by Adrian Rogers

Formula for Revival
Adrian Rogers
1 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 ar ...

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