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?
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.
God always provides an exit from temptation for His children.You don’t have to sin.
1 Corinthians 10:13“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
Have you ever been driving on an interstate and missed your exit?You can lose a significant amount of time in some areas of the country because the exits are far apart.
When you are on the road of temptation heading toward sin and destruction, God always provides an exit.Praise God there is a way to escape!But it’s up to you to take it.
Some cry foul or “legalism” at the very mention of living a life separated from sin. Does God have an opinion? Here are 3 Bible reasons that every Christian should strive to live a holy life.
Convictions. Standards. Sanctification. Holy Living. The concept goes by different names among different groups. Whatever name you choose to describe it, the honest Christian must admit that God does not want His people living in sin. Why would God allow His Son to die such a horrible death on the Cross if sin didn’t really matter to Him? (more…)
The world abounds with adultery, fornication and sexual sin. Yet, God has called His children to purity. How can you protect yourself and your family? Here are 5 Proven Steps.
God wants you to be pure in mind, heart, and body. Sexual desire is natural and part of God’s plan. However, Sex outside of marriage is a sin. Satan works to destroy purity and virtue. Purity is still important to God! If you are unmarried, you should save yourself for your future spouse. If you have already committed fornication, ask God for forgiveness now and decide to honor God until you are married.
Married couples are not immune to the devices of satan. How many marriages are rocked by infidelity? How many married people struggle with pornography? How many families have been shattered by adultery? Being married doesn’t make you immune to sinful seduction and lustful desires.
These five steps are for anyone who wants to honor God with a pure life. (more…)