Did you know that God has called you to revival, and that every Christian can experience some form of revival? God has been speaking to me lately about revival, and impressing on me that revival is for every believer. Whether you work full time in the marketplace, or you’re in some form of Christian ministry, God has given you the opportunity to walk in revival wherever you go.
Today, I want to talk to you about revival. If revival is our inheritance, then what is it? If my father made a will for me with my inheritance in it, I would want to know what the will said and what my inheritance is. Not just so I could look forward to the material things that I would be getting, but also so I could know my father’s heart – what is important to him – because if he put it in the will, it must be of great importance to him. As Christians, God’s will for us is the word of God, and in His word are the promises of our inheritance. So lets discover what God says about revival.
WHAT IS REVIVAL?
Isaiah 57:15 (NKJV) – For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, [and also] with him who has a contrite and humble spirit. To revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”
To understand revival, we must look first at what the word means. One definition of “revival” is: “The state of being revived as attention to or interest in something”. The definition for “revival” in French means: “to live again. God wants to restore (or bring back to life) the life that was once in us, and accomplish that by bringing back our attention to Him. By observing the present condition of the church, it is obvious that many Christians today need to be revived. One of the greatest prayers that the church needs to pray today is: “God bring revival to my life, church, community and our nation”.
We can read of past revivals where God awakened whole communities and cities with His presence. We can read of the Welsh Revival, the Voice of Healing, the Latter Rain movement, and many other great moves of God. In these we see God reviving His church to touch their communities. I don’t know about you, but when I read or hear stories of past revivals my heart says, “Lord, do it again in our life-time”. It is not good enough for us to just hear about revival when God is saying that we can be a part of it. God is calling us to take hold of what Jesus has paid the price for – our full inheritance – including revival.
RESTORING WHAT WAS LOST
John 10:10 – “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they might have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
We see in John 10:10 that Jesus came to bring life. He came to restore what the enemy had stolen from man. When Adam sinned he forfeited the life that God had for him. He was called to have dominion over the earth, but when he sinned he gave that authority over to the enemy. The devil could not take it from him, because God had stripped him of his authority, so he needed Adam to give it to him by agreeing with him apart from God. But how many know that God knew in advance what the devil was going to do, and so God had a plan. When Jesus came, He restored to man all that was stolen by the devil, and He revived mankind again.
I love in this verse that Jesus came to give us life and life more abundantly. It is especially the part that says, “life more abundantly” that I really get excited about. Jesus has given us eternal life, but He also wants us to be full of His life here and now as well. Life “more abundantly” is not just for when you die and go to heaven. You can have an abundant life on the earth, right now, as well! When God revives us, He is not only interested in our spiritual state but our physical, emotional, and intellectual state as well. He is interested in seeing us completely restored in every area of our lives.
So how do we move into Revival? If I just wetted your appetite and did not give you practical steps on how you can be revived, you would only have enough information to pray for revival. But in this season we need to stop just praying for revival, and start walking into revival. So we need practical steps so that we can have a personal revival in our lives.
STEPS IN MOVING INTO REVIVAL
Step 1 – The first step to moving into revival, is to recognize my personal need to be revived. I have heard people say, “I don’t need revival, I am happy with the way I am”. It is that kind of mind set that stops us from entering into the things that God has in store for us. When I look around my city or my community I see the tremendous need for God to come and move. But He must start with the revival of His church before we can see a transformation in our cities or communities. As Christians we are His hands and feet, and so we must first become like Him, and be filled with the life that He carries. Without that kind of life we are just an empty vessel, or a gospel of words without the power.
We must realize that we need the full manifestation of His spirit again. Oh that God would quicken our spiritual and mortal bodies to the realization of John chapter 15 verse 5: “Without Him we can do nothing”. It is learning that we must have His spirit moving in our lives if we want to see the impossible bow the knee to the name of Jesus.
One of the greatest weapons that the church has today is humility. It is through being humble that we receive His supernatural grace to be able to do the things that we could not do in our own strength. Like Isaiah 57:15 says, “To revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the contrite ones”. It is these two groups of people that God promises to revive. Do you have sufficient humility to be revived?
Step 2 –The second step in moving into revival is to become a place where God can dwell. God wants us to have a personal revival! Mark 1:10 declares that the heavens opened over Jesus, but nowhere in the gospels does it say they closed again. Jesus walked under a continually open heaven, and wherever He went He saw the Kingdom of Heaven manifest on the earth. Jesus as a man could move in that kind of realm, and He was setting an example for us to live by also.
So how do we become a place where God can dwell?
Psalm 22:3 declares that “God inhabits the praises of His people”. We see that it is through praise that God comes and inhabits. One of the greatest callings for every believer is to be a worshipper, one who worships in spirit and in truth. It is when we cultivate an atmosphere of worship that we start to see His presence not just visit us, but comes and rest on our lives.
The other part of seeing God’s presence dwell in our lives is through intimacy with Him. Jesus said in John 14:15, “If you love me, you will obey my commands.” We must love Him with all of our hearts if we want to see His presence manifest in our lives. If we want to know all of God’s heart we must love Him with all of ours. In John 15:15 Jesus said that God will tell His secrets to His friends. We must love Him intimately and obey His commands if we want Him to come and dwell fully in us.
If you want to evaluate the temperature of your love for Him, ask yourself this question. “Have I been obedient to what God has asked me to do?” Those who love Him will obey His commands. It is through looking at our obedience that we find out how much we love Him. I find that when I move in simple obedience, I feel His presence grow in my life.
So through worship and loving Him we build for Him a place to come and dwell. What an honor it is for us to be a temple for Him to come, and not just visit, but to rest and dwell in our lives. When we become a place for Him to dwell, then we truly become carriers of revival. We become those who carry His presence wherever they go.
If we would start with these two simple steps, we would see a significant change in the spiritual climate of our lives. As we recognize the need for Him, and become a place for Him to dwell, there is nothing that can stop us from entering into revival. Revival is waiting for those who believe that they can have it now.
Revival is on the earth today, and that we can be a part of it. Let us enter into revival together! Let us develop a culture of revival, in which God is lifted up over our lives, families, churches, and cities. We are not waiting for God. God is waiting for us!
My earnest prayer for to you is that you would enter into the fullness of the life that Jesus Christ has paid for you. Do not hold back! Be a carrier of revival everywhere that you go!