Revival Series lecture #2 of 7- personal responsibility

Posted: October 17, 2011 by revivalbiblestudy315 in Bible Study, Revival, Sermon Notes
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Notes from a sermon by Leonard Ravenhill on personal responsibility of the Christian life.

      What is our personal responsibility in our spiritual life? Does our spiritual growth and maturity depend all on God, or is it our responsibility to seek Him?

            We are told that we have a responsibility to seek Him and His will for our lives.

Hebrews 2:1 says, “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.” And again in verse 3, “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at first began to be spoken by the Lord and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him.” These verses are written to believers in the Church. Hebrews 3:1 tells us who the epistle was written to, “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;”

 

So how great is that salvation?

  1. Spoken by the Lord
  2. Confirmed unto us by them that heard Him.
  3. God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and diverse miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to His own will.

The Spirit is the determining factor of everything in our lives. The Holy Ghost distributes the gifts, and it is according to His will and not ours. Romans 8:27 says, “And He (Holy Spirit) that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”

So the first reason we need to increase our knowledge and grow in Christ is so that we can find out what Gods will is for our lives. We comprehend His will to the degree made possible in 2 ways:

  1. Intellect
  2. Revelation

Both of these involve us reading His Word and seeking Him. The secret to the Christian life is obedience.

The second reason is pretty important, we are told to grow in Christ.

2 Peter 3:18 says, “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever. Amen.” You have to hunger for the Word. Memorize Scripture and learning the Proverbs are great ways to grow in Christ. Not everyone grows at the same rate, the hungrier you are the quicker you will mature in Christ.

            Jude 1:20, “Building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.” How do you build yourself up on your most holy faith? Jude 1:21 tells us, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” Ok so how do you keep yourself in the love of God? There are four ways:

  1. Keep His commandments. 1 John 5:3 says, For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”
  2. Keep yourself from idols. 1 John 5:21, “Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.”
  3. Take time to be Holy. Why does a fire go out? Because you don’t replenish it. You have to keep feeding a fire if you want it to keep burning.
  4. Put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:11-13) so that you can
    1. Stand (v.11)
    2. Withstand (v.13)
    3. Even when you don’t understand.

How to extinguish the fire:

  1. Being critical
  2. Gossip
  3. Unkind judgment
  4. Neglecting the Word of God, prayer, and fellowship with the saints. And it is in that order. Because our fellowship is first with the Father, and with the Son, and last with the saints.

Perfection is made up of trifles, but perfection itself is no trifle. Wouldn’t you love to have Paul’s maturity as a Christian.

  1. His Power. He could raise the dead.
  2. His Peace. He could glory in tribulation. (Romans 5:3)
  3. His Poise. None of these things move me. (2 Corinth 4, and 2 Corinth 6)
  4. His Passion. To live is Christ (Philippians 1:21)
  5. His Purpose. This one thing I do. (Philippians 3:13)

These things are open to us as believers in Christ. We have the same power through Christ as Paul did if we seek Him as Paul did. (Ravenhill believed that the power to raise the dead would be given back to the Church.)

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