May 4, 2021
Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ,
Thinking About Revival
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." (II Chronicles 7:14)
"If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:" (Psalm 66:18)
"He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy." (Proverbs 28:13)
"Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear.
But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear." (Isaiah 59:1-2)
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (I John 1:9)
If - is a conditional word.
If is conditional to realize the condition of ones state before a Holy and Righteous God, with repentant action.
I. God's people are a family, called by His name.
A. My people; recognition of kinship.
B. Which are called, recognition of individuality.
1. We are called the children of God.
2. We are called the sons of God.
C. By my name; recognition of identity.
1. Called Christians, meaning Christ like. Christ like in kinship, individuality and identity.
All that are saved are born again into the family of God, by the Spirit of God, are part of the family of God and are called the children of God.
II. God's people sometimes backslide. (Proverbs 14:14)
If is the word of recognition for those in need of help, for there is hope.
A. Shall humble themselves - recognize the condition of oneself.
B. Pray - recognize one's need with repentant action.
C. Seek my face - recognize our help is in the Lord.
D. Turn from their wicked ways - repent and go back to the Lord.
It is one thing to fall, for we all fall from time to time. But it is another thing to stay down. We are to get back up and go for God.
III. God's people can find help.
When the Christian that has fallen repents to God and turns back to Him, then he can find help and He will hear.
A. Will hear from Heaven.
B. Will forgive their sins.
C. Will heal their land.
Revival is Possible
If, is a Condition
Spirit is Willing
Pastor Fred Birch,
"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." (Galatians 6:9)