Revival Blog 88 A
It has always been my conviction that we sing unto the Lord because it is scriptural and it is a vehicle to lead us into His presence (Psalm 100:4 - Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His Name). However, I recall some time ago at the close of a mid-week prayer meeting, we just started singing a prayerful worship song and the presence of Almighty God just sweetly fell like a gentle rain. I remember basking in His presence and never wanting to leave, but to my surprise, a retired minister who also attended the prayer meeting and was apparently oblivious to God’s presence, suddenly said good night to everyone and left the church. Please do not interpret this comment as judgmental but a reflection of how the Christian Church has experienced a paradigm shift.
Praise and Worship now appears to be very loud (one church I am aware of now offers congregants earplugs if they find the volume uncomfortable) and the worship time may include laser rays, LED boards and smoke machines with special lighting effects. You may think I have just stepped off Noah’s Ark but mimicking the world and stirring people’s emotions will never achieve bringing down the presence of a Holy God. It is having a sensitivity to the things of the Spirit, a pure heart, a yearning to be in His presence and lifting clean hands upwards to heaven.
Romans 8:14-15 is a very good passage of scripture that distinguishes between those who are without the Spirit and those with the Spirit – “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments”. What I am saying is that we have congregations today who have a form of godliness but are not truly saved. They have had a religious experience in their head but it did not result in what 2 Cor 5:17 tells us about becoming a new creation in Christ Jesus, which impacts our heart. As a Pastor it has always been my priority that I carry a serious responsibility for the flock of God that has been entrusted to me. There must be a clear understanding of salvation and the cross and to fervently preach that we are all sinners who need a Savior. But as I pondered these things in my heart, I believe the problem lies with the preachers who are entrusted to preach the whole gospel. It begs the question is there a lack of clarity sharing the gospel, does the preacher have an anointing of the Holy Spirit, is there a clear exegesis of scripture which is evidenced by a true conviction of the sinner with true repentance as they pass from death unto life? I am going to be bold as say that the answer in many, many cases is absolutely NO.
We need to pray with earnestness and tears that God will once again raise up preachers who are called and anointed by the Holy Spirit to effectively discharge the gospel to a dying world in power and conviction. As we continue to pray for revival, may we see a revival first and foremost in our churches and then spilling over into the outside world. The harvest fields are now inside and outside the churches. Thank you all for your faithfulness in praying for revival. (March1, 2020).