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America's Last Hope: Revival

So What? / Lon Solomon
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July 3, 2022 4:00 pm

America's Last Hope: Revival

So What? / Lon Solomon

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This is also program you know God is to be on stations all around the nation bringing the truth of God's word as it is uncompromising and straightforward and I'm so glad you tuned in to listen and be part of. Thanks again for your support and your generosity that keeps us on the radio and now let's get to the word of God you know in this past week I was reading an article in USA Today about religion in American public life and policy. And in this article, there was a quote from Dr. Molly Worthington who was a history professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and here's what she said she said and I quote look at Western Europe. Sooner or later that's where we are headed" and so just where is Western Europe when it comes to religion in public life and policy will like the quote from former French Pres. Valerie to start this thing. He said this and I quote Europeans live in a purely secular political system where religion does not play any importance role" and what with the Supreme Court decision of this past week. The frightening reality is I think Dr. Worthington is right, I think we are headed for where Europe is where religion, particularly Christianity plays no part whatsoever in public policy or public life.

I think she's right. Unless all what a great word, that is, she's right. Unless God steps in. She's right. Unless God brings revival to America because my fellow Americans. It is the only hope we have left. There are no other hope strength for you ready to go. What exactly is the revival of the con I'm talking about the con I want you to pray for well revival is a powerful moving of the Holy Spirit that overwhelms entire churches, entire colleges, entire cities and even entire nations and turns them back to God. A revival is a supernatural event is not the result of human planning or the result of human programming or the result of human organizing but it is the result of God's sovereign will is booked in the day of thy power, Arthur Wallace said and I quote revival is divine intervention into the normal course of things.

It is God revealing himself in awful holiness and irresistible power. He went on to say in revival. The church is awakened. Man, how we need that in revival, carnality and worldliness are slain man, how we need that in revival. The lukewarm are made of hot, praise the Lord how we need that in revival. The people of God begin to purify themselves, how we need that and in revival every segment of society is often dead. How we need that." That's a revival of true revival is not the same as the normal everyday work of the church are true revival is not just leading people to Christ and discipling them are true revival is a spiritual tsunami, leaving in its wake a righteous transformation of society that lasts for decade after decade after decade. Melanie asked her we also know what revivalism you know in the past, America has had slavery in the past, America has had segregation in the past women have had no vote in America in the past. Jewish people could live in certain neighborhoods in America and couldn't join certain country clubs in America in the past, America had Watergate and America has had awful cases of corruption and in the past we had unwarranted persecution of Japanese Americans during World War II and and horrible treatment of Native Americans at times in our history. Listen to me revival does not mean God taking American society back to some romanticize the past, but never really existed.

No revival means God taking American society forward to a righteous future of future where America truly cares for the poor and the widow, and the orphan and the fatherless of future where America rises above the racism in this country and swears it off once and for all of future where we care about the immigrant and the stranger and the alien way the Bible tells us to do a future where the churches in America are filled to the brim every week with people clamoring to get in to hear the word of God and to worship the living God and turned weather in those churches, the people standing in the pulpit or preaching the true word of God.

The unadulterated word of God feet on watered-down word of God. The uncompromised word of God. The revival I'm talking about is a revival word God takes us to a future where we once again respect what the Bible says is right and what the Bible says is wrong and a future. Finally, where we don't mistake sin for freedom and where we don't mistake tolerance for righteousness. A myth. This is the kind of revival that we need in America. This is the kind of revival I want to see God bring to America a spiritual revival that changes our nation spiritually to such a degree that the human accoutrements of our society are forced to follow behind because the change has been so dramatic and so all reaching in this nation. Man, that's a revival and is William Gallimore the greatest story and said the great awakening exerted a force which left the colonies altered for ever listen to what he said the civil rights demonstrations, campus disturbances and urban riots of the 60s. All put together did not make the impact on our national life that the great awakening did." Now that Africana revival I want to see a man that's what we want what you know in order for that to happen we have to play a part. You and me as followers of Christ that you're here today and you're not a follower of Christ.

Let me just say to you, we got something for you to we got some folks down front right after we're done, who would love to talk to you about what it means to become a come follower of Christ what it means to know for sure that you're going to heaven when you die, what it means to know that you're born again what it means to know that your sins are forgiven you come down and these folks will be happy to help you so that you know all of that when you walk out of here today, but for those of us who are here that are followers of Christ and the majority of us are. We've got a part to play in revival coming to America.

You see, yes, it is a supernatural event, but we have to prepare the soil because if the soil is not properly prepared, God is not going to send a revival and how do we prepare that soil with your three things that we have to do and they all are in the same verse in the Bible.

This is a very familiar verse in the Bible. So when I read it, there's going to be a tendency on your part to go or whatever minimize our universe okay while he reads what we have for lunch. You know that I leave the iron on. Don't do that. Don't do that. This is the word of God. I don't care if you've heard the verse, a thousand times. This is the word of God. That tension second Chronicles 714 if my people who are called by my name goes that folks year. Yeah whatever is coming next is not for the people of Washington were standing in front of the Supreme Court the other day, rejoicing whatever is coming next is not for the people who made the change are sitting on the Supreme Court. Whatever comes next is not for the people in our town using drugs of the prostitutes in our town or the people in our town or doing whatever they do… For them. This is us right about is there that I solicit if my people who are called by my name will number one humble themselves, and number two. Pray and seek my face and number three turn from their wicked ways, then all board relevant word then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sin, and I will heal their land. One of the three things we have to do to prepare the soil before revival has a chance to fall. Number one, if my people who are called by my name will want what's the word humble themselves. That's right friends.

God will not send revival on arrogant soil broken hearts over sin is where revival always starts. God said in Joel chapter 2. Therefore, says the Lord turned to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning and tear your hearts, not to close this this is that this is the language of brokenness over sin and humility before the Lord. Psalm 51 verse 17 David said the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit over our sinfulness and over how we let the Lord down a broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not what's the next word response.

Folks listen to me if we want to see revival humility and brokenness over sin are sin, the sin of our city. Sin of our nation. These are essential prerequisites or God will not send revival anywhere. We have to be humbled and broken before number two if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face. Listen God.

Second, will not send revival. Not only will you will he not send it on arrogant soil. He won't send it on prayer lists, soil, God is never sent a revival anywhere where the people of God were praying for it fervently where they were praying for it to boot doggedly and where they were praying for it persistently listen. Did you know George Whitfield showed up in America in 1739 for five years before that 1734, 35, 36, 37 and 38 for five years. The people in Jonathan Edwards church in the state of Massachusetts gathered every week and got on their knees and pray for revival five years. They prayed and then George Whitfield showed up and man buckle your seatbelt once George Whitfield hit America but it took five years of prayer by these people.

Revival is first to in prayer, number three, and finally, if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face here we go and turn from their wicked ways. The word turn here is the same word used elsewhere in the Bible and translated repent and this is what God is calling us to repentance in our life is Christians and what is repentance means a means to turn it means I'm going this way and God says you're going the wrong way. That's not how I want you to live and we turn 180° and say okay God. Now I'm going this way with your help, that's all. Repentance is and that's what God is calling us to God is telling us that he will send revival on unholy societies. He will send revival on all the holy cities he will send revival on unholy nations, but he will not send revival on unholy churches. You will do it never has. That will Robert Murray McShane, the great Scottish preacher said and I quote the sin of one Aiken if you don't remember who Aiken was, check out Joshua chapter 7, he was a man at Israel who when Jericho was captured. God said don't take any of the gold or silver for yourself and he did and as a result of his sin. The next time the Army of Israel went out they got absolutely squashed the sin of one Aiken McShane says, troubled the whole camp of Israel. If any of you as God's children. He says will fully continue in some old sin, you will trouble our camp and what this means. My friends is that the biggest thing I can do here at McLean Bible church to hasten revival in America is to get serious about personal holiness and the greatest thing you can do here at McLean Bible church to hasten revival in America is to get serious about personal holiness sees that well already name by personal holiness. I mean, to cultivate a conscience that is sensitive to sin. I mean to call sin sin in our lives don't justify you don't make excuses for call it what it is. I mean to confess and repent of that sin. Each and every day before the Lord. I mean to ask the Lord's help the spirits help to turn from that sin. Each and every day in our life. And finally, to ask the Holy Spirit to help us hate that impurity in our lives. See folks, it's not enough just to try not to do soon. We need to go deeper.

We need to ask God to help us to hate that sin that impurity in our life. The apostle Paul said in Romans chapter 7 he said the good that I want to do.

I don't do in vivo that I don't want to do what I do and then he said this although he didn't say old G. Gosh.

Wish I could do better know he said oh wretched man that I am wretched man that I am.

I hate the sin inside of me.

I hate the fact I do wrong. I hate the impurity inside me. Oh wretched man that I am who shall deliver me from this body of death was the answer he goes on to tell us is the Lord Jesus Christ.

But there's a man who hates the sin inside of.

That's what God wants from you and me.

Ultimately, therefore I say to you the second greatest sin of the modern American church is our lack of purity in order to see revival comes from of us need. You wouldn't have to deal with that impurity in our life. Maybe it's a dirty mouth. Or maybe it's a dirty mind or maybe it's a lustful heart and lustful eyes. Maybe it's unforgiveness of someone. Maybe it's bitterness or malice, that your caring toward someone or maybe it's gossip that we do to someone else, or maybe it's slander you see Ceylon.

I sure wish you wouldn't talk about these things quite so vividly.

What did you just face it well I'll tell you why, because the great evangelist Charles Finney was right when he said you can't preach against sin in the abstract. That's why maybe it's sleeping with our boyfriend or girlfriend. Maybe it's that having that affair, or even if it's not there yet. Having that that little bit of flattery in that little bit of flirting at work. Let's call sin. Sin or maybe it's pornography which I become convinced is probably the greatest threat to the heart of the average Christian in America today, particularly male Christians but females as well. Many of us here at this church. If the truth be told we are in bondage to pornography or lease were frightened and hard not to be and friends. Pornography will will it will eat your soul way you will eat your marriage await you will eat your relationships away. It will eat your walk with God away. So were starting a new ministry in the fall to help people get free of pornography.

Men and women will be telling you more about it because there's no way God is going to send revival on a church that has 30% of its members are 40% of its members caught up in pornography not going to happen and listen.

We all struggle with every human being struggles with all of these fields, but God wants us to Fido not excuse him Fido by the power of his spirit are you're with me are now. This is been. This is been a hard message on stamina. It has folks, there's a price to be paid by God's people. If we want revival coming in the church.

The preacher say revival clapping and go in a man that is not bringing revival to anything. There's a price God calls upon us to pay and if we want revival bad enough that price is nonnegotiable with God. What is it number one humility and brokenness over our sin and the sin of our city and our nation. Number two, unyielding prevailing prayer for revival and number three dealing sin in our lives measure pastor I'm calling on us as a church family to rise up and say we are willing with the help of God to pay this price now cannot promise you this will bring revival in America know I can. Revival is an act of God.

I can't promise that but cannot promise you if we do these things that we will have a better church.

Yes, I can promise you that cannot promise you. By doing these things that you will have a better Christian walk for your family and your friends and your testimony. Yes, I can promise you that cannot promise you that by doing these things, you will have more joy in your Christian walk than you've ever had before.

Yes, I can promise you that and cannot promise you. By doing these things that the blessing of God will be increased upon your life and I'm not just talking about money. I'm talking about God's entire blessing on your life. Yes, I can promise you that.

And to me whether God ever since revival are not those things are still worth it.

Amen.

So my question is are closed today. Is this.

Are you with me. Amen. My question is are you in with good dear Lord Jesus. Psalm 103 says, as a father has compassion on his children, so you have compassion on those who fear you.

We are those people on our knees. Today Lord because the Bible says you remember that there just dust or that's all we are just that you breathe life into that you continue to breathe life into every day God help us think no more of ourselves than that. And thank you that you have mercy on us, have mercy on our nation to we beg you, have mercy. Lord we ask for that revival. Please your mercy, send help us keep doing our part matter how long it takes. Lord we love you. We thank you for speaking to us today.

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