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Things That Stand Between Revival and Ruin

"A much-needed revival in our homes, in our hearts, and in our homeland. Things that stand between revival and ruin.”

Psm. 85:6
"Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?"

Ezra 9:8
"And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage."

I've been a Christian 40 years and I've never seen homes more weak, hearts more weak and our homeland more week spiritually than today.

Isa. 1:1-8
(read) Notice ,“Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the Lord hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider. Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment. Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers."

That is the most vivid picture of America we will ever see in the Word of God.
"the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it."
 
This statement shows that the problem is not limited to one group, or one location. This is a terminal spiritual condition unless there is whole healing! It's like a cancer that has metastasized, not just an individual needing revival, Not just a family needing revival, Not just a church needing revival, But a whole nation needing revival! In vs. 9-10 just a few Godly people kept them from total destruction. "Except the Lord of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah."

In vs. 15-16 they have lost the ear of God. "And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood."

In vs. 22-23 alone we see the economic/political failure resulting. "Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water: Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them."
 
The most encouraging and most promising words are found in vs.16-20 "Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:"

Look at these action words: wash, make, put away, cease, learn, seek, relieve, judge, plead, ....."Come now..." We cannot "come now" until there has been washing, cleansing, putting away, ceasing, learning, seeking, judging and pleading…then the invitation from God is “Come Now.”

I want to take the two-word invitation of God, “COME NOW” v.18, and deal with the things that stand between revival and ruin.

  1. Come. Come is an invitation from God. It is not like an invitation that can be rejected without consequence. I invite you to a meal and you decline, you lose nothing but a meal. God does not give invitations unless there are implications. To turn down an invitation of God is to tell God you do not want or do not need what He offers.
    Prov. 1:23
    “Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.” v.24 “Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;” v.25 “But ye have set at nought all My counsel, and would none of My reproof:” v.26 “I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;” v.30 “They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.”
    Isa 65:12
    “Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not.”
    If you are here and you are unsaved, God invites you to “COME” and if you refuse, there is nothing left for Him to do but to let you die lost!
    If you are here and you are saved, but you are not living a faithful Christian life, God invites you to come and “reason together”, however, if you refuse, Isa. 66:4 “I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.”
  2. The second word is “NOW”.”
    This is important because when God says “NOW”, that means it is not an open invitation. You cannot choose when you want to come and reason with God!
    Prov.1:24
    “Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; V.26 “I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;”

What stands between revival and ruin? Stubbornness… Sinfulness…

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