American needs revival, which is a return to the life of Christ in and through us.

The world has seen these revivals in the past, and we are in desperate need of one now. Though the Great Awakenings all looked different, there was one common factor: an awareness of sin.

Part of the power of the new birth is the freedom from sin. When we trust Christ as Savior, he breaks the power of sin in our lives. But this can only come to the person who desires to be free from sin.

The person who loves his sin and doesn’t want to turn from it can never be free from sin. It’s like a toddler who refuses to let go of a scratching and biting kitten. In order for someone to be saved, they must see sin for what it is and desire to be free from it.

The same is true for Christians. As long as we are comfortable with our sins, we will never be free, and we will never have true revival. As long as we allow sin to reign in our lives, we can never experience the true life of Christ in us.

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Romans 6:12 says, “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.”

Revival comes when we stop calling good evil and evil good. It comes when we admit that we have impatience and anger. It comes when we confess the things we are looking at do not please God. It comes when we own our part in broken relationships.

Revival will come when Christians are the ones who crave holy lives. In order to bring revival, pray the words of Psalm 139:23-24: “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts, and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

Pastor Joshua Hawn serves at First Baptist Church in Park Rapids.