Remembering America’s Veterans Who Gave Their Lives

America remembers
Many have died for freedom

On this Memorial Day, I want to remember and salute all our servicemen and women who have given their lives for our great country – and all the freedoms we enjoy today. For many, freedom did not come cheap, and the battles necessary to preserve it are not yet over.

America may not be perfect, but it has been blessed by God. He alone made it great, and He alone can make it great again!

Through seeking God’s honor, and His Word, America can regain some of the lost glory. But it will take a seeking of His face again, as those before us have done. It’s time for a fresh revival:

America’s Desperate Need for Revival!

The Third Step Toward Revival

Before an individual or a nation can experience true revival from God, it is imperative that three steps occur. A quick review of the first two steps toward revival, all found in II Chronicles 7:14, are:

  1. Humbling ourselves
  2. Praying and truly seeking God.

The third step is just as important. In fact, there will not be any revival without it. The Bible puts it like this: “and turn from their wicked ways.” This should be the natural result when there is sincerity in the first two steps.

This third step speaks of repentance. It means being sorry for sin in a way that results in a willingness to turn away from it. Many people today are only sorry that they got caught, but the kind of sorrow for sin that God is interested in is a sorrow that produces repentance. It was first necessary for salvation (II Cor. 7:10 “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.”), and it is necessary to walk daily with a holy God.

When it comes to sin, God hates it all. The Cross shows us how much. He does not let His people pick and choose which sins they want to hold on to. Not at all. If He is going to bless, they need to depart from all that is called sin, as we are told in 2Ti. 2:19: “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”

Some Christian groups are of the impression that God is all love and loves everybody. To them, everything is a bed of roses and God’s purpose is to give you a good day – no matter how you live.

Unfortunately, it just is not true entirely true. The Bible tells us that the Apostles and others in the New Testament who God tells us were filled with His Spirit certainly did not have that kind of life. Although God does love, He also wants simple obedience if He is to bless. He is not only love; He is also holy and just.

God wants us to think about sin the way He does, so that He may give us the life He wants us to have. A reaction that sometimes occurs when God’s truth about sin is preached is that even some of God’s people get huffy and say: Well, that is just that preacher’s opinion! Yet they never take the time to search the Scriptures to see if it is true, or ask the preacher to please explain it to them. It’s a pet sin, and they just want to hold onto it – no matter what God says about it!

Our God is holy, and He never changes. We are told that nothing unholy or defiled will ever enter Heaven after the last days: “And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life” (Re. 21:27).

He also tells us, in II Cor. 6:17,18: “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”

If you want revival, get in line with God’s will. Stop doing those things that you know are displeasing to Him. You also need to give up sin, and then start doing His will with all your heart.

He has given us His promise. If you, as a born-again Christian, a true child of God, will put away sin, and start seeking Him, then you can find Him and His blessings again, as He promised in James 4:8-10:

“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”

Will you do it? Will you seek Him today? My friend, I hope and pray that you will and that you will start right now.

This means that if you have not been going regularly to a Bible-preaching church that you will start. It means that if you have not been reading your Bible that you will start today. If you have not been praying and witnessing, that you will start. The good thing about it is that He does not expect you to do it alone. If you are sincere, He is more than willing to help you – all along the way!

Tomorrow, I will talk about the blessings that God will give when he revives His church and people.

For True Revival,
Evangelist Mike Valles


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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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