Is Christian Revival possible in America in the 21st century? Could millions of people who have pushed God far from their daily lives suddenly take a heartfelt interest in the things of Christ? I would like to think so and I believe history bears me out.
But what are we to think of the state of Christianity as we see it? After all, Europe has been considered “Post-Christian” for decades. By news accounts, you would think that most of the world is turning to Islam. Churches exhaust their zeal pursuing political causes, rather than cultivating real spiritual substance and service to others. I wouldn’t blame outside observers if they judged Christianity in America to be toothless and antiquated… increasingly impotent to offer even the smallest spiritual impact in our communities.
Enter revival. Last week I quoted Leonard Ravenhill “Revival is when God gets so sick and tired of being misrepresented that He shows Himself.” We defined revival as God personally interrupting human history to pour out His Holy Spirit. Revival can’t be called down to earth by a person. Revival is at God’s prerogative and historically, it has manifested at the darkest, most unexpected times. When any hope of human intervention has been exhausted, God steps forward as the Redeemer.
“And He saw that there was no man, and was astonished that there was no one to intercede; then His own arm brought salvation to Him.” (Isaiah 59:16 NASB).
We quickly forget the great revivals of history: The Great Reformation; The First and Second Great Awakenings; The Welsh Revival; Azusa Street; The Healing Revivals; The Charismatic Revival; The Jesus Movement. Each came at a critical nodal point in civilization. Each turned many hearts back to God.
But why would God do this? Why does He bother with human affairs? What could He possibly gain from intervening in history? If we are all a big mistake, isn’t He’s powerful enough that He could just wipe the slate clean and start again? God does not make mistakes. God did not create this universe as a cosmic experiment; He created the cosmos with each one of us in mind.
“Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” Ephesians 1:4-5 NLT).
So, this is God’s plan. He may let things drift for a while, but He will not permit it to fall apart. At those times when we see no possible way of redemption, He is still the Redeemer.
“But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:4-7 NLT).
Do you believe you are worth saving? If you’re like me, that might be a difficult question to answer some days. The important thing is GOD BELIEVES YOU ARE WORTH SAVING. Just as important, God believes everyone is worth saving.
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.” (John 3:16-17 NLT).
I believe revival is coming. God will take it upon Himself to offer redemption to all those who will receive it. How do we really know? I’m reminded of Elisha and his attendant as they were hunted by the King of Syria.
“Now when the attendant of the man of God had risen early and gone out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was circling the city. And his servant said to him, ‘Alas, my master! What shall we do?’ So he answered, ‘Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ Then Elisha prayed and said, ‘O Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.’ And the Lord opened the servant’s eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” (II Kings 6:15-17).
I pray that God will open all of our eyes and give us a vision for a spiritual revival in this country. Regardless of everything we might see to the contrary, there are mighty spiritual forces poised to help us at the right time.
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