Archive for April, 2013

REVIVAL? MERCY? HERE?

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

O Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years!

In the midst of the years make it known;

In wrath remember mercy.

Habakkuk 3:2  

God is perfect in power, righteous to judge, and great in mercy… and Habakkuk must have understood that.  Immediately after being told by God of imminent doom coming on Judah (invasion and destruction by a foreign army), Habakkuk cried out for revival in that late hour and for mercy in the midst of wrath. 

America, 2013: We witness our nation deserving of judgment, a flood of wickedness spewing across our land, and a growing cultural and governmental hostility toward truth (and toward anyone who dares to live by God’s Word).  

While Believers lament the sad state of the American Church and marvel at our culture’s freefall into the moral abyss, secular economists sound the alarm of a coming financial implosion that is unlike anything our nation has ever seen (and they say it is coming soon).  

Things don’t look so good, do they?

The reality is: The America you and I once knew and loved is no more.  We live in a different land than we did 50 years ago…even 5 years ago.  We must face that reality if we are to be used of God in our day. 

The question is: What can we do about it?  And is there any hope? 

WHEN ONLY A MIRACLE WILL DO 

I want to share an excerpt from a devotional by the late Reverend David Wilkerson, a man greatly used of God to lead many thousands to Christ.  He wrote of a mighty work that he believed God would do in the Last Days:

“Beloved, we are going to see the fullest revelation of Jesus Christ in the history of mankind.  And here is the greatness of such a miracle: God is going to take the filthiest, most perverse generation of all time—a generation with the stoniest hearts in history—and clean them up, give them loving hearts… We will see sinners from every walk of life saved: Jews, Muslims, rich, poor, murderers, people of all backgrounds. At the Red Sea, the devil was advancing and threatening to pounce on God’s people.  The difference today is, he already has prevailed against the backslidden church, capturing and enslaving millions… Satan and his crowd have mocked and laughed, saying, “We have destroyed the work of Christ on earth!” But God says, “For My name’s sake, I’m going to do a mighty deliverance.” You will need faith to understand this miracle, because it is going to come at the neediest, most critical time in the history of the Church.  God will cause His flock to walk in righteousness.  He will bring down such conviction that believers will literally loathe their past sins.”

Powerful words, and a great message of hope… But do we believe it?  Do we believe God can send such a revival – even here in America?  Because if we don’t believe, we certainly won’t pray (at least not with any faith!) 

40 Years Ago…  

In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, American youth were being swept up by the “Hippie Movement” – a subculture of rock music, drugs, sexual sin, and rejecting God’s Word and ways.  It appeared that the moral fiber of an entire generation was being shred beyond repair, and that Christianity would lose its influence in the following years.  As John Lennon boasted in 1966:

“Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue about that; I’m right and I’ll be proved right.”

God’s answer to the Hippie Movement?  The “Jesus Movement,” a mighty outpouring of His Spirit that captured the hearts of countless thousands of American youth – including thousands of hippies!  J And many of those saved would go on to become leaders in church and parachurch ministries.    

You and I cannot foresee what God will yet do at this late hour in our nation, but one thing is sure: if we fail to pray now, we will have no excuse when the judgment falls. 

If we seek the Lord and cry out for mercy, it may be that He will delay judgment and grant America one last revival as He did for Judah (see 2 Kings 22).   

Let’s remember God’s promise regarding Israel many years ago… And it’s still His heart today:

 

“… If My people who are called by My name

will humble themselves,

and pray and seek My face,

and turn from their wicked ways,

then I will hear from heaven,

and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

2 Chronicles 7:14

 

For revival and mercy,

Pastor Matthew Casey

© Springs of Life Ministries, 2013