Five Keys to Revival Part 4

In this week's message, we look at the final of the “Five Keys to Revival”. Once we unpack this last and vital key we will also connect all the dots showing the practical steps of how to walk out all of these keys. We do not manipulate God into revival. Instead, we'll see in His Word how to know where He is moving His people into a time of revival and what our own response must be in order to experience it.

 

Passage(s): 
Ezekiel 37

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[Before the message] Michael is speaking about the election. Highlighting the candidates’ questionable morals. And then highlighting the (im)morality of our country. Teen pregnancy, pornography, rampant abortion, non-belief in absolute truth. The courts have redefined marriage. Euthanasia legalized. The hope we need isn’t in our candidates or ourselves. John Adams: We have no government armed with power… our hope is in God’s promise. Trust in the Lord with all your heart…
As we look at the candidates, we ask, “Whom do I respect?” As believers, we’re to respect a leader who trusts in the Lord with all his/her heart. Then God will make our paths straight.
Here’s my advice. A nation gets the leaders it deserves. Character must start with us. We must be earnest in our faith and in prayer. So regarding our elections, I appeal to us as a church body.
We have prayer every Wednesday night. Meet with us here at 6pm as we pray for our nation, for the election, and for ourselves that we would be what God purposed us to be. Take time in SS to pray for the elections. As families, take time to pray for the elections and for our country. That God’s will would be done and that we, as believers, would respond as God purposes us to respond.
The church always grows in the midst of persecution, so I have no idea what God’s plan is. But I know that God’s purposed for us as believers, if we want to see the tide change, we have to seek him in prayer—praying for wisdom and direction for our country. That God would move in the hearts of our elected leaders.
 
Prayer: God, I’m tired, even sick, of talking about the elections. You tell us in your word, “He who’s without sin cast the first stone.” Many times you can take the color of a person’s skin, or their economic or regional position and almost predict how that person will vote.
Lord, we desperately need you. To change OUR hearts. Open our eys. Give us wisdom like never befor.e Wen need to hear your voice say, “This is the way, walk in it.” This is how you should vote and then trust in me.
Lord we desperately need you and pray for your council. I pray we’d be burdened and have passion and see the gravity of the situation and pray. Stir our hearts to pray. Burn in our hearts to pray. Give us wisdom and words full of wisdom and seasoned with salt and inspired by you.
Burn in our hearts to pray.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
 
Greet one another.
 
[MUSIC]
 
Will - You know my wife and I have been in the process of adoption for a very long time. And that it’s taking so long for us has been a struggle. I’m overjoyed to tell you we’re leaving this week to adopt our little girl. [applause] And, thank God, 100% of the funds we need has been raised and is in the bank.
This is something God’s been doing a long time. He’s used each of you—your prayer and support—despite my weakness and the hard time I had trusting and believing. Struggling with uncertainty for years, and God freed me from those chains of doubt.
There’s nothing special about me. It’s our God. That’s the God that, if you’re a believer, He desires for you to be free, your chains to be loosed. For all of us to know him to have abundant eternal life. Not just in heaven, but now.
Your struggle may look completely different from mine, but there’s no struggle that cannot be overcome by the blood of Christ.
When we sing, “Chains, loosen your grip”, think of your chains and struggles. As they come to mind, lift them up to him. Say, “God, this is too much for me, but not too much for your power.”
 
[SINGING - Loosen my chains]
 
Praying: By the name of Jesus, I’m saved. By his blood set free. According to the mercy and grace of our God. Thank you Lord.
 
[Offering]
 
Jerusha reading John 16:7-15 -  7* ¶ “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper shall not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.
 8* “And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin, and righteousness, and judgment;
 9* concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me;
 10* and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you no longer behold Me;
 11* and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.
 12* “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
 13* “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.
 14* “He shall glorify Me; for He shall take of Mine, and shall disclose it to you.
 15* “All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said, that He takes of Mine, and will disclose it to you.
 
10:39 - Before I speak, Will and Lesley, will you come up here please. And I need the Neely daughters as well.
As you all know, Will and Lesley are heading to China this Wednesday. Will has testified that this has been in the making for a long time. They were initially thinking Ethiopia, but now they know it’s China. They’ll be gone for about a month as they get their daughter.
Let us pray to ask God’s blessing and favor as the whole family comes. Anyone who wants to come and stand in prayer with us, please come. We’ll all agree in prayer.
 
Prayer by Heather W—peace and safe and trouble-free trip. The adjustments, challenges, sweet times, memories. Prepare them and bless them with provision and resources and fellowship with you and wisdom.
Conner S - Be WITH them, giving peace,e wisdom, discernment, love that surpasses understanding for this new daughter. Give love and patience and the same love with which you love us.
He Shannon - Thank you for the loving father you are. Be with them as they extend their own family. Safety in travels. Free from anxiety and worry. Esp. be with Bella(?), so she can adjust. Let it b a wonderful time of peace, joy, love. Let us know how we can individually and corporately support them.
Michael - This is a life-long commitment. They’ve pledged to take on another life. With struggles. There’ll be language barriers. As they experience the new dynamics and struggles, I pray even for their daughters that you would give them supernatural wisdom and love for their new sister. Calm hearts and minds of Will and Lesley. As those times arise, give them that peace that passes all understanding and calm their hearts so they can look at the precious girl who’s been saved physically and one day spiritually. That there’s a precious treasure they have the privilege to care for. As in the prayer of Jabez, expand the boundaries. Bless their travels and finances and this family. We ask your blessing of protection and care upon them in Jesus’ name. Amen.
 
10:48
 
Thank you, church family, for coming together and praying for the Neely’s. I’m excited for them. It’ll be an adventure, especially since she’s not a baby.
 
Again, welcome everyone. We’ve been on this journey about the power of the spoken word. In Ezekiel 37, we’ve seen 5 keys to revival. I didn’t come up with these because it sounded like a cool thing to speak about. I truly believe that this is what God has spoken and is stirring and it’s foundational in his word.
We cannot manipulate God into revival. We’re not about that. But if you look at 2 Chronicles, esp. ch 2-7. King Solomon is reestablishing the temple. The people had been scattered. As he’s rebuilding, he does this because he recognizes the promise that God gave his father david, that he Solomon would rebuild the temple and that God would revive the nation of Israel.
As he saw the promises, he started to walk in the things God has promised. And he realized that revival would come.
 
In 2 Chronicles, culminating in ch 7, Solomon express this amazing prayer. And in 7:14-16, God responds:
 
 14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
 15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place.
 16 For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that my name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there for all time.
 
This is how God responded to King Solomon’s prayer and sacrifice. It’s a prayer of unity (2Chron 2:32-35 — even foreigners, as they come, be with them, that we would be one.) A prayer for fellowship, and they had a feast for 7 days, eating and fellowhsiping together. Then in 2Chron 17, we hear God say, “Listoen, I’ll do what you ask of me if you ask according to my word.
We see unity, fellowship, obedience. And God is reviving His people.
“Revival” = improvement of something, or reawakening to life and the purpose God has for us. Solomon as king knew the promises of God. As he saw the circumstances, he knew this was the time of revival.
I take being a pastor extremely serious. I understand the gravity of it. And I say, “Lord, I fall so short.” I understand that being a pastor means I have oversight and to be watchful over the people of God. And I have to be watchful of the community and the atmosphere. I have to be aware of what’s going on in order to protect, guide, counsel, shepherd, lead.
As I seek to watch and pray, and as I see our environment and the media and the division in our country, as I look in his word, I know, we need revival! Within ourselves.
If we were to be honest right now, many of us would say “I need revival” we need reawakening to the power and purpose of God. We need revival to the truth. And we need revival to our faith. As individuals. As families.
It’s amazing how easy it is for me to get into a season of complaining so that every word out of my mouth is putrid. Revival! Bless the Lord oh my soul. David prayed because he was in desperate need for revival.
Young people, we need a revival amongst youth. 
We need revival in churches where Sunday morning isn’t the most segregated time in the church. We need revival.
 
That’s why we’ve been talking about the keys to revival in Ezek 37.
 
In Ezek 37:9-13
 
 9 Then he said to me, ‘‘Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.’’
 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.
 11 Then he said to me, ‘‘Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are clean cut off.’
 
Church, church, church. Children of God. The promised seed of Abraham. Do you know you’re part of the whole house of Israel? We are!
 
 12 Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will bring you into the land of Israel.
 13 And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people.
 14 And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the LORD; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the LORD.’’
 
I will place my spirit within you. The breath will come once again. /Ruach/ - the inspired inspiration of God.
 
We’ve talked about the four previous keys:
1. Die to self.
2. Absurd obedience.
3. Connectivity and fellowship.
4. Understanding the importance of unity, the full unity of the body of X. Briging those at odds together.
5. The breath of God and Spirit of God to breathe in us.
 
The key to all life is breath. The Holy Spirit is our spiritual air. We cannot run the race without the Spiritual air of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives. We cannot do the work we’re called to do without the spirutla air of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives. We cannot experience true truth without the Holy Spirit. We cannot die to self without the spiritual air of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives. We cannot have true unity without the spiritual air of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives. We cannot be obedience without ….
This spiritual air of the Holy Spirit is the key to living an ‘inspired’ life. He’s the hing pin to the other 4 keys. Recognizing and yielding the power and authority of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is not an “it”, not a force. Sometimes we like to use “Holy Ghost” because it’s more mystical. He IS God, God 3-in-one. I don’t care how theologically astute you are, you cannot experience the depth of the meaning of the Trinity.
 
VIDEO: “Who am I?” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWkBOCnvLPc) Not a force, not a ghost, not energy. God’s gift. I give living water, new life to the spiritually dead. 
 
In order for us to experience true revival, we must yield, surrender to the Holy Spirit. We must relinquish control to Him. All control.
1. Die to self - 1P 1.13-16 -  13* ¶ Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
 14* As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance,
 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,
 16 since it is written, ‘‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’’
 
God sent His Holy Spirit—Holy = set apart to God. Died to the old ambitions of the world and this life and living wholly for God as His instrument. And he says that as we do that, the Holy Spirit will set us apart for the purpose he’s called us to.
We must die to self and live by the power of the Holy Spirit for the purpose of God.
 
2. Absurd obedience - John 15:14ff.
Basically he’s saying, as I walk amongst you, God will send Himself amongst you in the form of the Holy Spirit who’ll talk with you and walk with you and counsel you to obey Him.
 
3. Connectivity / fellowship - 1Cor 12:4-11.
 4* Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.
 5 And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord.
 6 And there are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons.
 7* But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
 8* For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit;
 9* to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit,
 10 and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues.
 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.
 
Fellowship is the common good.
 
He has imparted Himself to us and gifts to us. And as we fellowship and are connected together, these gifts build up the body of X.
The hinge pin is that there must be yielding to the Holy Spirit and His work in our lives.
We see unity amongst believers, getting past the hatred and our own predisposed ideas of what another race and culture is like. Prejudging each other because of something that happened in the past. We may think, talk, act differently. The color of our skin may give us an angst in our being that we can’t let go.
So we can’t come together and reconcile. And that’s part of a sinful nature.
John 16:7-11 says:
 7* ¶ “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper shall not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.
 8* “And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin, and righteousness, and judgment;
 9* concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me;
 10* and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you no longer behold Me;
 11* and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.
 
HE will be the one to convict us about our sinful nature and prejudices.
 
Calling people up the front.
 
Carl, what do you do?
CP: I’m a marriage counselor.
We call on Carl a lot, and he has walked in that role as a counselor.
 
Chris Morton. Any time one of our kids’ or our own vehicle breaks down, we call on Chris. Saturday. Sunday afternoon. Evening. Whenever. He’ll leave early sometime.
 
Darryl let us borrow his chainsaw. It jams. Josiah does a Chris Morton and googles for what’s wrong. And when he gets all the tools, the chainsaw is in pieces. I blame Chris. And then he gets it back together and it works just like brand new. He learned this from Chris. “I’ve never done this before, but we’ll figure it out.”
Chris empowers my son to do things he didn’t know he could do.
 
Zine, Gregg, Scott — they’re friends who stick with you. “We have 5 trees in the yard that need to be cut down. We won’t pay you. I’ll hurt. Will you come?” Sure.
 
Zine and Karen - they don’t judge. they share coffee. I have confidence to be knucklehead Mike.
 
They’re all friends.
 
Shannon and Shannon - our devotion was X and it goes along wit what you said. They’re constantly encouraging me so I can continue on to fight the good fight and walk in all the junk God’s called me to walk in.
 
My wife, she knows me and prays earnestly for me. She’s been on her face on the floor for me.
 
Karen’ll text me, “You’re on my heart and I feel there’s seomthung specific I need to pray for.” She’ll intercede for me. Intercessor. Advocate.
 
McCaig - always telling the truth to me. Here’s what the Word of God says. You can do it.
 
Helper - Scott and Gregg and Daryl - they’re ready to come straight from work and get in there and help how they can.
 
This list isn’t complete. Many of you do the same things as well. My point: the Word of God does all of these things to us.
 
The Holy Spirit is our comforter, counselor, empowerer, encourager, intercessor (Romans), advocate, speaking the truth , testifying what the father speaks. He’s our helper.
And not SUBSERVIENT, but even giving direction, “This is the best way to do this.” So I can be successful in these things.
The Holy Spirit is Jesus amongst us. He’s IN us and He’s WITH us. If you forget EVERYTHING I’ve said today, remember this. Everyone remember this: YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Jesus said, “I’ll send a comforter to you, a counselor, revealer of truth. He’ll be with you and in you. YOU. ARE. NOT. ALONE.
 
Jesus said John 14:15-21
 15* ¶ ‘‘If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever,
 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
 18* ¶ ‘‘I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
 19* Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.
 20* In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
 21* Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.’’
 
The helper speaks what the Father says, the Father’s heart. He’s with and in you. His counsel is with you. And it’s possible to be the church and the people of God he’s purposed us to be because he’s given us the Holy Spirit so we can experience true revival.
 
You may say, “I don’t think I’m experiencing the Spirit in my life.”
Are you witnessing? Acts 1:8 John 15:26-27 If not, that may be why
Are you praying? Romans 8:26-27. If not, that may be why.
Are you seeking to be obedient to his word? John 14:15-20 If not. that may be why you’re not experiencing the Holy Spirit.
Are you earnestly seeking and desiring to know and walk in the truth? John 14:25-27; 16:13-15.
 
If you’re not DOING these things, don’t expect the Holy Spirit to be at work in your life.
 
In your bulletin, you have practical steps you can do to begin to experience revival in your life. Very practical things. Like when you first get up, pray for the Holy Spirit to fill and empower you today.
 
We’re not trying to do a contrived method. but as we look at the Word of God, he said there’s things we need to do if we want to experience revival in our lives, community, church, nation.
 
11:30 Will, come forward please.
 
Church, we can listen to preaching all day long, watch videos… but if we’re not seeking to yield and walk in those truths, then we’re like the man who looks in the mirror and then walks away, forgetting what he’s seen.
 
You can experience revival. In our church, in our community. In our country.
 
11:31 Let’s stand.
 
Do yo feel that tugging in your heart? You can deal with it either by yielding to it or by quenching the spirit. (I just want to do things my way.)
If you don’t know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, come here and let us introduce you. Simple as that.
Prayer partners, please come forward. If the Holy Spirit is stirring in your heart to come forward as a man, woman, couple, family and yield, then do it.
If you need someone to pray with you, come forward, and let’s experience what it is to be family and pray with each other.
 
[SINGING In the darkness, in the pain…]
 
Denise Johnson shares that she came forward that the Lord has shown me that I’ve come lazy and indiffiert to his word. I knelt at the altar. And that night I got sick. And I knew that was from Satan. He doesn’t want us to serve Him and make a difference in the lives of people.
I’m still recovering from the illness—the worst I’ve ever been through. But God has brought glory. This past week, my sister’s stepson was murdered because he was involved in drugs.
God created us and the only way we can be content is if we fulfill the purpose for which he’s created us. May we be serious about serving th Lord and loving people and taking our time and our resources.
Lets be diligent about sharing with people.
Thank you for listening.
 
11:42 As we close up the service, it’s all about being a church family. The Bible tells us that we’re called to have elders. As we close the service up, we ask that if you’re a member of the church, please stay.
If you’re looking for a church home, we would love to have you as part of our church family. Let us know how we can continue to pray for you.