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BE INTENTIONAL ABOUT SPIRITUAL REVIVAL!

Will You not Yourself revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You? Show us Your lovingkindness, O LORD
(Psalm 85:6, 7a)

(Spiritual revival of the Church!)

I.

CHURCH REVIVAL IS AN ONGOING WORK OF THE SPIRIT! * Praying with humility for God to bring an unceasing revival by His Spirit!

1. For thus says the high and exalted One who lives forever, whose name is Holy, I dwell on a high and holy place, and also with the contrite and lowly of spirit in order to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite (Isaiah 57:15).

II.

PEOPLE ARE REVIVED BY BEING FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT! A. Reading from I Corinthians 2:9-3:4, we see three responses to the Spirit:

2. In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God (Romans 8:26, 27).

B. How can we be filled with the Holy Spirit on a moment by moment basis?
1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Though all genuine Christians are indwelt by the Holy Spirit, not all Christians are filled (directed and empowered) by the Holy Spirit!
The pre-requisite of being filled with the Holy Spirit is to be born of the Spirit. Desire it in your heart (John 7:37-38; Matthew 5:6). Confess all known sin (I John 1:9). Yield your life to Gods control (Romans 12:1-2). Claim the filling of the Holy Spirit by FAITH (Heb 11:1, 6).

Sermon by Pastor Rod Akins, March 4th, 2012.