“Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for He hath torn, and He will heal us; He hath smitten, and He will bind us up. After two days will He revive us: in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.
When we hear the word “revival,” many of us picture tent meetings or long lines of sinners waiting to publicly air their dirty laundry …..
Well, not quite. Let’s revive the meaning of “revival” according to God’s Word ….
The Bible clearly and repeatedly teaches that God wants to revive our relationship with Him. wants to wake us up, to refresh our faith, to fire us up again. Revival is truly a renewed interest after a period of indifference or decline ….
If you feel like your faith has veered off course, then you must know that the first wrong turn is usually always a move away from God. If you wake up one morning and find yourself in a spiritual desert, then you must retrace your steps back to where you left God’s path. You have to return to the Lord. Pain that won’t go away is rooted in a failure of faith, and all pleasure flows from unplugging the fountain of joy that’s found only in God.
Now here’s what revival “isn’t” ….
It’s not the religious nonsense that accompanies flesh-induced spiritual fervor. Revival is not long lines of anxious sinners waiting for a turn at the microphone to reveal their most secret, sinful something. Revival is not emotional extravagance in which people are swept up in the moment, fall to the ground, and act bizarrely, unbiblically, and out of control. That’s not revival, though many deem it as such ….
The Bible does not invite us to seek a revival, ask God for a revival, or pray that revival will come. In fact, the Bible does not even use the specific word “revival,” though it frequently mentions people being revived. Throughout history, there have been downpours of God’s blessing that people have called “revival, and though the anointing of the Holy Ghost may fall, we don’t have control over moves of God that might affect whole cities or regions. One cannot control or predict a move of the Spirit. What we can affect is the experience of being revived personally ….
“Great are thy tender mercies, O Lord: quicken (revive) me according to thy judgments.”
Here’s what revival “is” …..
“I am afflicted very much: quicken (revive) me, O Lord, according unto thy word.” (Psalm 119:107).
Revival involves a personal increased hunger for and delight in God’s Word after a difficult season of life. The more we study and meditate, the more our spirits are refreshed ….
“My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken (revive) thou me according to thy word.”
Notice the importance of the Word being mentioned twice here …..
(Psalm 119:37) instructs, “Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken (revive) thou me in thy way.” Revival involves a disdain for sin and a renewed desire for obedience to God …..
(Psalm 80:18) prompts, “quicken (revive) us, and we will call upon thy name.” Revival brings increased commitment to and an interest in personal prayer and deeper intimacy ….
Revival is returning to God’s path, setting our sights on the goal again, and pursuing with new passion and zeal the One who can make our lives more than we’d ever dreamed possible. Revival is gladly experiencing intimacy and communion and enjoying God at the very center of our lives. Revival is seeing God at work within us and feeling our spirits come alive through the power of the Holy Ghost ….
Maybe you can remember a time when you were fired up about the Lord, but somehow you drifted away. Maybe you’ve become the passive observer at church, still showing up, but somehow missing the purpose. Maybe even somewhere along the line, you lost your passion for the Lord. Perhaps have you left your first love? (Revelation 2:4).
Well, you can have it back, and God wants you to have it back! God wants to revive you. God wants to tune your heartstrings to the melody you were created to play: a dynamic, delightful song, found only in a genuine relationship with Him.
No matter where you are, or what you’ve done, no matter what you feel, or think you need, the clouds of heaven are now bursting with the favor and fullness God would shower upon the parched, dry places within you. A deluge of living water in the God who made you is ready to rain down upon you …
Do you need a revival; not in the world, not in our country, not in your church, not even in your family, but in you? Do you need a personal, radical, joyful, biblical refreshing, an outpouring of anointing of the Holy Ghost in your spirit? His mercy is flowing and all you need do is call upon His name, and your mind may be renewed, your heart filled with joy, and your spirit may be revived unto rejoicing ….
“Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?” (Psalm 85:6)
Thus saith the Lord: “Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent ….. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.”
Let us pray ~
Lord God, I admit that my soul is too often weary, dry, and lifeless. I need you to revive me; to wake me up and give me new life again. I need a fresh anointing and refilling of the Holy Ghost to refresh my parched spirit. I choose to return to You and I ask You to revive me, as only You can bring fresh life to my soul. Revive me, I pray, right now O Lord, in Jesus’ mighty name, Amen ….