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 It will not come when certain laws are rescinded, or when special laws are passed – that is not revival.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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Hi. This is Evangelist Mike Valles, an ordained independent Baptist preacher in Tennessee. I am starting this blog to talk about three main things greatly needed today: Salvation, Revival, and Real Discipleship. Of course, this also includes the state of the church today, and my text will be the Bible (KJV). I also aim to take a stand against some things, too. My greatest concern is the fulfilling of the Great Commission and the growth of believers.

Most believers know that there is a very great need in our land today for God’s real truth. It used to abound. Most politicians don’t even seem to know what truth is anymore. Not only were churches to be found most everywhere in this country in the past, but many of them could even be counted on to preach the truth of the Word of God.

Unfortunately, it is not so today. In addition to the problem of many churches closing their doors for lack of interest, many of them which remain open are no longer preaching the plain, unadulterated Word of God, or being careful to live and present it as God desires. God wants holy living according to His Divine plan! Some of them don’t even want to identify themselves as being churches anymore! The result of this dearth of God’s Word in many churches (and so-called churches) today is clearly evident: little saving truth, little guidance, and little power. No wonder America is in the present mess!

God’s real power in the church is often substituted by various activities. Instead of prayer meetings we have planning committees, instead of fasting we have feasts, and instead of witnessing we have sports and drama – but little fishing! The primary task of the church is not being carried out faithfully in most churches, and most Christians have not won any souls to Christ (let alone even know how to)!

May God help us to get back to the old ways of God’s Word – it worked! When followed properly, souls were saved, churches and Christians grew numerically and spiritually, and our whole nation was affected powerfully by it. Other nations also recognized that this land was blessed by God!

It is time for God’s true people – born-again Christians to get back to God and God’s way. Yes, it may be a little old-fashioned – but God blessed it! He always blesses when His truth is followed wholeheartedly! His Word needs no revisions or updates. God never changes!

God’s people need to humbly come back to Him and seek His face in prayer while there is still time! It seems to be running out! God, however, can turn things around at will! Remember that He said, in II Chronicles 7:14: “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.” He has never rescinded His promise! Remember that in the Old Testament that whenever God’s people were truly repentant of their sin and really sought His face and pleasure – that God always forgave them and judgment was averted – time and time again!

Like many Christians today, I personally believe that time is running out, not only for America but also for our world as we know it. Our liberty to do our task as Christians and as churches is being limited. Now is the time to seek Him and revival. Every Christian needs to be asking God to let the revival in America begin in their heart!

Thank God that there is forgiveness through our precious Savior the Lord Jesus Christ! He paid for all our sins and will gladly forgive if we truly repent of indifference, lackadaisicalness, and worldliness. We need broken hearts and healing from sin. He is willing to help you hate it, too.

This is my first post on this blog. Will you join me in prayer for revival – which means a fresh and personal commitment to serve Christ with all your heart? If so, I invite you to sign up for my newsletter to receive revival news, information about new materials, news for Christians, and Bible truth.

Let’s seek God together that He may work through each of us for His glory!


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God Bless,
Evangelist Mike Valles

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