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This week we have been dealing with the subject of revival. As we mentioned before, this is one of the major goals of Fortress of Faith. I believe that revival is the solution to the Islam problem. I believe that God has allowed Islam to grow in influence to bring judgment to those nations who have turned their backs on the God they once honored.
Freedom is the enemy of Islam. Islam means submission and surrender and is diametrically opposed to the principles of freedom.
We believe that people should have the freedom to choose who governs them, the freedom to choose whom they worship and how. Islam doesn’t allow that. Islam dictates one religion. It dictates how you are to be governed. You are to be governed by a totalitarian style of government. Islam dictates how you will live, where you will live, etc. Just look at Islamic countries and you will see that this is how they operate.
The Islamic idea of democracy is where the people rise up to overthrow their dictator only to replace him with another Islamic dictator.
If Islam takes root in this country they will demand Shariah. I know it because it has happened in Europe. I have see this and witnessed it first hand. The European nations have allowed large numbers of Muslims to emigrate and now they are about to be lost to Islam. They will soon loose their freedoms.
I believe that the solution to this problem is national repentance. I believe that God has raised up Islam for judgment upon this nation and that He will allow it to destroy our way of life if we don’t turn back to Him. I can tell you this; Washington doesn’t have the answer and Wall Street doesn’t have the answer. The answer is national repentance. Revival flows from repentance. We will not see revival without repentance, and that comes with remorse.
All this week I have been quoting Psalm 34:18:
The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
The word “contrite” means remorse, regret, heartfelt pain, and the Scriptures tell us that the Lord is nigh to them that are of a broken heart. So if you are of a broken heart and have a contrite spirit God will nigh unto you.
Our problem is that we are so full of pride and arrogance and an attitude that we don’t need God, we can do it ourselves. God will not save that kind of people. They are the ones that will perish.
If we are going to see revival we must realize that there must first be repentance. Repentance will only come when there is first remorse or godly sorrow for our sin. II Cor 7:10 “For Godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation…” To get saved there needs to be genuine sorrow in our hearts. We must see our sin as filthy and wretched. We need to write unclean on all of our parts. We must see all of our works, everything about us as unclean and wretched.
This is what David was saying when he called out to God in Psalm 51.
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.
Notice how many times he mentions his transgressions (sin). This implies true sorrow.
Notice also the word “ throughly” in verse 2. Some say this is an old, archaic word from the King James and we should re-translate that as “thoroughly.” No! The words have different meanings. Let me illustrate this way. If you take a cucumber and put it in vinegar it is thoroughly in the vinegar. If you put the cucumber in vinegar and leave it there long enough it turns into a pickle. That is when the vinegar is throughly in the cucumber.
David is saying don’t just wash the outside of me, wash me all the way through. This is not a superficial washing. It is a washing, or cleansing all the way through.
In verse 17 returns us to the idea of brokenness and contrition of heart and spirit. It is only when we get to this point that we will see true repentance.
So often we lay the fault for the lack of revival at the feet of God. We say that the reason there is no revival in this land is that God has not given it to us.
Do you know a Christian that doesn’t want revival? Every Christian, if asked, “Do you want revival?” would respond “Sure, I would like to see revival.” The real question is do we understand what it will cost us to get it, and are we willing to pay the price?
We pray for revival and when it doesn’t come we blame God. Since we have prayed for it and God hasn’t sent it, we just wait patiently for God to send it.
We think that we are in the waiting room waiting for God to send revival. We think that when God is ready, in His time, He will open the windows of Heaven and pour out revival upon us.
This is the wrong way to look at it. We are not the ones in the waiting room waiting upon God for revival. In truth it, is God who is in the waiting room. He is waiting upon us to repent. He is waiting upon us to turn from our wicked ways.
I can’t help but go back to 2 Chronicles 7:14. I believe that this verse is the recipe for 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.
There are four things that we need to be doing before God can send revival. God is waiting for us to humble ourselves, and to pray, and to seek the face of God, and to turn from our wicked ways. Why would we turn from our wicked ways unless we see them as wicked and evil? When we do these four things God will begin to do His work and we will see revival. He will then heal our land and forgive our sin.
I have discussed before the difference between being sorry and giving an apology, but let me review it again here. We often think that being sorry and apologizing are the same thing. They are not. When I say I’m sorry I am saying that I am sorrowful for what I have done. The word apology comes from the same word as apologetics. It means to give a defense. If I tell someone I apologize, I am justifying myself for what I have done.
A lot of people come to God thinking they have repented of their sins when they have really apologized for their sins. This means they have given a defense for what they did. We often tell God we are sorry for doing such and such and then give a reason to justify ourselves. This is not being sorry, it is giving an apology or a defense.
When we sin there is no justification we can bring to God. When we come to God with a repentant heart we come with a broken and contrite heart and with no excuses (justification).
I hope I am getting my point across. If we want real revival it will require real repentance. There will be an awakening to the wretchedness of our sin. There will be a broken and contrite heart and spirit.
It is the prayer of a person with a broken and contrite heart and spirit that brings revival. Are we willing to pay this price in our own lives?
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