To Those Who Wait – Part 2
Hosea 6:1-3 (NKJV) 1 Come, and let us return to the LORD; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. 2 After two days He will revive us; On the third day He will raise us up, That we may live in His sight. 3 Let us know, Let us pursue the knowledge of the LORD. His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, Like the latter and former rain to the earth.
1. The effects of revival.
- During his first few meetings the heavens opened.
- God’s presence seemed to fill the air.
- Many were prostrated with conviction, others cried for mercy and many were so filled with the Spirit they pleaded with the Lord to stay His hand.
- Teams of young people assisted the preachers.
- There was an intense passion for Jesus.
- On several occasions during a meeting people could be heard crying out: “No more, Lord Jesus, or I die!” The point is that you want revival when you pray for more of Christ. You are in revival when you’ve got so much of him that you feel compelled to say, “No more, lest I die.” (Sam Storms)
- “Another feature was the overwhelming sense of God’s presence. One pastor said: “If one were asked to describe in a word the outstanding feature of those days, one would unhesitatingly reply that it was a universal, inescapable sense of the presence of God. The Lord had come down! A sense of the Lord’s presence was everywhere. It pervaded, nay, it created the spiritual atmosphere.” (Sam Storms)
- During the time of revival the police were left with virtually nothing to do and the courts were empty. Saloons and bars shut down for lack of business. Public drunkenness was almost non-existent. Old debts, many long forgotten, were paid off in full. Traveling theatrical agencies canceled their engagements, as everyone was in church!
- Profanity disappeared. It was said that horses everywhere were in complete confusion. They had become accustomed to responding to their master’s profane shouts and kicks and cursing, virtually of all of which had disappeared. (Sam Storms)
- The Welsh Revival was soon the main topic of conversation throughout the Christian world. Wherever the news went it seemed to cause passionate prayer and began to ignite revival fires everywhere. Christians across Great Britain turned to prayer and church membership increased throughout the land.Ezra 9:8-9 (NKJV) 8 And now for a little while grace has been shown from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a peg in His holy place, that our God may enlighten our eyes and give us a measure of revival in our bondage. 9 For we were slaves. Yet our God did not forsake us in our bondage; but He extended mercy to us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to revive us, to repair the house of our God, to rebuild its ruins, and to give us a wall in Judah and Jerusalem
- Generation to generation the Lord revives His people and His church.2.1. The Lord is grabbing the attention our our young generation again. 2.2. All this generation wants is something real.
2.3. No facade of religion will do.
2.4. The Church looking and acting like the world will not do.
- Waiting is an application of faith.
Ps 27:13-14 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living. 14 Wait on the LORD ; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD! NKJV
Ps 37:9 For evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the LORD , They shall inherit the earth. NKJV
3.1. Waiting for anything now is almost extinct.
3.2. Some times the most faith filled act one can endeavor upon is to be found waiting.
3.3. Ela… There is a reason why it takes almost 10 months for a baby to be born. Can you image if you receive the report of being pregnant and having a baby the next week. Talk about going crazy.
3. Revival requires waiting on the Lord.
3.1. Why waiting upon God so important?
Isa 40:31 But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. NKJV
3.1. Because it takes time:
3.1.1. It takes time to break through.
3.1.2. It takes time to push through all the distractions.
3.2. You shall be renewed!
3.2.1. To pass through, go through…
3.2.2. We spend all week running around expending physical and spiritual energy…
3.3. Chains are broken off.
3.4. We begin to come aware of the greatness of God the longer we wait for the revelation of Himself.
Isaiah 40:9-18 (NKJV) 9 O Zion, You who bring good tidings, Get up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, You who bring good tidings, Lift up your voice with strength, Lift it up, be not afraid; Say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!” 10 Behold, the Lord GOD shall come with a strong hand, And His arm shall rule for Him; Behold, His reward is with Him, And His work before Him. 11 He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, And carry them in His bosom, And gently lead those who are with young. 12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, Measured heaven with a span And calculated the dust of the earth in a measure? Weighed the mountains in scales And the hills in a balance? 13 Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD, Or as His counselor has taught Him? 14 With whom did He take counsel, and who instructed Him, And taught Him in the path of justice? Who taught Him knowledge, And showed Him the way of understanding? 15 Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket, And are counted as the small dust on the scales; Look, He lifts up the isles as a very little thing. 16 And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, Nor its beasts sufficient for a burnt offering. 17 All nations before Him are as nothing, And they are counted by Him less than nothing and worthless. 18 To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare to Him?
3.5. We enter into a new rest in the Spirit.
Hebrews 4: 9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. 11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.
3.6. Ceasing from fruitless works.
3.6.1. To be striving in the flesh is to have a heart filled with anxiety and trying to change the outcome with our effort.
3.6.2. Getting out of striving in the flesh mode and enter into striving in the Spirit mode – there is a difference. 3.6.3. Entering a rest…
3.7. An increased eagerness to wait arouses in our heart.
Rom 8:24-25 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. NKJV
3.8. The longer we wait the more eager we become to wait. 3.8.1. Hurry up and wait.
3.8.2. Ela… hurry up and leave and get to Asbury and you will also find yourself waiting in the lines.
3.9. Fixing our eyes upon Jesus.
2 Cor 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)KJV
3.9.1. So we can call PERSEVERANCE “staying power” or “hang in there power”.
3.9.2. Queen of all virtues!
3.10. Death to self finally sets in.
John 12:23-26 (NIV) 23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
4. Jobs revelation during His encounter with the Lord, at the end of his suffering journey, says it all.
Job 42:1-6 (ESV)
1 Then Job answered the LORD and said:
2 “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. 3 Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. 4 ‘Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you make it known to me.’ 5 I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; 6 therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”
4.1. God can do all things.
4.2. Stop uttering things we do not understand.
4.3. Now he not only knows from hearing but knows from seeing. 4.4. Smallness and repentance always follows.
- Here is a word from the Lord “slow down and wait upon God
- The glory of God can accomplish in seconds what otherwise seemingly takes years.
- We need to respond to what is happening in the earth.
- Continuing this week we will have an increased focus on waiting on the Lord: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will proceed with normal schedule. Friday and Saturday 630pm we will be here waiting.
- Let’s respond, dig out our wells, and drink n the goodness of God.