When will we repent?
Great spiritual awakenings are the sovereign work of Almighty God. Revival is when God comes down. I have experienced this only one time during my 38 years in ministry. God came down with the sound of a freight train rolling through 200 pastors and lay leaders who broke out into repentance, while I was preaching a revival among the villages on the border of Uganda and Kenya. It is my passion to see this happen in America.
Today’s church leaders are hungry for such revival. They believe there is no revival because of liberalism and apostasy in the churches. They say there is no revival because of too much worldly entertainment within God’s house. God’s house is divided, and we are in need of reconciliation and unity. There is no revival because Christians do not love and respect one another. Others believe that simply engaging in spiritual warfare will tear down demonic strongholds.
These are not the reasons we do not have revival in the Church; they are the consequence of no revival. God’s house becomes polluted without holiness among the people. Sin removes the presence of God’s glory. All our united prayer gatherings are in vain until we genuinely repent of our sins.
The Christian Church has never been so big, and never seen such great numbers, and all being achieved with unimaginable financial success. Even so, with all the Mega-churches, there is no revival, and no great outpouring of the Holy Spirit like seen in the days of D. L. Moody, Charles Spurgeon and Billy Sunday.
What stands in the way of a great outpouring today?
The Word of God reveals it is sin that prevents revival. Sin corrupts and takes us into captivity. Haughtiness and pride blind God’s people from repenting of their sin. They dress in self-righteousness, go to church, and look around in haughtiness and pride.
Self-righteousness is a filthy rag in God’s sight. We hear God’s people repenting in Isaiah 64:5-8: “You are indeed angry, for we have sinned—In these ways we continue; and we need to be saved. But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. And there is no one who calls on Your name, who stirs himself up to take hold of You; for You have hidden Your face from us, and have consumed us because of our iniquities.” (Emphasis added.)
Revival develops when we return to a true fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ. When a nation falls from God’s grace, there is simply one-way back: Repentance. The eternal God tells us how in 2 Chronicles 7:13-15:
When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place. (Emphasis added.)
Commentary by: Rev. Ruth Schofield, Ambassador to the Nations, Washington, D.C.
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