An Open Appeal for Revival- Part III of III

Posted: May 1, 2013 in Christian Living
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The last element in reviving the hearts of God’s people is the most important of all. Everything else hinges on this all important truth–Repentance!

You can be committed to the entire human race but without repentance you cannot be totally committed to God and the Messiah because his Word commands us to repent. Without repentance it is useless to pray. For God will not hear the prayers of an unrepentant heart.

But what is repentance and why is it so important?

Jesus said that he came to call sinners to repentance. (Matt. 9:13) The Greek word metanoia is used in the above verse which means the reversal of one’s decision. That same word is derived from two other Greek words. Metanoeo which means to think differently or to reconsider, and metamorpho which means to change, transfigure, or transform. This is where we get the word metamorphosis. So what Jesus was saying was that he came to call sinners (which is everyone) to reconsider their way of living, to think differently, to reverse their decision about their ungodly ways, and allow him to transform them into his image.

It is important to know that although God, in his infinite mercy, desires that everyone experience his love, peace, and joy, (II Peter 3:9) He cannot allow sin in his presence. (Psalms 68:2) Therefore, the only way we’re able to come into the presence of God Almighty, Creator of the universe, is through a transformation made possible only by God’s very own and unique son, Jesus, the Messiah, who was made to be sin for us so that by his bloody death on a stake we might receive life through our repentance.

Repentance means more than just being sorry

Someone once said that the road to destruction will be paved with the souls of the sorrowful. I’m sure that all of the fallen angels are sorry now that they followed Satan in his failed revolt against God. There are two types of sorrow. There is worldly sorrow; like when someone is sorry they got caught, but not for their actions. This person tends to complain about the consequences of their sin but never takes responsibility for the act itself. And there is godly sorrow; when someone is truly sorry for their actions and the nature of the act itself. They also take responsibility for the consequences of their sin. “Godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” (II Cor. 7:10)

King David shows us through the Psalms how godly sorrow works repentance to salvation. Whenever he was reminded of his sin he realized that his actions separated himself from his God whom he loved very much, which led him to a true repentance of his actions. He knew that what he was doing had hurt God and he turned away from his sin and turned to God for forgiveness. (See Ps. 32 & 51)

Repentance, like everything else involving revival, is only brought about by the spirit of God. It is God’s spirit that convicts us of our sin. It is God’s spirit that breaks our heart over our sins. And it is by God’s spirit that we are brought into God’s presence through repentance and experience his mercy and forgiveness. Results of true repentance will be a new life washed clean by the spirit of God. The person repentant of sin will no longer be pleasing Self but will strive to please God and others. Those things that were once important to the flesh will no longer matter as much. Those who truly repent will work at making a better home, a better workplace, a better community, and a better world.

All of the excuses and all of the reasons why the Church today is not experiencing power and revival within and without can be answered by one word. REPENT!

We must come to God now and acknowledge our sin to Him. We are in critical condition and are in need of reviving by the spirit of God through His son Jesus, the Messiah. Call on the name of Jesus now! Surrender yourself to God and receive His forgiveness and mercy.

Until the Church repents of her sins and turn from her wickedness, we will never witness the healing of our land:

“Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters, they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward…Come now, let us reason together saith the Lord. Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land, but if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword. For the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.” (Isaiah 1:4, 18-20)

There is a vast difference between revival and evangelism

When we speak of revival in America we may think of churches advertising with signs that read something like : “Our revival will begin at such and such a date at a certain time and it is going to finish on a certain Sunday night at a certain time. Come experience the power of God!”  The advertising usually includes the promotion of some “Apostle” or “Prophet”. Obviously this is something which man has engineered.

You can’t predict or organize revival. Why? Because you can’t organize or predict where the wind is coming from. “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8) You can’t say the wind is going to blow this way or that way. If you say God’s going to do this or that or use this person or that one to bring blessings, very often He brings blessings through unsuspected and unknown ways. In the same way, revival often comes through unknown ways.

I don’t think the world has ever been in a greater sense of turmoil than it is in this moment. I don’t think our nation has. All the blasphemy, all the unbelief, all the dirty stories, all the lying, all the deception, all the sexual perversion, and all the drunkenness — this tremendous iniquity goes up before the sight of God. The shadow of darkness and death hovers over this generation like nothing we’ve ever experienced before. And yet, the greatest tragedy of all is this: A sick Church living among a dying world that has neither the vision nor the passion, nor even the intention of setting our house in order — to break up our fallow ground — and to prepare the way of the Lord!

Whatever we shall say about revival we have to recognize this: There has never been revival that has not been preceded by agonizing prayer. We need to pray that God will give us a vision of His view of sin. If we are really going see true revival we have to get a vision of God’s sorrow over sin. We have to get a concept of how, day by day, we offend God. As a nation and as a Church we offend God in millions of ways every day!

I originally wrote this article years ago while living in a small town in New Mexico and sent it as a letter to every church and pastor in that town. I also sent copies to several televangelists. I have never gotten any response.

Remember God’s warning to His people through the prophet Isaiah:

Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth! For the LORD has spoken: “I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows its master, the donkey its owner’s manger, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.” Woe to the sinful nation, a people whose guilt is great, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the LORD; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on Him. Why should you be beaten anymore? Why do you persist in rebellion? Your whole head is injured, your whole heart afflicted. From the sole of your foot to the top of your head there is no soundness—only wounds and welts and open sores, not cleansed or bandaged or soothed with olive oil. Your country is desolate, your cities burned with fire; your fields are being stripped by foreigners right before you, laid waste as when overthrown by strangers. Daughter Zion is left like a shelter in a vineyard, like a hut in a cucumber field, like a city under siege. Unless the LORD Almighty had left us some survivors, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been like Gomorrah. Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom; listen to the instruction of our God, you people of Gomorrah! “The multitude of your sacrifices—what are they to me?” says the LORD. “I have more than enough of burnt offerings, of rams and the fat of fattened animals; I have no pleasure in the blood of bulls and lambs and goats. When you come to appear before me, who has asked this of you, this trampling of my courts? Stop bringing meaningless offerings! Your incense is detestable to me. New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations—I cannot bear your worthless assemblies. Your New Moon feasts and your appointed festivals I hate with all my being. They have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them. When you spread out your hands in prayer, I hide my eyes from you; even when you offer many prayers, I am not listening. Your hands are full of blood! Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong. Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land; but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.” For the mouth of the LORD has spoken. (Isaiah 1:2-20)

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