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Grace Bible Chapel of Springfield, Illinois
|JULY 1, 2018
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|JULY 29, 2018
“Wilt thou not revive us again that thy people may rejoice in thee.” (Psa. 85:6)
A backslidden condition is often like cancer; we don’t know we have it. We can grow spiritually cold so
gradually that we don’t realize how carnal we have actually become. Sometimes it takes a tragedy, a
crisis or the voice of some prophet of God to awaken us to our desperate need. Only then can we claim
God’s promise, “I will pour water on him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground” (Isa. 44:3).
I am in need of revival when I have lost my enthusiastic zest for the Word of God, when my prayer life
has lapsed into a dull routine (or lapsed altogether), when I have left my first love. I need a fresh touch
from God when I am more interested in TV programs than in the meeting of the local fellowship, when I
am punctual for work but late for meetings, when I am regular at my job but spasmodic at the assembly. I
need reviving when I am willing to do for dollars what I am unwilling to do for the Savior, when I spend
more money on self- indulgence than I do on the work of the Lord.
We need revival when we harbor grudges, resentments, bitter feelings. When we are guilty of gossiping
and backbiting. When we are unwilling to confess wrongs we have committed or to forgive others when
they confess their faults to us. We need reviving when we fight like cats at home, then appear in the
assembly as if all were sweetness and light. We need to be revived when we have become conformed to
the world in our talk, our walk, our whole life-style. How great is our need when we are guilty of the sins
of Sodom—pride, fullness of bread and prosperous ease (Ez. 16:49)!
As soon as we realize our coldness and barrenness, we can claim the promise of 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.”
Confession is the road to revival!
O Holy Ghost, revival comes from Thee;
Send a revival—start the work in me.
Thy Word declares Thou wilt supply our need.
For blessings now, O Lord, I humbly plead.
J. Edwin Orr
Below is a meditation written, by Mr. William MacDonald. 1917-2007
Rick Petrone will be our speaker at the
Family Bible Hour on July 1, 2018. Rick is
a retired engineer from IDOT. He and his
wife Susan have fellowshipped at Grace
Bible Chapel for many years. During this
time they raised four daughters and have
eight grandchildren. Rick is one of our
elders and shares teaching with others at
our adult Sunday School class, currently
studying the Gospel of John.