The Simplicity of Revival
The answers and ways in Christianity are always simple. Those simple answers and ways are also impossible (by design). God has made them impossible so that all may rely alone on the Spirit to accomplish His simplicity. From the work of salvation to the perfecting of each saint, God needs to be in total control for such things to be accomplished. This includes the way of revival.
Beware of those who have elaborate plans for revival. There are some who may know of valid hindrances to revival or ways by which God had previously orchestrated it.. But if those messages do not point to walking after the Spirit in the current situation, then they are not of God. Certainly there are components to walking after the Spirit (the bible is full of them) but we must avoid the danger of "missing the forest for the trees" (so focused on the individual "ways" that we lose sight of the goal).
All of the "problems" in the church and individual Christians would be eliminated if we each would always walk in the Spirit and understand aright what that looks like, how it operates, and its costs. All the advice and commands and injunctions in the new testament can be fullfilled by any who walk after the Spirit. All indictments against preachers and the church are solved when the church walks in the Spirit.
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:4,5
That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:4
For this purpose, God sent Jesus to deliver us from the power of darkness has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: Colossians 1:13 .
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: Ephesians 5:8
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. Romans 8:1-5
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:16
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:25
The Spirit continually glorifies Jesus Christ, the Spirit continually leads us in righteousness, the Spirit provides access to all that Christ has made available to us through His victorius death and resurrection. There is no division between being in Christ and being filled with the Spirit.
Walking in the Spirit or being filled with the Spirit is not meant to be a mere positional reality, but a reality which captivates a life and provides a consistent victory as the flesh lusts against the Spirit. It is life itself and if not our reality it will incur inconsistent results for us and for His kingdom and will be a counterfeit of His reality.
[God] also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. 2 Corinthians 3:6This is God's explanation for the lack of life in His church. It is not that Life has not been freely given by God, it is that ministers are not ministerng by the Spirit (and the natural man loves to have it so).
I do not think it is that Christians do not want to live and walk in the Spirit, it is that they do not want to "come out from among them and be separate" . They want it both ways and churches are telling them they can have it both ways.
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 2 Cor 6:17
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 1 John 2:16
With the present church messages preached that mix the ways of the world into kingdom ways, the ways of the world, psychology, sociology, "common sense", marketing, and are more spoken of than the pure things of the kingdom. Christianity is only mirroring what is presently preached, and it would be far worse if the Spirit were not raising up a standard against those heretical mixtures.
The problem of neglect in walking after the Spirit can be solved. There are reasons that undergird the inability to walk after the Spirit.
Lack of belief (faith) in what God has said. Because the world, the flesh, the devil are too much with us and because we identify who we are with our former Adam, we doubt God because it conflicts with our experience. We put more credence in our feelings, circumstances, and experience than we do what God says. We have more regard for the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil than for the leading of the Spirit (as most all sermons quickly demonstrate). We have disregarded the necessary truths of Proverbs 3:3-7. Such corrupt teachings have displaced the rule of faith in modern christianity. with a demonic perversion of truth and holiness.
Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. Proverbs 3:3-7
It would do well for all of us to revisit Abraham, the father of faith, who believed in the God who quickens the dead, and calls those things which be not as though they were. Although his circumstances and realities were totally hopeless, he believed in the hope that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which God had spoken," So shall thy seed be". He considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God. He was fully persuaded that, what he had promised, God was able also to perform. That is the only valid picture of faith that God blesses. How far from that standard we have strayed!
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6
A paraphase of that would read: If you won't believe God, how can you pllease Him?
Faith recognizes God's holiness, omnipotence, sovereignty, and goodness.
The reason why we do not have the faith of Abraham is that we do not love God with all our hearts, minds, and strength. We do not come to Him as we should, nor do we believe His self revelation, nor do we diligently seek Him. We are content to know facts about Him at a distance. To categorize, box in, and quantify, the One who cannot be categorized, boxed in, or quantified.
Recovery must begin there: with faith. We must believe what God says about Himself and His kingdom and His will and His desires. If we falter at any point, we weaken the whole. Fortunately, hearing God's word, in and of itself, produces faith (Romans 10:17). But faith is always tested and we are always given the choice to believe God or our circumstances, our common sense, or our viewpoints. Often, when we do make an attempt to believe, all is filtered through our own understanding and agendas and those filters must be rejected and bow before what God has said.
If man would only believe the verses quoted on this page, Christianity would again turn the world upside down.
The degree and quality of our faith in what God has said and is saying determines the degree to which we walk in the Spirit. Unbelief toward the things of God is the only reason for an inconsistent Spiritual walk. So, the "fix" to everything is believing God who quickens the dead, and calls those things which be not as though they were as He has revealed Himself in scripture. That is the only realm in which He works, the only place He is found.
Whenever an aspect of our experience in life does not measure up to what God has said it should, we must diligently seek out where our belief has diverged from what He has said, for that is where the problem lies. Unfortunately, the truths of God and His Kingdom have been so mixed with the natural that it takes diligent prayer and searching and good teaching to "unlearn" what has been taught. For those that desire truth at any expense, the Holy Spirit will guide them into all truth (John 7:17; John 14:26; 16:13; 1 Corinthians 2:10, 11, 12 ) as it fits together properly in the context of the whole of scripture.