Wide-spread revival begins in the heart of a single Christian. Is your heart ready for revival? Take this heart test to find out. God will only save our country when American Christians follow His plan for the salvation of a nation!
2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Are you following the admonition for revival found in 2 Chronicles 7:14? Search your heart using the following questions as a guide.
Take time to thoughtfully complete this test. Examine your heart. Consider each question. Allow God to guide you. Confess every sin, ask God to forgive you, and request strength for lasting change.
Take The Heart Test For Revival
1. HUMBLE THEMSELVES.
How close to God am I right now?
Am I really concerned about revival?
Am I willing to pay the price for revival?
Am I willing to do anything God wants me to do?
Is God FIRST in my plans?
Do I think too highly of myself?
Do I think too lowly of myself?
Do I always need to be the center of attention?
Do I deny myself daily to follow Christ?
Have I asked God for help?
Do my “hurt feelings” keep me from serving God?
Am I willing to forgive any wrong against me or against my family?
Do I look down on others in my heart?
Do I have sinful pride in my heart?
Am I willing to ask forgiveness from those I have wronged?
Am I content with the blessings of God in my life?
God has given every believer the commandment to spread the good news of the Gospel and make disciples. Are you saved? Implement these five disciplines to be a successful soul winner.
Sinners can only be saved when they believe in the finished work of Lord Jesus Christ. But how can they be saved if they don’t believe? How can they believe if they don’t hear?
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
We give each other gifts to celebrate Christmas. Following the example of the three wise men, consider three gifts that you should give to Jesus Christ.
9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. 11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
In these verses, three wise men came from the East seeking Jesus. What a powerful illustration! Wise men still seek Jesus! They came from Babylon following a star and the Spirit.
We don’t know the exact timing of this event. Some Protestant Churches celebrate the wise men’s arrival 12 days after Christmas calling it Epiphany or Three Kings Day. We know that Christ was no longer a newborn (He is called a young child in verse eleven) but younger than two years of age (verse 16). They traveled hundreds of miles seeking the Child.
Although not inspired or infallible like the Bible, tradition offers the possible names and regions of these wise men. Melchior hailed from Persia, Gaspar (also called “Caspar” or “Jaspar”) from India, and Balthazar from Arabia.
The word “wise men” is the Greek word μάγος (magŏs, mag´-os). The singular word is magi. It was used for oriental scientists or sorcerers. Historians postulate that these men were Zoroastrian priests. Many courts in eastern cultures of the time, had astrologers and magicians who served as priestly advisors. Some stories and songs call the magis “kings,” but that is not revealed in Scripture.
Regardless of who they were and where they came from, these men were drawn to worship the newborn Christ.
Scripture meditation is a vital Christian discipline. Learn how and why to meditate upon the Scriptures. God will bless your life beyond measure as you practice meditation in the Bible. Learn four reasons to practice Christian meditation.
In this article, we discuss the importance of meditation in the life of the believer. Do you meditate? How much time do you spend each day thinking about God and His Word?
Life moves quickly. People are so busy today that it’s hard to catch your breath. Busyness is the enemy of meditation.
Determine to make intentional meditation a regular part of your life.
WHAT IS MEDITATION?
Biblical meditation is not Transcendental Meditation taught in false religions and New Age Spiritism.
Transcendental Meditation (TM) refers to a specific form of silent, mantra meditation and to the organizations that constitute the Transcendental Meditation movement. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi created and introduced the TM technique and TM movement in India in the mid-1950s.
The meditation practice involves the use of a silently-used mantra for 15–20 minutes twice per day while sitting with the eyes closed.
According to Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, Meditate means “To dwell on any thing in thought; to contemplate; to study; to turn or revolve any subject in the mind; appropriately but not exclusively used of pious contemplation, or a consideration of the great truths of religion.”
Biblical meditation is the application of the mind to a specific thought and looking at it from all angles seeking the fullness on understanding on the matter.
Everyone wants to be respected, but few know the formula to achieve it. Respect is earned, not given. Learn the Bible way to earn respect and increase your influence for God by being a good steward of your testimony.
1 Timothy 4:12–16
12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
Young people tend to believe that respect and responsibility come with age. This statement is not valid. Respect and responsibility are earned.
Youth complains, “You don’t trust me.” Wisdom replies, “What have you done to earn it?”
By being faithful in that which is least, we show that people can trust us with that which is great.
God had called Timothy to the Gospel ministry. He was the protege’ of the great Apostle Paul, but he was young. Would people follow his leadership? Would they respect him enough to listen? Through the Spirit’s inspiration, Paul taught Timothy how to overcome the liabilities of youth and earn respect.
How you vote is as important as the act of voting. As Christians, we cannot separate our politics from God’s Word. Consider five areas in which you must vote according to the Bible.
In recent contributions, we have discussed the privilege and importance of voting. In this article, let’s go a little deeper into voting to discuss how we decide for what we vote.
My entire adult life, I have heard politicians explain that they believe one thing in their personal lives, but another thing in politics or the voting booth. The most vivid example in my mind is Catholic Democrats. The Catholic church has taken a strong stand against abortion, yet democrats push a pro-abortion agenda. These conflicted politicians explain that they believe in their church, but they cannot allow their religion to affect their policies. What?!
This philosophy is precisely the opposite of how we should live.