What Every Church Needs
A little boy went to church with his father one morning. That night before he went to bed he
knelt down and said his prayers. He said, "God, we had a great time at church today. Wish you would have been there. All
to often this is the case. We go to Church but the presence of God is not evident. We
need revival. Isaiah chapter 64 is a plea from the great prophet for revival among the people of God. In this text we see
three very key facts about revival. We see what revival is, what revival looks like, what we can do to hasten it.
I. A DEFINITION OF REVIVAL (V1)
1. Divine intervention
A. God’s people where in bondage (why? Turned from God
to gods of this
B. God’s people where in exile (there home land had been
C. God’s house had been trodden under foot by the Babylonians
D. God’s people were “shallow,” listening to the false prophets. (America?)
E. In bondage, shallow, no sense of the presence of God. Sound
2. Divine presence
A. Now Isaiah didn’t have theological problems!
1. He knew that God is everywhere. He
knew that God sat on the circle of
the universe, He knew
that no temple could house God’s presence.
B. We need to experience the presence of God in our services again.
C. We need to be like Jacob and cry out," surely the Lord is in
this place and
we knew it not." Remember Exd. 3:5,
where God told Moses, put off thy
shoes from off thy feet, for the
place whereon thou standest is holy
ground. Sad but true,
All to often our services are dry and
no presence, no life.
D. Revival is the presence of God among His people once again.
A DESCRIPTION OF REVIVAL (2-6)
1. What happens when God does make His presence known?
A. A Shaking Up
1. When God shows up things are shaken up. (Acts
B. A Moving Up
1. What are mountains?" A mountain is a large
earthen fixture that
you and I can do nothing
about. We have mountains in the church and in
Our lives. Have you
ever heard the expression, "We’ve always done it
Those mountains get shaken up when God visits the church in
revival. How about those mountains
in your life?
C. A Firing Up (experiencing the power of God)
1. The Power Of God to empower (Mat. 3:11)
2. The Power Of God To Refine (Mal. 3:2-3)
3. The Power Of God To Bring Reverence
(Lev. 26:1-4)(II Chr.7:14)
4. The Power Of God To Judge (II Cort. 5:10)
III. A DIRECTIVE FOR REVIVAL (7-8)
1. What can we do to hasten revival? Or can we? Isaiah explains in verses 1-6
why God’s people are in such a sorry condition. In
this verse he outlines
three things we can do to hasten God’s presence among
A. Fervent prayer--He
says, "No one calls on your name". This describes a
desperate plea to God for His presence and help.
1. We like Isaiah must begin to cry out
to God for personal revival.
B. Wake ourselves up---the
prophet says we must "stir ourselves, or wake
ourselves up". Many church members sit and wait
for a preacher to stir
them up with a fiery
sermon, or a wonderful testimony, or a moving song.
God says, quit waiting
to be moved, and move yourself, wake yourselves
up. Wake up to the
state of our sleepy Christianity, wake up to the
lateness of the hour.
C Lay Hold of God---How
do we do this. Easy! Do what you know to do. Make
a bold move toward
God. Discipline yourselves to pray and seek God even
when you don’t
feel like it. Go to church, even when you don’t feel like,
repent and confess
sin, even when you don’t feel like it. James says if you
"draw near to God,
He will draw near to you."