Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
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May 12, 2010                   "Our Survival depends upon Revival!"

Wed Pm Worship                         

Text: Acts 1:8 (King James Version)

 "Father, I am your servant, willing and desiring to be used to bless your people."

                                 The Key To USA Survival Is Revival
Psalms 85:1   To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah. LORD, thou hast been favourable unto thy land: thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob.

Psalms 85:2   Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah.

Psalms 85:3   Thou hast taken away all thy wrath: thou hast turned thyself from the fierceness of thine anger.

Psalms 85:4   Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease.

Psalms 85:5   Wilt thou be angry with us for ever? wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations?

Psalms 85:6   Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?

There is something wrong in America when you face a 5k fine and 5yr imprisonment for killing an unborn Eagle and it is perfectly legal to kill an unborn child with the mothers consent
Intro: The passage that we have just read is a heartfelt prayer for revival. The Psalmist is no doubt thinking back upon the roller coaster-like spiritual history of Israel. He is remembering how, after Israel had given into sin time after time, God had always provided a plan to bring them back to Himself. And with this thought in mind, his heart cries out to God, "Wilt thou not revive us again?"


Looking at our own nation, and its present situation, we can easily see the desperate need for revival. We have seen some changes in attitude and thought since September 11, 2001, when our nation was ravaged by those now infamous terrorist attacks. But our nation is still far from God. America is in desperate need of a God birthed true spiritual awakening.

The Roman historian, Seneca, once warned the Roman Empire of its impending collapse. He was laughed at and ridiculed for his unpopular prediction.

But the collapse came just as he'd predicted. The Roman Empire exist today only in the pages of history books.
With that in mind I find It  interesting to note the three major characteristics of the Roman Empire at the time of its collapse:

(1) Religious Apostasy--People had forsaken the God Who had created them;

(2) Moral Degradation--The people of the Roman Empire were some of the most vile and lewd people of their day. A human life was of little worth;

(3) Political Anarchy--The political situation in the Roman Empire was chaotic. The nation disintegrated, while every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

Folks, the conditions of our once great nation are strikingly similar to those of the Roman Empire at the time of its fall. I Believe with all my heart that the key to America's survival is revival. Our nation must turn back to God. I stand before you tonight as God's prophet declaring the same warning as Seneca on the Impending collapse of America unless the spirit of Caleb is awakened.


With that in thought, America will never see revival until individual Americans seek God for personal revival, and then cry out to God in true brokenness for national revival. Revival must begin with the individual. The question of the hour is not so much, "What is the spiritual condition of America?" but, "What is our personal spiritual condition before God?"
As we think along the line of revival, there are three facts of which I want to make us aware. We not only need to understand these facts  we must comprehend and apply them if America is going to survive as we "The Professing Body"  seeks God for revival.

1st  theme: We need to understand...

I. THE OCCURANCE OF REVIVAL
A. True Revival Always Originates with God's Sovereignty.

1. The Psalmist realized that revival was God's doing.

Ps. 85:6a "Wilt thou not revive us again..."
The only way something can be revived is to 1st realize it is dead!
2. Habakkuk also realized that revival is something that God must accomplish.

Hab. 3:2b "...O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy."

NOTE: [1] Christians can schedule meetings, invite evangelists, organize and plan; but we cannot produce revival. Revival has but one source--God.
[2] Revival is when "...there is an invasion from heaven, and God intervenes in the life and work of a church."
[3] The matter of revival is not to be taken lightly:

There are no shortcuts when it comes to revival. The church desperately needs revival, but it is not going to come by quick and easy methods. Evan Roberts prayed for eleven years before the Welsh Revival broke out, and his ministry during that remarkable time broke him physically. More than one hundred thousand people were converted to Christ during that mighty awakening, but it was not the result of manufactured meetings (they were spontaneous) This was not the result or manmade promotions. True revival goes deeper than that.

B. Revival Only Occurs When Saint's Face Their Own Sinfulness. It's not my brother it's not my sister it's me O-Lord standing in need of prayer.

NOTE: There can be no real revival apart from facing oneself:

Revival is the heavenly visitation of a Holy God, which brings to life Christians who have been sleeping and restores a deep sense of God's near presence and holiness. This in turn brings a vivid sense of sin and a profound exercise of heart in repentance, praise, and love, with an evangelistic outflow.
If you do not have a heartfelt cry and passion for the lost you are in desperate need of revival.


1.Not only do we live in physically perilous and dangerous times We also live in spiritually perilous times.

2 Tim. 3:1 "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."

NOTE: [1] We hear these verses read and we automatically think, "Yeah, that's exactly the condition of our world today." And that's true. It is the condition of our world today. But it is also true that many of those traits can be found among God's children as well. What a sad state of affairs for the church of Jesus Christ.
[2] On the whole, the Church has grown cold, calloused, and casual about their relationship with God. Many of God's people have relegated their relationship with God to a very low position on their list of priorities. God Help us WE NEED REVIVAL!

2. God is speaking to this generation of saints through the tragedies and calamities of our day.

a. He's saying, "You better Look around."

Deut. 31:17 "Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall befall them; so that they will say in that day, Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among us?"

b. He's saying, "You better Look deep inside."

Isa. 55:6 "Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:


7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon."

c. He's saying, "You better Look up."


2 Chron. 7:14 "If my people, which are called by my name, shall 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."

2 Chron. 15:2c "...if ye seek him, he will be found of you..."


II. THE OPPORTUNITY OF TRUE REVIVAL Lies Only With The Saints of God.

1. Only saints can be revived.

Ps. 85:6a "Wilt thou not revive us again..."

2 Chron. 7:14a "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves..."

2. Revival is not lost souls getting redeemed, but saints getting right.

a. In Jonah chapter 2, Jonah repented and Jonah was revived.

b. In Jonah chapter 3, the Ninevites repented and the Ninevites were redeemed.

NOTE: [1] Folks, I wonder how many of our neighbors will go out into a Christless eternity, while the Church sits in  its comfort zone and refuses to repent and be revived?


[2] Revival could start with just one person tonight. The Bible says, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me" (Rev. 3:20). Will you be the one to open the door to Christ, tonight?


[3] A great old man of God used to say that what we need to do is find somewhere to get alone with God, draw a circle on the floor around us, and then pray for God to send revival inside that circle. That's pretty good theology.

B. True Revival Lies With God's Strategy.
1. We must humble ourselves before God.

2 Chron. 7:14a "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves..."

NOTE: Don't kid yourself It isn't easy to admit that you're backslidden, but it must be done if you're to have revival. "A backslidden Christian is any Christian regardless of nationality or denomination who is not as close to Jesus as they use to be.

2. We must pray to God.

2 Chron. 7:14b "...and pray, and seek my face..."

Luke 18:1   And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

The again in

James 5:16   Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

3. We must repent before God.

2 Chron. 7:14c "...and turn from their wicked ways..." This is not an Easier to ask forgiveness than permission repentance. This is genuine heartfelt sorrow and forsaking the wrong with absolute confidence that greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

NOTE: "To expect revival without repentance is like a fellow expecting to get to the moon riding on a Georgia mule.


III. THE OUTCOME OF REVIVAL

A. A Renewed Spiritual Relationship.

2 Chron. 7:14d "...then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
James 4:8a "Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you..."

B. A Renewed Spiritual Response.

Rom. 12:1 "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

NOTE: If our churches ever experience real revival, it will change the way we operate:

In an eyewitness report of the great Welsh revival of 1904, G. Campbell Morgan wrote, "The horses are terribly puzzled. These men have driven their horses by only obscenity and kicks. Now they can hardly persuade the horses to start working, because there is no obscenity and no kicks.

C. Renewed Spiritual Rejoicing.

Ps. 85:6 "Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?"

The great preacher and pastor of Chicago's famous Moody Church, A.C. Dixon declared, "When we rely upon organization, we get what organization can do; when we rely upon education, we get what education can do; when we rely upon eloquence, we get what eloquence can do, and so on. Nor am I disposed to undervalue any of these things in their proper place, but when we rely upon prayer, we get what God can do."