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Now is the Time for Revival

The Urban Alternative / Tony Evans, PhD
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October 21, 2020 8:00 am

Now is the Time for Revival

The Urban Alternative / Tony Evans, PhD

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October 21, 2020 8:00 am

There are a lot of Christians running around who sound like theyve experienced revival but are every bit as dead inside as ever. Join Dr. Tony Evans as he explains that there are two parts to revival and being only half revived doesnt get the job done.

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Money can satisfy having a nice blue satisfied and have a nice glow bling bling satisfy your doctor 2011 decision true satisfaction. As a result of revival, processor restoration, with two vital part. Once it becomes the only time Samuel says you are returning to your first love. This is the alternative Dr. Tony Evan, author, speaker and pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas Texas and president of the urban alternative today. Dr. Evans explains there are two parts to revival and being only half revived doesn't get the job done. Let's join I'm sure all of us have alarm clocks usually by the side of our bids in these alarm clocks have a major assignment and that is to let us know was time to get up.

They said at night to go off in the morning even with a loud noise or with becoming one of the radio to tell us that we should no longer be sleeping or slumbering's, wake up alarm clocks can go off at the most inconvenient time they can go off when you're not ready to get up that golf when you don't want to get up, they can go off and you resist them is called the snooze button is where you are resisting the call of the alarm that's demanding a response right now. That means the comfort of the bed must be left the convenience of the covers must be rejected because you gotta get on with your day. The alarm clock is critical if you want to accomplish something in life. God had an alarm clock in the Bible and they will call prophets prophets were God's alarm clocks they would sound the alarm in order to call God's people to a spiritual response are 3 millions revival and regularly throughout the Bible God would call the people to revival through the alarm system called the prophet today I want to look at one of those profits and is cool. The prophet's name is Haggai.

Should is known as a minor prophet major prophets that one with the big books, music kills and Isaiah is the major prophets. They wrote and talked about a lot and the prophets that all the little books.

In fact, Haggai.

You flip the page you finish. You only have to check this lease minor prophet buddy the minor prophet with a major message that set the context of Haggai's prophetic message Israel has been under the judgment of God in Babylon for 70 years they rejected the earlier prophets like Jeremiah who said if you don't change God to intervene and judge. They did not change. They refused. God intervened and judged, and the Babylonians invaded Israel destroyed the temple, and many of the Israelites into slavery in the Babylon. That's where books like Daniel Clement with Daniel and Richet Shadrach, and Abednego it been taken.

The Babylon of of all products that judgment for 70 years they have been living in Babylon in this foreign place, not home, unhappy, miserable and wanting to come out of judgment at the end of seven years, God's grace and mercy intervened and God brought them out of captivity from Babylon. The book of Haggai is written to the returning Jews who are now returning back to Babylon. In fact, they have now been back in Israel for over 15 years with the book of Haggai.

When I got prophet comes on the scene there back in Israel for fifth teen years. Let's see what Haggai has to say to these returning folks who are now back in Israel burst to the posterior people say time is not yet, even the time for the house of the Lord to be rebuilt. So these returning people back home now for more than 15 years have not started to rebuild the temple, which was destroyed when the Babylonians came many years earlier to take them in the captivity the temple has been left in ruins. When asked why the people said we don't have time to rebuild the temple. We don't have time now we know one of the reasons that they didn't have time for said they didn't have time because it's recorded in the book of bathroom Internet chapter 4 verses four and five.

The people had become discouraged. They had some opposition. They had some resistance. They had some inconvenience and I said we have to live with this. That was nice to meet the temple but we now fully with this because we want to go through all this inconvenience obey rather than deal with the inconvenience that we don't have time for this so they left the house of God on hold now not dealing with the temple was major it was major because in the old testament. The temple was now the manifest presence of God in the temple was where the glory of God came where God sat in the midst of his people. So when they said we don't have time for the temple.

They were not just saying we don't have time for this building. Although the temple was building what they were also saying is it's not that big a deal not to have God in our midst because with the temple came God in their midst. So I want you to not look at the temple merely of the building was building but it represented something deeper.

Let me show you what else, if you turn over one page you run into another minor prophet's name is Zachariah Zacharias. In verse two the Lord was very angry with your fathers, as before you went in the captivity.

Therefore say to them that set them on the post return to me, declares the Lord of hosts that may return to you, says the Lord of host then returning to him to God was being demonstrated through the neglect of the temple. So here it is, how do you know when you are returning to God. You pretty much know when you're turning from sin to you doing and not doing anymore.

You can measure that you measure when you return real simple one word first.

You know you're returning when you put God first. That's when you know when.if you are returning because that means you have now reprioritize them and you have repositioned him in your life which means you are returning to hips. We got your emotions on any given moment. That's why so much is said about first in the Bible. She says you are to bring your firstborn to the Lord's 26 says that you ought to give the first of your flocks to the Lord.

Colossians chapter 1 verse 18 for Jesus Christ is the firstborn of many brethren, that he might have first place in everything its relationship to the love show put God first.

Once it becomes a priority.

Now you not only turn from your sins, you are returning to your first love. You are putting God first and therefore calling God down in your midst problem is we off with a left over relationship with God. We are satisfied with the leftovers and nobody will go with every day, what with that is five spiritually with is giving God all but which means we have not returned to him. Even if we turn from safe, which means he is not in the best and if he is not in the midst we do not have the expression of his presence operating in. You know you not put in first one you have time for spiritual priorities, but notice what he says in verse verse five. Consider your ways and other words to think about this case, only to be something about because he told me to think about is to consider your ways.

Think about this. You have so much work time and harvest little you want to win it all went you eat and there is not enough to be satisfied. You drink there is not enough to become drunk you put on clothes and no one is warm enough and you earned earns wages to put them in a purse full of know you cannot return to God you living a dissatisfied life.

The money came satisfying. Have a nice food can satisfy you. Have a nice cloak bling bling can satisfy you if you living an unsatisfied life why you're living an unsatisfied life. God says because I make sure that all your hard work does not satisfy.

It will satisfy you. It won't be enough, and I will make sure that what you get. You put in a pocket full of old soon as you get it you lose it you payoff one thing Mel's breakdown so it keeps going up. You keep trying to get more more more more more. Nothing wrong with having it in and of itself, but you're getting it without a relationship. You wonder what happened to it so that it went in and went through one where would you wonder wherewith you said so I am unlucky. No doubt, is that you want to use me you will return to me you don't want a relationship. The Bible says, seek ye first the kingdom of God. Dr. Evans will have more on how to find satisfaction in life when he continues her message just a moment first so I want to tell you about his popular devotional book stronger together weaker apart, this book will teach you how to harness the power of prayer in overcoming anger disagreements and misunderstandings. You learn how to heal relationships find common ground and impact our world and meaningful ways. If you get in touch with us and request stronger together weaker apart right away will send it to you as a way of saying thanks for your contribution toward Tony's ministry and along with the book will include all 14 lessons in his current two-volume teaching series, turning a nation to God when you make the arrangements you can instantly download the digital copies. What we send the CDs and book your way.

This limited time offer ends in just a few more days to visit Tony right away or call us anytime of the day or night at 1-800-800-3222 let one of our resource team members help you. That's 1-800-800-3222 with Dr. Evans will return with more of today's lesson right after this. You're like most Christians there are in your life you know you may not know Jesus do something about that feeling equipment to share your faith effectively.

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Content is challenging through it at your own pace. Anytime your online is also lots of custom content from Tony online forum where you can get your specific questions answered no to Tony and follow the link to the Tony Evans training center. It's like having a seminary on your smart phone says consider your ways efforts are not bringing you enough enough means to be satisfied. Okay. Put another way, there's very little contentment in your life pauses. I have learned to be content, whether times are good or times are bad.

I have learned to chill whether my stuff is up all my stuff is there, I have learned to be cool whether the stock market is headed north or whether the stock market and hitting such have learned to chill good because I have satisfaction can make. That's what he says but what is your state of discontent and everything you do. Content will be enough.

You will drink but you will get enough to be content, but you will be full enough to get content to make all but it will go into all I will not grant you contentment with me, but if you return to his let me putting me first make some vague thing return the God known about the church every week, putting first, church setting up the first to be religiously watches that watches a lot of those were seven consider Yahweh. That means you think about this, you better think about this, go to watches watches that go to the mountains bring Lord and rebuild the temple, that I may be pleased with it and be glorified, says the Lord, go to the mountain shot down some trees bring back the Lord will rebuild the temple so happy.

Okay you want me to make you happy okay making me happy first is you, me. Make me happy go up there limiting UK shut down without sweat become something that you got come up amount left little inconvenience to limitation returning to the Lord has to be demonstrated and what you do not how good you say Morocco thought my Shealy my wheel in the middle with that sound good but you have done nothing a man I love your pretty little nice talk. Go now have a mountain discussion get out go up the mountain shot down the trees. Bring back the Lord with the temple.

Let me see what you gonna do nice. You can talk mountain shot them trees would temple that I'm happy you please me. Let me put me first. Not a problem with that request watches is that the Bible says in a number places will please that's with 37 that went the people went back from Babylon to Israel, the king then was Persia, Babylon, the king of Persia watches now, the Jews would to rebuild the temple. Okay KJ you will to refuse about in the following to rebuild the Lord to rebuild the temple would to rebuild the temple while the mountain to chop down the trees to audit to rebuild the Temple have been given the will to rebuild the capital go back now… The mountain to chop down the trees to get to rebuild the temple of the Lord God.

When I left the house remodel the goodness of God, and you thought themselves for the glory of God and God. They wanted on new clothes from a new house for me, but nothing came back to God to get all my walls to get this nice wooden house showed temple because you're not important except the blessed me with the problem. The day would be a blast. Now probably a blast when you leave God out of the blast they get in on the builders temple house and get to sample what am I long as you get middle Lord I don't need you in the midst first, you look for much behold it comes to little will you will you come to me, you want a lot, but it comes the little when you bring it home blowing away cool. Now why the Lord because house lies desolate.

Each one of you wants to get the house. Therefore, because the sky has withheld its due and the earth has withheld its produce call on the land on the mountains. I called for a drought on the dreams on the new wine will what the ground produces a drought on man or no life drought on your cattle call for a drought on the label of all your thought you had a bad day you thought this right. Consider Yahweh made from your class can Blacks purchase to bring good and bring bad you want to call me for good. What you think the bad and impersonal forces that may explain God says The ground is not producing: not to grow nothing else to get the snail mail that they provide is not griped: not to produce great calamity in your world become the impersonal pauses rate in the universe because you refuse the time and you refuse to come to me. Yeah hello Joe stuff that you see shut you down. You are great you are, what gravity, what must come down if you return to the Lord coming down stress you will know stress you are you return to the law, you doctor 2011 talking about the link between revival and survival in these tough times were experiencing part of his two-volume compilation, turning a nation to God.

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Contact us right away and asked for the details on the said called turning a nation to God and if we hear from you right away. You can get all these messages on CD and digital download as well as a copy of Tony's book I mentioned earlier, stronger together weaker apart, this entire resource package is a way of saying thanks when you make a contribution to the ministry of the alternative were grateful for your support because it's the only way we can continue bringing you this program and maintain our outreaches to pastors, their families and churches wanting to reach their communities. So get in touch before the special offer runs out. Just call us at one 800 832, 22, and one of our resource team members will help you make the arrangements or visit us childbirth is a painful process with the joyous result tomorrow. Dr. Evans will explain why revival can feel the same way when our restoration is right around the corner. Be sure to join us for the alternative with Dr. Tony have you fighting urban alternative is made possible by the generous confusions of listeners like

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