The Hope of Revival

The world around us is looking for answers.  Our nation is in a great trouble with a debt of almost $20 trillion, moral values decaying and at crossroads from the standpoint of Biblical values.  Our only hope is JESUS. God wants us to have an eager expectation for revival and there sure is hope in JESUS. Hebrews 11:1, 2 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.” David, the psalmist made a declaration in Psalm 71:14, “But I will hope continually, And will praise You yet more and more.” Our faith apprehends as a real fact with what is not revealed to our senses. Faith holds on to what is promised in the face of difficult and contradicting circumstances.

Something is set in motion on the spiritual before anything happens on the natural.  Every revival starts with the spiritual side first. When we seek God first, all these things shall be added to us. Recently, in the United States, in southern West Virginia, reports are pouring in about a spiritual awakening that began in the schools and is now spilling over into the towns. Recently, for several nights, the large sports complex known as the ‘Field House in Williamson,’ West Virginia, had been packed with people of all ages crying out to God. When the revival hits, people who are calling out start crying out to God. They have such a hunger for God and for His presence.

A price must be paid: Matt 4: 18 – 20 “And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him. Peter left all the fish he caught, left the net immediately and followed Jesus.  Matt 4:21-22, “Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. Here is a man that left his livelihood. Here in California, a man of God, Lou Ingle sold his home to seerevival in this land.  There must be a price paid to see the revival.  Matthew 10: 8, “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. God’s word encourages us to give willingly that which we have received.” Acts 3: 6,7 “Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.  Jesus said in Matthew 19: 29, “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life.” Revival is not cheap and therefore a price must be paid.  That could mean your time, your resources or whatever the Lord would require of you.  Would you be willing to make a total surrender and pay any price to see revival?

Desperate and sacrificial Prayers are essential:  Desperate and sacrificial prayers is what it takes to see a mighty revival in our nation. The barren woman, Rachel said in Gen 30:1, “Give me children, or else I die!” Her prayers were not routine but desperate. John Knox used a similar prayer of desperation: Give me Scotland or I die. 2 Chr 7:1-2, “When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt-offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the LORD filled the temple. And the priests could not enter the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD had filled the LORD’s house. Acts 16: 25-26, “But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.”  Isa 62:6, “I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; They shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent, And give Him no rest till He establishes And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.”Are you willing to be watchmen to cry out desperately to the Lord for revival day and night? For our nation to become a praise on the earth again we need desperate and sacrificial prayer. Do you want to take up this challenge for our nation?

God wants to renew our hope and that is the hope of revival. Hope is a confident expectation from the Lord who will bring a harvest for desperate prayer and sacrificial prayer by bringing transforming revival. Our prayer is that the God who made the heavens and earth would come down. God’s presence in our communities will bring transforming revival.Isaiah 64:1, “Oh, that You would rend the heavens! That You would come down! That the mountains might shake at Your presence.  Amen.

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