: “Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?” (Ps. 85:6). It is a question that expects a positive answer.

As you begin to read the Word, you may find your heart is somewhat cold towards God and His will. Ask Him to expose wrong desires and to loose your heart from its natural attachment to sin. He will do it. Let God warm your heart by His Spirit and truth.

Remember that the goal of a revived heart is to follow Christ’s example of seeking the kingdom of God first in all we do. Christ provides the example for every believer in John 8:29, when He said: “And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.” Paul referred to this as being dead to ourselves and alive unto God.

  1. Seek to Keep a Sensitive Heart to His Leading

The things of this world have a natural tendency to cause us to become too busy for God and His will. It is likely to take some time to be revived. In fact, it may take some time – days and weeks before it comes. Keep seeking Him and His blessing. You will know when you are filled with His Spirit (and, no, speaking in tongues is not the evidence of it).

As you can see, revival is not for the casual seeker of God, or for those who are not serious. God wants to be much more than a spare tire or fire insurance. He is Lord overall and He desires to be that to you! When you let Him, you can understand the blessings or revival and the joy of the Lord.

Once revival comes, be sure to start doing God’s known will, and then keep on going from there. He is capable of leading you and giving you spiritual fruit if you follow Him.

God Bless,
Evangelist Mike Valles

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God’s Key to Salvation in One Verse

The Cross Is Absolutely Essential to Our Salvation
The Cross Is Absolutely Essential to Our Salvation

Many people reading this post will know what Bible verse of salvation the title refers to, before I present it. That is because it also is one of the most well-known verses, and I am glad for the opportunity to talk about it today.

God never intended Bible salvation to be difficult to understand. The truth is clearly in the opposite direction. It is quite simple. In fact, so simple, that multitudes of people reject it because it sounds so simple that even a child can understand it. After all, didn’t Jesus say that children should be permitted “to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven” (Mt. 19:14)? This verse means that many children get this truth and will be saved, and many adults will not be saved – simply because they just won’t receive salvation the way God offers it. God makes it easy to understand because e wants all to have it.

The Key Verse of Salvation

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Christ spoke these precious words in a discussion with Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. Jesus referred to Himself as the One God gave to everyone on earth for their salvation. John the Baptist referred to Christ as “the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).  Although God was desirous to send the promised Redeemer to Israel, God loved the whole world, and wanted to save all.

The reason Christ could save all people from their sin is because of Who He is – the “only begotten Son” of God. Now, it only makes sense that if all need to be saved, then everyone is already condemned! Because the Bible tells us: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Ro. 3:23), it is imperative that people everywhere understand that we are not good in God’s sight.

If we really were not so bad as to deserve Hell, then there was no need for Christ to die for us. But God sent Him to die, because God wanted to give us an opportunity to be saved.

One of the most important parts of this verse is the requirements it gives for salvation. Let me encourage you to reread the verse. It says that “whosoever believeth in him” will not perish. Simply believing on Christ is all that is needed to receive eternal life.

Believing Is More Than a Set of Facts

Now, please understand that when the Bible talks about the belief or faith that can save the soul, it is not talking about a mere intellectual understanding of a set of facts, although the facts cannot be neglected. Instead, it refers to an actual trust in Christ, letting Him do all the saving for you.

It is first an understanding that you are a sinner on your way to Hell. You have willfully sinned, and God must punish sin, all sin, in Hell. Then, you need to understand and believe that God in mercy sent Christ to pay the price your sin deserves, and He died for it. Christ was raised from the dead to reveal that all sins have been successfully paid for – including yours and mine.

As a result of understanding and believing these truths about Christ, you are sorry for your sin (rebellion against God and His commandments). You also know that God said that if anyone (“whosover”) comes to Him in prayer and sincerity, and desires to turn their life around and live for God, they can be saved.

Faith Also Means Receiving

How? Simply by asking God to forgive you because of the fact that Christ already paid it all for you. You, in faith, ask Christ to save and forgive you at the very moment you pray – and He will. Thank Him for it, and then begin to follow God and His Scriptures – the Bible.

If you have never asked Christ to save you, and you recognize your need for it, why not bow your head right now and ask Him to save you now? God loves you and He is ready to hear your prayer.

If you do ask Him to save you, I would like to hear about it.

For Salvation,
Evangelist Mike Valles

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The Bread That Gives Real Life

Only Christ's "Bread Brings Salvation
Physical Food Cannot Produce the Kind of Life God Wants to Give You

When the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they endured a lot of hardships. It was not without a reason, however, and God explained His reason for it in this way in Deuteronomy 8:3 “And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.”

God wanted His children to understand that the things that sustain life here are not the same things that give us real life – God’s kind. By this I mean that biologic life is not at all the same as spiritual life. Neither can having biological life ever bring forth spiritual life.

Being “spiritual” is becoming a more and more popular concept, but it is only pseudo-spirituality. It is just a substitute for the real thing. It is commendable that some people want a greater spiritual depth to their life, but they go about it in the wrong way.

In the above verse, God declared that the purpose of their trials was so that they might learn that the spiritual life that God wants to give us will only come from one Source – the Bible. Getting that life cannot be obtained in a class, with a degree, or even a ceremony. It only comes from God Himself.

Some people look for a better life, or for immortality – as I mentioned in my last post – from science, thinking that it can provide all the answers to life’s problems. Well, it can’t!

God says that if you want true life from God then you need to know what His Word says about it – which I am summarizing in this blog post. Someone once said that there is a vacuum-shaped hole in the heart of every person, and that it can only be satisfied by God Himself. True – and God put it there.

In order to get the true life that God offers, there first must be a hunger for it. You need to recognize, like I did many years ago, that you are a sinner and that that sin keeps God at a distance from you. None of us are good in His eyes: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10).

Then, the Word of God tells us that our sin is sending us to Hell. We see this in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death.” This refers to the price tag of sin against a holy God, and it refers to both physical and spiritual death. He cannot let sin enter His Heaven, and His justice cannot let sin go unpunished.

This problem leaves us all in a real dilemma: God loves us, but His justice demands the penalty to be paid and He has already condemned us. This is why Christ had to come. He stood on the receiving end of God’s wrath against our sin on the Cross and paid for us what we could never pay.

In reference to the verse above, Jesus boldly declared, in John 6:51: “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”

He was not referring, of course, to literally eating Him in order to gain the life He offered. Instead, He explained it in an earlier verse: “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst” (John 6:35).

The sinner must come to Christ, humbly in prayer, confessing their sin and asking for forgiveness. Then they must ask Christ to give them the life He offers, which is pardon, and eternal life for those who believe it. Notice that He also said if you partake of Him through receiving Him in prayer, that He said you would never hunger or thirst – this means your spiritual life will be satisfying because He moves into your heart and life and will be with you forever! His presence brings salvation.

Do you have this kind of bread – and life – today?

Bringing God’s Great Truths to Light,
Evangelist Mike Valles

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Looking for Immortality?

Eternal Life Comes from God Alone!
Scientific Developments Cannot Produce Eternal Life with God!

Every now and then I see an article online about how some scientists are working toward making it possible to have immortality. Performing a quick search online leads me to several articles.

The first article I saw is about a Russian scientist who injected himself with a bacterium that is believed to be 3.5 million years old. It has apparently already been shown to be able to add some longevity in plants and mice.

Another article revealed how that some tech giants in Silicon Valley are trying to lead the way to extend life. Scientists have been enlisted to work on the project and mega data already collected has been given to them to try and find the solution to longer life – and possibly even immortality. According to the Washington Post article, many millions of dollars has already been donated to the project.

There is no doubt that people want to live forever – at least if their body will stay young. The idea has been around since creation.

What many people do not know is that the Bible shows us that the idea of immortality has always been here. Adam and Eve had the promise of eternal life, and so has every generation ever since. God wants people to believe in it, and to seek it – but not from technology. True immortality worth having will not come from a test tube.

While there is nothing wrong with trying to find ways to be healthier and live longer on earth, it is not the end goal of life. You see, our bodies are under a Divine curse, and death is inevitable. It came after sin entered the world.

God wants mankind to seek to live forever, but there is only One Source. Eventually death comes to all – and then we step into eternity. You see, God made us all eternal beings. We all will live somewhere forever. The most important issue is not how long can you live here – but where will you live forever? Of course, there are only two options – Heaven or Hell!

The key to immortality is plainly written in the Bible. We see that the Apostle Paul talked about it in II Timothy 1:9,10: “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”

It is worthy to note that this key to immortality, and how man was to get it, was decided upon before the creation of the world. Even a casual reading of the first few chapters of Genesis reveals that the perfect bodies of Adam and Eve, and their immediate descendants, lived a long time. Sin reduced that blessing to a mere 70 year average.

God knew that man’s sinful and selfish actions would bring death. In the Bible, death is defined basically as being a separation. This occurs in two ways: first, by the spirit being separated from the body; and secondly, as the human spirit being separated from God. All humans are in this second category because of personal sin.

Now, note that in the above verses that immortality comes only through Christ. A church cannot give it, and good works cannot earn it or erase sins already committed. Because He died on the Cross for our sins, He defeated death and made it possible for all people to regain the kind of spiritual life that only He can give.

God wants our thoughts of immortality to be focused on Him. If we sincerely admit our sin to God, and ask for His forgiveness, He will save that person and give them immortality – eternal life with Him. It begins the moment you ask, and life begins to be different because of the renewed life within. No longer is the human life separated from God. Although this present body will die, it will be given a new one – one day.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

John 5:24 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”

Do you have immortality now? If you have turned from sin and trusted Christ to save you, you already have eternal life!

For Salvation and Revival,
Evangelist Mike Valles

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Salvation – God’s Way

Christ died for us.
It took the Cross of Christ to save us.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

One of the most blessed things to know is that you are on your way to Heaven. Just as important is that you are not guessing about it, but that you know you have followed God’s plan of salvation.

The above verse is probably the best known Bible verse dealing with salvation, and it gives a very simple formula. It first shows us that God does love us. He loves us so much that He sent Christ to die for us.

He did not have to do it. When you think about it, though, it is important to realize that God does not make a mistake. If it took the death of Christ to ensure our possibility of going to heaven, then it also means that we were not going there in the first place – or He would not have had to die for us!

The Bible confirms this for us in Romans 3:10, where it says: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” None of us would have made it if it were up to us. God is infinitely holy, and our sin prevents us from ever entering His holy Heaven.

Note also that we cannot earn our way to Heaven. It just is not possible to get there by being good or even by doing religious works. In John 3:16, the above verse, it declares that salvation is by believing only on what Christ has done for us.

What did He do? He paid for our sins. Not just some of them, but all of them – for all time. If you recognize your need of a Savior, Christ is just what you need. God sent Him to die for “whosoever.” This means there are no exceptions.

He loves you and wants to save you, but He will never force you. It is a choice you must make. Christ waits for you to tell Him you are sorry for your sin and to ask Him to come into your life and heart, and that you want to serve Him from now on. If you ask, He has said that you will “not perish, but have everlasting life.”

How to Recognize a Biblical Revival

In talking with believers in different places, it can be seen quickly that there are different views of what happens when revival truly comes. Believers will not know, however, if what they seek has truly come or not unless they can recognize it when they see it.

First, let me say what it is not. It is not having meetings called revival meetings. Probably most of these never see real revival – even though the intentions are good. Speaking for these meetings, I must say that I believe that they are generally on the right track.

Secondly, it is not speaking in tongues. I know some people may not like hearing that. However, the Bible says in I Co. 14:22: “Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying serveth not for them that believe not, but for them which believe.” Tongues are for unbelievers, and let me add that they are not for today.

Thirdly, a real revival is not a “feel good” church meeting. Feelings and emotions can be roused by a good speaker, or by music, or even by testimonies. Bible revivals often did not have these elements.

Biblical revivals are not always the same. Each one may be a little different, or there may even be some major differences. This is partly because God is not going to be put in a box, but He will never contradict His Word, either. Some great revivals of the past had some unique features.

In general, it is rather easy to recognize when revival comes. It will have several evidences that will separate it from a mere meeting. These will include:

  1. God will have the main stage.

When there was a revival in the Bible, particularly in the Old Testament, individuals did not have the main stage. While there were human instruments, such as Moses, Samuel, Elijah, and others, they were only the instruments which led to revival.

When the glory of God filled the Temple at its dedication, the focus was on God alone. The priests and even Solomon, etc., had to get out of the way because the focus was on God’s glory. This is not saying that God’s glory is visible in a real revival today, but the focus will be on God alone.

  1. Sin will become very sinful.

God’s people will see themselves for what they really are in the eyes of God. They will see what their sin has done to them and how it hurts God and their relationship to Him. This usually leads to sincere brokenness of heart and confession with genuine repentance.

  1. There will be a humility not often seen.

Revived Christians will not seek to glorify themselves in any way. It won’t even cross their minds. In fact, they will talk about their own unworthiness and magnify God’s great worthiness in saving, forgiving, and cleansing them. Christ will be spoken of often.

  1. There will be a great hunger for God, His Word, prayer, and meeting with other believers.

Like the disciples immediately after Pentecost, we are told that: “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Ac. 2:42). They also were “continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house” (Ac. 2:46).

  1. There will be a strong concern for the lost with bold witnessing.

Because the Lord commanded believers to go and be His witnesses, revival means an empowering for that very task. Notice that sometime after Pentecost: “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness” (Ac. 4:31).

  1. A genuine concern for other believers

Right after Pentecost believers gladly gave of their possessions to be able to meet the needs of other believers. We see this in Ac. 2:44,45: “And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.” The love of Christ for others was evident.

There are apt to be some other indications of the presence and power of the Holy Ghost in a real revival, but these are a few of the most obvious. They are obvious because things aren’t normally happening that way.

For True Revival,
Evangelist Mike Valles

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