Do We Need a Revival?

Jerry WalchStarred Page By Jerry Walch, 25th Apr 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Look around you; it doesn’t take someone with a genius’ IQ to see that our world is in a mess, and that it’s getting messier with every passing second. Our schools, once safe havens for our children, are becoming slaughterhouses for deranged shooters. Gangs are running ramped, terrorizing inner city schools. Our children are committing suicide and dying from drug overdoses. New laws are being passed every day, but laws are not the solution. The only solution is an old-fashioned REVIVAL.

Can this mess be fixed, that is the $64,000 question

Many people say that more and better education is the solution to all the problems facing us in the world today. Many people say that equality in social justice and a more equitable legal system is the answer to the mess the world is in. Many people think that the solution will come from better international relations. Many of us believe that the root cause of all the problems the world is facing today goes much deeper. We believe that root cause of all the problems in the world today, lies in the depravity of the human heart.As the prophet Jeramiah wrote, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” The answer to Jeramiah’s question is that only God can know the heart of man, and, by extension, only Jesus Christ can change the hearts of men.

Out of the heart

Jesus Christ said in Matthew 15:18, but those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. No new laws made and enforced by man will ever change what lies in the hearts of men. No man made social system will ever effect the depraved hearts of sinful man. Sin, the sinful nature that we have all inherited from Adam when he fell in the Garden, is the root cause of all the evil that thrives in the world today. The good news is that the heart of any man can be changed. Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit can change the heart of any man from the inside out, but for the Holy Spirit to work on the scale the world needs to be saved from certain destruction will take a real old-time revival.

What is revival?

Revival involves more than just bringing the unsaved to the foot of the cross, it involves everyone, the saved, as well as the unsaved. For us that have received Christ into our hearts as our personal Lord and Savior, for those of us who have placed Jesus on the throne of our hearts to rule over our lives, revival means a renewing of our minds, a rededication of our lives to serve the living Christ. For a real old-time revival to happen in today’s corrupt world, every one of us who know and love the Lord will have to pull together in unity. James put it this way in his epistle of James, Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

Pulling together in unity

United we stand, divided we fall originated in the fourth verse of a 1768 patriotic ballad, The Liberty Song, by John Dickinson. It became the rallying cry of the Union forces during the American Civil War. During the early 20th century, the labor unions took it up as their call for labor solidarity. During World War II, it came to represent the unity among the allied nations. Today it should be the rallying cry among all the Christian denominations because only united can we stand against the evil one, divide we fall to him. To stand united we must put aside our doctrinal differences and unite as one body in Christ, uniting in worship, uniting in prayer. At Christmas we have ecumenical services where Catholics, Jews, and Protestants all come together to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, we need to make ecumenical worshiping our normal way of worshiping. Paul put it best when he wrote in Romans 12:5, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. If we are to experience a real old-fashioned revival we must all unite as one body in Christ, we must stop concentrating on sectarianism, and start focusing on what we all have in common, the love of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. God gave His all for all of us, isn’t it time that we all came together in unity and gave our unified all for Him? I’m issuing a call of action, I’m calling all my brothers and sisters in Christ—Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant—to unite with me in a common cause, a cause to bring about a real revival, because a true revival is our only hope to correct all that is wrong in our world today.

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Christianity, Christians, Divided We Fall, Ecumenical, Rallying Call, Revival, The Evil One, United We Stand

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author avatar Jerry Walch
Jerry Walch is a 71 year old freelance writer for hire living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has been writing since the late 1970s, and writes for both the print and online media. He specializes in

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
26th Apr 2014 (#)

Is it lack of God in our lives or the stress and burden of everyday life in the modern world that is causing the problems? I think it is not just a lack of God.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
26th Apr 2014 (#)

Life's burdens really aren't burdensome for those of us who truly trust in God to provide for our needs, for those of us ho place our trust completely in Him.

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author avatar Retired
8th May 2014 (#)

Thanks so much for writing this beautiful message about revival.
In addition to what you've written, I feel the church today has not helped matters. The existence of division and self ambition has really made the church powerless in bringing about a revival.
GOD help us.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
8th May 2014 (#)

Thank you hotnicey. Sectarianism is the problem within and between our churches today. I've written about that on more than one occasion.

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