Our Last Hope For Revival
Excerpts from a message by Lester Roloff
Do you ever wonder why so many people have lost out with God? Why are we staring in the face of the end-time apostasy? Why have such pillars of the faith fallen in the last five or ten years? Now, dear friend, if you are self-righteous and self-satisfied or have pride and arrogance, then I won’t be able to help you. You’ll have to deflate that first. You might say, “Brother Roloff, I don’t think you’re talking about me.” Well, let’s each examine ourselves for just a few minutes. Do you have the power of God you once had? Do you love the Bible like you did when you first got saved? Do you love to be in God’s house and worship God with God’s people like you used to? Do you sing the songs of faith around your day of work that you used to sing when you first got saved and had the joy of God’s salvation and real power with the Lord? Do you have a testimony to win people to Jesus Christ today like you used to have? If you do not and your answers are “no,” then you have lost out with God. Don’t kid yourself. Listen, if you tolerate sin that used to bother you, but now you have no compunction of conscience, then you have lost out with God. If you sit and read the newspaper instead of reading the Word of God and have no compunction of conscience when you used to be faithful in the Word, then you have lost out with God. Now then, I trust by now you’re willing to go with me to face your own need. I long for revival, but we’ll never have a great evangelistic outreach to the lost until God’s people have a spiritual upheaval and revolution in our own lives.
The Bible is filled with people who had lost out with God. Some never made it back. It’s easier to get away from God than it is to get back to God. It doesn’t take as long, even though many people over a period of years just drift a little at a time. It’s the little foxes that spoil the vines. It’s the little sins that accumulate. Paul said, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:1-2).
The writer of Hebrews said, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2). The weights will keep us from running the good race. Many times the people of God throughout the Bible did not run the good race but rather drifted away. They got into idolatry. They didn’t remain true to the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
The best news I know of for those of you who realize that you have begun to lose out with God is found in I John 1:9. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” In Psalm 85: 1-6, the Psalmist cries out, “LORD, Thou hast been favourable unto Thy land: Thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob. Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of Thy people, Thou hast covered all their sin. Selah. Thou hast taken away all Thy wrath: Thou hast turned Thyself from the fierceness of Thine anger. Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause Thine anger toward us to cease. Wilt Thou be angry with us for ever? Wilt thou draw out Thine anger to all generations? Wilt Thou not revive us again: that Thy people may rejoice in Thee?”
A people who are not revived are not a happy people. Don’t think for a minute that God doesn’t still operate His pruning shears. He prunes His groves. He will prune off the dead limbs. He will convict us of our sins. He said, “Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit He taketh away” (John 15:2a). God’s people need to have the fear of God put in their souls again concerning this responsibility of living for the Lord.
The world has lost confidence in us, because we live so much like the world.
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