I wish I could point to one single issue why the church in America is insipid, weak and anemic. I cannot. It seems to me that many members of today’s church lack spiritual focus upon Christ and His kingdom and are wishy-washy and characterless in their daily walk of life. They do not seem to know how to live passionately for Christ. One has problems separating members of the church from the crowd following the ways of the world – who are walking straight into the fire of eternity.
How can this be and what has caused the decline of authentic Christianity in our land? Many know God demands first place in their journey of life but the lack of a daily prayer life and reading the Bible hinders them from spiritual growth and have power with God. Thus, churches are filled with Christians living in a state of disorientation, bewilderment and perplexity. For the older generation, a vision, desire and hope for a powerful move of God has dwindled into apathy and indifference. For the younger generation, they have yet to experience a dynamic move of the Holy Spirit of God as in the 70’s and early 80’s known as the ‘Jesus Movement’ which followed the 60’s filled with rock-and-roll music, free sex and drugs.
In almost every generation, at some point in the life of individuals, history has recorded that God moved by His Spirit in a powerful move which changed lives and drew a remnant out of the darkness of sin and self and into the glorious light of the great news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I hope and trust we are standing on the threshold of another move of God. I am thirsty and hungry to see God come upon the scene and once again, we can experience an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon humanity with a powerful presence of the Holy Spirit that changes individual lives, churches and draws those outside of the household of faith into the sheepfold of God’s love, mercy and grace.
Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained (perish), but happy is he who keeps the law. (Proverbs 29:18 NASB)
What does it mean to have spiritual vision? Much of the will and purpose of God can be learned from His word. Additionally, as we pray God intends for us to have confidence when we pray that our prayers have power to produce results. I believe the church has very dim eyesight due to the lack of a daily prayer life and Bible reading. So how do we know God’s will from reading the Bible and praying?
Paul wrote to the Ephesians and gives us a clue: “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.” (Eph. 1:18-19, NASB).
God’s method for fulfilling His plan and purpose in the life of a follower of Jesus is by the power of His Spirit, who resides in us after we are born again. Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John3:3 NASB) To state it another way, if a person is born again, he can see the kingdom of God.
The person whom the Spirit of God indwells has vision – the spiritual ability to see spirit-truth that changes one’s perception of the present material and spiritual facts surrounding one’s life. Such a person learns to observe with spirit-eyes will look at people on this earth and see as God sees, not as the world sees.
I believe there are four spiritual Christ-mandated actions holding back revival in America: failure to read the word of God, failure to pray earnestly for self, others and revival, lack of immediate obedience to the voice of the Holy Spirit to achieve the will of God in our life, and a bold spirit of faith with full confidence in God that He is waiting for His people to arise in the power of the Holy Spirit with a passion and willingness to get up and go into the marketplace of humanity to give witness of the Great News of Jesus Christ. These four Christ-mandated actions are the heart of the Great Commandment and the Great Commission – all securely joined together in our relationship with Christ.
We cannot deal with all of these four actions in one writing. We will take each one of these separately and dig into what these require for our life to bear fruit in the Kingdom of God, how we accomplish them by faith, what will hold us back from experiencing revival in our personal life, and where revival must begin before it can begin corporately within the Body of Christ.
Spiritual Vision for Revival Requires Daily Bible Reading