09-20-20 Sunday 8:30 a.m. – “What in the World’s Going On?” (Click To View)
Do I Need Spiritual Restoration and Revival?
We are reminded in 1 Peter 4:17 that as we seek God’s invasion of fresh grace and renewal in our country and the world, judgment begins first with the family of God. 2 Chronicles 7:14 puts it this way: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
We invite you to use the following diagnostic questions to confront your own need for restoration and revival.
1. Am I feeling spiritually and emotionally drained and depleted? (Matthew 11:28-30)
2. Does God seem distant from me? (James 4:7-10)
3. Have I lost my rhythm and discipline for being in God’s Word, for journaling, for praying, and for other once-valued spiritual disciplines? (Hebrews 4:12-13)
4. How long has it been since I shared my faith story and the message of the Gospel with someone? (Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:18-20)
5. Would others see me as a joyful, grateful, generous, compassionate, caring person right now? (Galatians 5:22-26)
6. Am I facing the uncertain times we are living in with faith or fear? (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
7. Am I serving the Lord out of duty – or delight – or not at all? (1 Corinthians 15:58)
8. If truth be known, is my mind cluttered by judgmental and critical thoughts about others? (Luke 6:37)
9. Do I have relationships that are strained/broken at least partly because of my own neglect, sinfulness and stubbornness? (Colossians 3:12-14)
10. Have I lost my hunger and thirst for fellowship with God and with my brothers and sisters in Christ? (Hebrews 10:24-25)
11. Have I been pursuing the things of this world to such a degree that I have lost my first love of my Lord? (1 John 2:15-17)
12. Are there idols of my heart that have replaced my pure devotion for Christ? (Exodus 20:3-5, Ezekiel 36:25-27)
13. Am I seeking to project an image of spirituality to other people that is not reflective of the true condition of my heart? (Colossians 3:9-14)
14. If truth be known, have I drifted away from my Lord and the vibrant life I once had in Christ? (Joel 2:13, Revelation 2:4-5)
Remember this! With the Lord, there is continual forgiveness (1 John 1:9), present help (Psalm 121:1-4), unconditional love (1 John 3:1-3), sufficient grace (2 Corinthians 12:9), faithful mercy (Lamentations 3:22-24), overflowing hope (Romans 15:13), resilient joy (Psalm 16:11) and enduring peace (Philippians 4:6-9).