[anzac] IS it REALLY REVIVAL?? - Bryan Hupperts

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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:01:23 +1000
IS it REALLY REVIVAL?
by Bryan Hupperts

There has been so much in the Christian news about a worldwide 
revival taking place that I just had to start looking for it. Revival 
properly understood is essentially a new beginning of obedience 
to God. Jesus said you would know something by the fruit it 
produces. Look at the fruit of what is occurring and then ask: Is 
it really revival?

When the Spirit of God is poured over your city but husbands will 
not love their wives, and wives will not obey their husbands, is it 
really revival?

What the Bible is mocked and doctrine called "a divisive tool of 
the devil", when the "old" gifts of the Spirit are thrown out in favor 
of a new, secret gift allegedly from the Holy Spirit, is it really revival?

When the love of Unity supercedes the love of the Absolute Truth, 
is it really revival?

When a move of the Spirit of God is measured by bodies piled 
on the floor and not by the number of repentant prayers baptized 
by tears at an altar, is it really revival?

When leaders openly confess some personal lust of their heart 
and publicly challenge God with statements like, "This is the 
desire of my heart and I demand this from you, Lord. If you do 
not produce it immediately, on the authority of your own Word, 
I declare you a liar," and then the crowd of on-looking fools 
squeals "Amen!" - where is the fear of the Lord? Is this really revival?

When tried and tested prophets of the Lord warn of impending 
judgment for sin and are mocked by the Christian media who 
want to whoop it up with the pervading party spirit in the church, 
is this really revival?

When the church is more concerned with her own welfare and 
well being and not that of a lost, dying world, and calls it 
"intimacy with God," is it really revival?

When "don't judge anything" is seen as a litmus test for spiritual 
maturity instead of honoring the Lord who loves "righteous 
judgment," is this really revival?

When churches who are claiming supernatural visitations of all 
manner of angelic beings but cannot seem to open their doors 
to welcome mere humans of differing color and social and 
economic status, is it really revival?

When the saints of the Most High run from marathon meeting to 
marathon meeting blind to the needs of the widow down the 
street from them who cannot get her lawn mowed or has no one 
to help her get to the market to buy food, is it really revival?

When fellowship chat lines are filled on the net with loving, wise
believers who cannot seem to spare 15 minutes outside of 
cyberspace to pray with their flesh and blood spouse and children 
before bed, is it really revival?

When believers can "bind the strongman" over a city but cannot 
rule their own tongues, is it really revival?

When practical holiness is branded as fleshly legalism, it is really revival?

When people walk away from awesome spiritual encounters only 
to then be plagued with thoughts of suicide, depression, the ability 
to see demons but not angels, and a pervading sense of 
hopelessness, is it really revival?

When the love of the saints is not extended to those who cautiously
question your movement, and who are then labeled, branded really, 
as being possessed by "a spirit of criticism," is it really revival?

When believers flock to get a word from the prophet but cannot 
seem to take the time to lock themselves in their prayer closet to 
get a word from God, or better yet, simply commune with Him, is 
it really revival?

When angel worship (which means paying honor and homage) is 
welcomed and embraced in the church, and being touched by an 
angel is somehow more glorious than being touched by the Lord, 
is it really revival?

When Jesus is honored with passioned cries of "Lord, Lord," but 
is then not obeyed, is this really revival?

When you finally have God figured out and can order Him around 
to suit your desires, you can prophesy on cue, and behave in 
such an other-worldly bizarre manner that even the cults are 
afraid of you, is it really revival?

When being filled with the Holy Spirit is evidenced by all manner 
of manifestation EXCEPT Holiness, is it really revival?

Have you gone to the Cross daily to die to self? Have you come 
to a place of total surrender to Christ, to a new obedience to the 
Living God, to a true love of the Truth and genuine worship that 
springs from a cleansed, joyful heart? Is there a declaration of 
the absolute Lordship of Jesus Christ in your life? If so, then 
you have experienced true revival. If not, ask yourself: Is this 
really revival?

Be revived, and strengthen the things that remain.

Bryan Hupperts
(c) 1998.