1 Kings 18:36-39
It’s commonly been said, “God helps those who help themselves”. Without a doubt, this is one the most oft-quoted phrases that many are fond of repeating, but did you know, it‘s nowhere to be found in the Bible? All around us, we witness the sobering reality of spiritual dearth across the nation, both in the Church and out. The Church resolves to pull itself up by their proverbial bootstraps; we’ll be alright she says, but Brethren, it’s too late in the hour for such fanciful thinking, the need is too great! We need God!! “In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears” (Ps. 18:6).
The question posed in this featured sermon is this: “When Do We Need Revival?”. The question is answered in three points; the Church of Jesus Christ needs revival when #1. It has lost the fear of God, #2. It has lost the power of God, and #3. It has lost the call of God. May the Lord graciously minister in each one of our lives, as we give ourselves to seek His face for mercy.
There are some things in this life that can only be truly understood by divine revelation. No amount of seeing will ever see, and no matter how many times one might hear a thing proclaimed, it’s not until the penny drops that one really hears for the very first time!! I do not think that one can begin to comprehend, Calvary’s dying love, without the aid of divine revelation, given them by God.
In this sermon, we attempt by God’s grace to walk through the first eleven verses of Philippians and to behold the humility of our Lord Jesus Christ. In light of the depth of such humility, an exhortation is given to s, to walk in the same.
Why is it that so many who name the name of Jesus Christ, can’t ever seem to break free from the cycle of “struggle”; never coming to a place of spiritual maturity in their lives, never seeming to be able to overcome the besetting sins that have so easily entangle them for years?
At the heart of the issue lies a life that is un-surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and until one turns in full repentance, one will never know the taste of victory.
Patience is one of those virtues that we all speak about, but none of us really like to experience it. It’s a bit like “saving”, who likes to save when you can spend! Well similarly, who likes to have to endure the pain of waiting when you can have it now!! The whole of Western consumerism is built on this model— if you want it now, you can have it now!!
Solomon wrote, “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life” (Prov. 13:12). Why does God then delay? Does He not want His children happy? Our Heavenly Father is of greater substance than that! He cares for more than our mere happiness, it is character that God’s after!! He wants to work in us the precious virtue of patience so that we might stand complete in Him by faith!