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 interest, and pursuit of such; to reawaken as well as bringing others into the fold.
Jesus, in addressing the religious of His day said: You hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, This people draws nigh (or 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, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men (Matthew 15:7-9). He recognized a mere show of religion rather than a deep-rooted and life-changing commitment.
In the Book of Revelation a lukewarm church was addressed: So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew (or spit) out of my mouth (Revelation 3:16). A church which said: I am rich, and increased with goods (or had become wealthy), and have need of nothing: and know not that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked (Revelation 3:17). 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? The Apostle Peter said to them: 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 (or that of God's Spirit) (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! For Scripture reveals: Then they that gladly received the word were baptized: and the same day there were added to them about three thousand souls. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread (or communion), and in prayers (Acts 2:41-42).
Scripture reveals: And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord (or purpose) in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as a rushing mighty wind, and filled all the house where they were setting (Acts 2:1-2). 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 2:4).
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 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 effort I am personally aware 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. We have not only seen an erosion in the church in many Western nations; of previously held convictions, but a new generation of believers who no longer adhere to the teachings and inspirations of the past.
I have been in the church for 42 years since the day of my salvation; and have seen a vast change since my earlier days. Worldliness has drawn it further from its former state. Worldly allurements have come into acceptance; with little difference from that of the world, a profession of faith in Christ 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: Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators (the sexual immoral), nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate (or homosexuals), nor abusers of themselves with mankind (sodomites). Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
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.
Compliance will bring one in line with this verse: 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 6:11). It will take the Spirit of God; a mighty revival spirit, to bring such a status into existence.
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