by: Whitney Church
Isaiah 57:15 For this saith the high and lofty. One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
Everytime I ask preachers, "how was their revival? " I seem to get the same kind of answers, we had this many get save and this many rededications. Our churches seem to "rate" a revival's success on how many souls got saved or rededicated during the meeting. Those things are important but revival is not an outreach, it's an inreach - it's to help revive believers. Salvations are just a byproduct of them, but should never be the focus.
Revival refers to a spiritual re-awakening from a state of stagnation in the life of a believer. It renews your love for God, you appreciate God's holiness again, you regain a passion for His Word, a passion to serve in His church, a convicting awareness of personal and corporate sin, a spirit of humility, and a desire for repentance and growth in righteousness. Revival rejuvenates and sometimes deepens a believer's faith, opening his or her eyes to the truth in a fresh, new way. It generally involves the association of a fresh start with a clean slate, marking a new beginning of a life lived in obedience to God. Revival breaks the charm and power of the world, which blinds the eyes of men, and generates both the will and power to live in the world but not of the world.
To say we don't need revival is to say that you can survive in the desert without water. Just as you begin to dehydrate and lose your strength, you are sentencing your spirit to death and becoming weak to near useless for God's Kingdom. We need to understand revival is something every believer needs and should desire for. Revival is not going to jut come because we hold a meeting, we have to desire it, we have to want it and we have to receive it.
True revival cannot be scheduled. It cannot be worked up or promoted into existence. We can pray that God will send revival, but it is a brave prayer. If God is pleased to send revival, it will mean conviction of sin, the work of repentance, and moving outside our comfort zones.
When true revival comes we need to be ready, Only when we are ready, only when we have a desire will God truly show up.
Prayer: Lord, plant in my heart a desire for true revival. Give me a glimpse of You that will bring the rest of my life in focus. Let me rejoice in You. Let me experience true revival .