In last week’s post “Moving Forward” there were a number of resolutions for the new year that I shared with you which revolved around my Christian life. I’m aware that they all sound very spiritual and it certainly would be a wonderful thing if I were successful in meeting the challenge. However, we all know that most resolutions, especially those of a spiritual nature, are never kept in their entirety. This is usually because we attempt to do it on our own and not realize it is an impossibility to do it without the help of the Holy Spirit. The minute the enemy realizes that we are serious at the start, his attacks begin with trying to convince us that we don’t need any help. And sooner or later we buy the lie and we are in deep trouble. I can’t count the times this has happened to me and I can safely venture to guess that it has most likely happened to you.
So the question becomes “What can we do to combat this situation and when do we plan to start?” We can all relate to how our first glance at the hands on the face of a clock causes our mind to automatically asks the question “What time is it?” And I believe this is the question we need to ask ourselves as we proceed with this new year. What time is it? I conclude that it’s time for a change. It’s time to:
- Realize that we have a real enemy in Satan and just as the Bible says, he goes about seeking who he will devour with his deception and lies. He is not some make-believe character or a figment of our imagination. He is real. He is the enemy.
- Realize that the world is also our enemy. All we have to do is watch what is going on in the political arena in our country, the trash that is being produced in the music and entertainment world, the acceptance of the sin of homosexuality as a viable alternate lifestyle, the murder of innocent babies for the sake of “women’s health”, the growth of false religions and cults, and many other ungodly activities going on all around us. And, yes folks, the invasion of the world into our churches.
- Realize that our own flesh is sometimes the fiercest enemy we have. The battles that rage within us are won by the flesh and is simply because we are not “filled with the Holy Spirit” as God’s Word says in Ephesians.
- Return to the real reason why we are still here and that is to share the gospel with those around us and even to the uttermost parts of the earth. To turn our focus away from programs and events that seem to be designed for entertainment instead of evangelism.
- Make a much better use of the power of prayer. To return to corporate prayer times that is fueled by the presence of the Holy Spirit and offered by sincere believers. to return to individual prayer that is more than just mere repetition but comes from a heart of gratitude for all He has done for us.
- Insure that what we hear from the pulpit and what we are taught by others is doctrinally sound as we compare it to what the Holy Spirit has revealed to us during our personal bible study time.
- Take a stand against the rampant immorality of our time and return to the truths and standards that were so important in the past. If we don’t do it now, what chance will our children and grandchildren have in the future to stand firm?
I believe that if we would take seriously the things above, a great revival could begin in our midst and we might see God again do some mighty things. I sincerely believe that we need that revival now more than anything but it is up to us as individual believers to be instruments that God can use. Revival needs to start in our hearts and it needs to start in mine first. Lord, give me the desire to yield to you and become your vessel for revival!