Sin has been glossed over; men do not regard themselves sinners and subsequently feel no burden of guilt, and of course no relief in His pardon. We bring Him verbal tribute, worldly compliments on Sunday, but few fall weeping at His feet. ~ Vance Havner
"The Word of God must shape us, the Spirit of God must fill us, and the purposes of God must become ours. Our minds must be renewed." Chris Tiegreen
2Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will. ~ Romans 12:2 (NIV)
We each carry a certain amount of pain from our very birth. If that pain is not healed and transformed, it actually increases as we grow older, and we transmit it to people around us. We can become violent in our attitudes, gestures, words, and actions.
We must nip this process in the bud by acknowledging and owning our own pain, rather than projecting it elsewhere. For myself, I can’t pretend to be loving when inside I’m not, when I know I’ve thought cruel, judgmental, and harsh thoughts about others. At the moment the thought arises, I have to catch myself and hand over the annoyance or anger to God.
Why is it easier to talk about revival than experience it? Because followers of Christ must become personally in the death and resurrection of Christ. And this requires repentance, prayer, watchfulness, self-denial, detachment from the world, humility, obedience, and cross carrying.