A daily verse about the state of our nation and time for Christians reflect and unite in prayer, asking God to send a revival across our land and turn our nation back to Him.
Do we need a revival?
From The Message Bible:
By working righteousness, Holy God will show what “holy” is.
The Need for Revival
We tend to look at people who sin worse than we do and then lie to ourselves and say, “I’m not doing so bad.” But when we stand before Holy God, the only measuring of our lives will be against His own righteousness. God doesn’t look at sin as “little” or “big.” Sin is sin and when we compare ourselves to a righteous, Holy God (the only One whom we should compare ourselves to!), we all fall short. Romans 3:10 says, “None is righteous, no, not one.” When we find ourselves thinking we’re not as bad as the next person, we need to stop and see how we measure up in the eyes of God. When we measure ourselves against the only person by whom we should measure, we will see the need of a revival in our own heart.
What the Bible says about our unrighteousness
- We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. Isaiah 64:6
- Woe to him who builds his house by unrighteousness, and his upper rooms by injustice. Jeremiah 22:13
- For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. Romans 1:18
- They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. And they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. Romans 1:29-32
- But for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. Romans 2:8
- If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
Because we are all “unrighteous” everyone of us needs to experience revival
As you read through those verses, did the Holy Spirit reveal anything to you about your own unrighteousness? Christians need to be careful about using our salvation and God’s gift of grace and forgiveness as freedom to sin. It’s true that once we are saved, we cannot lose our salvation but that doesn’t mean that we can abuse God’s grace and live however we want to.
The church in Rome must have had this problem because in Romans 6:15, Paul writes to the church and says, “What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!” In fact, because we are filled with the Holy Spirit, there should be a conviction within us whenever we sin. As a Christian, there should be an overwhelming love in our hearts for the sacrifice Jesus made with His own life to pay the price for our sin so that we can have enteral life. It should break our hearts when we sin.
Praying for Revival
We need to stop looking at those who sin more than us and using them to compare ourselves to. Today, take time to compare yourself with the Holy, righteous God and ask Him to show you where you fall short. Then confess and repent and ask Him to forgive you.
Lord, send a revival and let it begin in me.
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