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Recipe for Revival (1 of 7)
Series: Recipe for Revival
2 Chronicles 7:14
Well this morning if you have your Bible I want you to turn to II Chronicles 7:14, a verse that many of you know by heart. I want to start a new series of messages today and I want to speak today on ''Recipe for Revival''. That verse says ''If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways. Then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.''
Now most Bible scholars would say that II Chronicles 7:14, although the word revival is not used, is the defining scripture about what the requirements of revival involve. The world revival comes from a Latin word and its two parts: re means again and vive means to live. So, revival means to live again. It means that the Spirit of God must bring out of a dormant state a person's faith. It may bring out of a person's walk that has become dull and routine and boring into a revived state, a state that is living and overflowing and abounding with good work with the fruit of the Holy Spirit and with a walk in a way that sets the example for the world to follow.
Now this was put in context. When Solomon was dedicating the temple to God and God said, ''Solomon, there are going to come times in your nation when things don't go right. Right now the economy is booming. Right now you are in a time of rejoicing.'' But he said, ''You'll have those valley times in the life of Israel, when spiritually, even economically your country is going to be depressed.'' He said, ''I'm going to send judgments. I'm going to send things upon this earth that will cause people to look to me, that will cause people to stop and think.'' I think we as a nation had a wake up call and things have been different in our thinking. God says that when times like that come if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn fro ...
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