“Now when all this was finished, all Israel who were present went out to the cities of Judah and broke the sacred pillars in pieces, cut down the wooden images, and threw down the high places and the altars—from all Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim, and Manasseh—until they had utterly destroyed them all. Then all the children of Israel returned to their own cities, every man to his possession.”
II Chronicles 31:1 NKJV
When I was a kid, I used to attend Revival meetings. Some of them were the big tent varieties. I remember there as a lot of excitement, and people flocked to them. Even now, when I am driving around in the summer, I get all excited when I see a big top tent in a parking lot. I wonder if it is a revival meeting. Too often these days, it is some company having a sale.
Those of us who call upon the name of the Lord are waiting for a great revival. We are looking at all the things going on and becoming filled with anticipation. Those who are leaning on the spiritual rocks of our faith, desire to be ready, come what may. My prayer life has been guided lately, as I have been praying for people to experience a sense of urgency to begin anew the pursuit of the things of God. May we all be like Jesus. May we all share Jesus and the great Gospel message that saved our souls.
In the chapter before the passage I read this morning, Hezekiah had led his people in revival as they began to honor God as they once had. They had reinstated the sacrifices and ordinances of temple worship and began to read the Scriptures. There was a period of repentance, as all remembered God.
I have had seasons of revival in my own life as I have sought to return to the “holy habits” of old. I read my Bible more, I increase my prayer and a seek to keep my sin accounts short, and drive as much sin out of my life as possible. I add many spiritual things to my life.
When I read through the passage above, I found myself considering the other side of revival: the taking away. It is wonderful to add all the great things to ones life to draw closer to the Lord. One must also go and tear down the things that can tempt one away from intimacy with God, removing the things that do not edify, encourage and bring peace.
I have found myself going through my media selections. As I have done this, I have placed many things under divine scrutiny. I consider my worship music. I find myself asking if it is biblical. I have learned to separate the warm, fuzzy, feel good worship, from the meaty substantive worship music that gives one doctrine. This has also worked its way into my television habits. Many favorite shows have faded in interest as my tastes have changed.
We are entering a time when one must make a concerted effort to seek the godly and eschew the worldly. It is also a time when one must trust in the Lord. One psalm has reverberated through my mind often during these tumultuous days is this:
“It is better to trust in the LORD Than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD Than to put confidence in princes.”
Psalms 118:8-9 NKJV
I know that God is the only one that can deliver us. I am surrounded by so many who are putting their trust and hope in political candidates.
I know that regardless of who is in office, God put them there, just as He placed Nero in power over the early church. Our forerunners trusted in the Lord.
Believers, let those times be a prompting to seek true revival. Begin seeking God with renewed vigor. Begin to address the things in your life that are the detractors. Begin to address the things that cause you to fear, and turn them over to the Lord. Remember that you are His and that He loves you. I can attest as one who has come through much, that God is truly faithful.
My people, Jesus is coming soon! Let’s clear out the junk that is dragging us down.
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