The Revival We Need
Words and coins are similar. Both become worn smooth through constant use. A coin passed from hand to hand becomes so worn that the inscription can hardly be distinguished by sight or touch. So a word by constant use can lose its effect.
Dr. Ray Frank Robbins, a former seminary professor of mine at New Orleans said, "Words do not have meanings, they have usages." One generation will use a word one way while another generation will use that same word another way.
What do you think of when I use the following words: bread, cool, grass, speed, and gay. The same thing can happen to the words we use.
-Take the word "revival." I have used it since my childhood. It once stood for a protracted meeting the first week in August, as far as my home church was concerned. But what does the word mean?
Vance Havner said, "Revival is a fresh work of the Holy Spirit among Christians to bring them to confession of sin, renewed dedication and a loving zeal for service."
We will never realize our need for revival as long as we are satisfied with our religious status quo. But when we come to see ourselves as did Laodicea as "Poor, blind, naked and destitute of power," and call on the Lord, then revival will come.
The psalmist experienced such a time when God had ceased blessing his people and had turned his anger upon them because they had turned to folly.
What kind of revival do we need?
1. WE NEED A REVIVAL THAT WILL EXPOSE OUR SIN.
There are too many church people today who do not see sin as a serious thing. It is nothing more than a Puritan hangover. It is just maladjustment. It is a difference of opinion. In political circles, it is something that is kept alive by the right winged fundamentalist. But if sin is not a reality, the consequences of it certainly are. "Be not deceived, God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap." "The soul that sinneth, it shall die."
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