Can The Church Be Revived? (Leighton Ford)
Can the church be revived? One gazes at the apathy, the division, the jealousy, the materialism and feels like an Ezekiel set in the midst of a valley full of bones. Surely many a pastor has echoed Ezekiel’s sigh “Lord they were very dry”.
“Can these bones live?” asked the Lord. And Ezekiel answered in effect “Only God knows”.
But the Lord God commanded and the prophet spoke his word and the bones came together and the flesh upon the bones. Then the breath of God blew”,,,and they lived and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army” (Ezekiel 37:10).
Is this not how revival will come? With an agonizing awareness of our deadening lack of spiritual power. With an honest confession of our total inability to do anything about it, of the failure of our absurd attempts at artificial respiration…
God’s visitations come at a time of hungering, a time of breaking up, a time of sowing, a time of resting, and then a time of reaping (Mark 4:26-29).
Adapted from The Christian Persuader