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May 2, 2018, 9:52 AM

How to Stop Revival


Church Family,

Hosea 14:1-4 Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity. 2 Take with you words and return to the LORD; say to him, “Take away all iniquity; accept what is good, and we will pay with bulls
the vows of our lips. 3Assyria shall not save us; we will not ride on horses;
and we will say no more, ‘Our God,’ to the work of our hands. In you the orphan finds mercy.” 4 I will heal their apostasy; I will love them freely, for my anger has turned from them.

APOSTASY - the abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political belief.

The revival winds are blowing strong within our city. Another 114 were saved last night alone bringing the total to 1196. I want to encourage you to bring any and everyone to worship at revival this week. At the heart of revival is when a people realizes they have stumbled because of their sins. They in turn bring their words to God. No longer do they live a religious life, but rather by Faith they call out to God with their words for God to saved them.

I’ve been asked how would this revival ever end? The answer is worth repeating. This revival will stop when “believers” who have renounced their faith in exchange for religion begin to flood the revival and quench the Spirit.

Have you ever accepted your sin? The sins of others? Do you make decisions based on what pleases God or what pleases the people around you? Have you renounced your faith without realizing it?

Let me confess, there are things that I want to criticize about the revival. I would do things differently at times, but that may also be because God didn’t gift me the way He has gifted the leaders of this revival. So, I have a choice, I can quench the Spirit and complain about what I don’t like, OR I can rejoice at what God is doing?

My choice is to rejoice at what God is doing. To see that it is God at work and not the ways of man. Apostasy at its core is when ‘believers’ trust in the way things are done(v3) and not in God’s power. Are we known more for our ways or for seeking God? Do we rejoice at what God is doing in the lives of others?

Reminders:

  1. Prayer meeting tonight for those who aren’t going to the revival.
  2. Women of Joy Conference this weekend. Please be in prayer for these ladies.
  3. Sign-up for Baby Dedication and Graduate Service on the bulletin board.
  4. Gideon Service Sunday morning. We will take up an offering.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn


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