REVIVE US AGAIN

W R Burner (Minister of the Gospel)


INTRODUCTION

Revive us again is to recover from a state of neglect with the open flaunting of ungodliness hastening the possibility of judgment being exercised by God; not only as punishment for a sin-driven people, but to induce a return to God!  Many once godly nations are allowing ungodliness to come to the forefront; rather than holding fast to the Unadulterated (Pure) Word of God.  Immorality has dramatically increased, in these latter days, that has not gone unnoticed by God.

Scripture reveals:  The Lord looks from heaven; he beholds all the sons of men.  From the place of his habitation he looks upon all the inhabitants of the earth.  He fashions their hearts alike (individually); he considers (understands) all their works (Psalm 33:13-15).  


Revive Us Again
Protective Hedge

There has been a flood of devastation; could it be that the hedge, mentioned of in the Parable of the Vineyard, has been lowered? Could it be God's judgment is coming to the forefront, rather than His protective shield?

Scripture reveals: And now go to (come); I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up (consumed); and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden (trampled) down.  And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned or digged: but there shall come up briers and thorns; I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it (Isaiah 5:5-6).  It was noted that the prophet's point is that the judgment of God will bring the opposite of what is expected.

What will it take to revive us again?  For we are seeing a withdrawal from former alliances to God; favoring the ungodliness of man over the righteousness of God.  Scripture reveals: Righteousness exalts a nation: but sin is a reproach (disgrace) to any people (Proverbs 14:34).  It was noted that National righteousness and nation sin have opposite effects: exaltation versus reproach.

Looking to God

Scripture reveals:  Will you not revive us again: that your people may rejoice in you. Show us your mercy, O Lord, and grant us your salvation (Psalm 85:6-7)?  Details are lacking as to all the reasons for this outcry to God; for God's anger to cease, but it brought a time of national humility,  a national revival, along with a display of God's grace and mercy.

The petition was preceded by a remembrance of the Lord's past favors; a repentant attitude of the people, with the certainty of impending deliverance!  Revive us again is a petition placed before God that is much needed in the hour in which we live!  Scripture reveals: Surely his salvation is nigh (near) them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land (Psalm 85:9)

Turning Away from
 Evil

Scripture reveals: Jonah (a prophet of God) arose, and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord.  Now Nineveh was an exceeding great city of three day's journey.  And Jonah begin to enter into the city a day's journey, and he cried (cried out),  and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown (destroyed) (Jonah 3:3-4).  

The king of Nineveh proclaimed a fast; asked that every one turn from their evil way, and from the violence that was in their hands, and repent, saying: Who can tell if God will turn and repent (relent), adn turn away from the fierce anger, that we perish not.  And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil ways; and He repented (relented) of the evil, that he had said that he would do to them; and he did it not (Jonah 3:10). 

It was noted that God did not change in His ultimate intention toward the Ninevites; rather, they changed in their attitude toward Him.  On the basis of that change, God could deal with them in grace, rather than in judgment as their failure to repent, would have necessitated.  Revive us again was answered on that memorable day!

Famine in the Land

The prophet Amos, in speaking the words of the Lord, cried out:  Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst of water, but of hearing the words of the Lord. And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it (Amos 8:11-12). 

Where are the great spiritual revivals of times past?  Where are the great healing ministries?  Where are the great men of God; many of who have now gone on to their reward, replacements?  Why are we not seeing the same move of God as in times past?  Is not the words "Revive us again" not needful in the hour in which we live!

God has not changed; it is man who has withdrawn from God, no longer desiring the things of God; becoming attached to the things of this world and its pleasures, rather than the Word of God?  Scripture reveals: Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him (Hebrews 10:38).

The Wayward Soul

Thank God for those who believe the entirety of God's Word; not only believe, but walk in accordance with His Word!  Thank God for His precious Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and His ultimate sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins! 

Thank God for His Spirit that brings conviction!  Thank God for His grace and mercy that are extended to the repentant in heart.  Jesus said: 

I stand at the door (that of one's heart) and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door (only you can), I will come into him, and will sup (dine) with him, and he with me (Revelation 3:20).

I accepted that invitation 43 years ago!  I have dined at the Master's table many times; through His Spirit, in worshiping the Lord who saved me from a Devil's Hell!  Revive us again is in knowing Jesus' great love for all generations, revealed through His forbearance on the Cross, and willingness to die for the sins of the whole world!  Scripture reveals: Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12). 

Salvation of the Soul

Scripture reveals: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son (the Lord Jesus Christ), that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world: but that the world through him might be saved (John 3:16-17).  

He that believes in him is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God (John 3:18).  He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides (remains) on him (John 3:36).

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).  Revive us again; the invitation is extended; the decision is yours, and one's final destiny is based on that decision!

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