WHEN GOD COMES DOWN: GETTING READY FOR REVIVAL
(Beausejour Church with St. Ouen’s Church – Pastor Chris Jordan)
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This past Sunday time was a unique and exciting time as we had another entire church congregation – St. Ouen’s Country Church – join us for our worship service. We will be having them worship together with us on Sunday mornings all month long. This is the message I shared on our first Sunday together. Believing God for revival in our midst!
INTRO TO SPEAKER AND TOPIC: Welcome Pastor Darrell & Maralee and St. Ouen’s.
- We have the same wells of revival, signs and wonders and the supernatural!
- “Isaac reopened the wells his father had dug, which the Philistines had filled in after Abraham’s death.” (Genesis 26:18, NKJV).
- The enemy wants to stop up our wells, but we’re going to redig them this month together!
MY VISION: I saw an island that represented Beausejour, and little boats all around it representing the churches in our town. Some of them were pleasure yachts, and the people were having fun playing, swimming and sun-tanning. Some of them were battleships, blasting each other with cannons. But the island started to sink, and there was a little tugboat that came along and tried to pull it up but it couldn’t do it alone. Then another tugboat came along and they started working together and kept the island from sinking. We need to work together! Two are better than one! One can put a thousand to flight, two can put ten thousand to flight. PRAY!
OPENING TEXT: “1 Oh, that You would rend the heavens! That You would come down! That the mountains might shake at Your presence– 2 As fire burns brushwood, As fire causes water to boil– To make Your name known to Your adversaries, That the nations may tremble at Your presence! 3 When You did awesome things for which we did not look, You came down, The mountains shook at Your presence. 4 For since the beginning of the world Men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, Nor has the eye seen any God besides You, Who acts for the one who waits for Him. 5 You meet him who rejoices and does righteousness, Who remembers You in Your ways.” (Isaiah 64:1-5a, NKJV).
WHAT IS REVIVAL?
- Psalm 85:6: “Will You not revive us again, That Your people may rejoice in You?”
- Used about 250 times in the Old Testament. “It may be translated as revive, live, restore, preserve, heal, prosper, flourish or save.” (Nicky Gumbel, The Heart of Revival).
- Other terms include reform, renewal, restoration, times of refreshing, or awakening.
- More than anything else, revival is about a fresh revelation of the Father’s love!
THE BIG IDEA: If we want to see God come down today, we need to learn from previous revivals to see what they did to get what they had.
WHEN GOD CAME DOWN – IN SOLOMON’S TEMPLE:
1. REPENTANCE AND HOLINESS:
“And it came to pass when the priests came out of the Most Holy Place (for all the priests who were present had sanctified themselves…)” (2 Chron. 5:11).
- “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully.” (Psalm 24:3-4).
- This doesn’t mean you have to be perfect, but when you sin, be quick to repent.
- Repentance always precedes revival!
- John the Baptist preached: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” (Matt. 3:2).
- Jesus preached: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matt. 4:17).
2. WORSHIP AND UNITY:
“indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever,” that the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud.” (5:12).
- If we want to see revival, we must worship and praise the Lord. Not just with songs:
- Also, there must be unity: “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious (anointing) oil upon the head… For there the Lord commanded the blessing– Life forevermore.” (Psalm 133).
- God’s presence, blessing and salvations come where there is unity!
- 3. OFFERINGS AND SACRIFICES:
“When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.” (2 Chron. 7:1).
- We want the fire and glory, but first there must be offerings and sacrifices.
- “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” (Rom. 12:1).
- We need to be willing to sacrifice time to pray, get in the Word, seek His face!
- “Jesus said: “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” (Mark 8:34).
- Revival won’t come while you’re spending 20 hours a week watching TV or playing around on Facebook, when you don’t have five minutes to pray or read your Bible!
“When all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord on the temple, they bowed their faces to the ground on the pavement, and worshiped and praised the Lord, saying: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever.” (2 Chron. 7:2).
- We need to be willing to bow – humble ourselves – before the Lord. We need Him!
5. PRAY AND SEEK GOD’S FACE:
“if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chron. 7:14).
- Too many people only pray during crisis or when they want something from God.
- We need to learn to seek God’s face – to pray with no agenda but being with Jesus.
- “O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water.” (Psalm 63:1).
- We need to stir up our hunger for more of God in our lives! Pray and fast.
Beausejour Community Church Website: www.beausejourchurch.ca
Pastor Chris Jordan’s Blog: https://pastorchrisjordan.wordpress.com/