WHY NO REVIVAL
Dr. Miles Seaborn
Joel 28 - 32
INTRO. Our quotes are misquotes - The Lord helps them
that help themselves. We sometimes bend the scripture
to fit the desires of our heart.
How choosy we Christians are. We take to ourselves
the promises and leave alone all the curses! Thee is
no Biblical license to take the sweet and leave the
bitter! We are like a child who if left alone orders
three desserts and leaves the vegetables. Why do we
Christians grab all the desserts?
ILL. Yes, God has made certain promises if we do
our part. The Bible says, "Open thy mouth wide
and I will fill it." Just try opening your mouth
wide for three weeks, lie in bed and wait -
besides a sore jaw and loss of family and friends
you will never have that promise filled! We are
preaching, praying, talking about revival.
Take Joel 2: What was the condition of God's people.
Pestilence stalked the land. They were a reproach
among the heathen. Plague had ravished their land -
problems, problems, problems. They were quick to
reach out to
Verse 18 - The Lord will pity his people
Verse 19a - good will be available again
Verse 19b - No longer a reproach
Verse 20 - Stay the armies of the enemies!
Verse 23 - Send the rain that will bring crops
Verse 24 - Stay the pests and problems!
But these are conditional. Like revival, we want the
renewed fellowship, the harmony, the increase, the
souls saved, the tithes and offerings, the blessings
of the Lord! But it is conditional! Where do these
How about beginning Verse 12?
I. GIVE GOD OUR WHOLE HEART! - Verse 12
1. There could be no other love. The will of
God and the word of God must be the dominating
theme of our lives! Revival must be more than a
once a week concern in the mid- week prayer
2. God has given each man the ability to focus
his life talents and abilities on someone
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