Sunday, July 6, 2014

What Precedes Revival? 2 Chron 5:1-14, 7:1-3

What Precedes Revival?
July 5, 2014
2 Chron 5:1-14, 7:1-3

  • 2 Chron 5:1-14

  • Last week I mentioned a dream I had a couple of months ago
  • In this dream, I saw Mt Susanville erupting, and boulders rolling down its sides
  • A couple months before that someone came and asked me about a dream she had had, where once again boulders were rolling down the hill, through a mist and yet no one was being hurt. At the time I did not know what this dream meant.
  • I now believe both dreams were about the Kingdom of God increasing territory in Susanville, in other words, revival.
  • As in Dan 2 – the stone cut out of a mountain without hands, and then filling the whole earth
  • But what is it that prepares the way for revival?
  • What are the conditions like when revival happens?
  • Today we are going to talk the conditions that precede revival.

  • Saul was the first king of Israel. He was a Benjaminite, he believed in God's guidance, and he had a low estimation of himself
  • 1 Samuel 9:1-14 – searching for donkeys, servant encourages Saul to enquire of God
  • God tells Samuel to anoint Saul to be king
  • And the donkeys have been found
  • Saul depends heavily on Samuel to pray and intercede for him, does not seem to have had a close personal walk with God
  • He starts seemingly humble, but his position goes to his head and he is proud and disobedient, finally even seeking guidance from a fortune teller
  • King Saul was definitely not leading the people into revival
  • It was Saul's choice – it grieved God that he had made Saul king – 1 Sam 15:35

  • King David however, was different
  • 1 Sam 16:13 – David anointed king
  • David was humble
  • David was the youngest brother, he had a humble heart
  • God looks at the heart
  • Humility is important to God, it helps us keep our roles in perspective
  • Prov 29:23, Isa 57:15, Isa 66:2
  • David was wholehearted
  • Ps 9:11, 111:1, 119:2, 10, 34, 58, 69, 145, 138:1
  • It was important to David to worship with all his heart, no divided loyalties
  • David was obedient
  • We know about David's relationship with God, through the Psalms
  • God tells of David that He could trust David to do his will – Acts 13:22
  • David was repentant
  • David sinned. He sinned big time
  • Satan tries to destroy David's relationship with God, by tempting him with a beautiful woman, Bathsheba. David commits adultery, and ends up murdering her husband, to have this lady as his wife
  • David's reaction is to repent, once again with all his heart
  • His prayer of repentance is recoded in Psalm 51
  • So, David was humble, whole hearted, obedient and repentant
  • It was this David who desired to build a house for God, a temple, to have God close to him

  • God told David the temple would be built by his and Bathsheba's Solomon
  • So we see God making something good turn out from a terribly sinful experience in David's life
  • Solomon started his reign with a humble and teachable heart
  • 1 Kings 3:1-15 Solomon asks for wisdom
  • verse 7-9 – He shows his humility
  • He asks God for wisdom
  • During this period of his life, Solomon was still right with God
  • And it was during this time, that Solomon builds the temple
  • The Ark is brought into the Holy of Holies
  • The Levites sing praise to God accompanied by trumpets
  • The glory cloud fills the temple!
  • Solomon leads the people in a prayer of dedication of the temple – 2 Chron 6:1-40
  • Fire falls from heaven on the altar, and consumes the offerings presented to God, and God's glory fills the temple afresh
  • God appears to Solomon in a dream again, and accepts the prayer of dedication - 2 Chron 7:1-16
  • verse 14 – heal their land
  • Finally, God warns Solomon to stay obedient, or consequences would happen


  • If we are to see Revival, or an Awakening, in this nation, in this county, in this city, or in our personal life, these qualities should be evident:
  • Humility
  • Wholeheartednes
  • Obedience
  • Repentance
  • This is why, tomorrow, we are going to fast 7 hours, to ask the Lord to hear our prayers this week, and bring change in our nation
  • From the president on down
  • As Christians, we are humbling ourselves in fasting and prayer
  • We are doing this with all our heart
  • We are repenting of disobedience, and setting our course to be obedient in the future
  • This is what precedes God's coming to his people
  • This is what precedes revival