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“True revival is the heightened presence of God among His people, resulting in changed hearts, renewed motives, confession and forgiveness of sin, restored relationships and an even deeper outpouring of the presence and blessing of God.”
This understanding of “revival” came to me in the early morning hours nearly seventeen years ago, as I slept, as if it were a gift to be used for a special occasion. I believe that occasion is here. True revival is the greatest need in the United States of America. It’s the greatest need in the life of a Christian living at this particular time in history. American Christians are in dire need of a second reformation, a real great awakening that doesn’t take us back to where we were, but to where we’ve never before been with God.
“Humility and repentance are the spiritual “nuclear” options when it comes to moving forward with God.”
When God moves, people cannot help but be drawn to Him. Those who are drawn end up being the hands and feet of Jesus, doing what would otherwise be inconceivable. No, I am not talking about supernatural works – I’m talking about walking in a new level of power and peace that overflows in the ministry of reconciliation. There has never been a real revival where forgiveness and reconciliation – the fruits of humility and repentance – were not abundant.
When God moves, people move with Him. Why has the National Week of Repentance surpassed our wildest expectations? Simply put, because humility and repentance are the spiritual “nuclear” options when it comes to moving forward with God. We can dabble in all other activities in the Name of Christ, but it is only when we become serious about humility and repentance that the Spirit of God begins to move in unstoppable ways. The National Week of Repentance seems to have the fingerprint of God upon it. If this is true, what has begun could be unstoppable.
“It is absolutely astounding to see what God is doing . . .”
Not only are people participating in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico (making this the first-ever event of its kind in American history), but other countries have jumped aboard as well. We have confirmed participants in China, Canada, Trinidad, Brazil, Switzerland, Germany, the Solomon Islands, Pakistan, Panama, Grenada and the United Kingdom. And these are only the places where we have confirmed participants. It is absolutely astounding to see what God is doing. Though the movement began on Sunday, registrations continue to be amazingly strong, with as many as 50 people signing up to join the movement – every hour.
Humility and repentance are indeed the spiritual nuclear options when we really want to make progress with God. No one who has resisted God has ever come out a winner. We are never more like Jesus in character than when we walk before God and people in true humility. American Christians are long overdue for an outpouring of true humility on a massive, unprecedented scale. The time for true revival in America may be overdue – but that must not deter us from asking God to move. In the end, He is never late, always on time, and exceptionally uncanny in every aspect of his timing.
“I believe that the main reason America has been without a sweeping, true revival for so very long is most likely because (we) are content to live life without walking . . . in full surrender.”
The wheels are coming off the American bus. The United States is incredibly divided, perhaps more so than at any other time in her history. Without a real move of God, the removal of the wheels will likewise be unprecedented. This will not end beautifully – unless we see a real move of God. But we must be careful we don’t become enamored with merely seeing God move. We must become passionate about being part of His movement.
Whenever God moves, He uses regular, ordinary people. With such ordinary vessels, He does extraordinary things. True revival is the heightened presence of God among His people, resulting in changed hearts, renewed motives, confession and forgiveness of sin, restored relationships, and an even deeper outpouring of the presence and blessing of God.
I believe that the main reason America has been without a sweeping, true revival for so very long is most likely because most of us who claim to be Christians are content to live life without walking, moment by moment, in the awareness of His presence, in full surrender. The day for such living must quickly come to an end if we are to be part of a new beginning with God.
It’s time for a real move of God across our land, and that move begins with you and me as we (re)discover the simplicity of living lives entirely surrendered to Jesus Christ. This is what it means to walk in humility and repentance. There is no higher calling in all of life, and no greater need in all of history.
HAS ANYTHING I’VE WRITTEN CONNECTED WITH YOU? HOW? IT WOULD MEAN A GREAT DEAL TO ME, AND PERHAPS TO MANY OTHERS, IF YOU’D BE KIND ENOUGH TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS.
America needs a bath. The National Week of Repentance began October 30 and will culminate on Sunday, November 6. It’s not too late to participate and spread the word! Visit RevivalMatters.com, sign up now, and you’ll be on your way.
IT IS TIME
“It’s time for a massive movement of humility in America, and it needs to begin with you and me.”
For the longest time, many of us sat on the sidelines waiting for someone to do something about America’s decline. The National Week of Repentance signals an end to that approach. The answer to America’s problems is found in the Bible. It’s time to do what it says when God’s people find themselves in a conundrum: repent. America needs a massive movement of humility like she’s never before seen. It’s time to ask God to do what He alone can do. Or, should I say, what He and we – together – can do.
With confirmed participants in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, we can humbly and confidently say that this has become the first-ever event of its kind in American history. Never before have people united across the nation – regardless of where they live – in a week-long event that has us all simultaneously calling out to God in repentance, asking Him to do a deep work in each of us, not merely in everyone else. What is happening is truly unprecedented.
The bedrock Bible verses for the National Week of Repentance are 2 Chronicles 7:13-14, which read as follows:
“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, IF my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, THEN I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Yes, 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 historically applies to the nation of Israel, and we are right to understand that America is not Israel. But there are some unchanging truths about God and His people that do indeed apply to all of God’s people. There are certain times when God’s people become the problem, triggering Him to become the Ultimate Problem. This requires God’s people to become the solution, so that God can become the Ultimate Solution. (I expanded on this in the opening message for the National Week of Repentance, yesterday. Check this week’s audio message for the podcast to catch it).
“What I’m suggesting is that we need to be careful we don’t think the solution lies in who is elected President. The solution lies in God’s elect and in our great God.”
When God wants to get our attention, He has a multiplicity of means to succeed. Especially when we’ve strayed from Him. I think God has been trying to get our attention – the attention of Christians in America who have allowed ourselves to be distracted, apathetic and disengaged with our God. It’s time we start to listen and change our ways. This is what it means to “repent.”
It’s very easy during a national election time to make the mistake of thinking that we will be stronger together, that we can make America great again if only we had the right person in office. Israel made the same mistake when they asked for a king, while all along they had the King of kings as their LORD. By saying this, I’m not suggesting you shouldn’t vote. You should, indeed. What I’m suggesting is that we need to be careful we don’t think the solution lies in who is elected President. The solution lies in God’s elect and in our great God. If real hope and change is going to arise in the U.S.A., it’s going to happen when we, God’s people, humble ourselves and repent. Only then will we see God move with the healing power He wields so well.
My citation of 2 Chronicles 7:13-14, may tempt you to cry, “That’s Old Testament!” But what would such a cry mean? Hebrews 13:8 reminds us that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” While God may not be operating today in the same ways He did in days of old, His character and desires have never changed. He still finds humility to be an irresistible attractant that gets His attention and moves mountains.
Consider James 4:5-10, a New Testament passage:
“Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you” (Bold is mine, for emphasis).
James sounds strikingly similar to 2 Chronicles 7:14, don’t you think? Why should we be surprised? Jesus Christ hasn’t changed – but America certainly has.
It’s time for a massive movement of humility in America, and it needs to begin with you and me. It’s time we invite humility and repentance to lead us back to the feet of Jesus – not only for a single week across our nation, but for a lifetime, for such a time as this. The National Week of Repentance is our chance for a national reset among Christians – a second “reformation” we so desperately need, where humility and repentance take center stage once again, pointing us – and everyone – to our Solution, Jesus Christ. It begins with you and me, not with someone else. Let’s do this . . . now.
 See Psalm 138:6, Proverbs 3:33
WHAT DO YOU THINK? I’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU.
We’re grateful to our friends at Charisma magazine for publishing this piece Mike wrote, calling on both Trump and Clinton to repent. We’d love your comments, below. You can catch the original publication in Charisma by clicking here.
I think it’s time to stop using Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as scapegoats. If we’re brutally honest with ourselves (and, sister, it’s high time for a dose of honesty in America), both of these candidates look strikingly similar to a great majority of Americans. Both profess to be Christian. Hillary is a long-standing Methodist; Trump, a Presbyterian. Yet both candidates have done, and keep doing, things that are entirely out of character for someone who is really following Christ. I think our major party candidates are the symptom of America’s real, major problem: Christianity needs a reset.
“What is God trying to say to America at this vital time?”
I think God has given us leaders just like ourselves. Stop for a moment and let that theory sink in. This election is not happening in a vacuum. It’s happening in the environment that is America. And just as we can’t get ourselves out of the mess we’re in, neither can our presidential candidates—because they are symptoms, not solutions, of America’s deep and deepening problem. I don’t think either major-party candidate for president has the character, temperament or humility to do what is required of leading our great nation forward through what I’m convinced will be her greatest challenges. If you do, I respectfully want to suggest that I don’t think you’re really paying attention. Herein lies our problem. I don’t think the majority of self-identifying Christians is familiar with the ways in which God speaks. If we are unfamiliar with His voice, we most certainly won’t recognize His message while He speaks.
What is God trying to say to America at this vital time? The very last verse of the book of Judges is we find words so subtly compelling, riveting and disturbing that they beg for resolution. I think they can be applied to life in 21st-century America:
“In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (Judg. 21:25).
That is not the way to end a book—unless you want to incite the reader to change. People doing what is right in their own eyes, rather than in the eyes of God, is not a good thing at all. If we read our Bibles, we learn that God has a multiplicity of means to get the attention of His people—to get their eyes and hearts back on Him once they’ve strayed. One such way is to give His people leaders exactly—and I mean in the spitting image of—themselves.
Enter Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
The majority of us Christians seem strangely “committed” to getting other people to follow a Jesus we don’t seem to be following ourselves. The majority of us don’t seem to be resolutely in love with Jesus, do we? This is a sin Jesus spoke against most severely. In Twitter terms, we would call it #doublestandard. Were it not for social media, we’d simply call it “hypocrisy.”
Don’t get me wrong: I’m a recovering hypocrite and sinner. You are too if you’ve truly given your life to Christ. In fact, we are the only clay God has in His pottery barn. But there is a world of difference between being committed to recovery and being a walking contradiction rather than a living sacrifice (Rom. 12:1-2).
I believe God, more than either major political party, is trying desperately to get our attention — by doing nothing more than giving us leaders who look and act just like the majority of us. Could it be that our distaste for them is really a distaste for what each of us who claims to know Christ has become? When will we realize the brilliance of God? And what more manner of self-inflicted foolishness must we endure until we come to our senses and repent?
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both need to repent, big time—as do the majority of us Christians in America. God has, in the past, spoken to his people through a jackass (Num. 22). I think He is again speaking—very loudly and clearly—through an elephant and donkey, not about which one we ought to vote for, or against, but about a far more pressing and eternal need: the condition of our souls and our witness. Are we listening?
America needs a bath. You can jump in during The National Week of Repentance, coming Oct. 30-Nov. 6, the week before the election. You don’t have to travel anywhere to get your personal overhaul underway. It will happen simultaneously across the nation. Visit revivalmatters.com, sign up now, and you’ll be on your way.
WHAT DO YOU THINK? Do both candidates need to repent? What about the rest of us? We’d love your thoughts . . .
The National Week of Repentance starts this Sunday! Don’t miss this historic, simultaneous event happening across America. People in all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and even the United Kingdom are participating! The beauty is that you don’t have to drive or fly anywhere to join in. Wherever you are, you can be part of this move of God and people. Visit RevivalMatters.com to sign up and participate!
Here’s an excerpt from our Wednesday livestream about the National Week of Repentance where Mike gives a genuine invitation for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to repent, along with the rest of us . . .
Video except from the October 19 lifestream for the upcoming National Week of Repentance (Facebook.com/Godfactor). Don’t miss the National Week of Repentance, a historic, simultaneous, nation-wide movement of God and people happening October 30 – November 6. Visit RevivalMatters.com and sign up now.
The Myth of Progressive Christianity
“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” – 2 Timothy 4:3 (NIV)
There’s a breed of revisionist Christ-follower making the rounds on social media these days. They are not at all selfless. They are selfish and self-serving. In the name of love, they hate. In the name of tolerance, they are intolerant. Meet the progressive “Christian,” the man or woman masquerading as a follower of Jesus Christ. They are walking contradictions, not living sacrifices.
In the name of progress, progressive “Christians” have regressed – and they want you and throngs of the orthodox to follow them in their downward spiral of moral, theological and social decay. They defend killing the unborn (abortion), and embrace biblically alternate views of God, heaven and hell, gender redefinition and more. Pay attention, because they are not merely after you, but also your children. They are hell-bent on change – not because they’ve been liberated, but because they’re deceived.
These self-identifying “Christians” often morph into social media gigolos and prostitutes. They are sold out sell-outs, having denied historic Christianity that is founded upon the overt, obvious teachings of the Bible for the cheap and temporary gain of growing blog audiences, Twitter followers and Facebook likes. They’ve sold their souls, and there is nothing Christ-like about them at all.
MORONS, IN THE CLASSIC SENSE
A moron is “a person who is notably stupid or lacking in good judgment.” A progressive Christian is, by definition, a moron – and I say that respectfully, in the classic, dictionary meaning of the word. They may be sincere, but they sincerely lack good judgment.
The terms “progressive Christian” and “progressive Christianity” are oxymorons – only embraceable when we ignore huge portions of the Bible to suit a liberal, diabolical agenda. Anyone in favor of abortion in the name of it being a “woman’s right to choose” while claiming to be a Christ-follower is a walking contradiction, not a living sacrifice. The push for redefining sex and sexuality apart from clear biblical standards follows from their morally deprived, self-serving system of ignoring huge, obvious portions of the Bible. They must ignore it, because it is literally impossible to support their views with the sacred text. Instead, they put their own “logic” and unreasonable thinking on par with the writings of the Scripture.
One may claim to know and follow Christ all day long in blog, Twitter and Facebook posts. If you teach and promote things that oppose the sacredness of life for the unborn, the sacredness of sex in the context of heterosexual marriage, you certainly have every freedom to do so. But the rest of us, those who actually know what the Bible teaches and do our best to put it into practice, albeit imperfectly, have every right – and biblical obligation – to call you on the carpet.
Heresy and heretics are not to be embraced. They are to be exposed and avoided. The progressive “Christian” is a heretic, embracing and promoting false teachings about Christ, the Bible and God. That’s not a small thing. It’s huge – and you should speak up when you see it happening and warn everyone you know.
IT’S ALL RELATIVE
The surge of progressive “Christians” and “Christianity” is a reflection of the growing rejection that absolute truth exists. Relativism reigns in the twenty-first century, making ours an age ripe for Scripture-twisting folks to redefine God – and His teachings – in their own image.
Don’t fret – but do pay attention: the Bible predicted this uprising long ago. Paul said it well in 2 Timothy 4:3. Beware the fake Christ-follower appearing to be sincere, loving, tolerant and compassionate. Jesus’ words are more pertinent today than when He first spoke them nearly 2,000 years ago in Matthew 7:15 (NIV):
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.”
DUCKS AND WOLVES
If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck and walks like a duck, it’s a duck. Progressive “Christians” are following a Jesus – but He’s not the Jesus of Scripture. He’s the Jesus they refashioned to suit their own means. If someone claims to be a Christ-follower, but supports the murder of the unborn in the guise of a woman’s right to choose, or if they use linguistic gymnastics to reinterpret the basic meanings of words, that’s a huge red flag.
Yes, we live in the twenty-first century, but claiming to follow the biblical Jesus still requires that we follow His teachings as found in the Bible, not distort them to suite our own aim.
Do you see them? They are all around and increasing in number. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing, claiming to know and follow Christ, when all they are really doing is following a retooled, mythical Jesus to suit their desires. It’s time for the faithful to stand up and speak out, to follow the biblical Jesus like never before.
America needs a bath. You can jump in during The National Week of Repentance, coming October 30 – November 6, the week before the election. You don’t have to travel anywhere to get your personal overhaul underway. It will happen simultaneously across the nation. Visit RevivalMatters.com, sign up now, and you’ll be on your way.