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Revival Blog 91

As I write this blog, the world is still knee-deep in the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and I personally have been in self-isolation for 12 weeks. In Pennsylvania, the Governor has introduced the traffic-light system for all residents and business owners where red means restrictions, yellow means some restrictions are lifted and green, I assume, will mean ‘normal’, whatever the new normal will become! We are still in the Red!

Then, to add insult to injury, a white policeman arrested and subsequently placed his knee on the neck of an unarmed black man for 81/2 minutes in Minneapolis, MN causing him to die because he was unable to breathe. The net result is race riots occurring in 40+ major cities across America where shops and police vehicles are set on fire, businesses are being looted and lawlessness prevails.

I believe we are at the beginning of woes and the Lord’s return is imminent as evidenced by those events listed in Matthew 24 which are now part of our world. However, verse 14 of Matt 24 seems to be very poignant in this day and age: “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come”. The reason I believe this is so relevant today is because many preachers appear to have lost their passion in preaching the gospel. My friends, we are called to preach the undiluted Word of God that that there is a hope in this desperate world through the blood of Jesus. The focal point of every message ever preached must be the Cross, because without the Cross, we have no hope.

Many years ago, as a young Pastor ministering in South Wales, UK, I received an article in the mail targeting Ministers where the topic was “Maintaining the Freshness”. The writer wrote passionately about the dire need for those in ministry to guard their soul by not neglecting their own personal walk with the Lord. There is a grave danger that we can go into ‘automatic-mode’ and recycle old sermons, skip spending time waiting upon the Lord, invent worldly priorities that rob us of maintaining our freshness. Our congregations should not be subjected to stale bread, deadness and repetition, but on each occasion, there should be something fresh from the Throne of Grace. The problem is that it takes time, effort, discipline and diligence whereas Googling someone else’s sermon is quick and easy and will free-up valuable time allowing us to do those things that we really enjoy. I heard a cynical preacher once say that for him, sermon preparation was 95% perspiration and 5% inspiration. Well let’s imagine what his preaching would be like if those percentages were reversed?

You may be asking yourselves as you are reading this blog, what is the relevance of the above paragraph to the pandemic and lawlessness? Therefore, to be brutally honest, I am deeply concerned that we now have professional preachers, Christian celebrities, political churches, power struggles, carnality and so the list goes on. Fact: Religion in the United States is worth $1.2tn a year, making it equivalent to the 15th largest national economy in the world, according to a study. The faith economy has a higher value than the combined revenues of the top 10 technology companies in the US, including Apple, Amazon and Google, says the analysis from Georgetown University in Washington DC.

Therefore, to answer my own question, Preachers across the globe need to once again spend quality time waiting upon the Lord, to hear His voice and to feed the flock of God with fresh bread from heaven. We need anointed preaching accompanied by signs and wonders. We are very natural and mortal but the God we love and serve is Supernatural and eternal therefore may we all have a renewed zeal that the gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations. (June 1, 2020).