About This Episode:

Why not revival? What is hindering revival? We desperately need God’s presence—for God to come and fill our churches and transform our lives with His power, presence, and glory. So why isn’t revival breaking out in churches everywhere?

We must connect to the spirit of truth! Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. Truth is a person: Jesus. We’re missing out on truth because we’re not focused on Jesus, what He says, and who He really is. Sermons that are like therapy—teaching you how to become a better you—miss the mark by telling us what we want to hear rather than what we need to hear. We must start listening to the spirit of truth about ourselves, our country, and our churches, along with where we need to go and what we need to be doing.

The Bible teaches about the Kingdom of God, teaching us how to become somebody else. Peter the fisherman became the fisher of men. Saul the persecutor of Christians became Paul the preacher and servant of God. Forget improving who you are and let the Kingdom transform you into a new person!   

2 Chronicles 7:14 tells us what we need to know about becoming unhindered and ready for God’s presence and renewal. God is calling His people to “humble themselves and pray.” Being truly humble means leaving behind what’s comfortable.  

“Why is there no revival? Because the people of God are hanging onto their own wicked ways.”

Jesus prayed to His Father, “Not my will but yours.” If we’re going to have a revival, we need a Gethsemane experience, where the men and women of God are willing to let go of their own will and grab hold of the will of God.

Make sure to tune in next week for Part 2 of WHY NOT REVIVAL!

Further Bible Reading:

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Luke 22:42 (NIV)

 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
  • What is the spirit of truth?
  • Am I completely open to being transformed by the Kingdom of God?
  • Are there any areas in my life that I have closed off to God’s change?
  • How will I humble myself before God this week/month/year?

Listen to past episodes of Revive Us Now Podcast with Steve Gray.

Quotes To Remember:

  • 1:30 Truth is a person.
  • 4:22 If you’re only wanting to be soothed and comforted and encouraged to keep going as the person you are, you are going to miss the Kingdom of God.
  • 11:47 Why is there no revival? Because we’ve got our own wicked ways we’re hanging onto.
  • 12:18 Wickedness is having no regard for God
  • 12:37 If we’re going to have a revival, we’re going to need a Gethsemane experience, where the men and women of God are willing to let go of their own will and grab hold of the will of God.
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