[anzac] WHAT PRIDE DOES TO REVIVALS

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From:           Mark Squire <mark.squire@...>
Date sent:      Fri, 16 Jan 2004 03:28:43 +1300

"What Pride does to Revivals"
-Mark Squire.

Why are so many revivals destroyed by excesses, 
counterfeits, leaders falling into sin, deception, etc?  Is 
there some singular key they missed which will protect 
us from the same fate?

I believe there is and it is HUMILITY.

Let's have a think about the above areas:

COUNTERFEITS:
Pride:  Will jump in to be associated with whatever sounds 
good, wants to impress, allows whatever pulls the crowds, 
is not worried about what is going wrong as long as the 
good stuff is happening.
Humility:  Accepts wisdom and discernment from God, 
wants to be pure and holy, is not afraid to disappoint 
people, is careful with prohibiting and permitting.

TEMPTATION:
Pride:  Accepts small compromises, keeps secrets, focuses 
on the sin, attempts to resist in own strength, justifies self, 
entertains sinful thoughts, believes sin is not that bad.
Humility:  Glorifies God in every area, is transparent and 
honest, focuses on Christ's death as atonement, submits 
to God then resists the devil and flees youthful lust, brings 
self unto submission, takes every thought captive unto the 
obedience of Christ, knows all sin separates us from God.

DECEPTION:
Pride:  Follows the crowd, demands its way, cannot be 
corrected, judges by appearance, will change to become 
acceptable.
Humility:  Can challenge the crowd, evaluates it's way, is 
open to correction, looks for fruits and lets God show roots, 
will change to become Christ-like.

MISTAKES:
Pride:  Argues, decides hastily, is offended easily, tries to 
sound convincing, preserves ego, can be over-complicated 
or too simplistic, is insecure.
Humility:  Keeps away from profane and foolish arguments, 
takes time to consider and pray, gives grace, says it straight, 
preserves friendship, discerns and avoids distractions but 
recognizes other factors in an issue.

Let's add some more:

MUSIC:
Pride:  Plays what sounds good, entertains, over-organizes 
or is impulsive, follows own ideas.
Humility:  Selects lyrics which glorify God, worships in 
Spirit and truth, is orderly but listening, follows biblical values.

PREACHING:
Pride:  Convinces, exaggerates or plays down, attempts to 
be skillful, puts on an act.
Humility:  Teaches, talks straight, relies on God to guide 
and confirm, is honest.

AUTHORITY (LEADING):
Pride:  Pushes from the rear, manipulates, is domineering, 
boasts of self, enjoys position,
Humility:  Leads from the front, asks, is gentle, boasts only 
in the Lord, accepts responsibility.

AUTHORITY (FOLLOWING):
Pride:  Murmurs and complains, is resentful, flatters, is in 
for what they can get, usurps or divides.
Humility:  Upholds and supports, is respectful, praises 
genuinely, is in for what they can give. Submits or departs 
quietly.

ADMINISTRATION:
Pride:  Complicates matters, is angry when the smallest 
thing goes wrong, criticizes, wants everything it's own way, 
is careless.
Humility:  Makes things as simple and efficient as possible, 
accepts that nothing is perfect, compliments, listens to other 
ideas, is thorough.

The word "revival" already has a negative ring to many.
If there was true humility, people would see the difference 
even before God moves.

Jonah 3:10 - "When God saw what they did, how they 
turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about 
the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; 
and he did not do it."

See also:  Matt 23:12, Col 3: 11-14.

-Mark Squire
mark.squire@...
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