Most of us recognize the increase of moral relativism goes hand in hand with the decline of Christianity in America. Repentance and revival are needed today more than anytime in our history! But how much time do we have?
TODAY’S GUEST is Pastor Landon Churchill, senior pastor of Freedom Fellowship Church in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. Landon and his wife, Sunny have three children, and they’ve been in ministry for over two decades. Pastor Landon also helps oversee the Freedom Center Food Pantry in Appleton, WI and actively serves as chaplain with the Fox Valley Jail Ministry.
As we begin another new year, it’s important to discuss the subject of personal revival and the need we have in the U.S. to return to God and seeking first spiritual things. This of course can be difficult!
Revival starts with you and me – in our hearts. But first of all, if you are not a Christian, you can’t even be revived because you must first be “vived” or made alive in Christ (Eph 2:5). The Hebrew word for “revive” is “chayah” and means “to be quickened, to be made alive,” and “to be restored” so you must first be born again, (quickened or made alive by the Spirit of God) before revival can occur.
The evidence of revival, a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon believers, is changed lives. Great movements toward righteousness, evangelism, and social justice occur. Believers are once again spending time in prayer and reading and obeying God’s Word. Believers begin to powerfully use their spiritual gifts. There is confession of sin and repentance.
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“And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your rulers did also. 18 But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. 19 Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; 20 and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, 21 whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time. Acts 3:17-21
“Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “Return to Me with all your heart, And with fasting, weeping and mourning; 13 And rend your heart and not your garments.” Now return to the Lord your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness And relenting of evil. Joel 2:12-13
“Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” Psalm 85:6
‘You must be born again!’ John 3:3-14
God exalts His Word! Psalm 119:1-176
[A]nd My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
For though I caused you sorrow by my letter, I do not regret it; though I did regret it—for I see that that letter caused you sorrow, though only for a while— 9 I now rejoice, not that you were made sorrowful, but that you were made sorrowful to the point of repentance; for you were made sorrowful according to the will of God, so that you might not suffer loss in anything through us. 10 For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death. 2 Corinthians 7:8-10
“Is your church seeking revival? Then start with yourself because only then can revival possibly spread to those around you in the church, then outward to the community and hopefully, reaching out to the lost if perhaps God grants them repentance because without repentance, there can be no revival and without revival, there can be forgiveness of sins and eternal life for those who are presently separated from God by their sins (Isaiah 59:1-2). That’s what revival is all about.” Jack Wellman
In describing what happened in Jonathan Edward’s Northampton, Mass., church in 1734, observers said, “It pleased God ..to display his free and sovereign mercy in the conversion of a great multitude of souls in a short space of time, turning them from a formal, cold and careless profession of Christianity, to the lively exercise of every Christian grace, and the powerful practice of our holy religion.”
That’s about as clear a definition as we’ll ever get! During a spiritual revival, God supernaturally transforms believers and nonbelievers in a church, locale, region, nation or the world through sudden, intense enthusiasm for Christianity.2 People sense the presence of God powerfully; conviction, despair, contrition, repentance and prayer come easily; people thirst for God’s word; many authentic conversions occur and backsliders are renewed.
God Set His Sermons on Fire (Martyn Lloyd Jones)