When Pastor Ray went to a camp meeting as a little boy, he saw a banner that said, “No more business as usual.” But it wasn't true. The camp meeting went on like it always had. There was no revival. So why wasn't there a change?
Simply, the pride of the Christians blocked revival. Instead of confessing their sins publicly and repenting, they just kept doing “normal church.” Likewise, many Christians today will acknowledge that the church needs revival. They'll say, “Lord, rend the heavens and come down! Send revival!” But then, they resist the very means that will bring that revival: confessing their own sins and repenting.
Do you feel nauseated by the thought of sitting through another “normal” church service? Isn't it time for Christians to abandon their pride and set their hearts on revival? Will you do this in this new year: the year of revival?