In Part 3 of 3 below, you'll see the 3rd of 3 installments from a study in Isaiah 64 and 66, asking, “How do you maintain an attitude
of ongoing revival?” Parts 1 and were left up for your convenience, so if you don't need a review, scroll down to Part 3 of 3. Thanks for studying
His word and praying!--Bob Fielding
Over this year we’ve approached
revival as an ongoing attitude and condition of the heart. A heart that is bent towards God and the
things of God.
How do you maintain an attitude of ongoing revival?
Part 1 of 3 - April Installment: BEGIN WITH PRAYER. Please stop and read Isaiah 64 — the entire
chapter is a prayer.
Isaiah was dealing with
people who had a rich history with God. Can
you imagine having in your ethnic and religious heritage such figures as
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Elijah, King David, and the great Old Testament
Also, take a moment to
ponder those times when God acted and intervened in their history – a history
that Isaiah’s contemporaries knew full well: calling Abraham to a new land that
would be the place for the future nation of Israel…..God’s miraculous rescue of
the children of Israel when He sent the plagues to Pharoah then parted the Red
Sea as they escaped Egypt……The return of the exiles and the rebuilding of the
walls under Nehemiah…..Daniel and his friends in the Lion den and that
What a heritage! And
yet – we find throughout the book of Isaiah that as a whole – God’s people at
that time had fallen into the rut of going through the motions. They were doing the ritual of religion with
little regard for the object of their religion – God Almighty.
Find the verses in chapter 64 that record their regret over their spiritual
condition. It is good they recognized their condition, but we should
note that we do not have to live a life that results in regret when it comes to our walk
with God. Yes, we can sin, but it is also possible to walk faithfully with the Lord! They
let themselves get in that condition.
Take another moment to review the verses that express their prayerful desire
to come back to God!
Do you realize that
every Christian believer shares the same spiritual heritage, and even more,
with the people Isaiah was dealing with?
For example, we are also the spiritual children of Abraham! Galatians
3:6-9 – 6 So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as
righteousness.” 7 Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of
Abraham. 8 Scripture foresaw that God would justify
the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All
nations will be blessed through you.” 9 So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the
man of faith.
The people in Isaiah’s
day had plenty of light from God to know who God was – but……They were on that
side of the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are on this side of
the Cross and we
have much more light! And with that comes what? More responsibility! If with Isaiah’s preaching they knew something
was wrong – and they knew who to pray to for revival – how about us?
Church– we must pray
for revival and NOT let go of God until He sends it. We’ve been praying for
revival as a group for a year already. Let’s continue to pray for personal and
I detect humility in Chapter 64. Do you? Let’s join together in humble, heartfelt,
God-dependent, confessing, God-seeking prayer for ourselves and our fellow church
members. If we are going to see spiritual awakening in the name of Jesus spill
over into the community, then revival must happen among the people of God. Thank you for praying and God bless you and
Spoiler: we’ll continue
in Isaiah 66:1-2 next month!
Also this week:
Pray by name for our
new pastor and our staff.
Pray for personal opportunities
to share the gospel.
by name for lost people you know.
Part 2 of 3 - May Installment
Next, to have ongoing revival,
You MUST renew a right view of
God in your heart. Look at Isaiah 66:1-2
1Thus says the LORD:
“Heaven is my throne,
and the earth is my
what is the house that you
would build for me,
and what is the place of
2All these things my hand has made,
and so all these things
came to be,
declares the LORD.
But this is the one to
whom I will look:
he who is humble and
contrite in spirit
and trembles at my word.
When you read these
chapters in their context, you find that one of the things these people wanted
to do was put God in their box – in this case, a rebuilt temple. They wanted to worship God on their terms and
not His terms. It was as if they were
saying, “On the Sabbath, we will go to the temple where God is – do the rituals,
make the sacrifices, and when we leave, God is still THERE – and we will do our
thing the rest of the week.”
Do you know there are
Christians who live the same way? Now, they may not believe that they left God
at the church house, but in their heart, they have placed God in a box.
“God, in my heart, I
have you in this box. That means my thought life, my finances, my sexuality, my
behavior, my language, how I treat my family, are off limits to you UNLESS I
decide let you out of the box and give you access to those areas of my life.”
Is it really possible
to deny God access to areas of our lives? No, but we try.
What is the antidote to
that? Let the Holy Spirit use His Word
to draw a picture in your mind. “Heaven
is my throne.” The word for Heaven here
means the sky and all the celestial bodies out there. With the aid of telescopes, we know that the
celestial bodies are billions and billions of stars and galaxies. At the speed of light, it would take 13
billion years to reach as far as we can detect. And all of that friend, is
God is so powerful, awesome,
and immense, that He can say that all that we can see out there---- and there
is much more that we can’t see----- is nothing but a chair for Him. Heaven is my throne…
The fact that the earth
can serve as His footstool says what?
That as planets go – it is beyond insignificant. This planet we are on is but a piece of dust
in God’s eyes in comparison to what He has made.
And to the people in
Isaiah’s day, God’s people, He says, “and you are going to put me in your
temple?” And to us He says – “you dare
even entertain the notion of putting me in your box? You really think you can
deny me access to areas of your life?”
Friends - Do you
understand the depth of pride that it takes to think like that?
I’m old enough to remember the Watergate conspirator named G.
Gordon Liddy. Right after He was
released from prison back in the mid 1970’s he said, "I have found within myself all I need and all I ever shall
need. I am a man of great faith, but my faith is in George Gordon Liddy. I have
never failed me."
Christian, if you have God in your box, are you not thinking like a lost person? “But I would never say that!!!” Of course not, but could it be true that your
actions are louder than your words?
Have you allowed your faith to be in God when it is convenient and
in you when it is convenient? In the
beginning of verse 2 God reminds us that HE is the creator. So…. what does
that make you? A Creature. He is God. You are not God. I am not God. But even as Christians we can
find ourselves behaving as if we are our own God.
If you are going to have
revival in your life, you must pray, which puts your dependence back on God,
and you must have a change of heart and renew a right view of God in your
life. You have got to get rid of the box
and risk opening your heart to God and exposing everything that needs to be
exposed. You know He already knows. It’s
YOU we are talking about.
- Pray for personal revival
- Pray for the block party this Sunday night - that folks will come and hear the gospel
- Pray by name for our new pastor and our staff.
- Pray for personal opportunities to share the gospel.
- Pray by name for lost people you know.
Part 3 of 3 - June Installment
Third, if you are going to have revival in your life – you must
deal with your pride.
See Isaiah 66:2 “But this is the one to whom I will look”: Stop right there. What did that say?
That one phrase is what makes everything that we will deal in this
lesson with worth it. Do you see it?
The Sovereign, all powerful, all knowing God of the Universe, who
is so immense in His capabilities and influence that the entire heavens is a
place for Him to sit, says that He wants to have a relationship with individual
But this is the one to whom I will look:. But Bob, you said the
earth is his footstool, and if the earth is a speck in the scheme of things –
how can one person be that important to Him??
I can only say it this way – God loves each of us…He loves you…and
you personally were important enough for Jesus to die for on the cross.
Can you imagine? This same
God described in verse 1 says in verse 2, “I want to show you my favor.” I want you to know me. I want to walk with you. I want you to share life with Me now, and for
Friend, I want to ask you a serious question….. In light of this… what is in your life that
you know is outside the will of God that is worth your holding on to? God says, I want you to know me personally,
and you’d rather hold on to some sin?
Keep God in your box?
You see, if you are going to have revival, you must deal with your
pride. A prideful spirit is the exact
opposite of a humble and contrite spirit.
God says in effect, 'I will have regard for and personally walk with the person
who humble and contrite of spirit.'
The person of humble and contrite spirit is a person who has
first of all, been saved.
You heard the gospel of Jesus Christ, you found out that He died on the
cross for you and paid for your sins, you saw your need for a savior and
realized that truth that you cannot save yourself, that you cannot earn
salvation, and that simply believing the right things didn’t work either – so
you placed your faith in Jesus Christ to save you from your sins. That is a once for all response to the love
of God. Have you ever received eternal life from God? You can today,
Second, a person with a humble and contrite spirit realizes he or
she has a bent to sin, a built-in desire to sin, and chooses death to self
in order to walk constantly submitted to God.
Luke 9:23 -- Then he said to them all: "Whoever wants to be my disciple
must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
Listen…walking with God is not checking in on Sunday, singing a few songs, enduring a sermon, then going to
back to business as usual. It is a daily DEATH to self and following
Jesus. The devil whispers to you - why would you want to die to yourself. The
world screams – SELF is MOST important.
But Jesus says in Matthew 10:39 "Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their
life for my sake will find it."
Believer, When you sin, what have you done? You have allowed self back in control,
removing yourself from being submitted to God.
God is looking for people who are willing to die to themselves afresh,
admit their need, admit their powerlessness to live this Christian life on
their own, and re-submit themselves to His leadership –
Which naturally leads to our fourth point – If you are going to
have revival in your life – you MUST make His Word the final authority in your
‘But this is the one to whom I will look: (that is have favor
towards) he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.
A U.S. Air Force transport plane with its captain and 5 crew
members was flying over Alaska in the mid-50s when they entered an unusually
fierce snowstorm. The navigator contacted an air base radar operator only to be
told that he had veered several hundred miles off course. Correct coordinates
were given to the navigator, who continued to insist that his own
calculations could not be that far off. Soon the plane ran low on fuel. The six
men decided to abandon the plane and parachute to safety, but because of the
-70 degree Fahrenheit temperature and winds that gusted to 50 mph, they were
all frozen within minutes of hitting the ground. As a result of the
navigator's pride and refusal to hear the truth, five other people
went to their deaths.
Folks, until God brought them to their knees, the believers in
Isaiah’s day continued to insist that they were going the right way and would
not listen to God’ prophet Isaiah and God’s Word, which showed them where they
really were. We don't have to be brought
to our knees if we’ll deal with things now!
Let me ask you a question…does God see you personally as a person
who trembles at His Word? Meaning: that
you have such a respect for God that you have a reverential fear of Him and
want to hear and obey His Word? Is that
Take a moment to answer HONESTLY.
On a practical day to day basis: Is God’s Word the final authority in
your life? Is it the standard you live
by? Is this your operator’s manual? You face NOTHING in life that this book does
not address. NOTHING. I had a Christian man tell me one time, “but
you don’t understand, this is the real world.”
Folks, every time you sin – every time you put God in your box,
you can mark it down that you have allowed Pride to rear its ugly head, and
have deviated from what God says.
And the result is always the same.
The “plane crashes”, and others are always affected.
But good news…oh there is good news!!!! – God wants to revive His
people. He wants to walk with us. But we must do things His way -- are you willing to begin with prayer?
Would you bow your heads with me?
Would you join me in humility before God?
Do you need to confess that you have had God in a box? Obviously
only if it is true.
What sins has God shown you that I have not even mentioned that
you need to deal with right now?
How is your prayerlife? Is
it basically grace at meals and that’s it?
Have you become so comfortable with the lostness of your neighbors
around you that you don’t hardly pray anymore, even for the lost?
Does God find you a truly humble person who is contrite of
heart? You are truly broken over your
sin and your heart is totally open to God and you will confess your sin and do
what has to be done to make things right?
Confession is agreeing with God.
John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our
sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Pray through the passage. Rejoice that God wants to walk with you and
continue to deal with things He is showing you.
you saved? If not, would you humble
yourself before God and admit your need for Him? Would you place your trust in
Jesus? He died on a cross to pay for your sins and raised from the dead to
prove that he has the power over death. Will you trust Him today?
Also this week:
Pray by name for our pastor and staff.
Pray for personal opportunities to share the gospel.
Pray by name for lost people you know.