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Weekly Lesson

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Pastor: Bro. Bobby Clark

Faith Baptist Church

92 Walker St. POB 462
Crossville, TN. 38557
Ph. 931 707-0799

Affiliations:
None, independent
and self-governing


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faithbccrossville@comcast.net
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Places Of Revival

In the third chapter of the book of Jonah it shows us the revival, for lack of a better term, at Nineveh. Jonah preached what the Lord gave him and God opened the hearts of the people and thousands were turned from their wickedness and evil ways. Jonah’s message was one of impending judgment upon the city. At first he was not a willing servant but when God got his attention inside the belly of the fish he gladly preached God’s Word. As the Word of God came to him the second time he arose and got to the city and began preaching that in forty days God would destroy it. As he preached his message the entire city repented, and from the king down to the cattle were covered in sackcloth as the king called a fast. Surely a great revival had taken place here and I want to look at the thought this week of places of revival.

The first place we will look at is Nineveh, a place of wickedness. God told Jonah to go preach to them and called them “that wicked city”. So we have God’s Word on the matter. But Jonah fled instead to Tarsus because of their great wickedness and hatred of the Jews. They took them and killed them by flaying them alive and Jonah was concerned that would also happen to him. The type of wickedness is not mentioned in the Bible so it could apply to any wickedness that man is involved in today. God used a backslidden preacher to get their attention. He got right with God and preached what God said to and basically that is all a preacher can do. Let God do the rest. The message he preached was judgment. He didn’t preach his glory messages to try to make the folk feel better but he preached the message which would help them spiritually rather than one which would help them emotionally. His message was one of death and destruction. No matter the wickedness a person is involved in if they are willing to repent of it and lay it aside God will forgive them and cleanse them of it.

Next we will look at Mt. Carmel a place of wavering. The Israelites wavered between two opinions; was Jehovah God or was Baal God? Baal worship had become popular among the Jews and everyone was doing it but just because everyone was doing it, didn’t make it right. You don’t grade things on their popularity but on their truth. Baal worship wasn’t true but was a false religion. God said in Isaiah “I am God and there is none beside me”. Jesus said, I am the way the truth and the life, no man can come unto the Father but by me. While things look popular and accepted is it true to God’s Word? After God answered by fire the people responded with the shout “the Lord, He is God, the Lord, He is God”. Quit wavering in your belief and get back to the Lord.

Then you will see that Jerusalem was a place of working. Nehemiah had heard that the walls of Jerusalem still had not been erected after their destruction many years before and he had a burden to rebuild their walls. He went to look at the devastation which no one until then had even tried to rebuild. Sometimes people live and exist in rubble because they get used to it. They look around and think, well, this is the way it is and there is nothing I can do to change it so we will just have to live with it. No we don’t have to accept the norm we can change things if we put our minds to it. But it takes God’s man at God’s time to accomplish God’s work. Nehemiah took some men with him by night to see the destruction by moonlight and there was so much rubbish around the beasts they were riding couldn’t even get through. But Nehemiah said the Lord hath sent me here to build and the men said let us arise and build and their hands were strengthened for the work.  They built in spite of opposition and threats. They built it themselves they had no outside influence to help them. But Nehemiah couldn’t do it alone, the men had to help. No work can be done by one person but all must join in with the building process if anything is accomplished for the Lord.

After that we will see a jail cell and a place of whipping. As Paul and Silas were in Philippi they were being followed by a woman of divination calling out “these men are men of the most high God” and it finally got on Paul’s nerves and he turned and cast this demon out of her. As her owners saw this they knew they could no longer make money by her and they brought them to the marketplace and had them beaten with many stripes and cast into jail. This jail was a place of whipping but it soon turned into a place of worship as they began to pray and sing praises unto God. Too many times we remain in the place of whipping when we need to move to the place of worship. Worship when you are in the trials. Worship when you are hurting. As they worshipped the Lord freed them and even saved the Philippian jailer. Move on from the place of whipping to the place of worship.

The upper room was a place of waiting as the disciples remembered the words of the Lord as He instructed them to remain in Jerusalem until they be endued with power from on high. As the day of Pentecost approached there came a sound from Heaven as a mighty rushing wind and filled the room they were in. Peter stood and preached and 3000 were saved and added to the church. They didn’t get in a hurry, they waited as Jesus instructed them to do. They didn’t give up and go someplace else, they waited. Many times people get in a hurry and go other places or try other things when they need to stay with the things which are proven. They didn’t depend on some program or promotion they waited until God moved and then they moved. They were all in one accord and in one place when God moved in. We need to come together as one body in one mind with one purpose and then God will bless us and help us.

Surely, if God can send revival in to these other places He can send revival to Crossville, Tennessee. It doesn’t have to come through the largest church; the richest church or even the most popular preacher. But it does have to come through those who desire revival. Do you truly, sincerely desire revival? Then it can some to you if you truly want it.

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