WE NEED REVIVAL . . .
by N. L. DeMoss
-when we do not love Him as we once did.
-when earthly interests and occupations are
more important to us than eternal ones.
-when we would rather watch TV and read secular
books and magazines than read the Bible and pray.
-when church dinners are better attended than prayer meetings.
-when concerts draw bigger crowds than prayer meetings.
-when we have little or no desire for prayer.
-when we would rather make money than give money.
-when we put people into leadership positions in our
churches who do not meet scriptural qualifications.
-when our Christianity is joyless and passionless.
-when we know truth in our heads that we are not
practicing in our lives.
-when we make little effort to witness to the lost.
-when we have time for sports, recreation, and
entertainment, but not for Bible study and prayer.
-when we do not tremble at the Word of God.
-when preaching lacks conviction, confrontation,
and divine fire and anointing.
-when we seldom think thoughts of eternity.
-when Godís people are more concerned about their
jobs and their careers, than about the Kingdom
of Christ and the salvation of the lost.
-when Godís people get together with other believers
and the conversation is primarily about the
news, weather, and sports, rather than the Lord.
-when church services are predictable and "business as usual."
-when believers can be at odds with each other and
not feel compelled to pursue reconciliation.
-when Christian husbands and wives are not praying together.
-when our marriages are co-existing rather than
full of the love of Christ.
-when our children are growing up to adopt worldly
values, secular philosophies, and ungodly lifestyles.
-when we are more concerned about our childrenís
education and their athletic activities than about
the condition of their souls.
-when sin in the church is pushed under the carpet.
-when known sin is not dealt with through the biblical
process of discipline and restoration.
-when we tolerate "little" sins of gossip,
a critical spirit, and lack of love.
-when we will watch things on television and movies that are not holy.
-when our singing is half-hearted and our worship lifeless.
-when our prayers are empty words designed to impress others.
-when our prayers lack fervency.
-when our hearts are cold and our eyes are dry.
-when we arenít seeing regular evidence of
the supernatural power of God.
-when we have ceased to weep and mourn and
grieve over our own sin and the sin of others.
-when we are content to live with explainable,
ordinary Christianity and church services.
-when we are bored with worship.
-when people have to be entertained to be drawn to church.
-when our music and dress become patterned after the world.
-when we start fitting into and adapting to the world,
rather than calling the world to adapt to Godís
standards of holiness.
-when we donít long for the company and fellowship of Godís people.
-when people have to be begged to give and to serve in the church.
-when our giving is measured and calculated,
rather than extravagant and sacrificial.
-when we arenít seeing lost people drawn to Jesus on a regular basis.
-when we arenít exercising faith and believing God for the impossible.
-when we are more concerned about what others
think about us than what God thinks about us.
-when we are unmoved by the fact that 2.5 billion people
in this world have never heard the name of Jesus.
-when we are unmoved by the thought of neighbors,
business associates, and acquaintances who are
lost and without Christ.
-when the lost world around us doesnít know or care that we exist.
-when we are making little or no difference in the secular world around us.
-when the fire has gone out in our hearts, our marriages, and the church.
-when we are blind to the extent of our need and donít think we need revival.