Revival: The Cross

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The Cross

The whisper revival centers around one thing and remains there. As you look at the church, you see men become excited about all kinds of things in Jesus. Ministries become devoted to a cause, individuals burn with a passion over an issue and promote topics as if they were the most important thing in Jesus. The issues are too numerous to list. They range from home schooling or public school; in politics or out of politics; established church buildings or home churches; TV or no TV; KJV only or NIV; spiritual gifts or no gifts and so on. But the one and only thing that every Christian and church should burn with and preach is missing today. That one thing is the cross.

  • For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. (1 Corinthians 2:2)

By the cross, we do not mean the shallow preaching that is proclaimed. We mean a cross that deals powerfully with self and one’s life, and that can wrestle to death any issue­—a cross so powerful, it is the only issue. The whisper revival renews the understanding of what it means to hate for Jesus and of counting that cost. A whisper revival brings forth a “resolve” to stay at the cross in every situation. And it does take “resolve” not to be moved by all the causes, opinions, and works going on in the name of the Lord. It takes “resolve” from the Holy Spirit to see clearly with each person we meet, with every doctrine that confronts us, and with every work done in Jesus’ name, that the cross that crucifies self is the only answer.

Consider the sermons and songs you hear, the books and magazines you read: do they end in and start with the cross? In a whisper revival, God opens our dull minds and hard hearts again to the power of the cross in a man’s life. How much time we waste with debates and arguments, and how much sin fills the church today because men refuse to resolve to know nothing but Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

Death to Self

If you listen to the whisper of God, you too will pull your religious cloak over your face. You who truly desire revival will be put on a cross and exposed and you will seek to cover yourself. You will feel ashamed and blessed at the same time if you submit to God’s revival in these last days. You will learn to always carry around in your body the death of Jesus so that you might have His life.
We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. (2 Corinthians 4:10)
All the false revivals taking place today have one thing in common. They feed the flesh of man and puff him up in self-righteousness. While some may appear to clean up their lives, the revival is still a sham. The result is always that self, religious self, or the church is lifted up in pride. You might ask how one can know this. Because of the advertisement, promotion, pride, gimmicks, and shallow doctrine associated with these revivals. The Holy Spirit will make this clear if you will die to self.

Like Adam and Eve, to whom Satan made promises if they would only serve him, false revivals promise great things if followers will worship the false revival. The miracles that happen to them are the blessings and things of this world. They are the false miracles that God promised would happen in the last days. Indeed, the positive changes in their lives are the same changes all men in the world can make. Certainly, changes are made, but self remains fully alive. It is the same wisdom that gave Adam and Eve the power to change their lives in the Garden of Eden. Their changes do not come from the hopelessness that only the Holy Spirit can work, but from a renewal by the strength of man.

  • You were wearied by all your ways, but you would not say, “It is hopeless.” You found renewal of your strength, and so you did not faint. (Isaiah 57:10)

The one thing that shows a revival of God is not present is the lack of the cross of Christ in each person’s life. People do not increase in the very foundational things every day that bring death to self and hatred in Jesus.

  • The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. (John 12:25)

  1. Revival: The Whisper Revival
  2. Revival: The Cross
  3. Revival: Receiving a Revival
  4. Revival: A Shameful Thing
  5. Revival: Revival begins
  6. Revival: In the Midst of Revival
  7. Revival: The Revival Cry
  8. Revival: Wanting to Help: The Opposition
  9. Revival: Revival Resumed
  10. Revival: The Acid Test
  11. Revival: The Whole Camp
  12. Revival: Words of Comfort
  13. Revival: The One Thing
  14. Revival: Discipleship: To Begin

Revival: Everything Said

Revival: Endnotes

Disclaimer

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