It is time to turn back to the church house to ask for God’s cleansing. We have sung a song for years, “Lord send a revival, let it begin with me!” Those are nice words to sing and everyone shouts, “Amen!” But what sin have you been harboring in your heart. What secret sins have you hidden away in a small closet of your soul? Maybe it’s time for the church of God to stop looking at all the other churches and at all the burning and looting and shouting and fighting on the streets of our nation. Let us consider the sin in our own hearts and consider the sin in our own congregations. Let us fall on our faces and repent before God. Consider the following passage written by the half-brother of Christ, James.
From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. (James 4:1-6)
Let us forget about the political scene and instead turn it towards the backslidden church scene. Let us stop with pompous pride within our church walls and humble ourselves before the mighty hand of God. God, be merciful to us as sinners.
“If revival is being withheld from us it is because some idol remains still enthroned; because we still insist in placing our reliance in human schemes; because we still refuse to face the unchangeable truth that, ‘It is not by might, but by My Spirit.” – Jonathan Goforth
P. Steve Damron