The Result That Would Come From a Revival

January 16, 2014

The Result That Would Come From a Revival

            The world has seen too much of carnal Christianity.  People have lost hope of seeing any special virtue in those who say they are Christians.  Most professing Christians aren’t manifesting the qualities that the Bible says should be the marks of a follower of Christ.  When a   Christian yields to carnal desires, there is no distinction between him and those who don’t profess to be Christians.

That’s why we desperately need a revival of Biblical Christianity.  We need an outward manifestation of the fact that there is a distinct difference between those who profess to be Christians and those who are genuine practicing Christians.

We only find the name “Christian” three times in the Bible.  In our day we also hear people speak of “believers.” That name only appears twice in the Bible, but repeated times in the New Testament we read of “them that believe.” The solution isn’t in a change in the name.  It is found in a change in the way Christians think and live.

What would be some of the obvious changes that would result from a genuine biblical revival in Christianity?  It would manifest itself in humility and more genuine sincerity in people.  It would show itself in a greater respect for biblical moral values.  Christians would clean up their speech.  They would dress modestly.   Couples living together would get married, and parents would train their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

There would be an abhorrence of much of modern entertainment.  Worship services in many churches would be more reverent and God honoring.  Bible reading and prayer would be given greater priority.   There would be a marked increase in attendance in churches where biblical Christianity is taught and lived.  Churches would begin to fulfill their function in evangelizing their community.  They would also have a greater influence on the thinking and behavior of the people around them.

If there was a biblical revival there would be a marked increase in the enrollment of students in Bible colleges and seminaries.  Young people would be eager to prepare themselves to serve the Lord.  New churches would be started and churches looking for pastors to fill their pulpits would no longer look in vain.  A multitude of young men and women would offer to go to the mission fields of the world.

There would also be a much greater awareness of that which constitutes good government.  Corruption would no longer be tolerated.  Parents would take more responsibility in the education of their children.  If public schools weren’t giving them a good education, they would be willing to send them to private schools or home-school them.

Revival would enable Christian couples to find fulfilment in their marriages.  There would be a marked reduction in the number of marriages and homes breaking up.  Selfishness and sinful pleasures would be replaced by the kind of love spoken of in I Corinthians chapter 13.

The minds of many are so corrupt that they shudder to think of the drastic changes they would need to make in their lifestyle if a biblical revival was to sweep across the land.   Not all would be revived.   Yes, it would change many, but for their good and for the good of those around them.  Nothing bad and much good would result from a revival.  If revival comes, I want to be a part of it; don’t you?

God wants to have a people that bring honor to his name.  Titus 2:14 says, “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” We need to have revival in order for that to come to pass.  The prayer of one of the Old Testament prophets was, “O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy” (Habakkuk 3:2).   Also in Psalm 85:6 we read, “Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?”

In II Chronicles 7:14 we have the glorious promise of what would be the result of a biblical revival.  “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” How do you feel about revival?  Are you against it or in favor of it?  Are you praying for it?  Would you be willing to pray the prayer of David, found in Psalm 139:23-24?  “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:   And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

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