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We MUST Have Revival in America

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We Must Have Revival in America: When God Judges a Nation

 

 

Jeremiah 9:1 describes what is needed in the Men of God and from the people in the Church, “Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!”

Psalm 85:6 should become the constant cry of each Church in America, “Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?”

Isaiah 57:15:. revive the heart of the contrite ones.”

Habakkuk 3:2 we hear Habakkuk pouring out his soul unto God when he prays, “O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid : O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known ; in wrath remember mercy.”

There once was a time in which revival was a good thing to have. A time in which having a revival meeting was something the people actually looked forward to. A time in which Christian would gather around the old altar late into the night, and into the early morning hour crying out for a personal and national revival.

I remember some of those days. The crying, the agonizing, the souls panting after God wanting to get a glimpse of the Glory and Majesty of God. America today is unrecognizable to me from those days of yester-year. We live in a nation on the verge of collapse. Oh my soul cries out to God to allow me to do my part in turning over a better world for my Grandchildren to live in.

Our American families have been shattered. Our faith has been compromised where you can enter a church and not even hear the name of Jesus even mentioned except at the close out each prayer. Yes, we MUST have revival in America.

Look at the Condition of our Country, Church, and Christians

 

We are living in days similar to the times of Isaiah the Prophet. He described his nation this way in Isaiah 5:20, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

 

  • We have ALLOWED Jesus Christ to be kicked out of American schools for years, with nothing more than a whimper from the Church. We now live in a world where Christians and the Church has ALLOWED Jesus Christ to be removed, while actually allowing and promoting Islam in schools across America.

 

  • We allow Islam to be taught and studied, yet a child cannot even read his Bible during recess time in America without severe repercussions. Why has this happened? Because we have grown cold and complacent in America. In the Pledge of Allegiance to America, God. We must have revival in America!

 

  • Since the Row vs Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973, America has stained the blood of 58 million BABIES! God help us! During the last 30 years, our countries combined have brutally murdered 1,322, 372,570 precious babies. During the first 22 DAYS of January, 2015 America has already butchered 65,000 innocent babies, with 2.2 billion priceless babies already murdered in our world. We MUST have revival in America! We have got to have a National revival. A return to godliness.

 

  • We have ALLOWED, as a result of our spiritual weakness, and because we have lacked the courage, and spiritual back-bone to take a strong, uncompromising stand for Jesus Christ (Ephesians 6:11, 13).

 

  • Our average American Church is lukewarm at best, hearing the preaching without the Word of God making any deep, abiding spiritual impact upon our lives. We have preachers that REFUSE to obey the admonition of Isaiah, in Isaiah 58:1 when he said rather strongly, “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.”

 

  • Where do you go in America to hear a preacher passionately pouring out his heart against sin while promoting the holiness of Jesus Christ? The average pulpit has been stripped of its spiritual power when it quit preaching against Biblical sin! This is why we MUST have Revival in America. America will never experience revival until the preacher starts lifting up his voice to bring people back to God.

 

Last year while reading through the Books of Jeremiah and Lamentations, I was reminded of a man that likewise was very concerned about the spiritual condition of his country as some of us are this morning.

His name was Jeremiah. He was a true Man of God. Let me give you some background into the days in which Jeremiah lived and see if you can see America, or your country in the Biblical account of the nation of Judah.

Around 975 B.C., the nation of Israel had divided. Jeroboam I led the 10 northern tribes to become insurgent against King Rehoboam, the son of Solomon. The Northern Kingdom came to be known as Israel. Its capital was eventually located in Samaria. All of the kings who ruled over the Northern Kingdom were wicked, godless men. Israel was conquered by Assyria in 721 B.C. Nearly all of the people were taken into Assyrian captivity.

The Southern Kingdom was known as Judah. Judah was made up of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin. Their capitol city was Jerusalem, where the temple was located. Although most of its rulers were wicked, they did have a few that were faithful to God. However, Judah became a godless nation. Because of this, God allowed Babylon to conquer it in 606 B.C. Some of the leading citizens, including Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, were taken to Babylon at this time. When Judah rebelled against Babylon in 596 B.C. others, including Ezekiel, were taken as captives to Babylon. Finally, in 586 B.C. , in what was a preview of what I believe could very well happen to our blessed country of America, the army of Babylon destroyed the city of Jerusalem. Solomon’s temple was torn down. Most of the remaining people were carried away into Babylon. During Judah’s last days, Jeremiah served as God’s spokesman to them.

Jeremiah, like many in America, was born during a troubled time in his country’s history. As we face in our world of the 21st century, great nations were struggling for control of the world. Does this sound familiar with the modern day terrorists trying to seize control of the world, infiltrating one country at a time?

The powerful Assyrian Empire was slowly dying, as is some of the truly great countries in our lifetimes. Babylon became a superpower once its army defeated and conquered Nineveh. Nineveh was capital of Assyria Empire, in 612 B.C.

Egypt had been a world power for more than one thousand years. It was striving to maintain its power against threats from Babylon. The little nation of Judah was located directly between these two global giants or superpowers. When the armies from the Babylonian Empire marched to fight the armies from the Egyptian Empire in the Nile Valley, they had to go through Judah. Many times, battles were fought on Judah’s territory. Its people suffered greatly as a result. Kings of Judah were tempted to make alliances with either Babylon or Egypt as protection against the other one. Jeremiah and the other prophets warned them to trust in God instead of these alliances.

Spiritually, the people of Judah had sunk very low. After the death of Hezekiah, a good king, his wicked son, Manasseh, came to the throne (2 Kings 21:1-9). Manasseh was followed by his son, Amon, who was also wicked (2 Kings 21:19-22). When Amon was killed by his own servants, his eight year old son, Josiah, was placed on the throne (2 Kings 21:23-26). Josiah was the last of the good kings of Judah. He led the people back to God and His Law (2 Kings 22, 23). Sadly, his godly rule was cut short when he was killed in battle at the age of 39 (2 Kings 23:29). It was during these times that God called Jeremiah to prophesy during the rule of Josiah (Jeremiah 1:1-10).

Jeremiah saw what was about to happen to his country of Judah. He knew that unless the people got serious about revival that their beloved city and temple would be destroyed. Further, he knew that many men, husbands and fathers would be killed in the fierce battle. He likewise could see the women and children being carried away as slaves to the wicked Babylonians.

I can visualize the agony on the faces of the Men as they were now fighting a losing battle. Their opportunity to repent and experience a genuine revival had passed. Judgment was now in the form the battlefield where these valiant men were losing.

Judgment could be heard by the weeping and wailing of the women and children as they were being carried away from their homeland forever. The pain on the faces of the surviving men from the battle as they were now bound and absolutely helpless to prevent their women and children from going into a hostile land.

You read of Jeremiah boldly preaching to the nation of Judah to repent and return to God. As with some of you reading or listening to this message, they just do not believe that God would really bring Judah down by using a heathen nation to chasten them. Guess what, neither do you or MOST of America.

We just cannot envision God using terrorists people and countries banding together all over the modern world to bring America. Yet God is allowing this to happen, right before our very eyes. Every night on the news we read or watch of more Christians beheaded; small children and women buried alive at the hand the enemy of Jesus Christ. I believe God is allowing this to happen to create the type of persecution that will drive Christians back to Jesus Christ.

Jeremiah warned his country with tears, to flee to God. They just refused to listen. The agony upon his heart was excruciating. All through the book of Jeremiah, we see the Man of God warning, begging, and pleading for the nation to return to God. They just would not listen!

Once you begin reading the second book which Jeremiah was used of God to write, called the Book of lamentations, the judgment had fallen. Some have described Lamentations as “a funeral chant for Jerusalem. Lamentations is often called “The Tears of Jeremiah.” Each of the five chapters of Lamentations is a poem. It shows clearly that God will punish even His own people if they do not repent of their sins.

Watch the Man of God, with his heart shattered at what he was watching, the captivity had begun. It was now too late to avert the judgment of God.

America, we are very close to destruction. I just lost some of our more liberal Christians. You simply do not want to hear the truth. Therefore you are not willing to help bring America back to God. We are living during days in which the America I experienced for 60 years of my life, is coming to a close.

We have become like the frogs on the stove. If you place a number of frogs in a pan of lukewarm water, and then place that pan of living frogs on a stove, then turn up the heat all at once, and they will all jump out to save themselves. But place those same frogs in a lukewarm pan of water, and SLOWLY turn up the heat, the frogs will become immune to the slow temperature change and remain in the pan of water until they slowly boil to death.

The time has NOW come! America, Don’t Wait, until It is Too Late!

Our time IS Short (I Corinthians 7:29), so we MUST pray, we must repent, and we must GET INVOLVED (Nehemiah 1:11). Christians, we MUST have a Revival in America!

What are YOU Doing to help Save America? What are you REALLY DOING to make a difference? Will you begin by returning to God? Will you confess your sins as David had in Psalm 51:10? Will you confess your sins and receive the cleansing needed in your life as promised by God in I John 1:9?

Jesus Christ is Our ONLY hope. The early Church turned the world upside down for Jesus Christ. We can to! We MUST do all that we can, while we can!

EVERY American will soon say, “I WISH that I would have, or each will say, Thank God that I did!” It is Your Country, so it is your choice. We are living at the midnight hour. Judah let the clock pass midnight and it brought years of devastation. Will American Christians learn from Judah’s mistake? Will we return to God?

Will you contact me by replying to this message letting me know that God has spoken to your heart about revival and returning to God?   Humility is the first step to revival , (II Chronicles 7:14).

We MUST Have Revival In America!

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God’s Precious Promise of Provision

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God’s Precious Promise of Provision   Philippians 4:19

 

I feel led, after a lot of prayer today, to speak words of encouragement to my Preacher and Missionary Friends. God has PROMISED to supply ALL your needs according to HIS riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 
 Money for your ministry, at times, may seems like an impossible task. However, after 43 years of being a Christian, I can assure you that while I often Cannot, God ALWAYS Can! Ephesians 3:20;   Matthew 19:26.
 Brethren, our God is trustworthy and dependable, Titus 1:2. He has never promised an easy life for any of us, but He ever remains faithful! He WILL supply in His time and THROUGH the people of HIS choosing.   You will come to realize that when you have nothing left but God, then perhaps for the first time in your life, that God IS enough!  
This is why I seldom ask people to pray about specific financial needs.  I want to be assured that God is the One who has moved in response to the prayer of His servant.  It is an amazing way to live your life knowing that God STILL answers prayers and is doing the seemly impossible today.   He does not need for me to tell everyone about financial needs; God does not need me asking those that I consider to be wealthy to “pray” for my financial need to be met. 

God KNOWS when a sparrow falls to the ground and He KNOWS what things you have need of before you even ask.   Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.   But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore,Ye are of more value than many sparrows.  Matthew 10: 29-31.

  Matthew 6:25-34.   This will remind you of how important You and the ministry God has given to is.  Take particular note of verse 30:  Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
 Even now, I know some are most discouraged, as you know not Where or When God’s supply shall come. But you MUST not lose heart, for you KNOW it IS coming. God has Promised! You may have a check in the mail for you today! He may lead someone in your town to assist you this Sunday.
You may be thinking, but you are an American and have no need.   Really? Are you kidding me? Are you serious? After I spent over $425 for a Visa to enter Nigeria, and spent SEVERAL hundred dollars to purchase my flight ticket to Nigeria, and after I send $300 to do my part to pay the salaries of three Filipino men to pastor the Churches started as a result of JKM, and I purchase my flight ticket to start 2 Churches in India, which comes up after our Philippine’s journey.  I will have this amount in my account: $ 00.00. I have 22% of my support in at this writing. Yes, I know what “needs” are.   I actually welcome them because then I can see what God wants to do in my life.  I often envied George Mueller who had to pray in his money to feed the children living in the orphanage.   I believe God wants more of us to simply depend upon HIM for our daily needs.  He has NEVER let me down!  He is continually leading His servants to live a life of complete and continual dependence upon Him!  My question to you is simple:  “Are you Cooperating with God’s plan or have you been secretly Complaining and Criticizing His Purpose for your life?”
So I am sharing this message of Hope in God for ALL of Us to simply trust in the One who has called us to such a great undertaking. I am not complaining; I am not worried; I am not stressed; I am not questioning God. Actually, I am rejoicing, I honestly am, for I Know for that the Provision of the Lord is just around the corner. How can I be so certain? Because I have chosen all these years to TRUST my Heavenly Father to Do that which He has PROMISED! Won’t you as well?
 
 As I have often said, The bank vaults in Heaven are NOT affected by the economy in which we live.” Our economy matters not to God as far as His ability to KEEP HIS WORD and faithfully supply ALL of our needs,   Philippians 4:19.

 

You can Pray, Believe, and Receive; or, You can Pray, Doubt, and go Without!

Ten Principles Used in Pastoring God’s People ( Principles 9, 10 )

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Ten Principles in Pastoring God’s People (Principle Six)

Ten Principles in Pastoring God’s People  (Principle Six)

Written by Jim Kilgore, Missionary Evangelist

www.JimKilgoreMinistries.com

 

 

Pastor's heart                       

 

 

     There have been two Preachers that have GREATLY influenced my ministry as a Pastor

throughout the years, Dr. Jack Hyles from Hammond, Indiana, and Dr. Harris Steurmer from Danville, Illinois.  I had already mentioned Brother Hyles.  Now I would like to introduce you to another “Genuine Pastor, Pastor Steurmer.” 

     I was just starting my Bible College education when I was awakened at 6am by a strong, booming voice.  It was the voice of my Pastor having devotions on the front porch with an elderly woman who was no longer able to attend our Church regularly.  Yet there he was, each week, sharing God’s Word to this lady.  This man had a Church running over 600 in attendance, yet he still made this lady experience the  love of her Pastor.

     I saw this man many times lower his tall body down to shake a “Bus Kid’s “ hand or to rub a little boy head.   The impact of this on me as a very young preacher?   Everyone is important!    From the youngest baby in the nursery to the eldest person in Church,  Just  love them ALL!   Don’t treat anyone different!   This is where I genuinely developed my desire to “Add Value” to everyone.  Why?  Because EVERYONE is important to God and therefore must be important TO ME AS THEIR Pastor as well.   Once you love and value a person, the sincere expression of your appreciation of people will naturally flow from your heart.

  

Demonstrate SINCERE Appreciation

Pastor, please demonstrate sincere appreciation for what your People do to help you in your ministry.   Let them KNOW that you VALUE them for WHO they are, as well as for WHAT they do.   Don’t make the mistake of assuming the other person knows how you feel about them.   Thousands have stood at the casket of their loved one only to say, “They did not know how much I loved them.”   My advice Pastor, “Don’t Wait until it’s Too Late.” To share your love for them.

 

I want to share a poem that Brother Hyles wrote about this subject which dramatically

influenced me as a Pastor.

The Pastor’s Heart

by Dr. Jack Hyles

One day the load was especially heavy and the burdens were many. I had so many appointments that night and to be quite frank, I rebelled a little bit at having to solve the problems of others when I had so many myself. After counseling with many people, it was about midnight. As I started to go home, I had the following thoughts. Please read this poem very carefully.

 

“I have a burden, Pastor, that I’d like to lay on you.”  I listened, tho he never knew I had a burden too.

I took a tearful look toward mine; Then his came into view. ‘Twas plain to see my burden was The larger of the two.

I saw his load alongside mine, And, tho they both were real, The yoke he bore was made of wood, And mine was made of steel.

To him I said, “Come unto me; I’ll gladly carry thine”; Then whispered unto selfishness, “But who will carry mine?”

I softly laid my burden down To help him his to bear, While knowing that my heavy load I’m not allowed to share.

I’ll help him with his burden, then Regain mine after while,  When I will sigh and weep once more, While now I force a smile.

I felt the CHAINS OF BONDAGE till A CAPTIVE came to me. He bade me help him break the bands,  And aid him to be free.

I saw the fetters binding him, And felt a pity pain. For his were made of little rope, And mine of heavy chain.

I laid aside my heavy chains, So he, my help, could borrow. I’ll help free him of bondage now, And think of mine tomorrow.

A DOUBTER knocked at study door; I had an urge to groan, “Why bring your pebble doubt to me, When mine is made of stone?”

I smiled at him and listened, while Believing in my doubt. I laid it down reluctantly, And feigned about a happy shout.

I sat ALONE in darkened room, And felt a shadow’s knife. Another came to share with me Some darkness in his life.

As I compared my night with his, His dark possessed a lack. For his was just an evening shade, While mine was midnight black.

I slowly laid my nighttime down, To help him seek for light. I’ll tread my dimming path again, When I have made his bright.

A TROUBLED SOUL came to my door, A problem to confide. I had a problem, too, that day; ‘Twas hard for me to hide.

My problem was a mountain steep, And his was just a hill. My problem was an ocean-wide, And his a tiny nil.

Yet, ’tis my lot to fill his need, And put mine on the shelf. For I must lay my heartache down, And hide it from myself.

He told me of a broken heart, While mine was breaking too. I told him of a mending God Who maketh all things new.

He told me of his thirsty soul; I gave him living water. He said he was a broken vase; I told him of the Potter.

Another came when I was SICK To say he had the flu. His fever was a hundred-one, And mine a hundred-two.

Another came when I was FAINT, To say that he was weak. Another came when I was DUMB, To say he could not speak.

Another WEEPING SEEKER came, For me, his tears to dry. I went alone and wiped my eyes,  Then told him not to cry.

Another came when I was TIRED, To say he needed rest. I lifted him with weary arms, And tried to give him zest.

AND NOW, IT’S LATE, and all have gone, Each one to his abode. So I must find my problems, and Regain my heavy load.

Where is the burden I had borne? I had it while ago! Where is the problem I must solve? I left it here, I know!

Where is the darkness I once knew? I now see only light. The chains, the tears, the pains, the fears are nowhere now in sight!

I cannot find my broken heart!  Where is my fevered brow? I have a song! the tears are gone!
I cannot find them now!

My sickness, now, bath turned to health! And trust replaceth fright! Assurance covers all my doubts;
My darkness now is light!

I heard a voice from Heaven say “My child, ’tis always true: When you take care of others’ needs,
I will take care of you.”

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