Here are the notes from the message at New Life Community Church, Sunday, August 24, 2014. If you desire to listen to this message, you may do so by going to our website at www.newlifesite.com. God bless!
Desperation, Part 4 Sunday, August 24, 2014
“The Fuel of Revival”
28 “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. 29 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. 30 I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. 31 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. Joel 2:28-31 (NIV)
And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the LORD has said, even among the survivors whom the LORD calls. Joel 2:32 (NIV)
“Desperate times call for desperate measures.”
21 Days of Prayer and Fasting
7 Days of Saturation
What is the greatest biblical promise concerning the end times?
9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:9-14 (NIV)
God’s Promise of Revival
1 After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. 2 Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Luke 10:1-2 (NKJV)
Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. James 5:7 (ESV)
Quotes on revival.
Revival is nothing else than a new beginning of obedience to God.
Revivals are supernatural demonstrations of God’s power.
Revival can never be explained in terms of activity, organization, meetings, personalities, preachings. These may or may not be involved in the work, but they do not and cannot account for the effects produced. Revival is essentially a manifestation of God, it has the stamp of deity upon it, which even the undegenerate and uninitiated are quick to recognize. Revival must of necessity make an impact on the community, and this one means by which we may distinguish it from the more usual operations of the Holy Spirit.
Stephen F. Olford:
Revival is that strange and sovereign work of God in which he visits his own people, restoring, reanimating and releasing them into the fullness of his blessing.
Ralph Mahoney, Director of World MAP:
Each new move of God is heralded by three momentous signs: 1) some epoch event in the nation of Israel, 2) a parallel counterpart of a spiritual nature in the church, and 3) a change of leaders from the previous movements with replacement by new leaders. There is a sense in my spirit that we are on the verge of a new visitation of God, right here in North America, that is going to not only affect our continent, but others as well.
Graham Truscott, in his book The Power of His Presence:
The latter rain in prophetic sense is a mighty revival of the church in the last days of the present age. A mighty revival will sweep the world. By comparing Scripture with Scripture we shall see that this glorious restoration is speaking of the great world-wide move of the Spirit of God at the end of the Gospel age, just before the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. The revival for which we pray, the revival we so desperately need will be nothing short of a world-wide outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
I believe the greatest revival in the history of the church is on its way. As I have traveled across the country I have begun to feel it in my bones. Everywhere I go I see new dramatic unmistakable evidence of the awesome work of preparation now being carried out by the Holy Spirit.
Robert Coleman, in his book The Coming World Revival:
We go forth with confidence that someday the harvest will be gathered from the end of the earth. This promise certainly accentuates the possibility of a mighty cosmic revival before the end of the age. It is possible to discern an outline of a future movement or revival that will make anything seen thus far pale by comparison.
• Universal outpouring of the Holy Spirit
• Strange demonstrations of power
• Unprecedented trouble
• Cleansing of the church
• Tremendous ingathering of souls
• United powerful praying
Billy Graham in 1974 at the Lausanne Congress:
Evil will grow worse, but God will be mightily at work at the same time. I am praying that we will see in the next months and years the “Latter Rain,” a rain of blessings, showers falling from heaven upon all the continents before the coming of the Lord.”
William Booth (1829-1912), Founder of the Salvation Army:
Six things will dominate the young people at the turn of the century. Religion without the Holy Spirit; forgiveness without repentance; conversion without new birth; Christianity without Christ; politics without God; and heaven without hell. For this will all be turned around with dynamic revivals that will spread throughout the nations.
1 When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. 2 Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” 3 The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. 4 Restore our fortunes, LORD, like streams in the Negev. 5 Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. 6 Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them. Psalm 126:1-6 (NIV)
LORD, I have heard the report about You and I fear. O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make it known; In wrath remember mercy. Habakkuk 3:2 (NASB)
1 “Come, let us return to the LORD; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up. 2 After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him. 3 Let us know; let us press on to know the LORD; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.” Hosea 6:1-3 (ESV)
What happens when revival comes?
The fuel of Revival
“National Geographic” Writer Converted at Alabama Revival
Peter Jenkins began a five-year, 4,500-mile walk across America in October of 1973. First published as two articles inNational Geographic, his memoirs then led to two best-selling books.
Two years into the journey, he stumbled into an Alabama revival and ended up accepting Christ. Jenkins says:
I grew up in Connecticut in a very quiet, official, East Coast Presbyterian church. My parents believed, and they made their six children go to church and Sunday school. I wanted a religion that had emotion in it. I wanted a religion that had life, action, and the kinds of things I found in the kind of music I loved.
When the revival began, this guy from Texas named James Robison came out screaming and preaching and throwing his arms around. There was sweat dripping and everything. He was dressed in a three-piece suit and cowboy boots.
The two of us could not have more unalike. I was this young man with sun-bleached reddish hair down to his shoulders and an unshaven beard. But I honestly felt like when he was preaching the gospel, a huge sword was slicing me into a whole bunch of pieces.
He was saying, “Joining a church won’t make you a Christian any more than joining a Lion’s Club will make you a lion. From the day you were born, you wanted to do your own thing and you were rebellious against God. If you really want to really know God, you’ve got to repent of this rebellion which the Bible calls sin.”
I could relate to that. I thought I was a pretty good person. I thought I was in search of the truth. The more I heard this stuff, [the more I realized that] religion is not the answer; salvation is. You just have something inside of you that knows when you hear the truth. All of the things we think about ourselves, how we define ourselvesall that is insignificant when it comes to what’s going on in our soul.
James gave me one of the greatest gifts anybody could have ever given me. He led me to the Lord.
Hearts ON FIRE
For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. II Timothy 1:6 (NASB)
Paths made STRAIGHT
3 A voice is calling, “Clear the way for the LORD in the wilderness; make smooth in the desert a highway for our God. 4 “Let every valley be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; and let the rough ground become a plain, and the rugged terrain a broad valley; 5 then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all flesh will see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” Isaiah 40:3-5 (NASB)
9 ‘For I will look on you favorably and make you fruitful, multiply you and confirm My covenant with you. 10 You shall eat the old harvest, and clear out the old because of the new. 11 I will set My tabernacle among you, and My soul shall not abhor you. 12 I will walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people. 13 I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be their slaves; I have broken the bands of your yoke and made you walk upright. Leviticus 29:9-13 (NKJV)
1 Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful. 2 The LORD builds up Jerusalem; He gathers together the outcasts of Israel. 3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. 4 He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. 5 Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite. 6 The LORD lifts up the humble; … Psalm 147:1-6 (KNJV)