Revival –> Repentance

20 07 2007

Scripture:
2 Chronicles 29:1 Hezekiah was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother’s name was Abijah daughter of Zechariah. 2 He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father David had done.

2 Chronicles 29:27 Hezekiah gave the order to sacrifice the burnt offering on the altar. As the offering began, singing to the LORD began also, accompanied by trumpets and the instruments of David king of Israel. 28 The whole assembly bowed in worship, while the singers sang and the trumpeters played. All this continued until the sacrifice of the burnt offering was completed. 29 When the offerings were finished, the king and everyone present with him knelt down and worshiped.

2 Chronicles 31:1 When all this had ended, the Israelites who were there went out to the towns of Judah, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. They destroyed the high places and the altars throughout Judah and Benjamin and in Ephraim and Manasseh.

Observations:
First Hezekiah, the leader decided to stand up and do what is right. Then he had the temple cleansed and ordered that burnt offerings be sacrificed. The people came and they worshiped. After they worshiped, they went out and got rid of all the idols and altars throughout the kingdom.

Application:
As goes the leader, so goes the kingdom. It is so obvious in reading through the Old Testament. Whenever the leader went the way of the world, the kingdom sank. When the leader stood up to follow God’s ways, the kingdom rose in prosperity and spiritual health (not necessarily in that order).

Revival, worship, repentence. That’s what I need. That’s what the church needs. That’s what we all need.

But who is the leader in my heart? Who leads me to experience that? It can only be Jesus. If I surrender my heart to Satan, then he leads based on his pattern, character, and tendency. But if I surrender my heart to Jesus, then the revival starts all over and fresh again.

Prayer:
Dear Lord, continue to live in my heart.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

amen

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