February 12, 2016 – Why Revival Doesn’t Happen


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“A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly; and there is a Friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” –Proverbs 18:24

     I am sure you have heard your entire life, “We need revival! We need revival!” But have you ever wondered why we rarely see it? I am not contending that it doesn’t exist; neither do I promote revival as a lost cause. With fervent heart I believe God can still speak to dead, dry bones. But the key to revival is intention and repentance. If God’s people do not intend to seek God, turn from sin, and thirst for His presence, revival will only be read in the catalogues of history. Why do you suppose we seldom experience revival? I believe the answer is four-fold:

  1. Distractions. Revival seems to stay away because it is hard-pressed to find a time slot in our calendars. Genuine revival is spontaneous and unplanned. We are the busiest we have ever been, and as a result we suffer from spiritual weakness.
  2. Disobedience. There is no secret to revival. Repentance and prayer are the two pillars that substantiate change and spiritual renewal. The church rarely sees revival because it fails to see its backslidden condition.
  3. Denial. Revival seldom occurs because we have learned to live without it. Such a dismissal keeps the conscience relieved but the heart empty and depleted of things divine.
  4. Distance. It’s not that we do not love God; we just love ourselves, our sin, and our lifestyles more. God knocks on the outside and waits for anyone, someone to open the door. Sadly, we are ok with the distance.

Daily Reading: Numbers 3-4

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