Folks, for us to feel the presence of the Lord among us in a mighty way, we must have such a unity and harmony among us that it is not us and them, but it is simply US! We must live by the words of Philippians 1:27b—"… stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel."

  • A REVIVAL OF GOD'S POWER (Acts 1:8,
  • "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."

    Matthew 28:18,

    "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth".

    Friends, we have the power to accomplish great things for God. But so many times it is not that the availability of power that we suffer from but a lack allowing the Lord to be preeminent in our lives. Because when the Lord is not preeminent in our lives then we lack His power also! When we have anything in our lives which takes our attention away from God and His plan for us, then we need revival! The first commandment is "Thou shalt have no other gods before me" (Exodus 20:3). We have no power because we put things ahead of the Lord! Friends, He is our everything! OH, how we need him!

    1 Corinthians 1:30 says—"But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption."

    A new manifestation of His power and glory would put to shame the sins of God's people and the false confidence of the ungodly! We NEED A VISION like Isaiah! If we are going to see revival we MUST see how much we need the LORD! When we have A LONGING FOR REVIVAL there will be A Real NEED FELT but also there will be a…

    2). A REQUIRED WORK TO BE DONE

    *WHAT IS THIS REQUIRED WORK? IT IS:

    1. A MELTING WORK. We read in the last part of v1—"….that the mountains might flow down at thy presence…". The first part of v2 says—"As when the melting fire burneth". Fire melts and causes to flow. John Wesley wrote "[Let the fire] Come with such zeal for thy people, that the solid mountains may be no more before thy breath, than metal that runs, or water that boils by the force of a vehement fire. The prophet here speaks of the mountains "flowing down at thy presence." We face many mountains in our lives, but God can help us overcome any mountain! There Are:

      Mountains of Inability (Philippians 4:13)

      Mountains of Indecision (1 Kings 18:21; Proverbs 3:5-6)

      Mountains Of Indifference (John 10:27; 14:21-23)

    2. A BURNING-UP WORK. Notice with me the words in

    Isaiah 64:2a—"as when the melting fire burneth…". Anything in our life which hinder our

    growth in grace and limit our usefulness to God needs to be burned up! We must remember that "…our God is a consuming fire" (Hebrews 12:29).

     

    God’s fire can burn-up:

    Our Vain Thoughts. 1 Corinthians 3:20 says—"…The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain." If we are honest with our selves then we will have to admit that many times we are wise in our own eyes. And when we are the Lord says our thoughts are vain. Many times the Lord has to show us how unwise we truly are and how vain are thoughts are. Many times we think and act foolishly. Foolishness is not in the lack of brains, but in the silly use of them. It is when we think foolishly and act foolishly that God must burn-up our vain thoughts.

    Self-Confidence. Galatians 6:3—"For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself." It is good to have self-confidence but many times we allow our self-confidence to lead to pride which is sin. "Self confidence acceptable only if it is rooted in God-confidence." The line between self-confidence and conceit is very narrow. That is why we must realize how dependent upon the Lord we must be in everything. Because when we become too self-confident it only leads to conceit. When this happens God can and will burn-up our self-importance and teach us to lean more fully on Him!

    Flesh Energy. Jesus told His disciples—"The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak" (Matthew 26:41). In this body of flesh we become tired, discouraged, and defeated. Many times we try to serve God in the power of the flesh and then we become so weary we believe that we can no longer go on! The flesh can only take us so far. But the Spirit of God working within us can allow us to achieve the impossible! Sometimes God must burn-up our confidence in our ability so that we will rely upon His ability!

    ILLUS: A HOUND, who in the days of his youth and strength had never yielded to any beast of the forest, encountered in his old age a boar in the chase. He seized him boldly by the ear but could not retain his hold because of the decay of his teeth, so that the boar escaped. His master, quickly coming up, was very much disappointed, and fiercely abused the dog. The Hound looked up and said, "It was not my fault master: my spirit was as good as ever, but I could not help my infirmities."

    "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." For this reason, Christians must continually rely upon the Holy Spirit to help them overcome the evil one

    VAIN THOUGHTS, SELF-CONFIDENCE, and FLESH ENERGY—All these are

    powerless substitutes for the POWER of God! (1 Peter 1:3-9).

    Our trials, sorrows, and cares are merely Cod's way of burning away our impurities so we can shine like His son! And we must remember "All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose!" (Romans 8:28).

     

    Just as gold must go "through the fire", we, all as believers, must face the purifying fire of God's work in us!

    1. A WARMING WORK (Isaiah 64:1-2b). Fire melts, fire burns-up, and also fire warms. We, as God's people, all from time to time get cold and indifferent ! It is then that we need the warming presence of God's Holy Spirit! When our hearts are made to boil, because of the Holy Spirit's power, then our affections will be hot! David said in Psalm 39:3—"My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spoke I with my tongue." Luke warmness cannot exist where this fire is!

      When the fire is there:

      Then Our Prayers Will Be HOT!

      Then Our Testimony Will Be HOT! The prophet Jeremiah expressed the feeling the we feel many times until God fire burned within him—"Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay." (Jeremiah 20:9).

      When our hearts are made to burn within us, we will be ready, willing, and able to do His Will! We should be as the two Emmaus disciples who encountered the resurrected LORD saying, "Did not our hearts burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the SCRIPTURES?" (Luke 24:32).

    This encounter with the Lord "brought a divine heat with a divine light into their souls, such as put their hearts into a glow, and kindled a holy fire of pious and devout affections in them"

    When we have A LONGING FOR REVIVAL there will be A REAL NEED FELT, A REQUIRED WORK TO BE DONE and finally…

     

    3). A RESULT SOUGHT

    ISAIAH 64:2c—"To make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the

    nations may tremble at thy presence"

    A. A RESPONSIBILITY SEEN. When we truly are revived, we will make His

    name known among the people! (Matthew 28:19-20; Psalm 126:5-6). But

    until we have an earnest desire for others to come to Jesus, then revival

    has not come! We must never forget that there are multitudes all around us

    without Christ. We must never fail in sharing Christ with a lost world. We

    must not become so heavenly minded we are no earthly good!

     

    ILLUS: AN ASTRONOMER used to go out at night to observe the stars.

    One evening, as he wandered through the suburbs with his whole

    attention fixed on the sky, he fell accidentally into a deep well.

    While he lamented and bewailed his sores and bruises, and cried

    loudly for help, a neighbor ran to the well, and learning what had

    happened said: "Hark ye, old fellow, why, in striving to pry into

    what is in heaven, do you not manage to see what is on earth?'

     

    B. A REVERENCE SHOWN. "…that the nations may tremble at thy presence."

    Friends, If we are going to see revival we must recapture the reverence we

    need and the awesome respect due to our glorious Lord! The world is not

    lacking in wonders, but in a sense of wonder. We must reverence God so much that we see

    service not as labor but as love. We must see prayer as not as duty but as

    a delight. We must see our brothers and sisters in Christ not as our

    enemies but as our encouragers. We must see our Church not merely as a

    place to come to but as our purpose to live for! That’s what reverencing

    God is all about!

     

    IN CLOSING: Are WE ready for revival? Then WE must be willing for God to have

    His perfect will in each of our lives! And then WE must submit ourselves to that will! When we have A LONGING FOR REVIVAL there will be A REAL NEED FELT, A REQUIRED WORK TO BE DONE, and A RESULT SOUGHT. Friend, do you want revival?

    Let us pray as the Psalmist, "Wilt Thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?" (Psalm 85:6).