For quite some time now there has been a word placed into prominence through the press and the platform, all over this land and in other lands and that word is “Preparedness.”
What a summons there is today to be prepared — for life’s work, business, in the military and in education. Yet, the highest realm of all is found in the spiritual. It has the most important meaning.
Let me ask you this, Do you desire the very presence of the Lord Jesus Christ to be in your life? There are thousands of people that do not know Jesus Christ in a personal way. They have never had an encounter with Him, they try to serve God with their lips, but their heart is far away from Him.
The Bible says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.” (James 4:7, 8, 10)
It was the late Charles Spurgeon who said that “Revival begins by Christians getting right first and then spills over into the world.”
Charles Finney defined revival as “nothing else than a new beginning obedience to God. Just as in the case of a converted sinner, the first step is a deep repentance, a breaking down of heart, a getting down into the dust before God, with deep humility, and a forsaking of sin.” You see God is looking for real and genuine repentance, this is the divine philosophy of revival. If revival is to visit the church there must be a basic relationship of life.
Revival means to quicken, recover or restore — and He desires that we have abundant life. All across our nation today we have men and women who claim to be born again, they have life, but their relationship with God is flat and meager, not abundant life. We need to be revived, not to call an evangelist or a musician, but to come to know God through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Spirit-filled life is not an optional lifestyle, it is a divine obligation. Ephesians 5:18 tells us to be filled with the Spirit. He is not offering us a promise, He is issuing us a command. Not to obey that command is disobedience, and disobedience is sin. The Bible tells us, “Whoever knows what is right to do and fails to do it, to him it is sin.” (James 4:17)
Judged by this standard, how many Christians today are living in sin?
SIN IS WORSE THAN DISEASE. Take the most dreadful disease you can think of, sin is still far worse because disease attacks the body, but sin attacks the soul and the soul that sins, it will die. Ezekiel 18:20
SIN IS WORSE THAN DEATH. Death is the result of sin. “For the wages of sin is death.” Rom 6:23
SIN IS WORSE THAN THE DEVIL. It is sin that made the devil what he is, sin the form of pride and rebellion.
SIN IS WORSE THAN DAMNATION. The thought of dying and going to hell is a fearful thing. It is hard to imagine anything worse than this, and while the horrors of hell defy description, it is still not as bad as sin! Because it is sin that such a place of punishment was prepared.
But we live in a day and age when the consensus of scholarship states do what you want, do as you please, there are no absolutes, no right or wrongs. Dress sin up, make it attractive, but you can’t even say S-I-N without hearing the hiss of the serpent. God tells us, “My little children, these things I write unto you that ye sin not.” The availability of God’s forgiveness is not a “license” to sin. God has one attitude toward sin, HE HATES IT. Let us turn from those things that God has condemned and walk in the newness of life with Him.