In one of his meetings, Pr Andreas Mellas spoke of indications that show the signs of a great need of repentance, revival and reformation. He shared 10 signs, but upon contacting him for that list of 10, he sent a message that because of time restraints he mentioned 10, but his list contained 27.
We felt it would be profitable to list the 27 signs in this article. As they are read and as-and-where they prick the conscience, may we personally seek repentance, revival and reformation, which will affect the whole church.
No, these are not the 28 fundamentals of the Seventh-day Adventist, minus one, but these are signs that we need an overhaul, both in our own lives, and in our churches.
Signs of a Need for Revival
1.. When we do not love God as we once did.
2.. When earthly interests and occupations are more important to us than eternal ones.
3.. When we would rather watch TV and read secular books and magazines than read the Bible and pray.
4.. When we have little or no desire for prayer.
5.. When we would rather make money than give money.
6.. When our Christianity is joyless and passionless.
7.. When we know truth in our heads that we are not practising in our lives.
8.. When we make little effort to witness to the lost.
9.. When we have time for sports, recreation, and entertainment, but not for Bible study and prayer.
10.. When we do not tremble at the Word of God.
11.. When we seldom think thoughts of eternity.
12.. When we are more concerned about our jobs and careers than about the Kingdom of Christ and the salvation of the lost.
13.. When Christian husbands and wives are not praying together.
14.. When our children are growing up to adopt worldly values, secular philosophies and ungodly lifestyles.
15.. When we watch things on TV and movies that we would not show in church.
16.. When our prayers lack fervency.
17.. When our hearts are cold and our eyes are dry.
18.. When our singing is half-hearted and our worship lifeless.
19.. When we aren't seeing regular evidence of the supernatural power of God.
20.. When we are bored with worship.
21.. When we are more concerned about what others think about us than what God thinks about us.
22.. When we are making little or no difference in the secular world around us.
23.. When we are unmoved by the thought of our neighbours, business associates and acquaintances going to hell.
24.. When we have ceased to weep and mourn and grieve over our sin.
25.. When we are not exercising faith and believing God for the impossible.
26.. When the fire has gone out in our hearts, our marriages and our church.
27.. When we are blind to the extent of our need and don't think we need revival.
Published on July 4, 2014 By E-Mail Ministry
If we are completely honest with ourselves, just about every one of us will have a list of at least some of these points, maybe the whole 27! Some of these will definitely touch a sore point. Friends, don’t just skip over them as so often in the past. Endeavour to make the necessary changes in your lives, this is why they are listed.
During our time with Pr Andreas, he spoke of revivals that had taken place over the reformation years. One he spoke of in particular was the 100 years of prayer.
100 Years of Prayer
During the time of John Hus, the Protestant faith was gaining ground. The atrocities of Rome were being exposed and as the light shone more brightly on the masses, many became disgusted and were seeking a better way. Voices were being heard and people were being introduced directly to Christ and groups were being formed.
Sadly, Hus was burned at the stake for his stand for reform on July 6, 1415. But that did not crush the hope of the people whom he had witnessed to and influenced with his preaching and teaching. His followers continued with the reformation and formed into a group known as ‘Unity of Brethren’. But while the Protestant faith was gaining ground, the enemy was still at work. Corruption was rampant and by the 1500’s, bitter persecution broke out against the United Brethren and many fled to Poland. From here, the church continued to grow for many years onward.
Contemporary to this, John Amos Comenius, minister of the Moravian Church was distressed and disappointed that his church had become dead and lifeless, a very poor continuation of the dedication and devotion of the earlier years. He prayed that the dormant seed would reignite and burn within the hearts of his people.
In 1722 that prayer would be answered and strike a fire. Count Nicolaus Ludwin von Zinzendorf, a young and wealthy nobleman met a man who was a carpenter and member of the United Brethren. His name was Christian David and he witnessed to Count Zinzendorf. That sure did ignite a fire in Zinzendorf’s heart. At the young age of 22, he bought a city that would serve as a refuge for Christians, and he invited the Moravian people to come who faced persecution.
By 1727, there was bickering and tension in their group and it hardly seemed likely that there would be any revival and reformation at all, but a faithful band of people, some from the original United Brethren being 24 men and 24 women, united together in prayer to determine that fervent prayer and faith in God would rule the city and keep it a safe haven for all citizens; that the flame of fire would move outward from there unto all the world.
They arranged themselves to pray continuously round the clock, that even one second would not pass without prayer. The fire was ignited and more and more people joined this band of prayer warriors and that prayer meeting lasted, not 30 days, not 30 weeks, not 30 years, but believe it or not, 100 years!
Missionaries were trained and certainly did go out to work and witness, some never heard of again, but that did not dampen the enthusiasm of new blood to take their place. Some would go into leper colonies and minister to those poor lepers, give their lives as a result of catching the disease, but as those dedicated missionaries would succumb to the leprosy and die, others would be waiting at the gates, to come and take their place and minister to those afflicted in the camp, and when they expired due to contracting the disease, others would be waiting to take their place. Nothing on this earth held any priority over them, but total and active dedication to spreading the gospel.
Other revivals of even more recent years have taken place where fervent prayer meetings were held, some through the night, and people would be struck with such force by conviction of guilt, that before the meeting was over, they would weep because of their unworthiness, make it right with those whom there were differences and a telling force came into their churches. There was genuine repentance, revival and reformation.
Change Will Come
The situation at present in the church will not continue as it is. There does not need to be much observation to see the Laodicean condition is in our midst. But many will not see it, as the condition brings on us a feeling of thinking we are okay, that we have need of nothing. But that will not be sufficient for the times ahead.
Revival Will Come
“Let the prayers made in public be short and full of earnestness. The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much... The voice of prayer should rise to God from hearts burdened by a sense of need. Let these be a revival of the Holy Spirit, that your prayers may be filled with the power of heaven?” — Review & Herald, Jan. 14, 1902
Medical Missionary Work
“If the workers will humble their hearts before God, the blessings will come. They will all the while be receiving fresh new ideas and there will be a wonderful revival of gospel medical missionary work.” —Testimonies for the Church, vol.9, p.219
“God’s blessing will rest upon every effort made to awaken an interest in health reform; for it is needed everywhere. There must be a revival on this subject; for God’s purposes to accomplish much through this agency.” — Medical Missionary, p.259
“A revival of true Godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. To seek this should be our first work. There must be earnest effort to obtain the blessing of the Lord, not because God is not willing to bestow His blessing upon us, but because we are unprepared to receive it... A revival need be expected only in answer to prayer. While the people are so destitute of God’s Holy Spirit, they cannot appreciate the preaching of the Word; but when the Spirit’s power touches the hearts, then the discourses given will not be without effect. Guided by the teachings of God’s Word, with the manifestations of His Spirit, is the exercise of sound discretion. Those who attend our meetings will gain a precious experience and returning home, will be prepared to exert a healthful influence.” — 1 Selected Messages, p.121
Faith and Power
“It is only because of the spirit of compromise with sin, because the great truths of the Word of God are so indifferently regarded, because there is so little vital godliness in the church that Christianity is apparently so popular with the world. Let there be a revival of the faith and power of the early church, and the spirit of persecution will be revived, and the fires of persecution will be rekindled.” — Spirit of Prophecy, vol.4, p.50
“There must be a revival of the straight testimony. The path to heaven is no smoother now than in the days of our Saviour. All our sins must be put away. Every darling indulgence that hinders our religious life must be cut off.” — Testimonies for the Church, vol.5, p.222
“Before the final visitation of God's judgments upon the earth there will be among the people of the Lord such a revival of primitive godliness as has not been witnessed since apostolic times. The Spirit and power of God will be poured out upon His children. At that time many will separate themselves from those churches in which the love of this world has supplanted love for God and His word. Many, both of ministers and people, will gladly accept those great truths which God has caused to be proclaimed at this time to prepare a people for the Lord's second coming.” — Great Controversy, p.464
There is plenty of evidence that revival will come. First the church needs to know and realise its need with an honest repentance and genuine need of prayer, then there will be genuine revival, followed by genuine reformation. It will come, it will happen, sooner than many think. Wake up out of the Laodicean condition dear friends, there is a remedy, it is found in Revelation 3:18-22. Search it out, study it, read, read, read.
We express our thanks to our speakers this past month.