Formula For Revival by Adrian Rogers

FORMULA FOR REVIVAL
Adrian Rogers
I Kings 18:1-41

Today we are thinking on this subject, "The Formula
for Revival." [read through verse 2]

The people in Samaria were in a difficult situation.
There had been a drought in the land for 3 years; not
a drop of rain had fallen. And the reason there was no
rain was that God was judging the land. And they were
in a crisis, but the crisis was about to end. For God
knew that before long the fire would fall from heaven,
and then the rain would come. And that's the sequence,
first the fire and then the rain. First the cleansing
fire and then the cooling flood. The fire represents
God's cleansing judgment, the flood represents the
showers of blessing as we are going to see in just a
moment.

America is in difficulty. We as a nation are facing a
crisis, a real crisis. Shelby County is a spiritual
disaster. Many Christians have no power in their
hearts and homes, their lives, the power that they
ought to have. The power you need, America needs,
southern Baptists need, this world needs a revival.
And I believe that we can find here in I Kings chapter
18 the formula for revival because in those dark days,
God sent revival to Israel; and what God did for
Israel, God can do in America and God can do now. So
this is not what God has said, this is what God is
saying. This is not what God is saying to people in
general, or people over yonder, this is what God is
saying to you, now, today. You need revival and I want
you to listen as we speak about this formula for
revival.


Now there was a terrible day in Elijah's day. Ahab was
on the throne. Jezebel was his queen. Sin was rampant.
The altar of Jehovah was broken down. And the truth of
God was being dragged through the dust. It was a dark
day and yet God sent revival. My heart is yearning and
burning and pleading for revival in our time. So pay
attention with me. As we look in this 18th chapter of
I Kings, we are going to meet a succession of
characters. Many of them are enemies of revival, and
one of them was the tool that God used to bring
revival. I want you to listen as the roll is called in
this chapter, and listen carefully for you may hear
your name as we study the people here in I Kings
chapter 18.

The first group of people I want us to notice and
think about are the compromisers that are represented
by a man named Obadiah. And I continue our reading now
in verse 3. "And Ahab called Obadiah, which was the
governor of his house. (Now Obadiah feared the LORD
greatly: For it was so, when Jezebel cut off the
prophets of the LORD, that Obadiah took an hundred
prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed
them with bread and water.) And Ahab said unto
Obadiah, Go into the land, unto all fountains of
water, and unto all brooks: peradventure we may find
grass to save the horses and mules alive, that we lose
not all the beasts." Now Obadiah w ...


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