Friday, March 6, 2009

Preparing For Revival

Steps For Preparing For Revival
2Kings 22:5 Have them entrust it to the men appointed to supervise the work on the temple. And have these men pay the workers who repair the temple of the LORD.

"Repair the Temple of the Lord" means
Repair the Damage to Connection with God
Repair the Damage to relationships within the church
Repair the Damage to families and loved ones
Repair the Damage to our Witness
Repair the Damage to our Worship

"Repair the Temple of the Lord" means
Repair the place of life
Repair the place of fellowship with God
Repair the place of fellowship with our brothers and sisters
Repair the place of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost

1. Restoring People's Position
2Kings 22:6 the carpenters, the builders and the masons. Also have them purchase timber and dressed stone to repair the temple.
2Kings 22:7 But they need not account for the money entrusted to them, because they are acting faithfully.”

Jesus started calling disciples, early in his ministry. He trained them to go out and do his works, and preach his message. He gave them authority to do the things he did - put they didn't have Pentecost until after discipleship!

People need to be in place.
People need to be in position.
People need to be prepared!
We need to get ready to pray with broken people!
We need to get ready to minister to broken people!
We need to get ready to love broken people!
We need to get ready to disciple broken people!
We need to get ready to fellowship with broken people!

2. Restoring The Bible's Prominence
2Kings 22:8 ¶ Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the temple of the LORD.” He gave it to Shaphan, who read it.
2Kings 22:9 Then Shaphan the secretary went to the king and reported to him: “Your officials have paid out the money that was in the temple of the LORD and have entrusted it to the workers and supervisors at the temple.”
2Kings 22:10 Then Shaphan the secretary informed the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read from it in the presence of the king.

3. Restoring The Holy Spirit's Power
2Kings 22:11 ¶ When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his robes.

John 16:7 But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.
John 16:8 When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment:

Acts 2:37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

When you hear the Word of God, and you are cut to the heart, you're allowing the Holy Spirit to conduct His work in your life.

4. Restoring Obedience to God's Purpose
2Kings 22:13 “Go and inquire of the LORD for me and for the people and for all Judah about what is written in this book that has been found. Great is the LORD’s anger that burns against us because our fathers have not obeyed the words of this book; they have not acted in accordance with all that is written there concerning us.”

5. Restoring Commitment to the Promise
2Kings 23:1 ¶ Then the king called together all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem.
2Kings 23:2 He went up to the temple of the LORD with the men of Judah, the people of Jerusalem, the priests and the prophets — all the people from the least to the greatest. He read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant, which had been found in the temple of the LORD.
2Kings 23:3 The king stood by the pillar and renewed the covenant in the presence of the LORD — to follow the LORD and keep his commands, regulations and decrees with all his heart and all his soul, thus confirming the words of the covenant written in this book. Then all the people pledged themselves to the covenant.

A covenant, in simplified terms, is a promise. The Good News is that Jesus' end of the deal is going to the cross and dying for your sins, while, our end of the deal is eternal life, and every spiritual blessing. Who do you think gets the better end of the deal?!?

6. Restoring the Filter Against Perversion
2Kings 23:4 ¶ The king ordered Hilkiah the high priest, the priests next in rank and the doorkeepers to remove from the temple of the LORD all the articles made for Baal and Asherah and all the starry hosts. He burned them outside Jerusalem in the fields of the Kidron Valley and took the ashes to Bethel.
2Kings 23:5 He did away with the pagan priests appointed by the kings of Judah to burn incense on the high places of the towns of Judah and on those around Jerusalem — those who burned incense to Baal, to the sun and moon, to the constellations and to all the starry hosts.
2Kings 23:6 He took the Asherah pole from the temple of the LORD to the Kidron Valley outside Jerusalem and burned it there. He ground it to powder and scattered the dust over the graves of the common people.

Bethel was the original site of idolatry for Israel. It's as though you took all your cheating ex's valuable stuff, destroyed it, took it back to their place, dumped it on their living room floor and said, "by the way, here's your stuff back!" There's nothing a satisfying as rubbing your deliverance in the enemy's face!

Restoring the Ordinance of "Passover"
2Kings 23:21 ¶ Josiah told the people of Judah, “Celebrate Passover in honor of the LORD your God, just as it says in The Book of God’s Law .”a
2Kings 23:22 ¶ This festival had not been celebrated in this way since kings ruled Israel and Judah.
2Kings 23:23 But in Josiah’s eighteenth year as king of Judah, everyone came to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover.

Do the right thing. Do what God has called you to do. Do the works you did at first! Passover represents the ordinances God has called you to carry out. Pray, read your Bible, Witness, partake of the Lord's Supper...

If you will do these things with a sincere faith, I believe you will see revival come into your life, and your church!

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