In a portion of Scripture where Paul argues for the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (the fact that He is alive, and, therefore, real and worth suffering for) Paul boldly says, “Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame” (1 Cor. 15:34). When saints awaken to the imparted righteousness of Christ, sinners awaken to the imputed righteousness of Christ. When saints awaken to the life of Christ in revival, sinners awaken to the life of Christ in salvation.
We are obviously in need of a great awakening that awakens saints to revival and sinners to salvation. Do the saints need revival? Have they ignored their provision, made a partner of lawlessness, and taken their places on the world’s stage? These saints are in desperate need of a mighty revival. It is time to awaken to righteousness! Do sinners need salvation? The answer is obvious. The actions we see and hear reports of confirm that many do not have the knowledge of God.
Some awakenings move the prevailing culture toward biblical principle while others prepare the church for coming persecution. Usually it’s the former, but either way, we are in great need for a season of refreshing from the presence of the Lord. We need God in the land!
The late sixties and early seventies were turbulent times in American society. There were protests, riots, and bombings, but a move of God brought blessing out of chaos. In the present troubling times, we again need God’s powerful reviving presence added to the equation. If you are crying out for a great move of God, be encouraged to keep crying out. If you are not so engaged, then awaken to the urgent need of the hour.
John Van Gelderen