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The Road to Revival (8 of 10)
Series: From Ruin to Renewal
Dr. Jeffery B. Ginn
October 26, 2003
a. Billy Sunday, the great evangelist, was approached by a lady that was perturbed by the fact that revivals were scheduled year after year after year. She said, "Why do you keep having revivals when they don't last?" He retorted, "Why do you keep taking baths?"
b. We need periods of intense spiritual focus. To allow God's searchlight to scan our souls. That kind of renewal brings great joy, "Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?" (Ps. 85:6).
c. We begin our Fall Revival next Sunday. Will we have revival? What road must you travel to get to revival? What are the requirements for revival?
d. They are portrayed for us here in Nehemiah 9 & 10. Read 9:1-3; 38; and 10:28-29.
2. CONFESSION OF OUR SIN
a. Aware of our sin
i. Notice in 8:18 that "day after day, from the first day to the last, Ezra read from the Book of the Law of God. . . ."
ii. Again in 9:3, "They stood where they were and read from the Book of the Law of the Lord their God for a quarter of the day, and spent another quarter in confession . . . ."
iii. By the knowledge of the Law comes an awareness of and conviction about our sin. Paul in Romans 3:20 writes, ". . . through the law we become conscious of sin." Again in 7:7 writes, "I would not have known what sin was except through the law.
iv. In our family carpet cleaning business we offered a special service for removing pet urine odors. To show potential customers their need for the service, I would darken the room and then turn on a powerful black light. The black light caused urine crystals to glow brightly. To the horror of the homeowner every drop and dribble could be seen, not only on the carpet, but usually on walls, drapes, furniture, and even on lamp shades. One homeowner begged me to shut off the light: "I can't bear to see anymore. I don't care what ...
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