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:
- Humbling ourselves
- 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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