Romans 11:33-36

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Barriers to Revival: Church and Family Conflict

In light of today’s epidemic immorality and compromise, it may even sound strange to call disunity a preeminent revival hindrance. Yet surveys reveal divisive conflict and lack of love are even more prevalent than out-right immorality (at least in the church). According to Jesus, relationship sins are often even more spiritually offensive than some of the more outward sins of the flesh (Matthew 5:23; 6:14; John 13:34-35). Worse yet, they bring shame and dishonor to the holy name of God.

Nearly every New Testament epistle contains strong commands for fervent love and unity among believers. Only the issue of salvation receives greater focus in New Testament writing. Without question, God is extremely serious about strong love and unity among Christians! This issue is absolutely central to God’s kingdom purpose and to exalting His name.

Yet for all the biblical importance of loving unity, congregations hear astoundingly little detailed teaching on this subject. Unfortunately, teaching that does occur is often general and vague. Detailed descriptions are badly neglected. Yet this is exactly the kind of specific teaching required for deep conviction and healing in damaged relationships. Throughout revival history, restored relationships are significant in sweeping revivals.

Excerpted from Releasing the Revival Flood: A churchwide Journey to Miraculous Unity and God-Glorifying Fellowship


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