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    Hindrances to Revival

    Revival begins when Christians have spirit of brotherly love. When Christians are in the spirit of a Revival, they feel brotherly love. Christians of all denominations should forget their prejudice. Ministers, individual Christians or whole church resist the truth on this point, I don not believe they will or can receive a revival. Most churches no longer plan for revivals. That is not because they do not need them. It is a lack of interests. “God is Love” “1st John 4: 8 says, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. And to love is to be like God, and to be perfect in love is to be perfect as God is perfect. True faith implies and includes love. Love for our neighbors should be equal to love for ourselves.

    Revival doesn’t come through modern technology. Revival cannot be computerized. Money cannot compensate for the absence of the Holy Spirit, you must have right motive in promoting revivals. Have love and compassion for sinners. Programs can cause you to loose on revival. Your focus must be on God!

    Revival need life and service dedicated to God. Many churches are uncomfortable with spiritual brokenness and repentance. When God draws near in true Revival, people come under terrible convection of sin. Preaching that is man centered – It cannot bring the Revival.

    A critical spirit – It’s greatly hinders the Holy Spirit. Spirit of Fear – The spirit is often grieved by our unwillingness to God beyond others.

    Proud People – Focus on the failures of others. They look at everyone else’s fault, not God. They prove that they are right, want to be served and to be success. Pray, God will open up your heart and make you understand who you are and where need to be broken. Ultimately, brokenness is a matter of surrendering our live to God alone.

    In many churches, however, sinful practices are being renamed and reclassified. Adultery is a sin that is clearly identified and condemned in Scripture. Yet when a church member commits adultery, it is often said euphemistically that he or she 'fell into an affair.' The sinner may be portrayed as the victim of an overwhelming schedule, or an unsympathetic spouse. Terminology, such as 'falling into' and 'affair' subtly shifts the blame away from the sinner. Rather than hiding behind less offensive terms, Christians must be encouraged to confess their sins and accept responsibility for them.

    By allowing worldly definitions for sin to creep into the church's vocabulary, churches inadvertently desensitize their people to the heinous reality of sin in their midst and the crucial need for repentance. If churches do not clearly identify sin for what it is, their people cannot properly respond to their condition.

    Many church members are uncomfortable with spiritual brokenness and repentance. When the Holy Spirit works in peoples' lives, convicting them of their sin, churches often do not know how to respond. We are uncomfortable with the tears and anguish of a sinner under conviction by the Spirit. Rather than allowing people to respond to what God is telling them, we often seek to immediately intervene. We try to comfort one whom God is making uncomfortable!

    It is important that services and programs be carefully designed, but we must look past people's behavior to the heart condition behind it. Rather than focusing on symptoms, God's people must be challenged to examine their love for God. People who truly love God will willingly serve Him, excitedly tell others about Him, and long to worship Him (John 14:15).

    Unsaved people walk in to a revival meeting and receive healing. Unsaved people don't know much about the need to forgive others and therefore are not as accountable as we who know the scriptures.

    In Luke 12:48, Jesus teaches that he who is given much shall have much required. Since unbelievers know very little about the need to forgive others, God doesn't hold them accountable to a great degree.

    God holds mature Christians to a very high standard. We know the scriptures and we have walked with God for years. We have received God’s forgiveness for our sins and God expects us to completely forgive all who have offended us.

    If you hesitate even in the slightest to bless the person then you are still angry at he or she and you are in unforgiveness. Anger equals to unforgiveness. In Matthew 5:22, Jesus said that being angry at a brother makes you subject to judgment.

    Every day you must repent of all anger against others. If you get rid of the unforgiveness, the tormenting of infirmity will leave and you will receive your healing!

    Jesus paid the penalty for us so that we could be forgiven by the Father! Of course He will emphasize forgiving our enemies! Yet so many of us radical Christians hold subtle grudges and wonder why the enemy has a foothold in our lives.

    We need to pray for a revival so that God will have an out pouring of His Spirit on our church and on our lives!

    We have got to put God first if we ever think for a minute that we will be blessed.

    When we pray for a revival or anything else we need to make sure that our motives are not selfish in any way.

    For these reasons, first and above all, should we pray for a revival!

    Many prayers for a filling by the Holy Spirit are purely selfish prayers.

    It certainly is God’s Will to give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him as he has told us plainly in His Word, Luke 11:13.
    Men and women pray for the Holy Spirit so that they may be happy and saved from the wretchedness of their lives, has power as Christian workers, or for some other purely selfish reason.

    We should pray for the Holy Spirit, in order that God may no longer be dishonored by the low level of our Christian lives and by our ineffectual service.

    We should pray for the Holy Spirit so that God may be glorified in the new beauty that comes into our lives and the new power that comes into our service.
    The second hindrance to prayer we find in, Isaiah 59:1-2,
    Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.

    Likewise in our day it is not the mental hurdles that man has to surmount or any of his many problems, but his sin separates him from God.

    Sin hinders prayer; no matter how you look at it sin in your heart will snap the power line between you and God. “God’s ear is just as open to hear as ever, His hand is just as mighty to save; but there is a hindrance.

    That hindrance is your own sins!
    Psalm 139:23-24,
    “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
    Sin is an awful thing, and one of the most awful things about it is the way it hinders prayer, the way that it severs the connection between us and the source of all grace and power and blessings.

    Psalm 66:18
    If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;

    So long as we hold onto sin or have any controversy with God, we cannot expect Him to hear our prayers!

    Hindrance to prayer is found in, Ezekiel 14:3,
    "Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and put wicked stumbling blocks before their faces. Should I let them inquire of me at all?

    Idols in the heart of man will cause God to refuse to listen to their prayers.

    What is an idol?
    An idol is anything that takes the place of God, anything that is the supreme object of our affection.

    God alone has the right to take first place in our hearts.
    Many a mother makes an idol of her children!

    Not that we can love our children too much.

    We love our children, but we can put our children in the wrong place.

    We can put them before God and their interests before God’s interests.

    When we do this, our children are our idols.

    Many a man makes an idol of his reputation or his business.

    Anyone who would have power in prayer must be merciless in dealing with his own sins!
    God often calls our attention to the fact that we have an idol in our lives by not answering our prayers.

    Enemy of the Christian: the flesh. Not only the devil, but the flesh is against us and causes us to faint in prayer. Now, I don't know about your sinful nature, it's my heart I'm preaching to this morning, but I know that my sinful nature would rather have an hour in bed than an hour on its knees. Is that the same for you? I know some people can't sleep for various reasons, but if you're normal and you're healthy.
    We don't always see the answers in a visible, physical way; so that can frustrate us, especially our sinful natures that have been conditioned in our world to expect instant everything. Anything that is not material, cannot be seen, tangible, is worthless - and so our natures are conditioned to expect things there and then, and expect to be able to see them, touch them, sense them; and if we don't, we lose heart. That encourages our sinful natures not to pray.

    1st Corinthians 9:27 'But I discipline my body', other versions put it, 'I buffet my body' - now that doesn't say 'Buffet' my body, it says 'buffet' my body - 'and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified'. He says he beat his body, in a spiritual sense not physical now, but he put his body under his godly mind, he subjected it to do what he knew was God's will for him. We need to discipline our bodies, the second thing we need to do to war against the flesh is to indoctrinate our minds with spiritual values. Every spiritual battle, I believe, is won or lost in the mind. It is the primary battlefield of the devil. 1st Corinthians 2:14 says: 'the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned'. Now people often interpret that as speaking about unsaved people, it is not, it is talking primarily about the sinful nature. The sinful nature cannot perceive the things of God the Spirit, but these things are spiritually discerned, and so there has to be a renewal that takes place in our minds and in our hearts.

    Romans 8 expand when it says: '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. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God'. For that reason, in 2nd Corinthians 5:7, Paul says we ought to walk by faith, not by sight.

    The flesh is against us, the devil is against us, and also the world is against us. People today have less time to do what they want to do than in any other generation. Why is that? Because we are victims of our own success.

    I believe that we need to encourage one another with stories of answered prayer, but we also need to keep things in perspective in this regard. The reality is that, of all the prayers offered in a day, probably the overwhelming majority seems to go unanswered. This can become a problem, because prayer is directed to God, and therefore unanswered prayer can seriously affect a person's attitude toward God and toward spiritual things.

    Prayer comes naturally. Sooner or later everybody will pray. But they will pray for different reasons and, of course, not to the same God. A person prays when their life, for the moment, seems to be out of their control. Finally, if our prayers are going to be effective, we must have bought into the same ideals for ourselves that God has for us. He is not as a thrift store or a pawnshop. Do not be overwhelmed, but higher than the highest human thought can reach is God's ideal for us. Godliness, Godlikeness, is the goal to be reached!
    I bless you all that you will be able to start praying for Revival. This is my prayer that nation will receive the power of prayer that hinders to the revival. May the Lord bless you!

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