[anzac] NO REVIVAL Without REPENTANCE

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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 04 Oct 2007 11:03:41 -0700
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.... Today's 
church seems to be very much like Isaiah described. 

"Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways: as (if they 
were) a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the 
ordinance of their God, they ask of me righteous judgments; they 
delight to draw near unto God...........yet on the day of their fasting, 
they do as they please" (Isaiah 58:2-3) 

Here are some of the issues I see standing between us and revival. 

1. Power Without Repentance 

The church has confused experiencing the presence of God vs a 
heart being right with God. It is possible for the heart to be 
unyielded yet still experience the anointing on the natural man! Yet 
most think if the Holy Spirit comes on them with His power their 
hearts must be right. The love of God has come with such power 
over the last number of years and yet I saw many entering in who 
remained in sin. I asked God about it and the Holy Spirit spoke to 
me. "I'm sending my love because I want to capture their hearts." 
Has it worked? 

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! 

The gospel most Christians believe goes like this. 
a) believe in Jesus 
b) ask Him to forgive your sins and come into your life 
c) He will change you. 

The gospel the Bible teaches is 

a) repent and believe first (change your life) 
b) God will forgive your sin and come into your life 
c) Walk with Him in newness of life 

The gospel has a clear condition of turning from sin first, and 
genuinely entering into a righteous life. It seems most of the 
church is missing this. NO this is not salvation by works, this is 
repentance! We are forgiven and saved from sin because of the 
cross. Our righteousness cannot save us. But it is required! From 
Genesis to Revelation! 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; 

3. Confession is Not repentance 

Here is another common error. Being sorry at the altar and asking 
God to forgive is NOT repentance. It is confessing sin. We have 
mixed this up. To confess our sins is simply to acknowledge the 
truth about our condition and ask God to forgive us. Repentance is 
a genuine turning from the heart which "bears fruit befitting repentance". 

4. 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 

5. 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, and repenteth him of the evil." 

"Cast away from you all your transgressions, wherein ye have 
transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why 
will ye die, O house of Israel?" Ezekiel 18:31 

This is the same Ezekiel who says the Lord will give a new heart 
and a new spirit. How is it possible? Does the new heart come 
from God or us? It is both. Here is an example: 

There is a man with sickness unto death. He goes to the doctor 
who gives him medicine. He takes it and is well. What made him 
well? The man did because he went to the doctor, the doctor did 
because he treated the man, and the medicine did as well because 
it killed the disease. The new heart is our responsibility, but we 
have left out that part out of the gospel. It must be returned for 
revival preaching to work. 

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 

b) The true condition of the selfish motives of our life are seen, and 
wrestled down. As Finney said "the fountains of sin must be 
broken up". If believing the gospel is only head knowledge about 
Christ, it is doubtful conversion ever took place! It must be a 
matter of the heart. For out of the heart springs all the issues of life! 

c) The Holy Spirit enters in and God pours His own love into our 
heart!This is the point! The Love of God Himself is put into our 
heart. The same love that motivated Jesus becomes the motivation 
of our hearts. (John 17:26 Rom. 5:5) Check it out. When the 
revivalists broke through they had a radical filling with Gods love! 

Here are Finney's own words: 

"No words can express the wonderful love that was shed abroad in 
my heart. I wept aloud with joy and love; and I do not know but I 
should say, I literally bellowed out the unutterable gushings of my 
heart. The waves came over me, and over me, one after the other, 
until I recollect I cried out, 'I shall die if these waves continue to 
pass over me.' I said, 'Lord, I cannot bear any more;' yet I had no 
fear of death." 

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. 

Right now we are living in a time of theories. "Revival this, Kingdom 
that, Prophetic this, Apostolic whatever."  The world is longing for 
the revival we need! 

~Source: "totalchange.org"