Who is a candidate?
Note: From now through Monday, I hope to take a close look at revival. We urgently need it! It is possible! Many Christians do not understand it and/or equate it with evangelistic efforts. Our study is based on II Chronicles 7:14.
Today, Let’s consider, “If My people which are called by My Name….” First of all, the promise of revival is conditional. “If….” If certain conditions are met, revival will happen. (We want to look at these conditions tomorrow). Secondly, revival has nothing to do with unsaved people. They are spiritually dead. They need life. “My people….” These are those who are born again and been given new life. However, some have neglected nourishing that new life by not studying and applying God’s Word and not sitting under sound preaching and not heeding the Spirit’s exhortations. They are in a spiritual slumber or stupor; a sort of passivity; like a coal that has almost, but not quite, burned out. Sin has crept in (or been embraced willingly). The channel between them and God has become clogged. They are lukewarm. Third, “which are called by My Name….” This is not talking about those that people identify as Christians. People call other people Christians, some of whom may never have been genuinely converted. God is speaking, in Verse 14, about those that He owns as His. They have been saved and been identified as true Christians by God Himself! They have received Jesus as Savior and Lord. No matter how weak and damaged they have become, they are candidates for revival if they will meet the conditions. Oh, that they would ask what William Cowper asked in his hymn, “O for a Closer Walk with God.” “Where is the blessedness I knew when first I saw the Lord? Where is the soul refreshing view of Jesus and His Word?” Oh, and if they would pray, “Return, O Holy Dove, return, sweet Messenger of rest; I hate the sins that made Thee mourn and drove me from Thy breast.” Selah! Honest confession and true repentance will be met with revival, even for those asleep in Laodicean lukewarmness! Ron
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