THE ONLY ROAD TO
A Bible Abstraction by John Henderson
WHAT IS REVIVAL?
How generally do we see “REVIVAL” banners continued beyond the foreground of abandoned abbey buildings? Or see printed invitations to appear “Revival Meetings” at a appropriate breadth abandoned to acquisition them arranged with humans who biking with that accurate group?
Real Christians wish badly to acquaintance a “Corporate Revival” aural the Body of Christ as a whole, but few accept the claimed alertness bare for a revival.
By definition, Webster Dictionary states that;
re-viv-al n 1. The act of reviving: the accompaniment of getting revived, 2. REVITALIZATION. &
re-vive vb. 1. To acknowledgment or restore to alertness or life: become or accomplish animate again
2. To accompany aback into use, 3. To RENEW or RESTORE
Most of us accept apparent or heard about covering affairs and traveling revivals and televangelism. A lot of of these types of affairs and shows assume to be ego trips for the humans administering them. On attenuate occasions, a traveling admiral or TV advocate will do some adequate in bringing some humans into a claimed accord with a Active Savior, Christ. However and all too often, those administering these affairs abort to argue with ministers and pastors in bounded churches and if the traveling “shows” move on, new converts are larboard to bulwark for them selves after austere aftereffect or discipleship.
One of the affidavit these traveling crusades or televangelistic ministries assume to abide is the aborticide of the bounded abbey to accomplish the biblical bidding to “Go and Teach…”
18 “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All adeptness is accustomed unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and advise all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:”
All too generally abbey associates adequate the efforts of televangelists or “outside” preachers to appear in, because their own evangelistic efforts are non-existent. Therefore, the absolute acceptation of awakening is absent because it agency to revive, renew and restore. How can something be revived, renewed or adequate if it was never animate in the aboriginal place!?
As acrid as this may sound, it is the accuracy added generally than not. God is acquisitive to apparent His animating attendance and adeptness in this generation. But we, the bounded abbey that is fabricated up of humans not buildings, accept to yield accomplish to adapt for the absolution of His adequateness in our claimed lives. We accept to acquiesce God complete and abundantly admission to our own lives and be revived, renewed and adequate by PERSONAL REVIVAL afore CORPORATE REVIVAL can happen.
PREPARING FOR PERSONAL REVIVAL
The questions and commentaries that chase are advised to acknowledge specific areas of our lives that accept to be addressed in alertness for claimed revival. Our ambition accept to be the PERSONAL /PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES in our own lives that will draw us afterpiece in a Christ centered accord to a Active and Admiring God. Regardless of what humans say, they are analytic for accuracy and adherence in animosity of all the “Christian bashing” and allowable bigotry perpetrated by our government and the media.
We, as Christians, are or at atomic should be acquainted of the anti-Christian calendar as it is accomplished at about all levels of backroom and media. There is a concerted accomplishment to inject a humanist aesthetics into all areas of thought–from the ancient levels of beastly development such as aborticide on appeal to the after stages of activity in the forms of allowable afterlife or the “right-to-die” proponents. Our God is the God of Life, not death. Any allowable arrest with that accuracy nullifies the government’s appropriate to aphorism the people.
We are acutely in the endure days. Humans of all walks of activity are analytic for stability. The humanist aesthetics has adulterated our accouchement with the attitude that there are no absolutes–that it is ancient to accept that there is a accustomed of active and that beastly beings are the accomplished anatomy of activity and that we accept ascendancy over the beastly kingdom. It has become added accustomed to accede some animals at assorted times as getting added important than man. If women could accord bearing to spotted owls, dolphins or babyish seals, their baby would be safe. But, because their adeptness to accord bearing is bound to beastly babies, their baby is expendable!
The afterward Accomplish of Action are advised to advice in your claimed revival. As you abound and complete in Christ, no agnosticism you will ascertain more. Remember, this is abandoned the beginning. Our activity in Christ and the conduct all-important to advance that advance is always connected and remember, if you anytime feel far from God, it is you who confused away, not Him. He promises to break by our ancillary in our efforts to advance a claimed accord with Him. Even if we abate and about-face our backs on Him, He is STILL THERE cat-and-mouse with accessible accoutrements to accept us aback to Himself. After all, we are purchased with a abundant price. That amount is His activity and the bill of that acquirement is His own claret that was spilt on the cross.
Steps of Action
1. PRAY THE PRAYER OF DAVID (PSALM 139: 23,24)
23 Search me, O God, and apperceive my heart: try me, and apperceive my thoughts: 24 And see if [there be any] abandoned way in me, and advance me in the way everlasting.
We, as Christians, accept to be accommodating to acquiesce the Holy Spirit complete and complete admission to every breadth of our lives. The lives of our ancestors and accompany may depend on it.
2. BE HONEST (ROMANS 12:17)
17 Recompense to no man angry for evil. Provide things honest in the afterimage of all men.
God has the adeptness to betrayal our artifice and those agilely gluttonous the accuracy can see through that dishonesty. It is, therefore, of analytical accent to be honest–Not abandoned afore men and God, but with ourselves as well. The alibi of abounding who are analytic for the accuracy and sidestepping Christianity is the hypocritical lives led by abounding who affirmation to be Accouchement of God. If our lives can not authenticate the absoluteness of Christ, again we may be amenable for abounding absent souls.
3. AGREE WITH GOD (2 SAMUEL 12:13)
13 And David said unto Nathan, I accept sinned adjoin the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD aswell hath put abroad thy sin; thou shalt not die.
God will acknowledge the needs in our lives, including the charge to CONFESS SIN and repent. As He does, we accept to be accommodating to accomplish things appropriate and abdicate sin. A lot of often, He reveals areas that charge absorption through added humans (not necessarily added Christians). It is analytical to appearance others that our God is a admiring and a active God who is accommodating to use them to accomplish His purposes. Therefore, if anyone tells us we are wrong, and they are correct, we MUST AGREE with them appropriately demonstrating God’s adulation for them and us.REMEMBER: It is added important to be a active archetype of God’s Plan than it is to ALWAYS be right!
4. PRAISE GOD FOR HIS CLEANSING AND FORGIVENESS.
(1 JOHN 1:5-10)
5 This again is the bulletin which we accept heard of him, and acknowledge unto you, that God is light, and in him is no black at all. 6 If we say that we accept acquaintance with him, and airing in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we airing in the light, as he is in the light, we accept acquaintance one with another, and the claret of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
8 If we say that we accept no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the accuracy is not in us. 9 If we acknowledge our sins, he is affectionate and just to absolve us [our] sins, and to absolve us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we accept not sinned, we accomplish him a liar, and his chat is not in us.
Many will carelessness the chargeless allowance of conservancy because they accept they accept committed the “UNPARDONABLE SIN” and that they are not aces to be a Christian. Simply, bid them Adequate to the club, and appearance them that No One is Worthy, that’s why it’s the chargeless allowance of a Admiring and a Active God to ANYONE accommodating to accept it!
5. RENEW YOUR MIND AND REBUILD YOUR LIFE THROUGH MEDITATION ON THE WORD OF GOD, AND THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF ITS PRINCIPLES.
Psalms 51:10 Create in me a apple-pie heart, O God; and renew a appropriate spirit aural me.
Romans 12:2 And be not accommodated to this world: but be ye adapted by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Titus 3:5 Not by works of appropriateness which we accept done, but according to his benevolence he adored us, by the abrasion of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
It is God who gives us a new apperception and creates in us a addition through the Holy Spirit. And, accordingly, we are again fabricated new creatures in Christ. It is absurd to renew ourselves. That would beggarly depending on our own adeptness through a apperception and a cocky that got us into agitation in the aboriginal place.
We can still do the aforementioned old things we use to do, but the Holy Spirit and Christ in our lives accept replaced the action of sin with appropriateness and holiness! They accept accustomed us a new purpose in activity and that purpose is to amuse God!
In adjustment to participate in a Corporate Revival, it is appropriately all-important to acquiesce Claimed Awakening to yield abode in our own lives as individuals. It is of analytical accent to be and abide acute to God’s administration in our claimed lives. The adjustment of awakening is to be answerable for areas in our lives and to advance acquaintance with added believers in adjustment to advice us to be accountable. Acquaintance is authentic as Two or added Fellows canoeing the baiter in the aforementioned direction!
In an accomplishment to abetment in that answerable fellowship, the afterward questions and scriptures should be advised as a abject for claimed bible abstraction with addition believer. It is the Holy Spirit who prompts us to accountability and adolescent believers who advice us advance that accountability. You may wish to analysis them aboriginal in clandestine to barometer your akin of charge to claimed revival. Some believers accept a addiction to “put on righteousness” in foreground of others rather that authenticate 18-carat appropriateness afore a Holy and Righteous God.
REMEMBER: GOD KNOWS YOUR HEART AND MIND AND EVERYTHING THAT MAKES YOU TICK. YOU CAN’T FOOL GOD! THIS IS A SERIOUS PERSONAL STUDY, AND THE ONLY WAY TO ACCOMPLISH IT’S INTENDED PURPOSE IS TO TOSS YOUR EGO IN THE TRASH AND BE AN OPEN BOOK BEFORE GOD AND OTHER BELIEVERS.
Revival Abstraction Guide
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1. GENUINE SALVATION (II CORINTHIANS 5:17)
THEREFORE IF ANY MAN [BE] IN CHRIST, [HE IS] A NEW CREATURE: OLD THINGS ARE PASSED AWAY; BEHOLD, ALL THINGS ARE BECOME NEW.
a. Was there anytime a time in my activity that I absolutely repented of my sin? YES [ ] NO [ ]
b. Was there anytime a time in my activity that I placed all my assurance in Jesus Christ abandoned to save me? YES [ ] NO [ ]
c. Was there anytime a time in my activity that I absolutely surrendered to Christ as the Master of my life? YES [ ] NO [ ]
2. GOD’S WORD (PSALM 119:97, 140)
97 O HOW LOVE I THY LAW! IT [IS] MY MEDITATION ALL THE DAY.
140 ¶THY WORD [IS] VERY PURE: THEREFORE THY SERVANT LOVETH IT.
a. Do I adulation to apprehend and meditate on the Chat of God? YES [ ] NO [ ]
b. Are my claimed devotions constant and meaningful? YES [ ] NO [ ]
c. Do I about administer God’s Chat to my accustomed life? YES [ ] NO [ ]
3. HUMILITY (ISAIAH 57:15)
FOR THUS SAITH THE HIGH AND LOFTY ONE THAT INHABITETH ETERNITY, WHOSE NAME [IS] HOLY; I DWELL IN THE HIGH AND HOLY [PLACE], WITH HIM ALSO [THAT IS] OF A CONTRITE AND HUMBLE SPIRIT, TO REVIVE THE SPIRIT OF THE HUMBLE, AND TO REVIVE THE HEART OF THE CONTRITE ONES.
a. Am I quick to accept and accede with God in acknowledgment if I accept sinned? YES [ ] NO [ ]
b. Am I quick to accept to others if I am wrong? YES [ ] NO [ ]
c. Do I rejoice if others are accustomed and accustomed even if I am unnoticed?YES [ ] NO [ ]
d. Do I see others as added important than me? YES [ ] NO [ ]
4. OBEDIENCE (I SAMUEL 15:22 • HEBREWS 13:17)
AND SAMUEL SAID, HATH THE LORD [AS GREAT] DELIGHT IN BURNT OFFERINGS AND SACRIFICES, AS IN OBEYING THE VOICE OF THE LORD? BEHOLD, TO OBEY [IS] BETTER THAN SACRIFICE, [AND] TO HEARKEN THAN THE FAT OF RAMS.
OBEY THEM THAT HAVE THE RULE OVER YOU, AND SUBMIT YOURSELVES: FOR THEY WATCH FOR YOUR SOULS, AS THEY THAT MUST GIVE ACCOUNT, THAT THEY MAY DO IT WITH JOY, AND NOT WITH GRIEF: FOR THAT [IS] UNPROFITABLE FOR YOU.
a. Do I consistently obey if I apperceive God is administering my life? YES [ ] NO [ ]
b. Do I obey the laws if I am abandoned as able-bodied as with anyone else? YES [ ] NO [ ]
5. PURE HEART (I JOHN 1:9)
IF WE CONFESS OUR SINS, HE IS FAITHFUL AND JUST TO FORGIVE US [OUR] SINS, AND TO CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.
a. Do I acknowledge my sin by name? YES [ ] NO [ ]
b. Do I accumulate “short sin accounts” with God (confess and abdicate as He convicts)? YES [ ] NO [ ]
c. Am I accommodating to accord up all sin for God? YES [ ] NO [ ]
6. CLEAR CONSCIENCE (ACTS 24:16)
AND HEREIN DO I EXERCISE MYSELF, TO HAVE ALWAYS A CONSCIENCE VOID OF OFFENSE TOWARD GOD, AND [TOWARD] MEN.
a. Do I consistently seek absolution from those I amiss or offend? YES [ ] NO [ ]
b. Is my censor bright with every person, do I NOW charge to ask absolution of anyone? YES [ ] NO [ ]
7. PRIORITIES (MATTHEW 6:33)
BUT SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD, AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS; AND ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE ADDED UNTO YOU.
a. Does my agenda acknowledge that God is aboriginal in my life? YES [ ] NO [ ]
b. Does my checkbook acknowledge that God is aboriginal in my life? YES [ ] NO [ ]
c. Next to my accord to God, is my accord to my ancestors my accomplished priority? YES [ ] NO [ ]
8. VALUES (COLOSSIANS 3:12)
PUT ON THEREFORE, AS THE ELECT OF GOD, HOLY AND BELOVED, BOWELS OF MERCIES, KINDNESS, HUMBLENESS OF MIND, MEEKNESS, LONGSUFFERING;
a. Do I adulation what God loves and abhorrence what God hates? YES [ ] NO [ ]
b. Do I amount awful the things that amuse God (giving, administration His Chat etc.)? YES [ ] NO [ ]
c. Are my angel and ambition anchored on abiding values? YES [ ] NO [ ]
9. SACRIFICE (PHILIPPIANS 3:7,8)
BUT WHAT THINGS WERE GAIN TO ME, THOSE I COUNTED LOSS FOR CHRIST.
YEA DOUBTLESS, AND I COUNT ALL THINGS [BUT] LOSS FOR THE EXCELLENCY OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF CHRIST JESUS MY LORD: FOR WHOM I HAVE SUFFERED THE LOSS OF ALL THINGS, AND DO COUNT THEM [BUT] DUNG, THAT I MAY WIN CHRIST,
a. Am I accommodating to cede aggregate all-important to see God move in my activity and church? YES [ ] NO [ ]
b. Is my activity absolutely characterized by that sacrificial willingness? YES [ ] NO [ ]
10. SPIRIT CONTROL (GALATIANS 5:22-25 • EPHESIANS 5:18-21)
BUT THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS LOVE, JOY, PEACE, LONGSUFFERING, GENTLENESS, GOODNESS, FAITH, MEEKNESS, TEMPERANCE: AGAINST SUCH THERE IS NO LAW. AND THEY THAT ARE CHRIST’S HAVE CRUCIFIED THE FLESH WITH THE AFFECTIONS AND LUSTS. IF WE LIVE IN THE SPIRIT, LET US ALSO WALK IN THE SPIRIT.
AND BE NOT DRUNK WITH WINE, WHEREIN IS EXCESS; BUT BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT; SPEAKING TO YOURSELVES IN PSALMS AND HYMNS AND SPIRITUAL SONGS, SINGING AND MAKING MELODY IN YOUR HEART TO THE LORD; GIVING THANKS ALWAYS FOR ALL THINGS UNTO GOD AND THE FATHER IN THE NAME OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST; SUBMITTING YOURSELVES ONE TO ANOTHER IN THE FEAR OF GOD.
a. Am I acceptance Jesus to be Lord of every breadth of my life? YES [ ] NO [ ]
b. Am I acceptance the Holy Spirit admission to my activity daily? YES [ ] NO [ ]
c. Is there constant affirmation of the “fruit of the Spirit” getting produced in my life? YES [ ] NO [ ]
11. “FIRST LOVE” (PHILIPPIANS 1:21,23)
FOR TO ME TO LIVE [IS] CHRIST, AND TO DIE [IS] GAIN.
BUT IF I LIVE IN THE FLESH, THIS [IS] THE FRUIT OF MY LABOUR:
YET WHAT I SHALL CHOOSE (ISN’T NECESSARILY WHAT I WANT).
FOR I AM IN A STRAIT BETWIXT TWO, HAVING A DESIRE TO DEPART,
AND TO BE WITH CHRIST; WHICH IS FAR BETTER:
a. Am I as concoction in adulation with Jesus as I accept anytime been? YES [ ] NO [ ]
b. Am I captivated with Jesus, abounding with His Joy and Peace? YES [ ] NO [ ]
12. MOTIVES (MATTHEW 10:28 • ACTS 5:29)
AND FEAR NOT THEM WHICH KILL THE BODY, BUT ARE NOT ABLE TO KILL THE SOUL: BUT RATHER FEAR HIM WHICH IS ABLE TO DESTROY BOTH SOUL AND BODY IN HELL.
THEN PETER AND THE [OTHER] APOSTLES ANSWERED AND SAID, WE OUGHT TO OBEY GOD RATHER THAN MEN.
a.. Am I added anxious with what God thinks than what others anticipate in my life? YES [ ] NO [ ] b. Would I pray, apprehend my Bible, accord and serve as abundant even if cipher but God noticed? YES [ ] NO [ ]
c. Am I added anxious with adorable God than getting accustomed by man? YES [ ] NO [ ]
13. MORAL PURITY (EPHESIANS 5:3,4)
BUT FORNICATION, AND ALL UNCLEANNESS, OR COVETOUSNESS, LET IT NOT BE ONCE NAMED AMONG YOU, AS BECOMETH SAINTS;
NEITHER FILTHINESS, NOR FOOLISH TALKING, NOR JESTING, WHICH ARE NOT CONVENIENT: BUT RATHER GIVING OF THANKS.
a. Do I accumulate my apperception chargeless from those items that could activate amative thoughts? YES [ ] NO [ ]
b. Are my conversations and behavior authentic and aloft reproach? YES [ ] NO [ ]
14. FORGIVENESS (COLOSSIANS 3:12,13)
PUT ON THEREFORE, AS THE ELECT OF GOD, HOLY AND BELOVED, BOWELS OF MERCIES, KINDNESS, HUMBLENESS OF MIND, MEEKNESS, LONGSUFFERING;
FORBEARING ONE ANOTHER, AND FORGIVING ONE ANOTHER, IF ANY MAN HAVE A QUARREL AGAINST ANY: EVEN AS CHRIST FORGAVE YOU, SO ALSO [DO] YE.
a. Do I seek to boldness conflicts in relationships as anon as possible? YES [ ] NO [ ]
b. Am I quick to absolve those who amiss me or aching me? YES [ ] NO [ ]
15. SENSITIVITY (MATTHEW 5:23,24)
THEREFORE IF THOU BRING THY GIFT TO THE ALTAR, AND THERE REMEMBEREST THAT THY BROTHER HATH OUGHT AGAINST THEE;
LEAVE THERE THY GIFT BEFORE THE ALTAR, AND GO THY WAY; FIRST BE RECONCILED TO THY BROTHER, AND THEN COME AND OFFER THY GIFT.
a. Am I acute to the confidence and bidding of the Holy Spirit? YES [ ] NO [ ]
b. Am I quick to acknowledge in abasement and accordance if convicted? YES [ ] NO [ ]
16. EVANGELISM (LUKE 24:46,48 • ROMANS 9:23)
AND SAID UNTO THEM, THUS IT IS WRITTEN, AND THUS IT BEHOOVED CHRIST TO SUFFER, AND TO RISE FROM THE DEAD THE THIRD DAY:
AND THAT REPENTANCE AND REMISSION OF SINS SHOULD BE PREACHED IN HIS NAME AMONG ALL NATIONS, BEGINNING AT JERUSALEM.
AND YE ARE WITNESSES OF THESE THINGS.
AND THAT HE MIGHT MAKE KNOWN THE RICHES OF HIS GLORY ON THE VESSELS OF MERCY, WHICH HE HAD AFORE PREPARED UNTO GLORY,
a. Do I accept a accountability for absent souls? YES [ ] NO [ ]
b. Do I consistently attestant for Christ? YES [ ] NO [ ]
17. PRAYER I 1TIMOTHY 2:1)
I EXHORT THEREFORE, THAT, FIRST OF ALL, SUPPLICATIONS, PRAYERS, INTERCESSIONS, [AND] GIVING OF THANKS, BE MADE FOR ALL MEN;
a. Am I affectionate in praying for the needs of others? YES [ ] NO [ ]
b. Do I adjure sincerely, accurately and anxiously for awakening in my life, my abbey and our nation? YES [ ] NO [ ]
While a lot of of us accept a 18-carat admiration to serve a Active God, the plan of accomplishing that ambition is difficult. It is appropriately important to bethink that Jesus DID NOT LEAVE US ALONE if He ascended to the appropriate duke of God. He gave us the COMFORTER, which is the HOLY SPIRIT!
Regardless of the advancing “IN HOUSE DEBATE” apropos the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the abandoned affair capital to our account to God is to apperceive that the POWER TO BE WHAT GOD WANTS US TO BE IS PROVIDED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT!!!
One primary acumen those alfresco the Body of Christ debris to accompany us is the denominational argument and analysis a part of so alleged “CHRISTIANS”. Start to attending for things we can accede on and allotment those things with the searchers of accuracy you appointment daily. Their abiding afterlife depends on it!!!
If your acknowledgment to ANY of the questions is NO, about-face to the scriptures adumbrated for advice in that accurate area. Bethink that the Bible IS THE WORD OF GOD and is, therefore, acceptable for apprenticeship and correction. If you are still accepting adversity in a accurate breadth addressed in this study, seek the admonition of a pastor and beware of FRIENDS whose ambition may be adequate but whose admonition may be based on their claimed assessment rather than the INSPIRED WORD OF GOD. Bethink JOB’S WIFE & FRIENDS!!!