A Place of Repentance The condition of the lost – Proverbs 14:14- “The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.” – Jeremiah 14:7- “O LORD, though our iniquities testify against us, do thou it for thy name's sake: for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against thee.”
The Contrition of the People – Today, you ought to make this service and this altar the place where you erect an Ebenezer stone: the place where you come back to God and the place where you get right with God. – Hosea 14:4- “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.”
“I’ve wondered far away from God. Now I coming home; the paths of sin too long I’ve trod, Lord, I coming home.”
A Place of Revival Revival always follows repentance, and repentance is the prerequisite for revival.
The People of God were moved – G. J. Morgan defined revival as a “reviving of humility, strictly speaking, to the same of God- through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to reanimate the life of the believer. – “We would desire on account of our sins to shed so many tears as there are drops in the bucket; but because we are unable to do this, nor have we tears to our hands, hence we pour out water in their stead.”
There were taking seriously: – Their communion with God – Their commitment to God – Their condition before God
The Power of God was manifested Author Willis: “God revealing Himself to man in awful holiness and irresistible power. It is such a manifest working of God that human personalities are overshadowed, and human programs abandoned. It is man retiring into the background because God has taken the field. It is the Lord making bare His Holy Arm, and working in extraordinary power on saint and sinner.”
We often talk about what God can do but when revival comes we will see what God can do.
A Place of Remembrance Two purposes: – It would soften their hearts It has been said that our blessings can go to either our head or heart. If they go to our head they make us haughty. But if they go to our heart they make us humble.
– It will strengthen their hearts This service and this place may be where some of you need to raise this very day an Ebenezer stone: a place where you come to Christ. It may be a time and place for some of you to come back to the Lord. Some need to raise an Ebenezer stone of repentance.