We often hear people say, “what the church needs today is a revival”
Here’s how you can have a genuine, Spirit lead revival in your own life:
Think back with me if you will, to that time when you became a follower of Jesus Christ. Your first “revival” was now taking place. You realized who Jesus truly was; He is The Judge, The King, The LORD, and our Propitiation.
You were acutely aware of who you were in the eyes of God. You realized that you were not good enough, in fact, you saw just how wicked you were in His sight. Yet, He chose to save you from hell because of the atoning death of Jesus Christ who was then buried and resurrected to prove that he was in fact God and had power over death and hell. You asked the Judge of the universe to forgive you for all of your sins and subsequently fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him for saving your wretched soul.
The realization that you would spend eternity with Jesus and that heaven was now your eternal home caused you to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself. (Luke 10:27)
The Holy Spirit would speak to your spirit as you would study the Word of God. He would convict you when you would sin and you in turn would confess it to Him without hesitation. He would work in you to make right any wrongs you would have done to others, and with joy in your heart, you would walk in His ways. You couldn’t wait to get together with your brothers and sisters in Christ and made the time to connect with them whenever you could. You worshipped in spirit and in truth. Worship was in everything you did. Whether you were preparing a meal, opening the door for a stranger, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with others, worship permeated your soul.
As time went on, and the Holy Spirit would pinpoint sins that needed to be dealt with, you began to negotiate or justify your intentions. You would try and warrant your actions, ignoring the Spirit of Truth. Eventually, what once was a clear and distinct voice had now become a faint whisper, maybe even silence.
Now, your time of worship is limited to singing songs that stir up your emotions and not your knowledge of the entirety of God. Brothers and sisters in Christ are a reason you don’t like going to the weekly services or Bible studies. You think to yourself “If only these brothers and sisters would get on fire for God!”
Do you truly think that it would also re-ignite you?
People that are going through a revival of their own don’t usually complain so much that the church needs revival because they themselves are immersed in one and they are so busy doing the Lord’s work that they don’t have time to look at what everyone in the church is or isn’t doing. They will look for those that are genuinely Spirit-filled and will gravitate towards them.
The recipe for revival is simple: We must return to our first love.
Come to the Lord with a humble heart, a broken and contrite spirit. Ears that will listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. A change of mind in regards to our sin. A mouth that confesses iniquity. Feet that walk in the Spirit’s direction and eyes that are intently focused on the Lord Jesus
The song, ‘Restore My Soul’ is a wonderfully written lyrical address to this very topic.
“Restore my soul, revive my heart, Renew my life in every part
Reveal to me what sin remains, Then lead me to the cross again.
At the cross I’ll find the way, To live the life Your hand has made,
So find me there, Lord, and help me stay In true surrender with You, my Saviour
Re-light the fire that burned so strong, Reminding me what You have done
My one request is to be changed, So lead me to the cross again.”
My prayer is that each and every one of us will lay aside anything and everything that is hindering us from walking hand-in-hand with the Lord Jesus Christ. That we would lay our sin at the foot of the cross.
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” ~Hebrews 12:1-3