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Revival!

This article is by N. L. DeMoss:

WE NEED REVIVAL:

• when we do not love Him as we once did.

• when earthly interests and occupations are more important to us than eternal ones.

• when we would rather watch TV and read secular books and magazines than read the Bible and pray.

• when church dinners are better attended than prayer meetings.

• when concerts draw bigger crowds than prayer meetings.

• when we have little or no desire for prayer.

• when we would rather make money than give money.

• when we put people into leadership positions in our churches who do not meet scriptural qualifications.

• when our Christianity is joyless and passionless.

• when we know truth in our heads that we are not practicing in our lives.

• when we make little effort to witness to the lost.

• when we have time for sports, recreation, and entertainment, but not for Bible study and prayer.

• when we do not tremble at the Word of God.

• when preaching lacks conviction, confrontation, and divine fire and anointing.

• when we seldom think thoughts of eternity.

• when God’s people are more concerned about their jobs and their careers, than about the Kingdom of Christ and the salvation of the lost.

• when God’s people get together with other believers and the conversation is primarily about the news, weather, and sports, rather than the Lord.

• when church services are predictable and “business as usual.”

• when believers can be at odds with each other and not feel compelled to pursue reconciliation.

• when Christian husbands and wives are not praying together.

• when our marriages are co-existing rather than full of the love of Christ.

• when our children are growing up to adopt worldly values, secular philosophies, and ungodly lifestyles.

• when we are more concerned about our children’s education and their athletic activities than about the condition of their souls.

• when sin in the church is pushed under the carpet.

• when known sin is not dealt with through the biblical process of discipline and restoration.

• when we tolerate “little” sins of gossip, a critical spirit, and lack of love.

• when our prayers are empty words designed to impress others.

• when our hearts are cold and our eyes are dry.

• when we have ceased to weep and mourn and grieve over our own sin and the sin of others.

• when we are bored with worship.

• when people have to be entertained to be drawn to church.

• when our music and dress become patterned after the world.

• when we start fitting into and adapting to the world, rather than calling the world to adapt to God’s standards of holiness.

• when we don’t long for the company and fellowship of God’s people.

• when we aren’t seeing lost people drawn to Jesus on a regular basis.

• when we are more concerned about what others think about us than what God thinks about us.

• when we are unmoved by the thought of neighbors, business associates, and acquaintances who are lost and without Christ.

• when the lost world around us doesn’t know or care that we exist.

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  1. Samuel, I just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. God bless you, Scott.

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