Sunday, December 27, 2015 ~ Renewal and Revival for the New Year

Renewal and Revival for the New Year

Proverbs 29:18 ~ “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepth the law, happy is he.”
This is an old revival theme. I have heard numerous sermons from this text; however, I believe the wrong emphasis is often placed on the message. Sermons from Proverbs 29:18 usually tell me about the terrible sinners of this world who are going to perish because they have no vision of God.
It is true that sinners do need to catch a revelation of God. But this verse was not written to sinners; rather, it was written to God’s people. The word perish in the original means, first of all, “to make naked.” In other words, garments or ornaments are taken away and the person is exposed to shame, or armor is removed and he is open to danger. 
Next, perish means people will become idle. When there is no revelation, no call to God, no challenge to godliness, the people sit idly by.
Further, perish means the people will be scattered abroad. Jesus saw the people as sheep having no shepherd. When there is no focal point, there is no rallying point.
The word perish also carries the meaning of Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Proverbs 29:18 is a message for the church, a message for you and me. It is simply this: Without a constant revelation of God’s power and glory in and through us, we shall perish AND the world with us! God is simply reaffirming a basic tenet of faith—before anything great can ever be done, somebody has to catch a vision of it.
God says that any way other than His is futile. In Ezekiel 7:15, He says that without God you’ll only find a famine within and a sword without. Unless we see as God sees and understand as He would have us, we will perish. I would like to point out three times in the Bible when there was no vision or revelation from God.
Pastor Andy Lambert

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