I have just been doing a little thinking about revival in the land: our churches, USA, America. Our heart is for America to turn back to God. We all desire a return, a renewal and a revival in the land. So, if it happens, how will it happen.
I’m thinking about a few steps to begin NOW!
1) Prayer. We must call people to PRAY, NOW!
II Chronicles 7:14, “if MY people, will humble themselves and PRAY and turn from their wicked ways”. He first calls on HIS PEOPLE to begin the process. The revival never comes without HIS people repenting of their neglect, laziness, and complacent attitudes. Repenting of their soft Christianity. Repent of our playing “footsie” with the world. IT MUST FIRST START WITH US, ME, WITH THE CHILDREN OF GOD.
2) No revival in the history of mankind has EVER OCCURRED without people returning to THE BOOK. Revival comes when people recommit themselves to be readers, studiers. researchers and students of the Bible. Remember, I said, NO REVIVAL has ever occurred without people turning to God’s Word. i.e. Nehemiah. They rebuilt the walls but revival and renewal came when the law was read. They discovered what God wanted them to do in their personal lives and the life of their country.
3) Obedience. Remember II Chronicles 7:14 says, “if…turn from their evil ways, THEN, I will hear from heaven and heal their land”. The healing of the land, renewal of our lives and spirits, and revival to our city, state and country comes when WE God’s people repent of our high walls of division, repent of our complacency to doing what God’s says, and repent of our distractions that the devil has placed in our lives. “Love the Lord our God with all of our body, mind, soul and spirit AND to love our neighbor as ourselves”.
These HAVE to be preached and encouraged via every means possible. It must start with ME. I must pray, repent, get into God’s Word, and DO WHAT IT SAYS. Those who claim to know Him must follow what HE said, “if you love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15. Also James 1:22, “do what God’s teaching says; when you only listen and do nothing, you are fooling yourselves.” (NCV)