I am going into my 41st year since I accepted Jesus Christ as my LORD and Savior. I have had my ups and downs in my Christian walk just like any other Christian has. But, I have also had the nagging feeling that I was not being everything that I should be during most of my journey. I am not talking about turning my back on the Lord or having my name blotted out of the Book of Life.
The problem runs deep. Clues are found in Isaiah and Psalms:
“I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word.” (Isaiah 66:2 NLT)
“Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted to You. For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise. (Psalms 51:13, 16-17 NKJV)
Oh, I studied the Word of God diligently. I not only studied it, I also taught it. I tarried and prayed for Holy Spirit power as commanded and God honored it by filling me with the Holy Spirit. But how could I miss it? How could I miss the other ingredients that were essential to fulfilling the Great Commission successfully in my life? Being busy working for the Lord is no excuse. I must face the fact that my wheels just spun in the mud without humility and brokenness.
Don’t allow yourself to be fooled, O Christian. Pride can be very deceiving. Both James 4:6 and 1 Peter 5:5 repeat the same warning: “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” That is why David wrote: “Search me, O God, and know my heart. Try me, and know my thoughts and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalms 139:23-24 KJV)
I have this testimony to share. Last night I was restless in my spirit. I felt that the Holy Spirit sent me on a seeking mission. I came across this sermon that was preached a week ago on October 22, 2017 by Ron Pearce of Empower Ministries. It is entitled ‘Three Signs of a True Revival’. This sermon broke me like no other sermon has except for the day I was Born Again in January 1977.
North America and Europe are in deep deep need of true revival. We are being choked to death by our greed. We have remade the Tower of Babel and think we can solve any problem thrown at us while denying the existence of a Creator. Time is short. The end is near. It must start with me! It must start with you! We must have these three things:
2. Brokenness (then put back together)
Please, I beg of you to listen to the sermon (MP3 format) at the bottom of this article in its entirety and allow the Holy Spirit to truly have His way with you. Because if you do, you will not be the same Christian, just like I was not the same Christian after I listened to it and got up off of my knees with brokenness and tears running down my face, ready to be put back together again.
May God bless you wherever He leads you as He puts you back together. For the LORD is the only one that can truly put you back together again and allow rivers of living water to flow from your heart so that you can revive those dying of thirst!
“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:38 NKJV)