The American Church – Needs a revival

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“You say America needs God, no she doesn’t. The church needs God!” If the church gets God, America would soon feel it, she’d be staggering.” – Leonard Ravenhill.
A powerful statement, that rings so true today. To look from the outside in, the church today is divided among red versus blue, a sign that tends to rear its ugly head ever four years. Who you voted for becomes more of your god than God Himself. Doctrine becomes the line in the sand as we bicker over dispensationalism, how The Spirit moves, and whether women should be able to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. Distracted by intellect, who can study more, has the most degrees, and who preaches with the most charisma, neglect whether the person has fruit, or the character to hold the position.
The truth is, we have lacked a real move of The Spirit. Long gone are the William Seymour’s (Azusa Street Revival), the Aimee Semple McPherson’s, or the Lester Sumrall’s of the body. Those who would content for hours in prayer before God and experience amazing moves of God. The American church, lacks faith, we pray asking God to move in our lives, but don’t really believe the word, and end up receiving nothing, (see Matt 13:53-58). We seem to forget things like Acts 2:1-4 when 3,000 were saved. Our intellectualism causes us to have a effect like Paul in Athens, where only some were saved (Acts 17:22-34), instead of like Corinth, where he knew to only present two things Christ and His crucifixion (1 Cor 2:2) which resulted in an entire region being saved. So the question becomes how do we get back? Back to the Billy Graham revivals? The Smith Wigglesworth moves of the spirit? How do we restore the American church?
This is truly a call to action. We need to stop arguing over trivial things (2 Tim 3:16-17). Let us be quicker keep the main thing, the main thing and that is the message of the gospel of the Kingdom of God. We definitely need to die daily (Romans 8:13). Above all, do as Christ did, preach the Kingdom, display the Kingdom and be the Kingdom. The American church is hurting for this and I believe the world is waiting for the American church to be revived. Let us pick up our crosses, die to self, and be spirit led as we are called to do.
Be the church.

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