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Friends revival real revival awakening that remains America's only hope. Hey friends, this is Michael Brown. Welcome to today's broadcast.
You know II think about the subject of revival or awakening all the time. It's been on my heart for decades I have seen times of spiritual outpouring of red church history of red American history and we are in one of those crisis moments were the only way we can really move forward as a nation is with a national awakening. Otherwise they'll be a terrible split through our nation or whole Vista unhindered moral, spiritual, collapse or anarchy. We must have awakening so were going to focus on this today. Friends, I'm not here just as a conservative radio host or political pundit or another talking head. I'm here friends, your voice of moral cultural and spiritual revolution.
I'm here to bring what we can bring as God's people into the mix though. It's not just politics, not just social action, not just the kinds of things that others can also do which have their place. The gospel answer to the sickness of our society will be taking calls today to cover a lot of ground. I believe you be blessed helped edify strength and encourage and open up the Scriptures together you look at history and and I believe hope will rise in your heart. Vision will rise perhaps revival can start your life. My life, your church community. Your family perhaps you can start in your city. Who knows what God can do with God's people cry out to him. So here's my working definition of revival. Are you ready revival is a season of unusual divine visitations.
As you can get rid of the word and just say revival is a season of unusual divine visitation, resulting in deep repentance, supernatural renewal and sweeping reformation of the church along with the radical conversion of sinners in the world, often producing moral, social and even economic change in the local or national communities memory that you get revival is a season of unusual divine visitation is raising starts everything flows from that resulting in deep repentance.
So when you encounter God. When you have been in a fallen state when you have been in the backslidden state a compromise state when you have drifted number revival comes because something is wrong. We are being revived.
We are being brought back to life will bring what brought back to our first law we are being brought back to God. So when when God moves in these ways. The first thing that happens is deep repentance. We recognize our sin. We recognize her guilt may one day Walker allocated I could be I'm great I'm good I'm cold makes their honor for us and God immerse them in the center. You know it's interesting that during the Browns revival rest served as a leader from 96 to 2000 that many pastors would come with their church people and they took. They tell me after original I can with my church because they needed they needed repentance and I was the first one of the altar. I was the first will run into the front is that I felt like I got saved all over again something happens when you come into the light of God's holy presence. Something happens when you encounter the beauty and power of his love and we see against that our own selfishness or loss our own greed, our own sinfulness on anger whatever junkies in our lives. But God doesn't come near to condemn us, he comes here to transform us to help us so revival is a season of unusual divine visitation, resulting in deep repentance, supernatural renewal people changed. People transformed believers come back to like what happened to you being revived and sweeping reformation in the church of course is gonna bring reformation the church because things have gotten wrong.
We we been slack in our practices. We we been weak in our doctrine near their things are just wrong in our analyzer family, so is Gabby sweeping reformation of the church along with the radical conversion of sinners in the world. If it's something that were really gonna call revival and not just a spiritual for Christians, but if it's something really got a call revival and has to seep out to the society around us as to see bound to the world around us and it will result not just in conversion but radical conversion.
I mean people getting dramatically gloriously saved like you see in the book of acts 3000 converted in a single day just God gripping and made it may be one person. It may be a thousand people, but the conversions are to be deep because the conviction is deep and it happens for two reasons. It happens because Christians come alive. So now as a believer you come alive, you're on fire your passionate you're going after God, heart, soul, mind, strength your your your charge. Yes, amen.
You're living differently or living consistently that the drawer the Lord's in your life you yet you're not a hypocrite. Your passion, it's when the loss of naturally as you begin to share the gospel as you begin to talk to people and all of the Lord, there's gonna be much more attraction to the gospel. This can be much more of the spirit working through you communicate so that the church coming alive will result in many sinners getting safe.
Then, on the other hand, it is that happens is the presence of God just comes down in areas which he proudly described as a divine radiation zone people to start coming under conviction getting right with God, crying out for mercy and what must I do to be saved. That happens as well.
So revival is a season of unusual divine visitation resulting deep repentance supernatural renewal and sweeping reformation of the church along with the radical conversion of sinners in the world, often producing so as a result of this, the church getting right with God. Right with his neighbor right so the church coming alive in many sinners getting say this often produces moral, social and even economic change in the local or national communities. This makes sense right if if God is transform millions of believers and save millions of sinners that should have an impact in the society around us a moral impact the social impact even economic impact. This can often be the result of awakening. Let me read some descriptions to you from Wales was revival 1904 1905. G. Campbell Morgan reserve famed British expositor. She described what happened.
He said if you and I could stand above Wales looking at you would see fire breaking out here and there and yonder somewhere else without any collusion or prearrangement is a divine visitation which God we see this reverently in which God is saying to us see what I can do without the things you are depending on see what I can do an answer to a praying. People see what I can do through the simplest were all written were ready to fall in line independent holy and absolutely upon me. Here is is an example from the ministry of Charles Finney 1825.
This is part of the ongoing move that that began in the early 1800s in America that we know is the second great awakening the first great great awakening helping the 1730s and 1740s in the New England colonies listen to this description. In 1825 Charles Finney was ministering in the town of New York Mills. His brother-in-law invited him to visit the local cotton factory which was in charge. Finney was known for his preaching in the area entered the factory's glass fell upon a girl who made it just will comment to her friend. The evangelist describes what happened next.
When I came within eight or 10 feet of her. I look solemnly at her. She observed and was quite overcome and sank down and burst into tears. The impression caught almost like powder me not gunpowder.
In a few moments all in the room were in tears the feeling spread through the factory. The owner said to the superintendent stop the mill and let the people attend to religion, for it is important that our soul should be saved is more important that our social be saved with this factory should run the revival went through the mill with astonishing power in a few days. Nearly all were converted these things actually happen. That's that's what we memorialize them. That's what we talk about the great awakening of this time of the Welsh revival of that time of the outpouring of this time because you can actually measure something happen here. You have normal church services going on in normal meetings going on but behind the scenes people praying and crying out desperate for visitation desperate for a revival and then suddenly something bursts was a happen like that, while often the suddenness gets our attention.
The suddenness is is making us realize that that God is visiting and doing something unusual in the because of that you you press and more with that.
Let's just have another meeting sums gauntlets, let's have another meeting to go another day in your success really going people are hungry and thirsty.
Let's have another meeting in the next thing God's breakout people's homes and places of business in and in and you can't you can't hold back the flood of tears of people repenting, getting right with God. I've seen things like this with my own eyes, friends not making this up in his unjust history books.
I've of lived.
I've seen some of this with my own eyes know I miss you a whole factory get convertible. I've seen some pretty radical and dramatic things happen. Here is a famous account great awakening. Maybe the most famous single story from the summer of 1741 Enfield New England was here that one of the Most Remarkable Revival Took Pl., God began to stir the New England area of its worldliness, apathy and unbelief in the mid-1730s, the town of Enfield remained untouched.
Jonathan Edwards, the brilliant philosopher, theologian, shortly before his death, president of Princeton University was scheduled to preach there one Sunday the congregation was a casual goblets punch but the neighboring town of been in deep travail the previous night for God to extend his mercy on that group that Sunday, July 8, 1741 is Edwards read his famous message sinners in the hands of an angry God, something extraordinary began to occur.
The fear of God fell, the congregants began to see themselves as hopelessly lost dangling by a thread over the jumping fires of hell history And it was a vivid sermon, vivid sermon, but Edwards read it basely monotone and innocent as one person described. I can vouch for this myself, but that he was holding was nearsighted to rezone the manuscript in front of his eyes close up in the candle in the other hand someone has get the manuscript coasters eyes a candle the other hand, foot for light is of the in the light of the building.
That's all he preached.
Probably today, Billy's not entertaining enough, but people were gripped sooner. Someone screaming, crying out and fainting that Edwards had to order them to be quiet so this message could be hurt. People began unconsciously to cling to their pews and grasp all of the pillars of the church so as not to slip into hell. These were the days of the first great awakening in our land and am not saying that same message has to be preached today where is that fear of God in our meetings. Where is there even a fear of hell or future punishment. Where is there even concerned about it that goes beyond lipservice. Something's missing friends of a bid in meetings were repentance is broken out for hours, people weeping and wailing and crying out to God and by the end of the night leaping for joy because their sins are forgiven because the transformed know it doesn't always have to come with that level of intensity or emotion, but friends that the maternity ward of the hospital is not the quietest part of the hospital women giving birth is not the quietest event little babies being born is not the quietest event but this new life being produced would rather have the noise, the maternity ward in the quiet of the cemetery terms of people coming to the Lord in people's lives being transformed revival brings up evil revival means divine visitation with friends, must we have that in America you you give me another path which America can be blessed in a generation ahead, other than such awakening in the church that will spill over into the society, you could say such a revival in the church that will spill over into the society and become an awakening in here please give me chapter and verse that says that we can never have another awakening in America. Please give me chapter