The Three R’s – Repentance, Renewal, Revival

For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully commit to Him. “You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.” 2 Chronicles 16: 9

This chapter focus’s on Asa the King. He had a heart that was fully commited to the Lord all his life. However in his final years, he rejected God’s word given through Hannai the prophet, and became an oppressive ruler. He refused to seek God’s help in times of national crisis. He allowed his faith to be eroded by complacency. He was inflicted with a disease, which God had wanted to use as a spiritual wake up call for Asa back to trusting Him.

REPENTANCE

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from Your presence or take away Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me.
Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners will turn back to You. Save me from blood guilt, O God, the God who saves me, and I will sing of Your righteousness.
Psalm 51: 10-15.

Come let us return to the LORD, He has torn us to pieces but He will heal us; he has injured us but He will bind our wounds. After two days He will revive us: on the third day He will restore us, that we may live in His presence. Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge Him. As surly as the sun rises, He will appear, He will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.
Hosea 6: 1-3

RESTORATION

Because of the LORD’S great love we are not consumed, for His compassion’s never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness “The LORD is my portion: therefore I will wait for Him,” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.
Lam 3:22-26

“Build up, build up, prepare the road! Remove the obstacles out of the  way of My people.” For this is what the high and lofty One says – He who lives forever, whose Name is holy: I live in a high and holy place, but with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit. To revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite, I will not accuse forever nor will I always be angry, for then the spirit of man would grow faint before me – the breath of man that I have created. I was enraged by his sinful greed. I punished him, and hid my face in anger, yet he kept in his wilful way, but I will heal him,  I will guide him and restore comfort to him, creating peace on the lips of the mourners in Israel.
Peace, peace to those far and near, says the LORD, ” And I will heal them.”
Isa 57:14-19

REVIVAL

He is the image of the invisible God, the first born over all creation. For by Him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him is before all things, and in Him things hold together. And He is the head of the body; the church; He is the begining and the firstborn among the dead, so that in everything He might have supremacy. For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or things in heaven, by peace through His blood, shed on the cross. Colossians 1:15-20.

I will surely gather all you O Jacob; I will surly bring together the remnant of Israel, I will bring together the sheep in a pen, like a flock in it’s pasture: the place will throng with people. One who breaks open the way will go up before them; they will break through the gate and go out. Their King will pass through the gate and go out. The King will pass through them, the LORD at their head.
Micah 2:12-13

All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all families of the Nations will bow down before Him, For dominions belong to the Lord and He rules over the Nations!
Psalm 22: 27 -28

As we declare these sciptures, let us continue to stand our ground, and keep standing, having girded ourselves with the armour of God.
JESUS HAS WON THE VICTORY!