at the Crossroads
In my fifty years of walking
with the Lord, I have never witnessed a greater concern for the
spiritual condition of this nation. Everywhere, concerned citizens-especially
Christians-are deeply troubled over the wicked things that are happening
in our country.
As individual Christians and as a Church, we are prone to be so
comfortable, so materialistic, so indifferent to spiritual discipline,
so racked by scandals and loss of respect that secular society sees
little difference between believers and the rest of the world.
God Wants Revival
I believe God wants to spare our nation and am confident that He
is going to send a great spiritual awakening to America and the
world. God is touching the hearts of many influential Christians
across our land, as He has touched mine. He is convicting His people-persuading
them of their sin and the sins of the country-in preparation for
the coming revival.
Few seem able to grasp how easy it will be for the revival fire
of God to sweep around the world; but past revivals show how powerful
our Lord really is.
During my forty-day fast, the Holy Spirit assured me again and again
that God will send a great revival to America and the world when
His people heed His call to turn to Him, according to 2 Chronicles
7:14. I am confident that this awakening will result in the greatest
spiritual harvest in history, and the Great Commission will be fulfilled
in our generation.
What the Revival Will Do
If awakenings of the past foreshadow events to come, I believe we
will see the fire of the Holy Spirit break out in the churches and
spread to every nook and cranny in the land. We will see revival
begin with God’s people, but millions of unbelievers everywhere-in
government, education, the media, Hollywood-will turn to Christ
in unprecedented numbers. That is the nature of true revival. It
is never contained within church walls.
As this revival sweeps throughout our nation and around the world,
we will see renewed religious fervor. When revival comes, Christians
will exercise greater influence in their communities and in our
How the Revival Will Come
Such revival comes as a sovereign act of God-as the result of Christian
people meeting God's conditions by responding to the work of the
I believe three things must happen before this revival can take
First, Christian leaders must catch the vision. We need
dedicated ministers of God who are not afraid to call their people
to repentance-even if this results in great personal sacrifice.
Second, God’s people must heed the call to repentance,
fasting and prayer. God is calling His people to revival. His
Word in Joel 2:12, 13 applies today as it did in the prophet's time.
Third, the Holy Spirit must convict the nation of its sins.
No revival is possible without the convicting power of the Holy
What You Must Do
First, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any unconfessed sin in
your life. Is there bitterness, unbelief or unforgiveness?
Are you spiritually cold, having left your first love of the Lord?
Second, be filled with the Holy Spirit. If you are a Christian,
God in the person of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is already
living within you. Great spiritual power and resources are available
to you. To be filled with the Spirit, trust Him to control and empower
you according to His command and promise.
Third, seek to live in God’s presence as a way of life.
Living in God’s presence means that you find your total existence
in Him. You do not ask Him to work for you, you ask Him to work
Fourth, love with God’s love. Jesus wept with compassion
over the spiritual condition of those He came to save. Loving with
God’s love means we allow our hearts to be broken for the
lost, as was the heart of Jesus.
Sometimes you may find it difficult to love. But you can love by
faith. Everything about the Christian life is based on faith. You
love by faith just as you received Christ by faith, just as you
are filled with the Holy Spirit by faith, and just as you walk by
Fifth, seek God diligently. God’s work in the hearts
of people is accomplished through the power of His Holy Spirit and
the faithful, diligent reading, studying and memorizing of God’s
holy, inspired Word.
Sixth, invite God to use you. Ask Him to show you how to
influence your community. Ask Him for a vision for the world. Share
your faith in Christ as a way of life to everyone who will listen.
[Excerpt from Chapter 11, The Coming Revival by Bill Bright]
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