We are still in our study of the need for Christians to revive themselves, to turn away from where we are, and to move forward in service to The Lord. We have discussed how we fail to allow the Holy Spirit to fill us, even though He is in us; we have discussed the fact that we grieve and quench His presence in our lives. The sad, but true, thing is we do fail in this area. We are going to move forward, put some verbs in our sentences, and talk about specific areas in which individual believers and churches fail and and maybe do some thinking on how we can fix this.
Just a few thoughts on circumstances which exist in our lives which dampen the Holy Spirits work and indicate we need repentance and revival, then we will likely move on to other things. We might be in need of revival if:
Our love for God has grown lukewarm or cold.
Our love for each other has grown lukewarm or cold.
Our prayer life has grown lukewarm or cold.
Our concern for the lost in the world has grown lukewarm or cold.
When we wallow and languish in our sin, with no efforts to correct it or restore one another.
When we are no different from the world around us,
When are churches are languishing or staying put. When they are no longer advancing forward in God’s work
When are churches are struggling to survive, or actually dying.
When we think that, because we are busy doing things for God, that we are okay and don’t need reviving.
When we are happy with things just the way they are and think our strength lies in our traditions.
We can stand idly by and see God mocked and ridiculed and feel no need or compulsion to say anything.
We think we know all we need to know about God’s Word and cease to pray, study and meditate on it.
We stop rejoicing in the blessing of others and instead resent that they received them.
We think we have become good enough, and cease striving to become Christlike.
We start to constantly doubt and question God’s Word and doubt key doctrines of Christianity and clearly taught precepts.
Our main priority in life is anything other than Jesus Christ.