Revive us, O Lord

Revive us, O Lord
Words of Faith 10-13-16
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2016
Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL
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John 5
[42b]. . . But I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. [43] I have come in my Father's name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. [44] How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God?
[45] "But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set. [46] If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. [47] But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?"

Jesus continued to confront the religious leaders who were rejecting Him. They did not have the love of God in their heart. How so? They rejected Christ as the Messiah of God. Instead they accepted false teachers or prophets who came self-credentialed “in their own name”.
These religious leaders had drifted to a place of self-affirmation and mutual admiration based on accepting “praise for one another”. Jesus pointed out that their accuser in this matter was Moses himself who wrote the Scriptures pointing to the coming of Jesus!
Hmmm. Sound familiar? Let’s see. Religious people who reject Christ as the Son of God, accept false teachers who are self-proclaimed, and affirm truth based upon mutual agreement and admiration. Sadly much of cultural Christianity has drifted to this very place. Case in point:
-- A national survey asked people if they believe that there are moral absolutes. By a 3-to-1 margin (64% vs. 22%) adults said truth is always relative to the person and their situation.
-- The percentage of adults believing in moral absolutes decreased drastically from 38% to 22% after the terrorist attacks of 9-11.
-- In another survey of beliefs, only 33 percent of the American Catholics, Lutherans and Methodists, and 28 percent of the Episcopalians agreed with the statement that Christ was without sin.
-- A mere 17 percent of the Catholics, 18 percent Methodists, 20 percent Episcopalians, 21 percent Lutherans, and 22 percent of the Presbyterians believed that Satan was real.
-- Only 21 percent of America's Lutherans, 20 percent of the Episcopalians, 18 percent of Methodists, and 22 percent of Presbyterians affirm the basic Protestant tenet that we are saved by grace and that good works do not earn the way to heaven.
Jesus came to a Jerusalem that was adrift from her foundations of truth grounded in Scripture. There is little doubt that He comes to the very same place today.
What can we do? We can pray for revival. There is a desperate need for the awakening of America and the world to the truth of God and His Gospel of grace and peace.

O God, revive us! Send the winds of Your Spirit into Your churches. Draw Your people back to the truth of the Scripture. Reveal Yourself so as to call us from death to life. In Jesus’ Name.

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© Jeffrey D. Hoy 2002, 2016
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy - Faith Fellowship Church (EFCA)
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