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REVIVAL BEGINS..... From the Church - Repent, lie No more, Payoff your debts!

Let the Revival Begin!

A Revival happens when there is a great awakening in the conscience of people about God, His way and His commandments. A revival is a deep outpouring of the Spirit of God upon the people of God that opens their eyes to their sins and unrighteousness, as a result of which you will hear many crying for help, mercy and forgiveness of their secret and open sins.

Many Christians long for revival to break out all over the world and to lead many to repent and turn to Jesus. The word “revival”  mean to  “to bring back to life,” to “restore to consciousness,” or to “restore to a previous condition.”  As we commonly say, “The drowning victim was miraculously revived.” Taken together, revival means a restoration, rejuvenation, or renewal of  heart of men for the things of God.

It is time to preach and teach the word with power and save people that God brought into the churches - for many are in the church who are not yet born again.  It is fact the many people claiming to be born again are not grounded in the word of God and in the doctrines of the Kingdom.  Our God has long suffering, yet many believers do not know what long suffering means and how it applies to their daily lives.

Why Do We need Revival in the Church?

You will agree that the love for God has grown cold among believers. The word of God is scarcely in the heart of many and so, many believers find it difficult to be different from the rest of the world in behaviour, speech or action.  The greater danger of not being renewed by the word is that we are hardly able to prove what is good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

We have people among the saved telling lies and cheating people in business just like the unbelievers. The Lord says 'present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable sacrifice, but we see sisters dressing like the unbelieving ladies on the street, not covering their body well or handling their body with honour. 

Many believers have found it difficult to renounce the hidden things of dishonesty, craftiness and deceit, even to the extend of handling God’s word deceitfully.  Sin is no longer receiving enough attention in the pulpit, rather it is blessing and other motivational teachings which only massages the egos of people in the church, and so pride, hidden and open pride is creeping in again among believers.

Apostle Paul said we know no man by the flesh, but today, men are known by the flesh, by their oratory and charismatic prowess. They are chosen to minister in the house of God, others who can sing well are enrolled into the choir and elegant looking ladies are place in protocol and ushering unit to the hurt of the cold churches.

Its part of coldness… that we place smart looking ladies in protocol and ushering without knowing their spiritual level, and many of them come to church looking worldly and seductive and before you know what is going on there, they have captured young men and women coming to church with their spirit of lust.

The symptoms of spiritual weaknesses facing the church are many:
1. Compromise - People compromise when they are desperate or greedy. We should teach people the fruit of the spirit long suffering and patience.

2. Lack of concern for the lost and the suffering in the world (1 Corinthians 10:23). How can we see or read the world news, considering all the suffering in the world, and not be moved by it? If we are not, we definitely need spiritual renewal or revival.

3. Hiding or covering secret sins (Numbers 32:23). If we find ourselves covering or excusing our sins, or rationalize, “I will have to change that…someday,” we may well need spiritual revival.

4. Having an unforgiving spirit (Matthew 6:14-15). Some people declare that, “I can forgive, but I can’t forget.” An unforgiving spirit is a strong indication that we need spiritual revival. We are to put on the mind, the views, and the feelings of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). God forgives and forgets sins once we’ve repented of them. 

5.  Selfishness and pride (Proverbs 29:23). We are reminded in Proverbs 16: 18 that “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” Pride and vanity were the cause of Lucifer’s fall (Ezekiel 28:17). We must beware, lest his attitude is reflected in us. If we find ourselves feeling superior or puffed up, we need the humility of revival.

6.  Envy and bitterness - Animosity toward other Christians. It is said that we can pick our friends, but we cannot pick our brethren. 

All of these symptoms are strong indications that we need to draw closer to God and His Word.

Benefits of Revival in the Church:

That some people get offended in the church when a hard messages are preached does not men it should not be preached.  We have a duty teach and preach the ways of God and warn of the dangers of serving God with worldly wisdom.

That people know what is good and bad does not mean we should not preach and teach the fruit of the Spirit in full.  Our God has long suffering, even God Almighty has long suffering, but His children do not know what long suffering means and how it applies to their lives - This is the reason why many commit suicide when things begin to go the way for them. 

Without patience, many of the promises of God for us will not be received, yet our brothers and sisters do not know that patience and trial means in their daily lives.  The bible said we have need for patience, so that after we have prayed and fasting for anything we need from God, have need for patience to receive it.  Faith without patience is weak and faulty, can often times dangerous.

That our women are born again and mothers does not mean we will not preach the dangers of them relating with wrong people – for the bible say evil communication corrupt good manners.  Men and women must know when a casual relation is getting emotional and inappropriate and withdraw.

Most women always looking for assistance or help from men who are not their husband are still joking.  Whether you are married or single, be content with what you have and work hard and pray for what you want.

I cannot forget an argument I had with an unbelieving young lawyer, who told me there is no difference between married Christian women and single ladies.  That statement so embarrassing to me and an insult to women and mothers. I asked him why he said so.  This young man told me how in their Law School – where they congregate for one year to complete their Law degree program, there is no difference in the way married women related to men. 

Relationship is one area the devil stand ready to pollute, disgrace or destroy peoples salvation. He is ready to use any body, known and unknown to you to de-robe you from faith and leave an evil seed which could be used again and again against that person in the future.

Beloved, the truth is that God is no respecter of persons.  Any one that toys with sin and dance in the place where ‘angels dread’ is looking for trouble.  Remember that the devil is smarter than you.

As I write this message, there are brothers and sisters having an affair in the church and numerous other lovers outside the church, is that right with the word of God – NO.

Are we talking of members only, when there are Pastors and men of God who practically abandon their duties to their wives and concentrate on prayers and church activities, and by the time they get home they are worn out.  A woman is a woman.  

The sexual needs of a wife should be satisfied in marriage because that is one of the good reasons for marriage, whether she is a Pastor’s wife or not.  The care and attention women expect from their husbands should not diminish because they are Pastor’s wives.  I used to live in a house with another man of God, a Pastor, who always come home in the afternoon to be with the wife and family before returning to continue his work in the church in the evening.

Revival will help us deal with the question of sin, for unless our lives are right with God, all the prayer and fasting may be in vain.  Iniquity, no matter how trivial separates us from God and all His blessings.  Because of sin, prayers are not HEARD by God and certainly not answered

God is a good God, willing and ready to bless us, but David said “if I  regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me”.  Sin must be confessed and put away and nobody will do it for you and me.  We have to examine our ways and confess those secret and open sins we have committed unto God and repent of them.  

Your own may be idol – you idolize your husband or wife and if he says don’t go to church today, that is it and you will not go to church, your own may be cheating people in business, your own may be telling lies again and again, when you are a child of God, your own may be you have secret lover – office wife or husband.  I was shocked when I learnt of office wife and husband that people have outside their marriages…but remember the devil is smarter.  

The Lord said in Jeremiah “Is not my word like a Fire saith the Lord, and like a Hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces, that shall not come back to God void?
We will not be the evil people God spoke about in Jeremiah 13:10, who refuse to hear His words, which walk in the imagination of their heart, and to walk after other gods, to serve them and to worship them…who the Lord said would be like a girdle, which is good for nothing.
Revival starting from the church will reawaken us all of the need for us to receive the Word of faith, study and meditate on it daily and obey the word and do it.  That is what Revival will do for the church – conviction of our sinful lifestyles followed by a willingness to repent and change for the better in line with God’s word.

Let us cry to God for mercy, as we have all fallen short of our calling as righteous and holy people separated unto God, to show forth His glory on the earth.  A people called to the praise of the Father and to winning souls for the kingdom of heaven.

Revival and repentance in the Bible

A revival comes with it a deep feeling for salvation of the lost and how to recover millions of souls from the kingdom of darkness unto light.  Revival says "We can no longer ignore the issue of sin and soul winning in the body of Christ today because sinners and anything that is not pure will not inherit the kingdom of God".

The following scriptures talks about revival and repentance:  

1 Peter 4:17 - For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?

1 Peter 5:10 - And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

Ephesians 1:18 - I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,

Hosea 6:2 - After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence.

Isaiah 49:8 - This is what the LORD says: “In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you; I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people, to restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances,

Jeremiah 33:11 - The sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, and the voices of those who bring thank offerings to the house of the LORD, saying, “Give thanks to the LORD Almighty, for the LORD is good; his love endures forever.” For I will restore the fortunes of the land as they were before,’ says the LORD.

Psalm 51:12 - Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Psalm 71:20 -  Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up.

Romans 6:4 - We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

Lamentations 5:20-21 - 20 Why do you always forget us? Why do you forsake us so long? 21 Restore us to yourself, LORD, that we may return; renew our days as of old

Malachi 4:5-6 -  “See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. 6 He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.”

Psalm 80:17-19 -  Let your hand rest on the man at your right hand, the son of man you have raised up for yourself. 18 Then we will not turn away from you; revive us, and we will call on your name. 19 Restore us, LORD God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.

Psalm 85:6 - Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?
Psalm 22:27 - All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him,

Psalm 51:10 - Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Psalm 80:18 - Then we will not turn away from you; revive us, and we will call on your name.

Habakkuk 3:2 - LORD, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, LORD. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.

Isaiah 57:15 - For this is what the high and exalted One says— he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.

2 Chronicles 7:14 - 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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

James 4:8 - Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Ezekiel 37:11-15 - Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13 Then you, my people, will know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. 14 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the LORD have spoken, and I have done it, declares the LORD.’ ” 15 The word of the LORD came to me:

Acts 2:17-18 - ‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. 18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.

2 Timothy 4:3-4 - For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

Ephesians 5:14 - This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

Matthew 6:33 - But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Acts 2:38 - Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 3:19-21 - Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, 20 and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. 21 Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.

Jonah 3:9-10 - Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.” 10 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.

Luke 15:7 - I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Mark 1:15 - “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

Matthew 3:6 - Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

Matthew 11:20-24 - Then Jesus began to denounce the towns in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent. 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 22 But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. 23 And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades.For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. 24 But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”

What Should we Do?

Revival is a call to holiness and awakening to our responsibilities in the kingdom, so we need to see ourselves for who we are sinners and people with different spiritual weaknesses that need the help of the Holy Spirit of God. 

We need to repent of our sins, whatever they may be.  If we owe people money which we have withheld for long time, please pay them off. People have worked for you and you are owing them for services rendered to you, please pay them their wages.

You took someone's book many years ago and it has remained with you, please return such book or money to the owner.  Whatever you got from people wrongly or by deceit, when the spirit convicts you, you will look for the person and return his property, book or money back to them.

A revival will renew our inner man to the Word of God, and willingly, a man that put away his wife will look for her and bring her back to his house as God hates divorce and no child of God is allowed to put away his wife, except foe adultery - if the man cannot forgive her.

We need a revival that destroys self pity, discouragement and disillusionment which some believers are feeling today, all because they do not have the Word of God to guide them.  Many have remained without the sweet word of God in their spirit and so have no answer to all the darts of the enemy and 

When the Spirit of God is poured out unto the church, we will  see ourselves as we are—as God sees us; and stop playing church, as relationship with God is personal and corporate.  We need Personal, family and church unit revival. 

Men and Prophets that prayed for Revival in the Bible

Moses prayed for Revival
Deuteronomy 9:18-20 - Then once again I fell prostrate before the LORD for forty days and forty nights; I ate no bread and drank no water, because of all the sin you had committed, doing what was evil in the LORD’s sight and so arousing his anger. 19 I feared the anger and wrath of the LORD, for he was angry enough with you to destroy you. But again the LORD listened to me. 20 And the LORD was angry enough with Aaron to destroy him, but at that time I prayed for Aaron too.

Deuteronomy 9:25-29 - I lay prostrate before the LORD those forty days and forty nights because the LORD had said he would destroy you. 26 I prayed to the LORD and said, “Sovereign LORD, do not destroy your people, your own inheritance that you redeemed by your great power and brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand. 27 Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Overlook the stubbornness of this people, their wickedness and their sin. 28 Otherwise, the country from which you brought us will say, ‘Because the LORD was not able to take them into the land he had promised them, and because he hated them, he brought them out to put them to death in the wilderness.’ 29 But they are your people, your inheritance that you brought out by your great power and your outstretched arm.”

Exodus 32:11-13 - But Moses sought the favor of the LORD his God. “LORD,” he said, “why should your anger burn against your people, whom you brought out of Egypt with great power and a mighty hand? 12 Why should the Egyptians say, ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out, to kill them in the mountains and to wipe them off the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster on your people. 13 Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self: ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever.’ ”

Exodus 32:31-32 - So Moses went back to the LORD and said, “Oh, what a great sin these people have committed! They have made themselves gods of gold. 32 But now, please forgive their sin—but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written.”

Daniel prayed for Revival: - Daniel 9:3-10 - So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes. 4 I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed: “Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 5 we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws. 6 We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our ancestors, and to all the people of the land. 7 “Lord, you are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame—the people of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, both near and far, in all the countries where you have scattered us because of our unfaithfulness to you. 8 We and our kings, our princes and our ancestors are covered with shame, LORD, because we have sinned against you. 9 The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him; 10 we have not obeyed the LORD our God or kept the laws he gave us through his servants the prophets.

Ezra prayed for Revival
Ezra 9:5-7 - Then, at the evening sacrifice, I rose from my self-abasement, with my tunic and cloak torn, and fell on my knees with my hands spread out to the LORD my God 6 and prayed: “I am too ashamed and disgraced, my God, to lift up my face to you, because our sins are higher than our heads and our guilt has reached to the heavens. 7 From the days of our ancestors until now, our guilt has been great. Because of our sins, we and our kings and our priests have been subjected to the sword and captivity, to pillage and humiliation at the hand of foreign kings, as it is today.

Ezekiel prayed for Revival
Ezekiel 22:28-31 - Her prophets whitewash these deeds for them by false visions and lying divinations. They say, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says’—when the LORD has not spoken. 29 The people of the land practice extortion and commit robbery; they oppress the poor and needy and mistreat the foreigner, denying them justice. 30 “I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one. 31 So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign LORD.”

Jeremiah prayed for Revival
Jeremiah 31:17-20 - So there is hope for your descendants,” declares the LORD. “Your children will return to their own land. 18 “I have surely heard Ephraim’s moaning: ‘You disciplined me like an unruly calf, and I have been disciplined. Restore me, and I will return, because you are the LORD my God. 19 After I strayed, I repented; after I came to understand, I beat my breast. I was ashamed and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.’ 20 Is not Ephraim my dear son, the child in whom I delight? Though I often speak against him, I still remember him. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I have great compassion for him,” declares the LORD.

The Judges in Israel prayed for Revival
Job 42:6 - Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.”

Joel also prayed for RevivaL
Joel 1:10-20 - The fields are ruined, the ground is dried up; the grain is destroyed, the new wine is dried up, the olive oil fails. 11 Despair, you farmers, wail, you vine growers; grieve for the wheat and the barley, because the harvest of the field is destroyed. 12 The vine is dried up and the fig tree is withered; the pomegranate, the palm and the apple tree— all the trees of the field—are dried up. Surely the people’s joy is withered away. 13 Put on sackcloth, you priests, and mourn; wail, you who minister before the altar. Come, spend the night in sackcloth, you who minister before my God; for the grain offerings and drink offerings are withheld from the house of your God. 14 Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD. 15 Alas for that day! For the day of the LORD is near; it will come like destruction from the Almighty. 16 Has not the food been cut off before our very eyes— joy and gladness from the house of our God? 17 The seeds are shriveled beneath the clods.The storehouses are in ruins, the granaries have been broken down, for the grain has dried up. 18 How the cattle moan! The herds mill about because they have no pasture; even the flocks of sheep are suffering. 19 To you, LORD, I call, for fire has devoured the pastures in the wilderness and flames have burned up all the trees of the field. 20 Even the wild animals pant for you; the streams of water have dried up and fire has devoured the pastures in the wilderness.

Nehemiah Prayed for Revival
Nehemiah 1 - The words of Nehemiah son of Hakaliah: In the month of Kislev in the twentieth year, while I was in the citadel of Susa, 2 Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that had survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem. 3 They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.” 4 When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. 5 Then I said: “LORD, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 6 let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you. 7 We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses. 8 “Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, 9 but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’ 10 “They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand. 11 Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.” I was cupbearer to the king.

Lets us prepare our ways, Jesus Christ is coming back soon.


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