Friday, January 16, 2009
The Three R’s of Revival
“Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works . . .”
Before we can ever talk about revival in the church, every Christian must ask themselves, Am I personally revived? Am I living as a committed, on-fire follower of Jesus Christ?
Ask yourself that question right now. If your answer is that you are not a committed, on-fire follower of Jesus Christ, you exist as part of the problem, not part of the solution.
Listen to what Jesus said to the church of Ephesus in the book of Revelation. He says,
“I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name's sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.” (Revelation 2:2–5)
Jesus gave the church of Ephesus the three R’s of revival: remember, repent, and repeat.
“Remember therefore from where you have fallen,” and then He says. “Repent.” In other words, turn away from your sins. And finally repeat, “Do the first works.” Get back and serve God like you once did.
Remember, repent, and repeat. Put the three R’s of revival into practice, because we need to be revived before God.
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