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Title:
Six steps to spiritual revival
Author:
Robertson, Pat.
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Sisters, OR : Multnomah, 2002.
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94 pages ; 17 cm
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"Lifechange Books."
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781590520550
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Summary

Have you lost sight of the dreams God placed in your heart long ago? Revival will bring back to life those brittle, bruised, or dormant areas within you. Examining the steps to revival that God gave to King Solomon, Pat Robertson reveals an amazing Scriptural pattern. He describes radical transformations that occur when people hunger for God's presence and become living sacrifices of praise. Now -- as you radiate knowledge of God, others will be drawn to the fire of His presence. The unique qualities God placed within you before you were born will begin to bloom and bear fruit for His glory!


Author Notes

He is the founder and chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network, Inc., founder of Regent University, The Center for Law and Justice and International Family Entertainment. He and his wife have 4 children and 13 grandchildren. They reside in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Publisher's Weekly Review

In 1874, the evangelist Charles G. Finney gave a controversial series of lectures to divinity students on revivals of religion. Finney endured a great deal of criticism for saying that Christian revival could be humanly engineered; it was not necessary to wait for God to fan the flames of revival. Rather, it was required of Christian believers to actively seek opportunities to create revival and convert unbelievers. Pat Robertson's Six Steps to Christian Revival: God's Awesome Power in Your Life certainly follows in Finney's footsteps ideologically, albeit not as ambitiously: It focuses more on personal, inner renewal than mass revivals or crusades. Robertson's six steps humble yourself, pray, seek God's face, turn from sin, gather in prayer and persevere are classic, and his short book is very solidly based on the Bible, although the prose is not very energetic. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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Excerpts

Steps to Revival Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8, NASB YOU KNOW HOW IT IS WITH CERTAIN TUNES. Music has a way of unlocking memories. Sometimes all it takes is a little snatch of melody- someone humming as he walks by, a fragment of song from a car radio drifting through summer-night air- and you find yourself reliving an emotion you thought you'd left behind years ago. That's the way it is with me when I hear one particular hymn. I was living in New York City forty-five years ago when I met Jesus Christ as my Savior. As a brand-new believer in 1957, I volunteered to be a counselor during the landmark Billy Graham Crusade that roused and stirred the great city for sixteen weeks in the summer and fall of that year. What a kaleidoscope of memories surrounds that event in my life! I'll never forget it. The humid nights in Yankee Stadium ... the massive crowds lined up outside Madison Square Garden ... the traffic ... the excitement ... the singing ... the television cameras ... the fresh outpouring of God's Spirit. Those among the opening night throng will always remember the young black preacher, Martin Luther King Jr., who strode up to the podium and gave a ringing invocation. Two million people attended that crusade back in the Eisenhower era, and over fifty-five thousand gave their lives to Jesus Christ-more than one-third of those under the age of twenty-one. One simple melody brings it all back to me. No, it's not "Just As I Am." Nor is it George Beverly Shea pouring forth "How Great Thou Art," a hymn that had its first real launch in those very meetings. The huge, joyful choir that stood behind the platform sang a song I'd never heard before-though it had apparently been around for many years. The words and music wrapped themselves around my soul.... Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face, And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace. Tens of thousands of people in New York City-and millions across America via television-did just that back in 1957. They turned their eyes upon Jesus, and they were never the same again. Maybe that's the reason why this simple song always makes me think of the word revival . Beyond those memories, however, I really can't imagine a better definition of the term. Revival-whether personal or national-comes with turning our eyes upon Him. Beholding Him. Contemplating His holiness, beauty, and might. Gazing by faith at His wonderful face. Allowing Jesus, with His glory and grace, to invade our human condition. And in the light of God's radiant presence, the allure of the world, with its pleasures and material possessions, begins to lose its grip on our lives. It truly does! Our hearts become satisfied by our heavenly Father's love and care. In fact, we can find our hearts overflowing with a real and joyful sense of the nearness of God and with profound wonder at His goodness and grace. Before you feel the comfort of His presence, however, you must first become aware of how lost and hopeless you are apart from His help and salvation. In fact, that's the first thing that needs to happen when we "turn our eyes upon Jesus" and begin to earnestly seek Him. DUST AND ASHES Drawing near to God's brightness, we suddenly become aware of our condition. The sin in our lives, which we first accepted as normal, becomes distasteful-and then loathsome. And I speak from experience. There came a time in my own life when I realized the utter emptiness of what I was doing. My pursuit of money and status was leading me to nothing but despair. Neither my position with a large corporation nor the small company I founded with two friends brought anything close to lasting satisfaction. In fact, the deeper into worldliness I went, the emptier I felt. I would later learn the enduring truth of Augustine's words: "Thou hast created us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless until they find rest in Thee." The restlessness Augustine described so well was building to a great intensity within me, and I finally came to the point of fully surrendering my heart, my life, my will, my total being to the claims of Jesus Christ. And there indeed-in Christ's salvation and in His purpose for my life-I found rest, a kind of rest far greater than I ever could have imagined. Something happens when you catch a glimpse of Him. The apostle Paul, who zealously pursued his own idea of righteousness before surrendering himself to the Lord Jesus, wrote that "if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" (2 Corinthians 5:17, KJV). That radical transformation from old to new is exactly what happened to me when I received the Lord. It was as though I had walked through some sort of invisible curtain into a whole new world. I really didn't have to consciously think about ridding my life of sinful things. By God's grace, I simply had no desire for them anymore. I only wanted to know more of Jesus-His teachings, His love, His nearness, and His power. I had found the new wine of the Holy Spirit, which is far more satisfying than anything the world can offer us. Such turning from sin happens to everyone who names Jesus as Lord and Savior. And note this: It is almost always accompanied by an awakened awareness of our sinfulness-and heartfelt grief over our ungodly thoughts, words, and deeds. Consider Job, the man God Himself described as the most righteous man of his generation: "There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil" (Job 1:8, NIV). But when Job caught a glimpse of God, all thoughts of personal righteousness blew away like mist in the wind. He cried out: "I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, But now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes." (Job 42:5-6) When Job saw God, any sense of his own goodness or worthiness simply vaporized. "Behold, I am vile; What shall I answer You? I lay my hand over my mouth." (40:4) Something happens when you catch a glimpse of Him. You can see the pattern again and again throughout the pages of the Bible. First comes an awareness of God, in all His power and glory. And this is immediately followed by the acute awareness of our sin and our unworthiness before Him. When Peter got his first taste of the power of Jesus the Nazarene, he fell at the Teacher's knees and cried out, "Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!" (Luke 5:8). In the first chapter of Ephesians, Paul composed a vast, sweeping anthem declaring the wisdom, majesty, and kindness of the living God. He follows this in chapter 2 with the blunt words: "And you were dead in your trespasses and sins" (v. 1, NASB). Something happens when you catch a glimpse of Him. I heard of a man who leaves his house very early in the morning for his job in the city. Thoughtful husband that he is, he tries not to waken his wife as he dresses and readies himself for the day. Knowing his closet by feel, he selects his clothing with care in the semidarkness of the bedroom and slips out of the house like a silent wraith. But sometimes as he steps off the city bus and walks toward his office in the bright morning sunlight, he suddenly begins to notice things he hadn't seen before. He observes the wrinkles in his slacks, the lint on his blazer, and the ugly stain on his tie. What seemed perfectly acceptable in the dim light of his bedroom becomes totally unacceptable in the bright sunlight. The prophet Isaiah had a similar experience. At a critical moment in Israel's history, after the death of a great king and leader, Isaiah had an overwhelming vision. One day as he was going about his usual routine, the heavens suddenly rolled back, and he found himself staring-in terror and wonder-at the throne of almighty God. Almost at a loss for words (who wouldn't be?), the prophet did his best to record what he saw and experienced: In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!" And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. (Isaiah 6:1-4) Something happens when you catch a glimpse of Him. Now Isaiah was known in Israel as a great prophet of the Lord. He must have had a reputation as a gentleman, a solid citizen, and a man of God. He probably got out of bed that morning feeling just fine about his standing with the Lord. But what seemed acceptable in the dim light of earth suddenly became unacceptable in the fiery radiance of heaven. In that mighty river of pure light that flowed from God's throne, Isaiah looked at himself and was utterly appalled. But what he saw was infinitely worse than wrinkled or blemished clothing. He saw the ugly stains on his own soul. How could such a soiled, shameful creature of dust like himself survive for more than a heartbeat in the presence of such awesome purity? The prophet cried out in his despair, believing death to be near. "Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The LORD of hosts." (v. 5) In Hebrew, you would have heard the piercing cry, "Oohh-eeee!" "Woe!" Just that quickly, he saw himself as "undone." Other translations use the words lost, beaten , or ruined. Something happens when you catch a glimpse of God, in His power and majesty and blazing holiness. Isaiah must have fallen on his face, realizing his true condition before the Lord. But-God be praised!-the throne of holiness and might is also a throne of grace. He was forgiven and cleansed from his sin ... and then God sent him out as a herald and spokesman to the people of his nation. In revival, God first refines and purifies His people. Then He fills them with His power. He places in their heart His love and compassion for those who are lost- beaten, undone, ruined -without God and without hope in the world. In revival, Christians aren't trying to work up the courage to testify about a historical figure they learned about from a book. Instead, they radiate -they can't help but radiate-the presence of the One whose power continually fills their lives (see Psalm 34:5). Revival normally begins among God's people, but before long, like water surging through a broken levee, revival overflows and spills out into society. The power of God is so strong that prostitutes, drug addicts, alcoholics, and those addicted to gambling, pornography, and lust are set free and gloriously converted. In past revivals ... ò saloons, dance halls, and theaters have emptied for lack of customers, ò jails have emptied for lack of criminals, ò courts have emptied for lack of disputes. Can you imagine? Men and women found themselves drawn to spontaneous prayer meetings like iron filings to a magnet. Dealing with eternity became the uppermost concern in people's lives. In the book of Acts, we read that the building where the believers gathered was shaken, and they spoke forth the word of God with boldness and joy (see 4:31). TRANSFORMING FIRE In revivals that have taken place in the Belgian Congo and also in China, young children have had visions of heaven. Some saw the second coming of Christ. Others, who had never been taught these things, saw the rapture of the church at the end times and believers being swept up into heaven. In both the Congo in the twentieth century and during the frontier revival in the United States at the beginning of the nineteenth century, sinners entering prayer meetings fell to the ground where they lay for hours as the Holy Spirit brought their lives into conformity with His will. In Indonesia, where believers were praying and worshiping God, it appeared to their enemies that the entire church building was engulfed in flames. In China during the Boxer Rebellion, missionaries -aware of an angry mob rushing toward their building to kill them-huddled together to pray for God's intervention. Later, when they inquired why the mob had suddenly slunk away in fear, they were told, "Your building was surrounded by flaming warriors with raised swords." Yes, in true revivals angels come calling, young men see visions, and old men dream dreams. God equips His people with gifts of the Holy Spirit, and they witness boldly about the wonderful works of the Lord. During the past century in the United States, the term revival has normally meant a church-sponsored evangelistic meeting. Something programmed. Something planned months ahead of time, as a visiting pastor or itinerant evangelist comes to town for a week or two of special services. Churches put ads in the newspaper and notices up on their reader boards. Those who attend are asked either to make a first-time decision for Christ or to rededicate their lives to Him. Can God work in such a setting? Of course He can. And He often does. But remember that He is ever more inclined to draw near to us than we are to seek Him. Although such evangelistic meetings can indeed bring about a true revival, their measure is usually limited to the number of people (few or many) who respond to the evangelist's appeals. The revival that America cries out for today, however, does not consist of emotional preaching or even inspired evangelism. The revival we pray for transforms lives, empowers pastors, electrifies churches, rolls back the spreading blight of sin and national decay, and brings the reality of God to the entire population. Continue... Excerpted from Six Steps to Spiritual Revival by Pat Robertson Copyright © 2002 by M. G. Robertson Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Steps to Revivalp. 10
Step 1 Humble Yourselfp. 26
Step 2 Prayp. 40
Step 3 Seek God's Facep. 50
Step 4 Turn from Sinp. 61
Step 5 Pray with Fellow Believersp. 78
Step 6 Perseverep. 85
Notesp. 94