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Time To Seek The Lord For Revival

By W. C. Moore

    At a certain period in the days of the Judges, "every man did that which was right in his own eyes" (Judg. 21:25). Today in so many places, it is the same. Christians are without real, genuine compassion for the lost and dying souls all around – with no genuine and abiding spirit of Holy Ghost prayer. No wonder the altars are so bare, and no wonder the world looks on in derision: "Where is their God?" (Joel 2:17).

Revival Promised

    The Holy Spirit, in the book of Joel, shows that in the time of great declension, when, "The day of the Lord cometh...it is nigh at hand" (Joel 1:1-20, 2:1-17) – this is the very time to seek the Lord earnestly for a mighty revival, which the Holy Spirit, through Joel, specifically states shall follow the fasting and crying, etc., of God's people (Joel 2:18-32).

It Is Now Our Move – Our Responsibility

    Before God consummates His marvelous – and His promised – restoration of the pristine glory and power to the church, as pictured so wonderfully in the Book of Joel, it is well to note that we, His people, must definitely and specifically and thoroughly FIRST do some restoring ourselves.

    We must gird ourselves – make a business out of the matter, lament – be really, deeply concerned about the specific needs in the church. We must CRY unto the Lord (Joel 1:13-14; Luke 18:1-8).

    We must gather ourselves together into the house of the Lord, and turn to Him with all our heart, and fast and weep and mourn. We ourselves must restore the tears and the prayers before God completes His restoration (Read Joel, chapters 1 and 2).

    But we are too busy about many things – to heed God's warnings and instructions.  Yet we look for results. God has not changed.

    "If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land" (2 Chron. 7:14). What a flood of light this verse throws on our wretched condition! We – Christians – must humble ourselves, and pray, and seek God's face before we actually realize that we have any wicked ways from which we must turn!

Criticism – A Positive Hindrance

    No use for us to criticize and condemn and point the finger of scorn at one another. We have ALL sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). Some of us have more light than others, some have sinned in one way and some in other ways, but ALL have sinned!

Daniel Confessed Over and Over, "WE Have Sinned" (Daniel 9:5, 8, 11, 15)

    Listen to Nehemiah: "WE have sinned against Thee: both I and my father's house have sinned. WE have dealt very corruptly against Thee" (Neh. 1:6-7). It is a master stroke of Satan to stir up Christians to criticize one another. Job and his friends got nowhere while they were engaged in their heated debates and charges and counter-charges. Job did not find favor with God – till he acknowledged that he himself, Job, had failed God miserably. (Read Job, chapters 40-42.)

    Isaiah, the prophet, in chapter 5, says, and rightly so, "Woe unto them," verse 8, 11, 18, 20-22. However, in chapter 6, with a new revelation of the glory of God, and preliminary to new blessings upon his own soul, Isaiah, the prophet, cries out, "Woe is ME!" (Isa. 6:5). The "putting forth of the finger" (Isa. 58:9), is one of the things mentioned as necessary to be taken away before God's full blessings can come among His people.

    This does not mean that we are to compromise with sin in anyone, or that we are to excuse, cover up or condone sin. "Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them" (Eph. 5:11). But get right with God ourselves FIRST. (Read Matthew 7:3-5).

    Not only will criticism of others get us entirely off the track in seeking revival, but also we need to know that not everyone has faith for revival, and it's useless to waste time and to get out of victory in attempting to convince them to the contrary. Love your enemies and opposers, and instead of arguing with them, spend your time in seeking God – "Until the Spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest" (Isa. 32:15).

    The 120 before Pentecost were praying and praising God – not arguing with people. Gideon and the 300 did not preach a sermon to the thousands who were not selected to go to battle – but the 300 and Gideon went right on to victory themselves, by the help of the Lord. There are plenty to come and take part in the victory, when a few have won the victory! (Read Judges, chapter 7). David lost no time trying to convince his eldest brother that there would be a revival – rather, by God's help, he went right after Goliath – and got a revival started (1 Sam. 17:28-57).

    It is now time that we assemble ourselves together, and seek the Lord till He comes among us in revival power! We must sacrifice time, money, ease, comfort, opinions, self-will, ideas, notions, feelings, preferences, prejudices, human affections, ambitions, and seek God – till He comes and rains righteousness upon us! (Hosea 10:12).

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