By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
A mighty revival spirit is urgently needed! A fresh outpouring of God's Spirit to stir up memories of previous commitments to God. There is a need for renewed attention, interest, and pursuit of such; to reawaken as well as bringing others into the fold.
Jesus, in addressing the religious of His day said: Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, this people draws near to me with their mouth, and honors me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain do worship me (Matthew 14:8-9). He recognized a mere show of religion rather than a deep-rooted and life-changing commitment. (Comment)
In the Book of Revelation a lukewarm church was addressed; which was neither cold nor hot, that the Lord said He would spew out of His mouth (or reject), unless they repented (Revelation 3:15-19). A church which said: I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing. Yet, it was likened to lukewarm water, being virtually worthless.
It had allowed a state of contentment to settle in; seeing no need to further its spiritual growth. In our modern day setting we are seeing a similar path of contentment; with no desire to witness a fresh outpouring of God's Spirit.
A mighty revival spirit was noted on the Day of Pentecost. After hearing the anointed Word of God; many cried out saying: What shall we do? Then the first step towards the saving of the soul was spoken: Repent (Acts 2:38)! Repent is to change one's mind and attitude which leads to the spiritual rather than carnal (or fleshly) side of man and brings salvation to the soul.
Many today have failed to make this necessary step. They are comfortable with their present life; with no desire to change. A mighty revival spirit will bring a change of heart; a sanctified (or separated) life in Christ! Scripture tells us that on the Day of Pentecost there were added to the church about three thousand souls. And there was added to the church daily; such as were being saved (Acts 2:41-47).
Scripture reveals that on the Day of Pentecost, about 120 were gathered together, all in one accord (or purpose of mind). And there came a sound from heaven, as a rushing mighty wind, and filled all the house where they were setting. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost (or that of God's Spirit), and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance (Acts 2:1-4).
Afterwards the apostle Peter said to the people: Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission (or forgiveness) of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call (Acts 2:38-39).
I have witnessed God's Spirit filling a place of worship; in my earlier days in the church, but not in the same magnitude today. It was a mighty revival spirit (that of God's Spirit) flowing in the midst of those whose hearts and lives were in tune to God and His Son; and if not, conviction would flow, with a change of heart taking place, adding more to the kingdom of God!
It is sad that there appears to be a downward trend of welcoming God's Spirit; while in many Third World nations the power of God's Spirit is very much present, because He is fresh and revealing to them! One example is the missionary efforts of "South American Call" that is seeing a great move of God on the Amazon River in Peru.
A Sunday school commentary noted: The Pentecostal movement is now being tempted to pursue social status rather than sanctification; financial security rather than sacrifice, prestige rather than the presence of God, and respectability rather than the moving of the Holy Ghost.
General Booth of the Salvation Army stated: I consider the chief dangers that confront the coming century will be Religion without the Holy Ghost; Christianity without Christ; Forgiveness without regeneration; Morality without God; and Heaven without Hell.
Many older saints of God have witnessed the decline in the church; while those who have not been around to witness such are content with things as they are (Ezra 3:10-13). We have not only seen an erosion in the church; of previously held convictions, but a new generation of believers who no longer adhere to the teachings of the past.
I have been in the church for 41 years since the day of my salvation; and have seen a vast change since my earlier days. Worldliness has drawn it further beyond its former recognition. Worldly allurements have come into acceptance; with little difference from the world, other than a profession of faith in Christ but with little change.
We need a fresh outpouring of God's Spirit; a mighty revival spirit within the church, to awaken it to its need of sanctification (being set apart unto God). Many who attend God's house, even in the Pentecostal realm, are completely unaware of what a movement of God's Spirit is all about.
There is a need for a renewal of hearts and lives; a mighty revival spirit instilled in the life of believers, as well as new converts coming into the fold. There are those who have never grasped the significance of a separated (or sanctified) life in Christ.
Scripture reveals that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you, but you are washed (or cleansed of past sins), but you are sanctified (or set apart unto God), and you are justified (or declared righteous) in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). 2 Chronicles 7:14 needs to come into focus:
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.
It takes the Spirit of God; a mighty revival spirit, to bring conviction to young and old alike!
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