The Revival We Need

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I first heard Keith Green in 2005 after watching an interview of Leonard Ravenhill. Leonard was a British chap who had moved to America to share the Gospel – Leonard was passionate about Jesus, prayer and obedience.

The interview is nearly 2 hours long, but well worth watching. I have watched I don’t know how many times. Jesus used Len’s intervew to guide my education for years.

This is how I ‘met’ other preachers, like Norman Grubb through whom the Lord chose to reveal His Son in me, and Col 1:27 and Gal 2:20 became alive to me.

Below Keith Shares excerpt from the book: Oswald J Smith The Revival We Need

“It is reported that there were 7,000 churches that did not win a single soul for Jesus Christ in an entire year. That means that 7,000 ministers preached the Gospel for a whole year without reaching even one lost soul. Supposing that they preached, putting it at a low average, on 40 Sundays, not including extra meetings, that would mean that these 7,000 ministers preached 560,000 sermons in a single year. Think of the work, the labor, the money expended in salaries, etc., to make this possible. And yet 560,000 sermons preached by 7,000 ministers in 7,000 churches to tens of thousands of hearers during a period of twelve months, failed to bring a single soul to Christ.
Now, my brethren, there is something radically wrong somewhere. There is either something the matter with these 7,000 ministers or else with their 560,000 sermons, or with both.
In reading over the Twelve Rules of the Early Methodist church I was struck with the fact that they aimed at and looked upon soul-winning as their supreme task. Let me quote from one of them: “You have nothing to do but to save souls. Therefore spend and be spent in this work. It is not your business to preach so many times; but to save as many souls as you can; to bring as many sinners as you possibly can to repentance, and with all your power to build them up in that holiness, without which they cannot see the Lord.”–From “The Twelve Rules.”–John Wesley.”

 

Decide Today!

Let TODAY be the day of your salvation, do not remain ignorant any longer, lest your heart be hardened and break when you fall through your pride:

“Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭16:18‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.””
‭‭John‬ ‭3:36‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

The Heart of the Matter by Kenneth Copeland

“For the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”

1 Samuel 16:7

Too often we ask God to fix the problems around us when what He really wants to do is solve the problem within us. I did that myself for years where my weight was concerned. I prayed and prayed for God to help me lose weight. Yet I experienced repeated failure. I lost literally hundreds of pounds, only to gain them right back again.

Finally one day, I made a firm decision. I told God, “I am not going one step further until I find out what to do about this!” Then I went on a fast, shut myself away from everyone, and determined to hear from God.

During that fast the Lord revealed the real source of my problem. He showed me that I wanted to lose weight, but I didn’t want to permanently change my eating habits. I was like an alcoholic who wants to be able to drink constantly and not be affected by it. I wanted to eat nine times a day and still weigh 166 pounds!

Suddenly I realized God wasn’t content simply to rid me of the extra pounds on the outside of me. He wanted to rid me of the sin of gluttony on the inside of me. So I repented of that sin right then and there. (It was then that I realized just how hard it is for a man who drinks to face the fact that he’s an alcoholic. It hurts to admit something like that.) Then, instead of asking God for deliverance from my weight problem, I asked Him for deliverance from my food problem.

Sure enough, He did it.

If your prayers don’t seem to be changing the problems around you, maybe it’s time to take a look inside. Maybe it’s time to ask God to go to work on the heart of the matter.

Scripture Reading:
Psalm 139:1-10, 23-24

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As I read this is the last minutes of my day before retiring I see that Kenneth’s story is similar to mine, yet I still persist in the habit which the Lord cleansed him of – the sin of gluttony – believing I can eat many times each day and not put on extra weight. I crave food frequently throughout the day. Food is a comfortable companion.

Yet, Lord I thank you again for making it clear to me that gluttony is a sin, that you cleansed Kenneth of, and I accept you will do likewise for me.

Lord I repent of the sin of gluttony.

Lord deliver me from my food problem.

Thank you Lord!