Thursday, April 1, 2010

Thoughts on Revival.

What is the greatest need in our country? Is it the repeal of the health care bill that our congress has forced upon us? Is it a boost in job growth? I would argue that the greatest need in our country is a Spiritual Awakening. I speak knowing mine own heart. I need revival. Contrary to what seems to be a popular belief, revival will not fix our government. It will help up the individual believers that make up the churches. It will refocus us on the main thing, which is world-evangelism.

With that as a foundation let us consider the second Beatitude. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Matt 5:4 (KJV) It sounds like a paradox, mourning and comfort. What is the cause of the mourning? Is it loss? Is it grief? Consider mourning over sin. If the latter is the reason for the mourning then this verse would be a key verse in a revival. Godly sorrow worketh repentance. When we are right with God we are comforted by the Holy Spirit. What would we be like if we saw the mourning as grief over our own sins? What would we see God do, not just in our lives, but through us as well? Are we hindering the work of God because we are not mourners? I believe, now more than ever, we need a Spiritual Awakening. Not to fix the government, but to fix our country.

The prayer for revival requires a personal look. Do not look at our neighbors, that will mislead us into believing we are alright. Take an honest look at ourselves, by using the Bible as our standard. Our response would be like Isaiah in chapter six. It is not an enjoyable experience, but it is one that is needed.

May God help us as we mourn over our sins in our pursuit of the comfort of revival.