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Experience Revival Wk. 4

Experience Revival Part 4 Handout 1.27.2019   What you need to understand is that revival is not only possible, it is inevitable when God’s people get right with God.    Why is there no revival? Not because of liberalism in the churches, or disunity among God’s people, or because we’ve been worldly and compromised. If we get all of these matters changed, it still would not be revival. These aren’t the reasons for no revival. They are the result of no revival.   What is revival? Revival is when God comes down.    ISAIAH 64 - Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you!  (Isa. 64:1) Revival is meeting with Almighty God. Most of us seek God to do something for our church, our family, our nation. But we’re seeking God’s hand and not His face.   Mountains will tremble.      that the mountains would tremble before you! As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to boil…. (v. 1-2a) Sinners (nations) will shake.    … come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you! For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you. (v. 2b-3) God’s people will have unspeakable joy.   Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways. (v. 4-5a) So what is stopping revival? Our sin.  All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away. (v. 6)  We are complacent in our sins. No one calls on your name or strives to lay hold of you; ….. (v. 7) “I have a theory…that there is not a church, chapel, or mission on earth where you cannot have revival, provided there is a little nucleus of faithful people who will hold onto God until He comes down. First, let a few Christians—there need not be many—get thoroughly right with God themselves. This is the prime essential. If this is not done, the rest, I’m sorry to say, cannot be done, and it will come to nothing. Second, let them bind themselves together to pray for revival until God opens the heavens and comes down. Third, let them put themselves at the disposal of God to use them as He sees fit in winning others to Christ. That’s all. This is sure to bring revival in any church or community. I have given this prescription around the world. It has been taken by many churches and many communities, and in no instance has it ever failed, and it cannot fail.”                                        Dr. R. A. Torrey We are consumed by our sins. “for you have hidden your face from us and have given us over to our sins.” (v. 7) Recognize that God is Sovereign Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. (v. 8) Remember that God is Merciful  Do not be angry beyond measure, Lord; do not remember our sins forever. Oh, look on us, we pray, for we are all your people. (v. 9) Long for God to come down In verses 10 through 12 Isaiah says,   10 Your sacred cities have become a wasteland; even Zion is a wasteland, Jerusalem a desolation. 11 Our holy and glorious temple, where our ancestors praised you, has been burned with fire, and all that we treasured lies in ruins. 12 After all this, Lord, will you hold yourself back? Will you keep silent and punish us beyond measure?   The Point: Revival happens when God comes down.   If you are not experiencing Revival in your heart today, then what is holding you back?