What is revival and do we care?

Posted: October 19, 2010 in Church
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I have been doing a lot of debating and posting on Face Book for some time now.  I have begun to notice an interesting trend.  For some it is all about exposing the false prophets.  Now there is nothing wrong with that because I do that all the time.  On the other side we see people generally talk about what they do every day of their lives.  How they live and what they do.

There is nothing wrong about that also.  But very few really get passionate about Jesus.  Now in revival things change.  Personally we all need revival.  I am talking about when God comes and touches your most innermost being.  You see yourself as God sees you and you realise that he and he alone has all the answers.  Sunday worship at church becomes church every day and every moment of the day.  You know when revival happens, when FB is full of people just wanting to talk about Jesus.  

When the Holy Spirit came down on the day of Pentecost (acts 2) where they able to keep it all bottled up in the upper room?  No it broke out into the street immediately.  People got to hearing and thinking and from there to getting convicted and saved.  Before long the disciples were being pulled into the secret chambers of the local ministers who informed that all of Jerusalem was full of this doctrine.  Full of the knowledge that Jesus died and rose again and there is not a thing they could do about it.  Revival is contagious.  There comes forth a deep sense of the holiness of God.  For many the name of Jesus is almost spoken softly, reverently encase it is defile by unclean lips.  Our thoughts are challenged convicted and convinced by Gods glorious attendance. 

Salvation is not a matter of calling upon Jesus to save us and then we are somehow left to go it alone.  Nor the drowning man waits to interrogate his savour as to how he will save him and in what manner.  He is only glad that he is being saved.  Salvation for the Christian has a beginning, but it will be completed when we stand on that glorious morning clothed in a resurrection body.  On that day we can say we are finally home.  In revival we taste something of that home now.  God become infinitely more present.  Our thoughts are taken up with such glorious melodies which string our hearts.  The day to day humdrum is almost suspended in the pursuit of God.  What was a relentless trudge becomes an almost effortless exploits of discovering God.  His word takes on a new dimension and reverence.  Our service to him becomes a passion and a joy which radiates through our very beings.  The sleepy heads that once slept have arisen.  The day has dawned.  The shout has gone up.  Peace is found in nothing but full surrender to his cause.

It no longer becomes an issue of what I can get from God, but what I can give to him.  NO longer is it a matter of self seeking and making God fit into our plans, but a joy as to how we will fit into his.  He truly becomes our drink and food, our life’s blood and our daily sustenance.  In revival we become focused in seeing Gods name exalted.  His justice fulfilled.  His holiness established.  His peace known.  His promises fulfilled.  Souls are gathered as sheaves into his barn.

 The cry goes up “He that was dead now liveth”.   His cross bare forth the testimony of an empty space and the grave opened and left vacant.  He has risen with victory in his hand.  In revival that victory comes down.  Revival should never be foreign to the believer, but a glorious reality that we should seek to walk in.  It should be a continuous norm that expresses God power and provision.  IN this I hope we can all say AMEN.

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  1. George says:

    REVIVAL IS REAL WHEN CHRISTIANS DO WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO DO

    ACTS 8:5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them.
    8:6 And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
    8:7 For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed.
    8:8 And there was great joy in that city.

  2. Revival can brings obedience but does not in itself produce revival. Revival is a sovereign work of God. It cant be worked up by some crowd. We have manafactured signs and wonder and called it revival, but often it does not produce either real revival or changes to the hearts and minds towards God. At times it is easier to say what it is not than to show what it is. But there is no doubt that the body of Christ in this hour needs it.

    Until we begin to hunger for personnaly revival we may never become the people we would like to think we are. Revival is saying to God start with me. I need revival. It is both humbling and submissive to recognise there is this need. We can have a blazing ministry and still need revival. Revival is when we are prepared to bottle up our pride, confess our sins and acknowledge him as trully LORD. They that seek him will find him. They that call upon him God will answer.

    The greatest love story in the history of manking is being played out between God and man. He woes us with divine love and convinces us all alike that he is mans only hope.

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