Celebrating 76 Years Of Ministry
To God Be The Glory
Our Unity Revival will be:
Sept 21st thru 24th at 7 PM.
The speaker will be Kevin Beck.
Please join us for uplifting music
and challenging messages.
Each Sunday there is a children's program for children K through 5th grade. It is from 6 to 7 PM.
Senior's Exercise Class on Wednesdays at 10:30 AM. For men and women of all ages. Handicapped accessible.
Each Saturday - Men's Bible Study at 9:00 AM
Third Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM - The Food Pantry is open to all who are in need.
Fourth Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM - Our Clothes Closet is open to the community.
Psalm 85 speaks about our urgent need for revival. I think we can all admit that our nation and our churches need revival. Revival is a sovereign work of God where we become alive again to the all-powerful presence of God in our midst. It is a time of great blessing and spiritual renewal. The psalmist prayed for this kind of revival. He prayed, “Restore us again, O God our Savior, and put away your displeasure toward us. Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger through all generations? Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? Show us your unfailing love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation” (vv. 4-7). Notice a few things that this psalm teaches us about revival.
First, revival implies that we have fallen short (vv. 4-5). The psalmist speaks of God’s displeasure and anger, which were the result of the people’s sin. Revival was needed to restore God’s people back to his favor. If we were all living as we ought to live, we wouldn’t need revival. The call to revival assumes that we need to be restored in some way. Thus, as we seek God for revival it is imperative that we be thoroughly honest—honest with God, honest with one another, and honest with ourselves. We should pray, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Ps 139.23-24). When we allow God to search us and reveal things in us that need to be changed, then we will experience revival.
Second, revival is preceded by earnest prayer (vv. 4-7). Armin Gesswein once said, “The first revival in any revival is always a revival of prayer.” 2 Chronicles 7.14 says, “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 will I hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.” There will be no revival without humble, earnest prayer to God for his blessing. When we get serious about prayer, God will send down his mercy.
Third, revival is a work of God (vv. 6-7). The psalmist says, “Will you not revive us again…Show us your unfailing love, O Lord, and grant us your salvation.” Revival is not the work of the evangelist, the pastor, the worship leader, or some committee. True revival is the work of Almighty God. Only God through his Holy Spirit can revive us and renew us. Some churches and evangelists try to work up a revival and the result is mere emotionalism. You cannot “work up” a true revival; God must send it down from heaven.
Last, revival results in great joy (v. 6). The psalmist asks, “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” The result of true revival is joy—great, contagious, overflowing joy. When God comes in his fullness, you cannot help but be filled with joy and gladness. When revival broke out in Samaria through Philip’s preaching, it says that there was “great joy in that city” (see Acts 8.4-8). When David prayed to be restored after committing adultery, he said, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation” (Ps 51.12). There is hardly anything more appealing to lonely, hurting people than a joy-filled congregation. A boring church will never do much for God, but there is no limit to what a joyful church can do. So may God send us true revival and with it great joy.
For more devotions by Pastor Mark, visit his blog at drmarkjackson.wordpress.com.