Revival is a renewed interest after a period of indifference or decline.The Bible teaches clearly and repeatedly that God wants to revive our relationship with Him.He wants to wake us up, refresh our faith-to fire us up again….Revival is getting back on the path, getting the goal in view again, and pursuing with new passion the One who can make your life more than you ever dreamed. Revival is God, gladly at the center of my life, experienced and enjoyed. I see God working.He’s working in my life and I’m loving it more and more. That’s revival.
-James MacDonald “Downpour”
We can’t mince words today. Not about this point. The goal of revival will ALWAYS be Him!
His coming. HIS working. His leading. HIS power.
Revival will not be about me. It will not be about what I did or what “we” did. The goal will be His glory. His honor.
Less of me. My hopes, goals and vision will become second or even fiftieth to His plans and agenda.
Interestingly enough, God is speaking in reverb and just yesterday I received a mailing from Samaritan’s Purse with an article entitled, “A Needed Revival” by Hyman Appelman. His thoughts are chilling and have me checking my motives and asking for purification.
“….the chief purpose—is to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ. I am very much afraid that one, if not the chief, reason why God is not blessing our efforts is that we are selfish, that we have no thought for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. That is why many of us are not doing anything. Many of us are not in love with Jesus. We have no compassion for the lost. We work for each other, for our churches, for our pastors, but the least little thing throws us off balance. Only by enthroning Christ can we claim the promises of God, the fullness of His Holy Spirit, the answers of our prayers.”
The revival that I am begging for and in desperate need of, perhaps you are as well, would bring the Holy Spirit front and center in my life. And honestly, more of the Spirit in me would not make me a freakish streetwalker wearing a sandwich board sign screaming “Repent!” into a megaphone.
More of the Spirit in me could only bring sweetness, greater love, more compassion, and a closer walk with our Loving Father.
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23.
This post is the 4th in a series on Revival Fire- Asking God for a Faith that Burns. I spent this summer camped out with the Lord on the idea of Revival and the Spirit just won’t let me go. I’m asking the Lord for personal and corporate REVIVAL. I pray you will be encouraged to cry out for the same.