Sunday, June 15, 2008

What is "REVIVAL"? Does Florida Measure Up? (Pt.1)

A reader asked me: "Don't you want revival?"
My question is: What do you call revival?

YES! without a doubt, I want revival! I pray for revival! I pray "God, WAKE US UP AGAIN! Shake us! Let us see where we are failing to be the "Lampstand"! Revive the passion in us to preach Jesus Christ, our crucified and resurrected Sacrifice for sin"

Unfortunately, neither Todd Bentley, nor anyone who has been on Todd Bentley's stage seem to know what revival is!

REVIVAL happens to the Body of Christ, not to sinners. It is US "bringing back to life" again our passion for the lost,... it is Jesus Christ shaking us who have ignored His COMMAND, and neglected our DUTY to preach the Gospel, telling us we had better get back to our "first love" our "first works", the ACTIVITY of preaching His Gospel!

When we are first truly saved we receive the FIRE of the TRUTH of the Gospel, which is the "Power of God"! He dwells within us and we...

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...CAN'T HELP but run around telling others the Message of Jesus! (Those in Acts 2 did not pour out into the streets PROCLAIMING the Holy Spirit or angels, but Jesus Christ!)

Then after awhile, some slowly start putting more emphasis on their Christian work (teaching, fighting error, exposing false teachers, etc),... and they often even get to where they may fail to stay in His Word... not being continually "FILLED" with or "LED" by the Holy Spirit... and LEAVE their "first love"!

The "first love" of the Church of Ephesus is NOT Jesus... it's the passion of sharing the Gospel of Jesus! Read it carefully!

So YES, we NEED revival. YES, We need to quit being lazy and/or disobedient, putting ALL of our time into THOSE works (which Jesus commends, by the way) which cause us to neglect our "first love"! We NEED to be woken up... revived and stirred up to pour back out into the streets to tell them about Jesus!

How will we know a true "revival"? The message will ONLY be "Sin, the Wrath of God toward Sinners, and Jesus Christ the Sin-Bearer- crucified and resurrected"!

The Gospel of Jesus Christ will be the only message of a true revival.
The Gospel moves sinners to repentence and moves the redeemed to evangelism. Healings and miracles may or may not be evident. But repentence WILL be the fruit of a true revival!

Oswald J. Smith (1889-1986) shows the fruit of a true revival:
“In the Irish Revival of 1859, people became so weak that they could not get back to their homes. Men and women would fall by the wayside and would be found hours later pleading with God to save their souls. They felt that they were slipping into hell and that nothing else in life mattered but to get right with God... To them eternity meant everything. Nothing else was of any consequence. They felt that if God did not have mercy on them and save them, they were doomed for all time to come.”

Revival is simply CHRISTIANS WAKING UP and DOING WHAT JESUS COMMANDED! Then, souls ARE saved, because the Gospel IS being preached!

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