â€œThen he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.â€ (Zechariah 4:6)
Jonathan Goforth, who was a Canadian Presbyterian missionary to China, once said, â€œIf revival is being withheld from us it is because some idol remains still enthroned; because we still insist in placing our reliance in human schemes; because we still refuse to face the unchangeable truth that, â€˜It is not by might, but by My Spirit.â€™â€
What idol â€œremains still enthronedâ€ in your heart? What takes precedence over God in your life? To what do you devote most of your time and energy? What is your first and foremost daily aspiration? Is it to please and glorify God or is it something else?
What â€œhuman schemesâ€ are you relying upon. Do you think that the answers for your own life are found in your own ingenuity, resources and abilities? Do you think that the answers for America are found in politicians, political parties and polling places? Are you looking to God for all that is needed in your life and nation or are you looking to your own means and human schemes?
Neither our lives nor land can be saved by our â€œmightâ€ or â€œpower.â€ Only God can save us! If salvation is to come it will be â€œby [Godâ€™s] Spirit.â€ Herein, lies the only hope for America. It lies in a move of the Spirit of God across our land, but such a move will never occur until weâ€™ve rid ourselves of idols and schemes.
Pray that Americans rid themselves of idols and schemes and throw themselves on the mercy of God, who alone can save us!
â€œWhether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.â€ (1 Corinthians 10:31)
A few months ago thousands of Americans gathered on the Mall in Washington D. C. to pray for revival in America. Their motive was the salvation of our country. Notice, it was not the salvation of souls for the glory of God, but the salvation of our society for the good of its populace.
Their method was to call all Americans to return to belief in God. What God? Well, no particular god was specified. Any generic god would do, just as long as some god was believed in. It could be the god of the Muslims, the god of a cult, one or more of the Hindu gods, or even an imaginary god conjured up in your own mind and tailored to your own liking.
What is the most condemned sin in the Bible? Idolatry, which is the worship of any god apart from the one and only true God. What is the first of the Ten Commandments? It is, â€œYou must not have any other god but meâ€ (Exodus 20:3 NLT). It was the worship of false gods that brought Godâ€™s judgment down upon ancient Israel. Far from bringing revival, idolatry always brings divine retribution. Yet, in todayâ€™s America, many believe that bowing before false gods will bring down Godâ€™s blessings upon our nation.
Make no mistake about it; revival only occurs when men are seeking the one and only true God, not national salvation or some other thing. When it occurs, God alone will be glorified by it. No nationâ€™s flag will be unfurled over it; no, not even the Stars and Stripes. Although revival can result in the transformation of a nation, it is never to be seen as a means to this end, but rather as a side effect of men turning from their sin with broken hearts and to the one and only true God with all of their hearts!
Pray that America will repent of its idolatry and turn with all of its heart to the one and only true God!