Jesus Christ said, “It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer.”

True New Testament Revival: Getting Back to Our First Love, Part 6 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 334 / Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #284)


A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


In our series of homilies from the book of Ephesians, we focused on reviving Christian families. Now, I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages from the book of Revelation, specifically targeted at reviving the church. If our country is to be awakened, the family and the church must be revived first.

TEXT: Revelation 2:1-7:

1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;

2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:

3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.

4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.

7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

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William Booth said, “While women weep, as they do now, I’ll fight; while children go hungry, as they do now, I’ll fight; while men go to prison, in and out, as they do now, I’ll fight; while there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor lost girl on the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight. I’ll fight to the very end!”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “If you’re a Christian, you’ve got victory over sin. The Lord Jesus Christ came to purify us unto holiness and nothing but purity will satisfy Him.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “While the Bridgewater church didn’t know where their pastor had gone, he was only about ten miles away, visiting with a friend in the ministry. Evangelist Asahel Nettleton persuaded his friend, Bennet Tyler, to preach in his place the following Sunday in Bridgewater. Afterward, Tyler reported that there had been a dramatic change in the character of the church, with the result that many sought salvation.”

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In our last message, we looked at the first step to getting back to our first love. It was the simple, but important step of remembering what we have lost, remembering how we used to love the Lord. The second step that Jesus says is necessary for getting back to our first love is to “repent.”

Remembering looks at the past; repenting looks at the present. We can’t do anything about how things were “back then.” What we can do is look at what is wrong in our lives right now. Is there sin? Is there disobedience? Is there a lack of faith? Is there bitterness toward a brother or sister? Is there unforgiveness? Are we resisting the clear call of God? We need to look at what is wrong in our lives right now and change that. We need to repent.

If we have lost our first love, the likely culprit is sin in our lives. Jesus said, ‘If ye love me, keep my commandments.’ If we are not keeping His commandments, then we must not love Him like we used to. Thus, we need to repent. Keith Krell said, “The English word ‘repent’ conveys the idea of sorrow or contrition. The Greek word does not carry that idea; it is more a total change of thought and behavior. It conveys both ideas of attitude and behavior depending on the context. ‘Repent’ means to change one’s thinking. It is clearly connected with changed behavior, as seen in the following phrase ‘and do the deeds you did at first.'”

Do you ‘think’ it is okay to continue in sin? Do you think it is okay to tell ‘little white lies’? Do you ‘think’ it is okay to engage in adultery? Do you ‘think’ you are justified in holding on to a grudge? Do you ‘think’ you are right in not forgiving somebody for what they have done to you? Do you ‘think’ it is okay to engage in homosexual activity? Do you ‘think’ it is okay to mistreat others, to slander, to gossip, to cheat, to steal? If so, then you are thinking wrong!

The Bible says, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” If you want to change your life, you must first change your thinking.

If you want to get back to your first love, you must change your thinking and change your behavior. If you don’t, a wall will always remain between you and the Lord and the fire you once had for the things of God will never be rekindled. So, remember and repent.

Our prayer ought to be the same as expressed in this hymn by Richard Redhead:

God, be merciful to me,
On Thy grace I rest my plea;
Plenteous in compassion Thou,
Blot out my transgressions now;
Wash me, make me pure within,
Cleanse, O cleanse me from my sin.

My transgressions I confess,
Grief and guilt my soul oppress;
I have sinned against Thy grace
And provoked Thee to Thy face;
I confess Thy judgment just,
Speechless, I Thy mercy trust.

Gracious God, my heart renew,
Make my spirit right and true;
Cast me not away from Thee,
Let Thy Spirit dwell in me;
Thy salvation’s joy impart,
Steadfast make my willing heart.

Let’s pray.

Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, please keep in mind that the Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” First, understand, that you are a sinner and that the wages of sin is death and Hell. But God sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for your sins. He was buried, and He rose from the dead by the power of God so that you can be saved from death and Hell. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

Revival Prayer List

PRAY FOR SPECIFIC FAMILIES

Philippians 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”

— Beatrice in Lilongwe, Malawi
heal Bertha Gwede and her son Marcus Gwede of mental problems
Help Takondwa Nindi and Philip Nindi not to be confused or angry
Please help Beatrice not to be angry or experience any more setbacks
Help her husband, Danford to care for the family and not experience any setbacks

— Niesha in Staten Island
for her husband to stop cheating and for them to work things out and get back together, help her to accept Your forgiveness

— Marie
for The Blood of Jesus to cover their lives and their entire property and keep out all unwanted visitors who will bring harm into their life;
deliver them from earthquakes and please have the leaking in their house to be fixed

— Tescingkurajan in India
Please be with his wife and family and work out their government jobs

— Deepender
Help him to become a full-time evangelist for You and spread the Gospel to the unreached people in Jammu
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PRAY FOR CHURCH LEADERS

Paul said in Ephesians 6:18, “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”

Leaders of the Southern Baptist Church

Dustin Willis
Shawn Elledge
Michael Davis
Randy Glass
Jeff Christopherson
Chad Childress
Randy Ferguson
Steve Turner
Micah Millican
Mac Lake

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PRAY FOR GOVERNMENTAL LEADERS

1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”

IDAHO STATE LEGISLATURE

Van T. Burtenshaw
Greg Chaney
Don Cheatham
Sue Chew
Lance Clow
Gary E. Collins
Brent J. Crane
Thomas Dayley
Reed DeMordaunt
Sage G. Dixon