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Part 3: 9-22-19 “What Will be the Outcome of Spiritual Revival in the Church?”

Isaiah 64 Makes it Clear that Revival is the Sovereign Work of the Almighty God.

  • In Isaiah 64, God’s people had been carried into captivity, His work was in disrepair, and His people were dispirited…And That’s Not Unlike Many Believers Today

 

Today’s Church has Also been Carried into Captivity by the World, the Flesh and All of Satans Distractions!

  • This Worldly Captivity Leaves Christians Discouraged. Damages the Impact of the Church. And leaves so Many with No Desire or Hope for Revival.
  • Revival is Not Only Possible, it is “inevitable”when God’s People Get Right with God. 

 

A Lack of Revival is Not because of Liberalism in the churches, or Disunity among God’s people, or because we’ve been Worldly and Compromised.

  • These Aren’t the Reasons We Don’t Have RevivalThey’re theRESULT of No Revival

 

Revival is When…GOD COMES DOWN!!   Isaiah. 64:1 Oh, that you [Almighty God] would rend the heavens and Come Down, that the mountains would tremble before you!

  • The Message Paraphrase says it this way, “Oh, that you would rip open the heavens and descend, make the mountains shudder at your presence.”

 

Revival is Meeting with the Almighty God!!   Most of us seek God to do something for our church, our family, or our nation. But during those times…We’re Seeking God’s Hand…NOT HIS FACE!

 

KEY: Our Heart Needs to Yearn for God…“O God, Come Down and Meet with ME?” 

  • God Wants to Come Down Upon US and LifePoint Church.
  • Don’t get the idea that America has to be changed before we can have revival. You, Can have Revival in Your Personal LIfe…Revival in Your Family…You can be a One-Person Revival.

 

The Presence That Produces Revival Is GOD HIMSELF…When God Comes Down, Amazing Things Happen…Mountains will Tremble…God’s Children are REVIVED!

 

Isaiah. 64:1-2a Oh, that you [Almighty God] would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you. As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you!

  • Mountains of pride, bigotry and indifference. Obstacles to God’s work—will Fall Away.
  • Nothing can stop the Revival Fire of Almighty God When He Comes Down!
  • Do Not Insult God by saying there are too many mountains, too many obstacles.
  • When He Comes Down, Mountains (Every Obstacle in Your Life) Will Melt Away.

Sinners will Quake: 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)

 

POINT: God Wants to Meet with YOU. God Wants to Come Down To YOU…And When He Does…YOU WILL BE CHANGED FOREVER!

  • YOU will have Unspeakable Joy…Filled with Gods Glory YOU Will REJOICE!
  • I long to see that in YOU…in ME…in MY Children and in LIFEPOINT CHURCH!
  • I want God to Meet with US so OTHERS WILL SEE CHRIST AND RECEIVE HIM!

So, what Stands in the Way of God’s Outpouring? Several Things Prevent Revival 

Vs 6 says, We are Corrupted by Our Sins.  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.

  • We dress in self-righteousness [Full of Ourselves…Intolerant of Others…Superiority, etc]
  • We Constantly have to deal with Pride. We try to cover ourselves with the very thing that defiles and condemns us. Our “righteousness” is a filthy rag in His sight.

 

Vs 6 we all shrivel up like a leafI’ve seen people dressed in the rags of self-righteousness, but let the wind blow, they have some family problems or a  financial difficulty, and they’re blown away. 

 

Vs 7 We’re complacent in our sins. “No one calls on your name or strives to lay hold of you

  • Have you stirred yourself up to take hold of God? Is there a yearning, a burning, a longing for Revival in Your Heart? If you get Serious with God…God Will Send You Revival. 

Isaiah 64’s Messge, “Get right with God. Band together and pray. And Put yourself at God’s disposal.

 

Vs 7 says, We are Consumed by Our Sins.  …No one calls on your name or strives to lay hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us and have given us over to our sins.

  • If We Continue to Sin…God turns His face away from us…And, we have no protection. We can Pray that God will Bless America, but it’s hollow because God has Removed His hedge of protection.  

 

How can we have Revival? How do we seek God’s face? The Prayer that Precedes Revival will… FIRST…Recognize God’s Sovereignty  Vs-8 “Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand”

  • We must believe that God is God. We Must Recognize the Sovereignty of God.
  • God doesn’t want just “a place” or just “prominence” in your life.
  • He demands and deserves “pre-eminence”. “Lord, You are Sovereign. I’m the clay. Mold me and make me after Thy Will. You are My King!” 

Second, to have Revival We Must Remember God’s Mercy   Vs-9 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.

  • Pray, “O God, have mercy. Don’t keep your anger forever. Lord, we need You. We want You. We must have You.”
  • God wants to extend Mercy. He would much rather forgive sin than punish sin.
  • But God cannot put away our sin by forgiving it unless we put it away by forsaking it.
  • The problem is, so often we’re not willing to repent. We want God’s mercy, but prayer without repentance is a religious farce, a smokescreen. 

 

Revival is When God Comes Down.

  • Maybe you haven’t been willing to stir yourself up. Maybe you’re dressed in the rags of self-righteousness, satisfied with where you are.  Maybe you’re a dying leaf and don’t even know it.
  • But if you will seek God, He is waiting, leaning over the battlements of heaven. We don’t have to persuade God to send revival, We Only Need to Permit Him to do so.

 

CHOICE:  We will Never rely on the Supernatural until the Natural Ends.  Simply, until we come to the end of ourselves, our skills, schemes, and manipulation of circumstances…We Will NOT EXPERIENCE the POWER of GOD Working Out the IMPOSSIBLE in Our LIVES!

POINT: God Wants to Meet with YOU. God Wants to Come Down To YOU…And When He Does…YOU WILL BE CHANGED FOREVER!