[anzac] NO REVIVAL Without REPENTANCE! - T. Somerville

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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 19:49:24 +1200
NO REVIVAL Without REPENTANCE 
by Terry Somerville 

There have been many prophecies about a coming move of God 
that will eclipse all previous ones. Most discussions revolve around 
the glory and presence of God moving in the land. The desire for 
revival is at an all time high. 

Though much is being said and done, it seems to be mostly 
prophetic activity. The one basic ingredient that is lacking, and 
seldom spoken of, is true repentance. This requires a total 
breaking down of the heart, otherwise we naturally go along in 
"Christian selfishness", with all our activity oriented to ourself. 

I'm more burdened than ever before over sin in the Body of Christ. 
In ministry times I find most Christians seem to be seeking a 
blessing in the meetings. The prayers revolve around their needs 
and not God's hearts desire. They experience the power and 
presence of God, yet leave with unyielded lives. Many Christians 
know there are issues between them and the Lord and are willing 
to leave them unchanged. Sometimes if I bring up the state of their 
heart during ministry they will say "God will change my heart". In 
the midst of all the Christian activity there's no sense of God's 
desire for true righteousness. 

Out in the community as I work I encounter people who are warm 
to Jesus, but see the church as irrelevant, or worse... Here are 
some of the issues I see standing between us and revival. 

1. Power Without Repentance 

Jesus warned those who have anointing but work iniquity. How 
many there are in the church today! 

"Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy 
by thy name, and by thy name cast out demons, and by thy name 
do many mighty works? And then will I profess unto them, I never 
knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." -Matt 7:22,23 

2. A Back to front Gospel - a problem we have created! 

Look at the gospel the church preached. 

Luke 24:47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be 
preached in his name unto all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 

Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and turn again, that your sins may 
be blotted out, that so there may come seasons of refreshing from 
the presence of the Lord;..

Genuine Conversion Results in A Holy Life 

Away with this garbage of continuing in sin but saying we are 
"immune" because of Christ. Sin's power to reign is actually gone 
from us because of the cross. (Romans 6) Because of this we are 
warned not to live in sin. We choose! 

Can we imagine the judgment day, and on this side is one who 
sinned not knowing Christ, and on the other is a Christian who 
continues in the same sin as the first man. Will the Lord be unjust? 
Will the cross be a mockery? Or does the Lord expect real 
righteousness to be the reward of His suffering? 

"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, 
that shall he also reap. For he that soweth unto his own flesh shall 
of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth unto the Spirit shall 
of the Spirit reap eternal life." Galatians 6:7,8 

The Changed Heart is Man's Responsibility, But God's Activity 

Most Christians are waiting for the Lord to change their hearts. 
God is waiting for us to "rend our hearts" and to "make for ourself 
a new heart" 

Joel 2:12- "Yet even now, saith Jehovah, turn ye unto me with all 
your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: 
13 and rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto 
Jehovah your God; for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, 
and abundant in loving kindness..." 

New Heart Ingredients 

a) Conviction of sin, righteousness and judgment by the Holy Spirit. 
Only this will break into the deep levels needed for repentance. 
This requires praying Christians and righteous preaching. Surely if 
the Lord is anointing us with power for healing He will bring this 
clear promise of the Spirit. 

"He will convict the world concerning sin, and concerning 
righteousness, and concerning judgment" John 16:8 

CONCLUSION 

Yes, we need a mighty revival. As I check out the old time revivals 
and go right back to the preaching of the Bible I see a common 
denominator. The preaching of the righteous demands of a Holy 
God, accompanied by mighty convictions of the Holy Spirit. This 
produces deep conversions and holy, power filled living. This, and 
ONLY this, impacts and changes the community with the 
Kingdom of God. 

~Source: "totalchange.org"