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"God strong" Continued...

Issue: "Reaping a whirlwind," Aug. 24, 2013

Paul’s statement, “When I am weak, then am I strong” ... The power of Christ is magnified when I acknowledge I’m needy, I’m bankrupt, I’m sinful, He’s full, He’s strong, He’s forgiving, He’s supplying. God put human beings on this planet to depend upon their Creator and to worship their Creator in every sphere of culture. When they lose conscious dependence on their Maker and start to exalt the strength of something else, they commit treason against their Maker—and nothing will go right when a nation or a family or a person does that.

When so much is going wrong in our nation, how do we come out of that spiral? Revival: the one-sided, supernatural arrival of God to do something extraordinary, to awaken people to their sinful condition and to waken them to the reality of God and then the reality of Christ, the reality of sin, and the necessity of repentance in faith. It moves like an inexplicable wave across the culture. We haven’t seen that for a long time in America, but I doubt that short of that we will come out of a God-ignoring, God-belittling frame of mind, which pretty much grips the whole nation. 

Some people might say: If it’s one-sided and our only hope is that God will show up, why should we make any effort? I say you obey what’s in the Scripture. If it says worship God, you worship God. If it says love your enemies, you love your enemies. If it says practice hospitality, you practice hospitality. You do the hundreds of things that a Christward heart does in the hope that God will cause those little sparks to become a conflagration in a community or in a nation. 

If we see a sign at a church, “Come to our revival the week of _,” that’s suspect? Yes, I would look with suspicion, but I have to speak with tenderness because my father did that. He totally believed that if God didn’t show up on that day there would be no revival, and yes, he used that language of “We will hold the revival on _.” That’s what everybody did, and the roots of it were bad, but we don’t always fix the language of what we do before we fix the substance.

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Marvin Olasky
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Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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