Reasons We Are Not Revived Is. 57:15 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO
Revival is important to nations, cities, churches and individuals. Not many people alive today have ever witnessed anything akin to a revival of the Spirit of God. You may have witnessed a big production of men and you may have witnessed a very emotional feeling at a special service or event. But genuine revival has become a thing of the past for most people and for most churches and certainly for cities and nations. What are some of the reasons we are not revived?
Attitude – Is 57:15 shows us that the Lord revives the humble and the contrite ones – we are too proud and we are too stubborn – we are more interested in trying to squeeze God into our plans than we are to humble ourselves and accept his plans for us.
Abundance – Lk 12:15; Rev 3:17 – we love our stuff – men are lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God – we have some and we want more – God has become for us the great benefactor of our personal desires – and forget fasting, we would rather be obese.
Activities – we have too much going on in our lives to ever slow down enough for the Spirit to do anything with us – we are always on the go – the Lord said, “Be still and know that I am God,” Ps 46:10.
Associations – there is little separation in Christianity today – we have not come out from among those in the world – worldliness prevails – we like our associations with our friends more then we love God – and so God can’t revive us when we love the praise of men more than the praise of God, Jn 12:43.
Amusements – we love our recreation – television, internet, sports, hobbies, travel, and so forth – I believe in keeping a balance but we are way over to one side with our amusements which keep us from meditating upon the Lord – “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord…” Ps 19:14.
Apathy – we just don’t care – we are to hunger and thirst after righteousness – we are to cry out to God, “Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray,” Ps 5:2 – we would rather just coast and wait on God to return to get us – we’ve given up on trying to get better.
Conclusion: It doesn’t have to be this way – you can change your attitude and humble yourself – you can let go of the abundance and of the desire to have more and turn your desires to have more of God – you can curtail you activities now – you can break off those unspiritual associations – you can stop the amusements and start thinking about God – and you can pray and ask God to awaken you out of this apathetic sleep – and then let the revival begin with you!!