Romans 6:7

“For he that is dead is freed from sin”

Dead men don’t get offended. Dead men don’t have rights. Dead men don’t feel pain. Dead men are no longer bound by carnal desires. Dead men are free from sin. How much are we willing to die that He may live?

Christ didn’t shed His blood to just free us from this sin or that sin. He didn’t come to just come to change us a little bit. No it’s much bigger than that. He came to deliver us from our fallen humanity all together. We become spiritual beings living with true resurrections life. The life man shared with God before adam and eve disobeyed. It’s the life where we gladly say we walk with God in the cool of the day. This life is available to whomever will at anytime, but it comes with a cost.

Death to self.

The Cross

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6).

The simplicity of this statement is so often overlooked. Truth isn’t subjective. Truth isn’t a set of rules or standards. Truth isn’t a doctrine. Truth is simply a person. Sanctification is a person. Deliverance is a person. Heaven is a person. Everything in it’s fullness is wrapped up in the only begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ.

This is why the cross is so offensive. It doesn’t care who you are. It doesn’t care what you have done, or what works you can do in your own self. It doesn’t care about your personality. It doesn’t care about your earthly treasures. If it’s not nailed to the old rugged cross and risen with Jesus Christ its like dung to the Heavenly Father.

What more do you have to do, where else do you have to be, what ambitions do you still have when you realize Jesus Christ has already done everything for you by shedding His blood on Calvary? My child the only thing left to do is to pick up your cross, and become crucified with your Lord and Savior. Feel those nails pierce through your hands and feet. Feel your head bow in surrender as you stare into death, the enemy of every man. When it feels as though you have completely lost yourself to this grueling experience of the cross, then and only then, can you now experience true resurrection life. You can cease from your own labors and be where He is with the Heavenly Father.

Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

4 Points of Revival

In 1904 one of the greatest revivals in history broke out in Wales, a small principality of the British Isles. There have
been a few spiritual awakenings in history to span the globe and touch millions, but it can be argued that none had as
much concentrated power and impact as the Welsh Revival. It seems that the Lord looked down on Wales and said, “I
am going to show the church and the world what I can do with just a handful of faithful saints who will yield themselves to me.”
Evan Roberts was the most popular evangelist of the Welsh Revival. However he was not a dynamic leader of people.
He did not come with new doctrines, nor was he even considered a good preacher. Roberts came as a great example of
a dynamic follower of the Lord, encouraging the church to be a proper host to the Holy Spirit. As both the Scriptures and
history testify, the more yielded we are to the Holy Spirit, the more He will use us. Evan Roberts must be considered one
of the greatest examples of a vessel yielded to the Holy Spirit. The foundational message of the revival was known as
“The Four Points,” these were the four essential conditions that he believed were required before revival could come.
They were:

I.        All sin must be confessed to God and repented of.  The church has to be cleansed—the Lord’s bride would
be with out spot so there would be no room for compromise with sin. If there is anything in our lives about which there is even doubt as to weather it is good or evil—then cast it off!

II.        There must be no cloud between the believer and God. Have you forgiven everybody? If not don’t expect
forgiveness for your own sins. The Scripture is clear; we cannot be forgiven until we have forgiven. Unforgiveness
separates us from God.

III.        We must obey the Holy Spirit. Do what the Spirit prompts you to do. Prompt, implicit, unquestioning
obedience to the Spirit is required if we are going to be used by Him.

IV.        There must be public confessions of Christ as Savior. This is not a one time incident after our salvation
experience or baptism—for the Christian it is a way of life. (Evan also believed that there was a difference between
confession and profession)

It was unknown to Evan when he first preached them, but these “Four Points” set the direction for the revival, and
helped keep it on course for its duration. They established a foundation of repentance and then built upon a personal,
living relationship with the Lord. The driving force behind the revival was not a doctrine, or a human personality, but The Holy Spirit who had come to convict the world of sin, and then to lead the world to the forgiver of sin, Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit remained and moved powerfully for as long as He was able to do this work in the simplicity required for it. The LORD has revealed to many that there will soon be a great outpouring of His Spirit. This revival will be greater than all those preceding it. This vision includes key elements to this coming harvest and what the Lord is doing in the church now to prepare for it.

1.      Build upon the only foundation that can be laid. JESUS HIMSELF. Works that are built upon truths instead of The
Truth will not stand in this day. Many of today’s congregations and ministries are devastated by the slightest shaking.
The works that are properly built on Jesus will withstand the greatest trials and attacks without being moved. There will be a great emphases On the Lord Jesus Himself in the days to come. The increasing revelation of Him will overshadow the many emphases of the past as the sun dose the moon when it rises. The truths that have been such a distraction will begin to seem insignificant as the church begins to see Him; in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Col 2:3.

2.     Remove the barriers and facades that separate us from The LORD and each other. We must become more
intimate with Him, and through Him, each other. Spiritual pride and the exaltation of men, individual truths, or works, will come under unrelenting discipline from the Lord and will soon be understood as “strange fire” . Those who continue to offer it will perish from the ministry with such demonstrations that a pure and holy fear of the Lord will sweep through the body of Christ. This will help the church to move into true spiritual worship and a unity that is based on worship.

3.   Abide in the Sabbath rest of The LORD. This will become an increasing emphases in the teaching and a reality as
the Lord enters His temple, the church. Our growing intimacy with Him will bring a peace that will actually calm the storm of the rising sea of humanity. The intensity of the times will overwhelm any pseudo peace. We must be one wilt the “Lord of Sabbath”.

4.   Heed the spiritual preparation which may be reflected in the natural. For example: Some have begun moving their
assets into precious metals or lands. This may be helpful, but it is far more helpful to take the spiritual land and to lay up
treasures in heaven. The Lord is seeking givers who will become channels of His supply. For them there will be no lack.
Those who hoard or who do not learn to give freely may suffer increasing crisis in their earthly affairs. This is the Lord’s
discipline to set them free

                         Taken from the book “The World Aflame” by Rick Joyner.

Psalm 51

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.

Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

Lukewarm Church

Revelation 3:14-22 “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”

What a strong rebuke from the Lord to the Laodicean Church.

Doing a study of Laodicea we find much deeper meaning of what this letter truly meant and also how it applies to us today.

  • No supply of water directly from city, they piped it in from a spring miles away. By the time it got to town it was full of minerals, sulfur, and as the Lord put it lukewarm. It was disgusting.
  • Known for selling a black wool which prospered the city. There was no physical lack.
  • Known for healing. There were many physicians known for their healing remedies here, especially the eye and ear salve.

The Lord rebukes everything the Laodiceans held dear to their hearts. Everything they identified with and took pride in was like dung in the sight of Christ. “Thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” How this applies to 7th and final Laodicean church age we now live in. The church has more money than it ever has. The church has more natural resources than ever to preach the gospel. The church seems to be very large and prosperous on the outside. So many with large congregations and hundreds of people attending, yet with an attitude we have need of nothing. Unfortunately we are so miserable and completely broke spiritually. Wood, hay and stubble (1 Corinthians 3:12-13).

The Spirit of God has completely left the majority of congregations due to the lukewarm condition and we carry on as if we have no need of repentance/change. Will we hear the Lord’s loving voice and correction? If we do there’s a wonderful promise for us at the end of the letter, “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.”