The Circle of Revival

     The world seems to be a mess and society is busy finger-pointing at almost everyone and everything from the government to religion to the economy, as the reason. What’s happening in our culture today goes deeper than politics, race or social differences. The real problem is that personal rights have become more important than personal responsibility. Whatever someone wants or thinks they need, the state or government feels obliged to give it to them. There is no thought toward working for something, no incentive to earn it, because people believe that life owes them whatever they desire.

    Today, what someone believes is true, is more important than the actual truth. If an eight-year boy believes that he is a kangaroo & begins hopping around. Eventually, someone would sit the kid down & set the him straight. But if an eight-year boy decides he’s a girl, society says, what he feels is justification to help him make that transition. It doesn’t matter that he’s only eight, or that he might be very confused, needing some guidance. This inconsistency points out both the foolishness and danger of ungodly logic.

     When people lose sight of God, they lose sight of the truth. They are blinded by personal desires, seeking to satisfy their sinful inclinations. They are not guided by honor, trust or faith. They are driven by selfishness, satisfied only by excess, which is all consuming. So, when you turn on the news & cringe at what you see, remember this.

     Behind the scenes, happy to fan the flames of moral destruction, the forces of darkness are hard at work. The Dark Prince can always be found alongside of bullies, dictators, mass murders and anyone bent on harming other people. Any belief system that is fixated on destroying those who are different, is a breeding ground for evil. Evil always thrives in an atmosphere of anger, hatred, intolerance, immorality and social crisis. For this reason, we are certainly a society in crisis. So how do we begin to change the world? First, we need to make sure we’re part of the solution, but not part of the problem. We need to examine our heart. We need to explore those remote regions of our inner self to insure that we are not becoming indifferent to the Lord or critical toward others. This was the motivation behind David prayer found in Ps 139:23-24; Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

     The two things David is praying for is examination and direction. Divine examination is imperative since we can easily fool ourselves, while godly direction is crucial since there is so much in the world than can lead us astray. There is only one path in life that is right. Only one way to go, only one way to walk. We are called to “walk as Jesus walked”, His was a walk of obedience. Someone once said if you want revival, take a piece of chalk and draw a circle on the ground. Then step into the circle and begin praying that revival begins within the circle first.