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 the consequence of no revival in Dallas

Think about it. There is nothing like a refreshing, cold glass of water when we are hot and thirsty. There is nothing like a steaming hot shower when we have just come in from the bitter cold. People rarely like lukewarm water. It is not cold, and it is not hot. Typically, drinking lukewarm water gives off a certain taste that we immediately want to spit out. Now place the " church" in Dallas in one of these three categories:
1) hot
2) cold
3) lukewarm

Will we honestly identify the category we as a body of Christ are in? If so, I think it would be fair to say that overall, we give " half-hearted efforts (as) self-satisfied Christians…" xx We are lukewarm. Why? It is because we have become comfortable and content with our material and our wealth. We tend to believe that we need more stuff: more money, more cars, bigger homes ~ more of everything, but the Lord. We are being deceived into a comfortable, lukewarm lifestyle, and we don’t even know it. This is the consequence of not pursuing revival. As the deceiver of the whole world, xxi Satan is active and present. He has made us think and believe we are a rich nation, but through the eyes of eternity, we are spiritually poor. And if we don’t pursue personal and corporate revival, we will always remain in the vomit-inducing state of being lukewarm. Throughout the Gospels and Revelation, Christ described this lukewarm spiritual state as: " wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked." xxii

The Apostle Paul warned us not to be ignorant of Satan’s schemes and strategies. xxiii Until we put forth energy and effort in our relationship with the Lord, nothing will change in our personal lives…absolutely nothing. Therefore, if we are not willing to obey or listen, xxiv how do we expect the Lord to work in our own lives on a daily basis? It won’t happen. Even though Christ has won for us the gift of eternal life, Satan will continue to rule over our earthly lives if we don’t change from this lukewarm lifestyle. God is willing to work with His body of believers that we might reject the ways of Satan, but we must first be willing to recognize our own spiritual apathy.

How much longer can the body of Christ maintain this lukewarm spiritual pace? If it were up to Satan, we would remain in this lukewarm state until kingdom come, and God is no longer glorified. We are riding the fence of spirituality, which has its consequences. According to the Gospel of Mark, we are to be " lamps on a stand." xxv We are not to hide it or, worse yet, preserve it. As the " church" in America, we tend to conserve our spiritual energy; and as the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, Bill Bright, confirmed, we have become an impotent body of Christ in America. We have surrounded ourselves with the temptations of easy living; where the consequences are already in full effect. Unfortunately, we are not aware of this problem. So we must shed light on the situation. Christ must be evident in our lives. Therefore, until a life-transformation occurs, the consequence of being lukewarm will continue.

As a result of no revival in the past century, Bill Bright listed a few observations that have already occurred: xxvi

1. Christians have left their first love.
  • Based on attitudes and actions, a spiritual fervor is missing within the body of Christ. It is time to return to our love for the Lord and others.

2. Christians, for the most part, are sorely divided.
  • Let’s face it, Sunday mornings are the most segregated time in the week. With thousands of denominations, the church in America appears to be divided with their own distinct beliefs.

3. Christians often reflect a poor image.
  • The bottom line is, if we are going to talk the talk, we need to walk the walk. Too many times, we appear to be modern-day Pharisees who expect others to uphold a standard that we fail to uphold ourselves.

4. Christians have lost their influence on society
  • If evangelical Christians have so much of an influence on our nation, then why is our society steeped in constant crime and violence? Could it be that we are those " who call themselves Christians [but] are really not Christians at all; although religious,…never experienced a personal relationship with Jesus Christ."

5. Christians are searching for easy solutions and quick success
  • To many Christians, the desired result is to bring heath and wealth into their own lives. It is preached by televangelists, and dispersed like a vending machine. Insert a prayer, and God will give you everything you want.

6. The " Church" is weakened by a " what’s-the-use?" mentality
  • The mindset is, since we know that the world is going to get worse before it can get better, we simply don’t put forth effort towards others. After all, Christ told us things would get this bad.

7. The " Church" has become culturally conditioned
  • One simple question: can you tell the difference between a believer and a non-believer?

xix Goforth, Jonathan, Quotes about Revival, http://www.goodpassage.com/quotes_about_revival.html, December 2005.
xx Radmacher, Earl. ed., Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Commentary, Revelation 3:17, p. 1740.
xxi Revelation 12:9 NASB
xxii Walvoord, John F., ed. The Bible Knowledge Commentary, Revelation 3:17, p. 940.
xxiii 2 Corinthians 2:11 NASB
xxvi Bright, Bill. " The Impotent Church" in The Coming Revival, http://www.thegreawakenings.org/theimpotentchurch.htm, December 2005.
xxv Mark 4:21 NASB
xxvi Bright, Bill. " The Impotent Church" in The Coming Revival, http://www.thegreawakenings.org/theimpotentchurch.htm, December 2005.
" If revival is being withheld from us it is because some idol remains still enthroned; because we still insist in placing our reliance in human schemes;
because we still refuse to face the unchangeable truth that,
‘It is not by might, but by My Spirit." xix

- Jonathan Goforth
" I know you inside and out, and find little to my liking. You’re not cold, you’re not hot – far better to be either cold or hot! You’re stale. You’re stagnant. You make me want to vomit.

You brag. ‘I’m rich, I’ve got it made. I need nothing from anyone,’ oblivious that in the fact you’re a pitiful, blind beggar, threadbare and homeless…"

~ Revelation 3:15-17, The Message ~
" The people I love, I call to account – prod and correct and guide so that they’ll live at their best.

Up on your feet, then! About face! Run after God!...

Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches."

~ Revelation 3:19,22 The Message ~