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Why We Should Seek Personal Revival

Why We Should Seek Personal Revival

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Published by: Grace Church Modesto on Jun 25, 2014
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“Why We Should Seek Personal Revival” (Psalm 119:25-32) I. Introduction. A. Orientation. We’ve seen that God’s Law Shows us the way to blessing, Mainly, by showing us how to purify our hearts And live lives more pleasing to God; But it also brings persecution, When you obey it and others see that you do – Don’t forget this too is a blessing. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when
 people
insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matt. 5:10-12). B. Preview. This evening, Let’s consider that the kind of resolve The psalmist speaks of here – To seek to know God’s will And how it applies, That we might do it with all our heart – Brings another consequence That on the surface may seem bad – like persecution –
 
2 But is actually good – And that is conviction: A conviction that leads to renewal. The more you see the holiness of God in His Law, The more you will see your own sin, And the more you will also see How much you stand in need of personal revival. We’ll look at this section as we did last week: Through a series of questions and answers. II. Sermon. A.
First, what effect should the Law of God have on you as you seek to understand it? It should humble you and drive you to the Lord in prayer.
The psalmist writes, “My soul cleaves to the dust; revive me according to Your word” (v. 25). His response was humility, “My soul cleaves to the dust,” By which he either means That it humbled him to the ground, Or that it shows him That by the Law’s standard He should be dead.
 
3 Here we see what Paul meant in 2 Cor. 3:6, “For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” The Law can only condemn us, It can only kill us – As we saw in Pilgrim’s Progress In the case of Faithful: Moses – who represents the Law – Came up behind him as swift as the wind And knocked him to the ground. When Faithful asked for mercy, Moses said he didn’t know how to show mercy And would have finished him, If the Lord hadn’t come by And told Moses to leave him alone. That’s what the Law would do to you, If not for the Lord’s mercy. But remember, that isn’t the Law’s fault – The problem is your sin! The Law is holy, righteous and good – There’s nothing wrong with it. The Law requires perfection – Perfect love – But we can’t love perfectly –

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