Signs That You May Need Revival
by R.O. Roberts
Take a look and prayerfully consider this list...not as a score sheet or as a
point of pride that none of these apply to you. Self-inquiry in the
Biblical sense should never stir us to condemnation, but it can be used by the
Holy Spirit to stir us to action and provide an opening for His grace to touch
our hearts and His light to penetrate our darkness.
One definition of a backslider:
"Backsliders are people who were once emptied of their own ways, and filled
with the ways of God, but gradually allowed their own ways to seep back until
they are all but empty of God and full of themselves again."
coldness, and world-mindedness may have seeped back into your life when:
ceases to be a vital part of a professing believer's life.
for Bible truth ceases and one grows content with knowledge already
knowledge possessed or acquired is treated as external fact and not
applied in practice.
thought about eternal things ceases to be regular and gripping.
of the church lose their delight and there is no music in your soul
and no song in your heart.
spiritual discussions are an embarrassment.
for recreation and entertainment become a large and controlling part
of your lifestyle.
the body and of the mind can be indulged without an uproar in your
for Christ-like holiness cease to be dominant in your life and
acquisition of money and goods becomes a preoccupying part of your
thinking and pursuit.
mouth religious songs and words without heart.
hear the Lord's name used in vain, spiritual concerns mocked, and
eternal issues flippantly treated and not be moved with pain and
indignation into action.
casually allow yourself to watch degrading movies and television and
read morally debilitating literature.
of peace in the brotherhood of Christ's Body are of no concern to
happily to the world's lifestyle and the slightest excuse seems
sufficient to keep you from spiritual duty and opportunity.
content with your lack of spiritual power and no longer seek
repeated re-fillings of the Holy Spirit power from on high.
your own sin and sloth by saying the Lord understands and remembers
that we are dust.
and human misery exist around you, and you do little or nothing to
relieve the suffering.
willing to cheat your employer or renege on business duty and excuse
your self as no different than others.
are dried up and the hard, cold spiritual condition of your heart or
life can not unleash them.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties;
And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalms 139:23-24 (NKJ)