Revival – What Will It Take?

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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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Why Revival Is Needed

As I look around at churches and at Christians, I sadly must report that I do not believe that most Christians are revived. In fact, I honestly must say that I doubt most Christians today have ever seen one, either, and many other preachers I know agree. While I have attended some revival meetings lately, I cannot honestly say that I felt that there was a true revival in those meetings – the kind that only the Holy Spirit can produce.

I am not seeking in any way to belittle those churches or pastors, and I cannot set myself up as a standard. However, the truth is that we Christians need to see much more happening in our churches and in America than what is happening now. If there is any hope for either, we must get revived.

There is little doubt amongst many Bible-believing preachers that we are in the Laodicean church age, spoken of by John in Revelation 3:17,18: “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.”

John’s description (really the Lord’s description) of that particular church age is not a good one. It shows a church where the world seems to have impacted it more than the church impacted those around it. The people in it were more concerned about their own welfare rather than the welfare of those around them. They also had become comfortable in this world, rather than being pilgrims traveling through it.

A pilgrim, like Abraham, sees himself or herself as someone who is merely passing through this life, headed for a better one. They are not trying to earn their way, because Christ has already fully provided it for true believers. Hebrews 11:14,15 tells us that people who call themselves pilgrims or strangers here “declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.”

If we are truly pilgrims in that sense, then we need a different set of values, goals, and riches than what the world offers. Christ’s solution to the Laodicean church’s problem was: “I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.”

True pilgrims need to travel light, and not be bogged down with the problems and burdens this world presents to us. As we let Him open our eyes to the things He desires for us to be and to do, and to live for that “better country, that is, an heavenly,” we will discover that “God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.”

Oh what a day that will be when we see Him, and to know that He is not ashamed of us! If seeing Him does not excite you, my Christian brother or sister, revival is needed. We cannot please Him as we ought, souls will not be won, and rewards will be lost, if we are not revived. If you are not sure what that means, look at how the Christians of the New Testament lived. They boldly proclaimed His Name that others might also be saved and become part of the family of God!

Are you revived? May God help us to seek His face until we are. May He help you and me to not be part of the indifferent Laodicean church where Christ Himself was found to be outside – forgotten, ignored, and wanting to bless but unable to do so.

He waits for us to invite Him to be Lord (Boss), and when He is, He will revive and use you and me to have a greater impact on those around us.

God Bless,
Evangelist Mike Valles

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