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NOW MORE THAN EVER:
WHAT WE CAN DO TO BRING NATIONAL REVIVAL?
King David writes in Psalm 127:1 Unless the Lord builds the house its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. As it goes for the home, so it goes for the country. We have spoken on prayer and abiding in Christ. As the family goes, so goes the nation. If that is true, then we need national revival! God’s Word is vitally involved in the state of our nation throughout our history, and thus this is a message many of us need to hear. I want to divide this message into three different seasons in the life of our country. First, let's look at our nation's foundation.
I. Remember Our Foundation (Matthew 7:24)
Let’s reflect on our nation’s foundation, and see if it was built on the rock. Did our forefather’s practice what Christ preached? On May 17, 1776, our Congress appointed a day of fasting and prayer for the colonies, so that they might by sincere repentance "appease God's righteous displeasure, and through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, obtain his pardon and his forgiveness." George Washington added four words to his inauguration ceremony: "So help me, God." The very first thing that Washington did after being inaugurated was to stoop down and kiss his Bible, as an affirmation of the submissive spirit that he had to have toward the rule and authority of Almighty God.
II. Realize the Cracks that Have Developed
While our foundation was solid, through time cracks began to form, and believe me, some of those crevices are growing larger and larger. We have gone from being a God-fearing people who wanted religious freedom, who knew that God was sovereign and important, to a nation where we can hardly talk about God for fear of offending someone. We have followed the same error that the people of Israel did: In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes (Judges 21:25). And in a strange twist, even acknowledgements of our own nation and her symbols are seen as an affront in these multicultural times.
III. Restore our Nation to that Original Foundation
(2 Chronicles 7:14)
So how do we restore our nation to that level of moral fiber and character? Well, certainly we need godly people to run for office. Yet, that is not God's first thoughts. The things we think will restore this nation are good things, but God himself shared another list for the nation of Israel when they saw some cracks in their foundation and desired restoration. God's list is much better. The Lord says, If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14).
Psalm 127:1 NKJV
127 Unless the Lord builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the Lord guards the city,
The watchman stays awake in vain.
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