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Is Revival Possible?

Scripture Passage: 
Psalm 85:1-13

Introduction:  We have become satisfied with the idea that revival cannot come because of the age in which we live.  We look around us and see the wickedness and assume that it is too far gone.  Though this is an honest mistake, it is indeed a mistake.  To say that revival cannot come is to reduce the God of the Bible to the power of Baal who could not produce fire from heaven regardless of his servants’ efforts.  If revival is a work of man then we are right to believe it will not happen, but if revival is the work of God in a man’s heart, then we must believe as long as the Lord tarries His coming that revival is possible.

  1. HINDRANCES TO REVIVAL (Psalm 85:1-3)
    1. The Iniquity of God’s People (Psalm 85:2)
      1. Sins separate from God (Isaiah 59:2)
      2. Sin withholds good things (Jeremiah 5:25)
      3. Sin hinders fellowship (Amos 3:3; 2 Corinthians 6:17)
      4. Sin hinders prayer (1 Peter 3:7)
    2. The Fierceness of God’s Anger (Psalm 85:3; Romans 1:18)
  2. THE STEPS TO REVIVAL (Psalm 85:4-8)
    1. The Moving of God (Psalm 85:4)
      1. God works with man’s will (Philippians 2:13)
      2. Godly sorrow works to bring repentance (2 Corinthians 7:10)
      3. The Lord is the one who turns us (Lamentations 5:21)
    2. The Turning of God’s People (Psalm 85:4)
      1. God’s people were turned away from God
      2. God’s turns them to follow Him
    3. The Prayers of God’s People (Psalm 85:5-7)
      1. Began with an admission to guilt (Psalm 85:2-3)
      2. A plea for God’s help (Psalm 85:4)
      3. A plea for God’s mercy (Psalm 85:5-7)
    4. The Desire to Hear from God (Psalm 85:8)
      1. The willingness to hear – “I will hear”
      2. The authority of the Lord – “God the LORD”
      3. The assurance of hearing His voice – “for He will speak”
  3. THE POTENTIAL FOR REVIVAL (Psalm 85:8-12)
    1. Awaiting the Answer (Psalm 85:8-11)
    2. The Answer Received (Psalm 85:12)
  4. THE EFFECTS OF REVIVAL (Psalm 85:13)
    1. The Departure from Folly (Psalm 85:8)
    2. The Presence of Glory (Psalm 85:9)
    3. The Yielding of Increase (Psalm 85:12; 1 Corinthians 3:6-9)
    4. The Following of the Lord’s Way (Psalm 85:13)

Conclusion:  Do we believe God could revive the people of Antioch?  Do we believe that God could work in the lives of those under the influence of Antioch?  Do we believe that God is willing to bring revival?  The only question left is do we really want revival.

Andrew Ray

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.