So many, well not that many really compared to the population, calling out for revival (see the commentary by Shane Idelman following my commentary).

Is revival possible?

And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Matthew 19:23-26 — English Standard Version

With great difficulty will a people in darkness, loving the darkness, turned to darkness more and more each passing day, approving of wickedness and celebrating every abomination under the sun, as well as those following false teachers in their lost, dead to the Word, dead to the Holy Spirit, so-called “Christian churches” in a corrupted “evangelism” a worldly gospel, a different gospel than is in the living Word of God repent, see their error, their sin, and turn humbly to God. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for such a wicked and lost people and land to repent once they have passed a certain point.

Thinking that man, the right man, some men or women, electing the right politicians, if only we had a “Christian president,” a “Christian Congress” if only we could “change this law and that decision” if only we could “reverse Roe v Wade,” and on and on and on it goes — then all will be well again is not only impossible by man’s efforts and will, but it is NOT the way leading to salvation. To what we’re instructed in the word of God as to the what and how and why of all things.

We can’t expect everything will be well and good if only we could change the culture. Wrest them into submission and to finally see things our way!

What foolishness and what a worldly, vain, idol-worshipping (of self believing their will be done not God’s) and things of this world way to think and act.

Most of those professing to be Christian have no idea what being a Christian truly means and how one thinks and lives as a true disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Yes, all things are possible with God. But how many are bowing humbly before God Almighty and praying continually, “Your will be done, on earth as in heaven, Your Kingdom come?”

Or are most of the efforts, the thoughts, if prayers are offered up thinking, demanding that the politics work out to satisfy a certain segment of our society? That our will be done? That we imagine we can somehow create the kingdom of God on earth ourselves by our will, our voting, our foolishness and banality not understanding one wit what is within the Word of God, what it is to live Biblically, to live and think as a disciple of Jesus.

God’s wrath against unrighteousness, against sin, against all the lies and evil within the hearts of men and women, all the immorality, all the false teachings so many are following rather than His Word, His Son, His Holy Spirit is being met out right now. We are living in the Biblical times of Romans 1;

God’s Wrath on Unrighteousness

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

Romans 1:18-32 — English Standard Version

 

And there is only a remnant that has read, understands, and lives accordingly to;

The Righteous Shall Live by Faith

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

Romans 1:16-17 — English Standard Version

 

Is revival possible? Certainly.

But only by acknowledging our sin. Repenting of our sin. And then living strong, living boldly in with and for the Lord Jesus Christ. In living the Great Commission. In being missionaries on one of the most in need missionary fields in the world — the land and people fixed between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean in the Northern Hemisphere. A land most lost, a land in utter darkness, a land approving of every sin and abomination under the sun.

But any hope of revival is not going to happen by man’s will. By man vainly imagining it is his works, his effort that will bring this about. It will only happen when every person professing to be a Christian, and this I address to those in the remnant, the true believers, it will only happen when we humbly submit to God and pray that His will, His Word leads us to be that light unto the world, to be the salt of the earth, to not be ashamed of the gospel and to go forth and speak repentance of sin, speak and or write repentance and confession of sin and seeking God, seeking Yahweh, seeking Jesus Christ, seeking the guidance and indwelling and power to work in the heart of the Holy Spirit.

To submit.

To roll up the sleeves and do the heavy lifting.

For the Lord. Not for ourselves. For the sake and eternal life of the lost walking in utter darkness wallowing in sin.

Is revival possible? Certainly.

But with what we witness presently, how we’re in a falling greater decline, approving of every sin, making the laws lawlessness, craving lies and not accepting the truth, more and more with reprobate, dead, lost, unrighteous, wicked minds are given over to every deadly lust and sin under the sun. Calling good wrong and wrong right…

 

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Isaiah 5:20 — King James Version

 

Revival is possible. But it is going to take the desire, the interest, the awareness of every true Christian to care enough about spreading the gospel — which is Jesus — and living Biblical lives, visibly separate from the world, NOT interested in being woke, or accepted, or liked. NOT appeasing and accepting of the darkness, the evil, the sin within the light. NOT in nationalism or politics or elections or idolizing a man or woman. Any man or woman.

Revival is only possible by, with, and through God. Through Jesus,. Through the Holy Spirit. Through a faithful and repentance people. Placing their trust, their hearts in humble obedience to God above all others, above all other things.

Living in and of and by the Word of God.

Not by any other way.

Only God’s way. Not man’s.

Can we turn from the world and back to God? Back to Christ? Back to the Holy Spirit? Back to the Holy Bible?

Revival our only hope?

Not hardly if we’re true believers. Our hope is not in anything of this temporal world. Our hope is in Jesus Christ. Our hope is in God our Father. Our hope is in the Holy Spirit. Our hope is in the eternal living pure inerrant Word of God,. Our hope is in heavenly matters. Not earthly ones.

That is where our hope ought to be. Not in vainly, foolishly imagining we want to somehow will America to fit our vision, somehow create a Christian Utopia when we ought to know if we’re fluent in the Scriptures if we believe the Scriptures if we have spiritual wisdom and understanding such a thing is not possible. And we ought not even desire such a thing!

Our hope ought to be in Jesus.

And that ought to be sufficient.

 

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

2 Corinthians 12:9 — Engish Standard Version

 

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http://We Evangelize in the Power of God

http://Dull Blades Don’t Cut It

 

Ken Pullen

Tuesday, April 1st, 2021

ACP — A Crooked Path Made Straight By the Word of God

 

Why Revival is America’s Only Hope!

 

March 22, 2021

By Shane Idelman

Reprinted from Prophecy News Watch & Shane Idleman blog

 

If you’d prefer to listen to the audio version, click here: https://youtu.be/B9NfNxDGn0Y 

The results are in: America’s stage four cancer has metastasized to the family and the church as well as to the government and the schools. We are more depraved than ever before. Animals are guarded but innocent children are slaughtered. Porn is protected and sex-trafficking is on the rise. Cardi B’s lyrics get a pass but Scriptures are banned on social media.

Words cannot express this outright lunacy. Like the bungee jumper who plunged to her death because she thought she heard “now jump,” when, in reality, her instructor said, “No jump!” America thinks that she is hearing from God, but she is not. We are drowning in a cesspool of moral filth: “The wicked freely parade and prance about while evil is praised throughout the land” (Psalm 12:8).

Recently, a father was arrested for referring to his biological 14-year-old daughter as “she” after she transitioned to a male gender (more here). “But that’s in Canada,” you say. Trust me, we are not far behind. Most on the liberal left would have no problem imprisoning anyone who disagreed with them, and that’s exactly where the Equality Act is going—unless you accept, rejoice in, and validate sin they are coming after you. Revival is our only hope. 

THERE IS ONLY ONE REMEDY

We see throughout the Bible that there is only one remedy—one solution—one cure to reverse the judgment of God: Revival. During times of crisis, the cure for judgment was to return back to God: “Consecrate a fast, call a sacred assembly; gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord” (Joel 1:14).

Revival changes a nation from the inside out. Benjamin Franklin, commenting on George Whitefield’s preaching, said this about the revival sweeping the land, “It was wonderful to see the change soon made in the manners of our inhabitants. From being thoughtless or indifferent about religion, it seemed as if all the world were growing religious.” Revival must begin in the pulpits as well as the pews.

“The greatest tragedy is a sick church in a dying world” Leonard Ravenhill

WHAT REVIVAL IS AND IS NOT

Revival is not adding more church services to the calendar. Revival is not having a guest speaker host an event. And revival most certainly is not acting weird and loud. Revival is a sovereign act of God: “Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?” (Psalm 85:6).

In the same way that we cannot produce a bumper crop by making it rain, revival cannot be planned, organized, or scheduled, but you can till the soil of your heart: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite” (Isaiah 57:15).

Revival is when we till the soil through brokenness, humility, and surrender via fasting and prayer. God responds by rending the heavens with a downpour: “Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you” (Isaiah 64:1)!

REVIVAL HAS A COST

The cold hard truth is that many are not willing to pay the price. Gone are the days of John Wesley, George Whitefield, and Jonathan Edwards who would fast and pray as if America’s future depended upon it (because it did and still does). It’s no surprise that Edwards’ famous sermon, Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God, was preached at the tail end of his three-day fast. Today that title would be labeled offensive and many pastors would be too ashamed to preach it—too ashamed because they lack the fire of the Spirit.

Gone are the days of David Brainard who spent nights in agonizing prayer, as well as “praying” John Hyde, William Bramwell, and countless others who prayed fervently for our nation. Instead of carrying the baton and running the race, we are captivated by American Idol, love our porn, and over-indulge. King Stomach is clearly on the throne.

“It’s too hard to fast,” we say. The problem isn’t fasting; it’s addiction. We can’t fast because we’re withdrawing from our favorite addictions: coffee, sugar, alcohol, processed food, and so on. Let that sink in. And we wonder why we aren’t experiencing a massive move of God in our nation. We abort revival before it’s even been conceived.

When revivals spread across our landscape, Christians spent countless hours praying and fasting. They paid the price! When pastors stood at the pulpit they preached boldly about the cross, sin, judgment, and repentance. They could say, “Thus saith the Lord,” because they were filled with the Holy Spirit, not Hollywood. They didn’t work revival up, God brought it down because His Word was honored.

PROPHETS CAN’T BE POPULAR

Today, most pastors want to be popular and most Christians want their ears tickled. If you doubt this, just look at the top sermons on social media today and their attire. The messages are soothing rather than convicting. As in Israel’s day, the people still say, “You must not prophesy to us what is right! Speak to us pleasant things and smooth words, prophesy [deceitful] illusions [that we will enjoy]” (Isaiah 30:10 AMP).

Granted, we need to hear uplifting messages, but we have a huge problem when pastors don’t want to ruffle feathers and Christians don’t want to hear controversial topics. America’s stage four cancer was caused by a bad diet of frivolous preaching. The cure will require a complete diet change back to whole life-giving food from the Word of God.

I don’t say this in arrogance; my heart breaks for the church. This article is more of a plea than a rebuke, but the truth is, “We have too many puppets in our pulpits and not enough prophets” (Leonard Ravenhill). Pastors and Christians must lead the way, but the way won’t be popular and wide, it will be narrow and difficult. We must fast like it matters, pray like we mean it, and seek God as if everything depends upon it, because it does.

YOU DON’T WANT REVIVAL, DO YOU?

Nearly a decade ago, I prayed, “Lord, bring revival to the churches,” but I was not ready for the response that followed. I share the response and the sermon below as often as possible to reach as many people as possible.

After I prayed, it was almost as if God was saying: “You don’t want revival—it will ruin your schedule, your dignity, your image, and your reputation as a person who is ‘well balanced.’ Men will weep throughout the congregation. Women will wail because of the travail of their own souls. Young adults will cry like children at the magnitude of their sin. With the strength of My presence, the worship team will cease playing. Time will seem to stand still. You won’t be able to preach because of the emotions flooding your own soul. You’ll struggle to find words, but only find tears. Even the most dignified and reserved among you will be broken and humbled as little children. The proud and self-righteous will not be able to stand in My presence. The doubter and unbeliever will either run for fear or fall on their knees and worship Me—there can be no middle ground. The church will never be the same again.”

Do you truly want revival? It will cost you. National revival begins with personal revival when we look in the mirror, repent, and turn toward God. He is our only hope. 

Watch the sermon, The True Cost of Revival, here.