Faithlife Sermons

2019-12-08 Revival Again

Acts 1:4–8 (NKJV) The Holy Spirit Promised 4 eAnd being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have fheard from Me; 5 gfor John truly baptized with water, hbut you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 And He said to them, i“It is not for you to jknow times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 8 kBut you shall receive power lwhen the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and myou shall be 3witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and nSamaria, and to the oend of the earth.”1 Acts 2:1–18 (NKJV) Coming of the Holy Spirit 2 When athe Day of Pentecost had fully come, bthey were all 1with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and cit filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them 2divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And dthey were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began eto speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. The Crowd’s Response 5 And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, fdevout men, from every nation under heaven. 6 And when this sound occurred, the gmultitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. 7 Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak hGalileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each in our own 3language in which we were born? 9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and iCappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and 4Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.” 12 So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?” 13 Others mocking said, “They are full of new wine.” Peter’s Sermon 14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. 15 For these are not drunk, as you suppose, jsince it is only 5the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 17 ‘And kit shall come to pass in the last days, says God, lThat I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and myour daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. 18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; nAnd they shall prophesy.2 Revelation 19:9–10 (NKJV) 9 Then he said to me, “Write: o‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, p“These are the true sayings of God.” 10 And qI fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, r“See that you do not do that! I am your sfellow servant, and of your brethren twho have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the utestimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”3 Acts 2:17–18 (NKJV) 17 ‘And kit shall come to pass in the last days, says God, lThat I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and myour daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams. 18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; nAnd they shall prophesy.4 Acts 3:18–19 (NKJV) 18 But uthose things which God foretold vby the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. 19 wRepent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, 5 2 Chronicles 28:22–27 (NKJV) Apostasy and Death of Ahaz 22 Now in the time of his distress King Ahaz became increasingly unfaithful to the Lord. This is that King Ahaz. 23 For ahe sacrificed to the gods of Damascus which had defeated him, saying, “Because the gods of the kings of Syria help them, I will sacrifice to them bthat they may help me.” But they were the ruin of him and of all Israel. 24 So Ahaz gathered the articles of the house of God, cut in pieces the articles of the house of God, cshut up the doors of the house of the Lord, and made for himself altars in every corner of Jerusalem. 25 And in every single city of Judah he made 8high places to burn incense to other gods, and provoked to anger the Lord God of his fathers. 26 dNow the rest of his acts and all his ways, from first to last, indeed they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel. 27 So Ahaz 9rested with his fathers, and they buried him in the city, in Jerusalem; but they edid not bring him into the tombs of the kings of Israel. Then Hezekiah his son reigned in his place.6 2 Chronicles 29:1–10 (NKJV) Hezekiah Reigns in Judah 29 Hezekiah abecame king when he was twenty-five years old, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was 1Abijah the daughter of Zechariah. 2 And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father David had done. Hezekiah Cleanses the Temple 3 In the first year of his reign, in the first month, he bopened the doors of the house of the Lord and repaired them. 4 Then he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them in the East Square, 5 and said to them: “Hear me, Levites! Now 2sanctify yourselves, csanctify the house of the Lord God of your fathers, and carry out the rubbish from the holy place. 6 For our fathers have trespassed and done evil in the eyes of the Lord our God; they have forsaken Him, have dturned their faces away from the 3dwelling place of the Lord, and turned their backs on Him. 7 eThey have also shut up the doors of the vestibule, put out the lamps, and have not burned incense or offered burnt offerings in the holy place to the God of Israel. 8 Therefore the fwrath of the Lord fell upon Judah and Jerusalem, and He has ggiven them up to trouble, to desolation, and to hjeering, as you see with your ieyes. 9 For indeed, because of this jour fathers have fallen by the sword; and our sons, our daughters, and our wives are in captivity. 10 “Now it is in my heart to make ka covenant with the Lord God of Israel, that His fierce wrath may turn away from us. 7 2 Chronicles 30:1 (NKJV) Hezekiah Keeps the Passover 30 And Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and also wrote letters to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, to keep the Passover to the Lord God of Israel. 8 2 Chronicles 30:6–13 (NKJV) 6 Then the drunners went throughout all Israel and Judah with the letters from the king and his leaders, and spoke according to the command of the king: “Children of Israel, ereturn to the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel; then He will return to the remnant of you who have escaped from the hand of fthe kings of gAssyria. 7 And do not be hlike your fathers and your brethren, who trespassed against the Lord God of their fathers, so that He igave them up to jdesolation, as you see. 8 Now do not be kstiff-necked, 3as your fathers were, but yield yourselves to the Lord; and enter His sanctuary, which He has sanctified forever, and serve the Lord your God, lthat the fierceness of His wrath may turn away from you. 9 For if you return to the Lord, your brethren and your children will be treated with mcompassion by those who lead them captive, so that they may come back to this land; for the Lord your God is ngracious and merciful, and will not turn His face from you if you oreturn to Him.” 10 So the runners passed from city to city through the country of Ephraim and Manasseh, as far as Zebulun; but pthey laughed at them and mocked them. 11 Nevertheless qsome from Asher, Manasseh, and Zebulun humbled themselves and came to Jerusalem. 12 Also rthe hand of God was on Judah to give them singleness of heart to obey the command of the king and the leaders, sat the word of the Lord. 13 Now many people, a very great assembly, gathered at Jerusalem to keep the Feast of tUnleavened Bread in the second month. 9 2 Chronicles 31:1 (NKJV) The Reforms of Hezekiah 31 Now when all this was finished, all Israel who were present went out to the cities of Judah and abroke the sacred pillars in pieces, cut down the wooden images, and threw down the 1high places and the altars—from all Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim, and Manasseh—until they had utterly destroyed them all. Then all the children of Israel returned to their own cities, every man to his possession.10 2 Chronicles 31:20–21 (NKJV) 20 Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he xdid what was good and right and true before the Lord his God. 21 And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart. So he yprospered.11
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