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Preparing for Personal Revival (21 of 23)
Series: Life by the Book
Tonight, we come to Psalm 119:153-160 to what is most likely my favorite subject thus far in this Psalm. Much like last week, this Psalm is a series of desperate prayers and requests on the part of the psalmist. He has faced danger, oppression, and opposition. But as you read this section, something very important stands out.
He asks God for two things. He asks God to ''deliver'' him. And He asks God for ''life.'' Now, the word ''deliver'' used in this passage translates two different Hebrew words; one meaning to pluck out of danger or rescue, and the other meaning to ransom, or to redeem. Both of those words then describe his desire for God to get him out of a bad situation some how, to save him from his enemies.
But his other request is what I want to dwell on tonight. He was asking for ''life.'' He was asking God to revive him. And so what does the word revive mean? Well, you can't be revived unless you have been ''vived'' in the first place right? Revival is something that happens to bring new life to things that were already alive, but had begun to die.
So tonight, from Psalm 119:153-160, I want to talk to you about the subject, Preparing for Personal Revival. REAT TEXT
*A.W. Tozer, a very important preacher from the last century made a list of preparations that every Christian needs to make to get ready for person revival. He said we need to: 1) Get thoroughly dissatisfied with yourself. Complacency is the deadly enemy of spiritual progress. The contented soul is a stagnant soul. 2) Set your face like a flint toward a sweeping transformation of your life. Timid experiments are tagged for failure before they start. We must throw our whole soul into our desire for God. 3) Put yourself in the way of blessing. It's a mistake to expect God's help to come as a windfall apart from conditions known and met. To desire revival, and at the same time to n ...
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