LET US CONSIDER THESE AS WE PRAY AND WAIT ON THE LORD FOR SUCCESS IN THE TIMES AHEAD
UNDERSTANDING TRUE REVIVAL
We need to understand that ONLY GOD CAN CAUSE REVIVAL TO OCCUR IN A PERSON.
We can use the word REVIVAL in the loose sense of “Waking Up or Stirring Yourself Up” to START DEVELOPING A GOOD HABIT THAT YOU HAD BEFORE, BUT HAVE NOW LOST IT.
In that case you ask for God’s Grace and Power plus CONSTANT REMINDERS BY THE HOLY SPIRIT to keep you on track in the persistent repetition of the good thing prayerfully till you acquire the routine as a good habit.
But when we want to revive spiritual and moral things in our lives, or “BE ON FIRE AGAIN” (as we put it) for Spiritual, Mental, and Emotional matters, we need to play our human part of yielding and submitting all areas to God, but we cannot use any human means to do what only the Holy Spirit can do.
For every good thing, remember that the forces of evil will never want you to prosper in doing them.
You must therefore vigilantly watch out to resist and rebuke all negative forces that will whisper to you thoughts of laziness and deceptive lies to stop you from progressing.
”Times of refreshing come from the Presence of the Lord”(Acts 3:19).
As we YIELD TO THE LORD, ONLY THE SPIRIT OF GOD CAN USE OUR YIELDED AND WILLING HEARTS, MINDS, AND SPIRITS TO IMPART TO US THE SPIRITUAL GRACE WE NEED FOR: Fresh Anointing, More Power, Spiritual Guidance, Keen Insight, Courageous Zeal etc. that will empower and grant us the unction for:
Strong Commitment To God, Deeper Understanding Of Scriptures Along With Inspired Bible Studies, Fervent Prayers, Meaningful Worship, Stronger Faith, Zeal For Evangelism, Greater Love And Forgiveness, Overcoming Temptations And Lust etc.
A REVIVAL MEETING is a special effort to conduct a gathering that is aimed at tuning our minds and hearts more towards God, TO HEAR HIS VOICE AND OBTAIN DIRECTIONS FOR OBEDIENT AND HOLY LIFESTYLE, PLUS ACTIVITIES THAT WILL PRODUCE MORE SPIRITUAL, BENEFICIAL, FRUITFUL, AND EFFECTIVE RESULTS TO THE GLORY OF GOD.
A Revival Meeting seeks to promote God’s revival of the souls and spirits of the participants.
We often say: ”We are having a Revival”, but we must know exactly what we mean by saying that.
Which means YOU WANT THINGS TO LIVE AND BECOME HOT, VIBRANT, DYNAMIC, AND FRUITFUL AGAIN TO PLEASE GOD (What God Plans To Do, and the Way God Wants Things To Be Done).
You actually mean that you are organizing meetings that would lead your minds and hearts to a humble position of the realization of your different needs; and how God wants to meet those needs; and the desire to become filled with God’s Spirit, empowered, fired up once more, FOR THE SPIRIT OF GOD TO REKINDLE (Revive) YOU INTO THAT DESIRED ACTIVE POSITION.
For such a Revival Meeting, we need to be sure that God leads us to focus on the right scriptures to teach, and for God Himself to guide, direct, and encourage the people towards genuine confession and genuine repentance, as the Holy Spirit throws His Searchlight to expose all sin, and cleanse all areas of our being.
There should be prayers of faith, and sincere new commitment to make 180 Degree turn for a new direction in life, destruction of all satanic-linked materials, and desire to know and serve God better, in truth.
We also tend to use “Revival” to characterize a spiritual event of God’s visitation in a unique way or fashion (Usually through an organized Crusade or Convention etc).
Such an event causes many souls to be saved; and a whole church, group of people, community, city, an entire area or even a nation, could turn to seek God in an unprecedented, spectacular, and unexpected way.
We need to know that no real God-sent revival can occur outside of the power, directives, and obedience to the word of God — The Psalmist knew and understood, and therefore prayed: ”My soul clings to the dust; REVIVE ME ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD” (Psalm 119:25). ”I am afflicted very much; REVIVE ME ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD.” (Psalm 119:107).
Revival is not just praying and crying to God to get prophetic messages, miracles, revelations, and things (provision) from Him, and assemble to simply see manifestations.
Yes, all these are vital components of our walk with God, and they do happen during many revivals.
But whatever happens at any revival meeting, must inspire, motivate, and move us to go home to continue the revival processes with intensive personal and family or group Bible studies and fervent prayers.
True revival must inspire, empower, and lead us go into the outside world to boldly demonstrate the power, obedience, love, forgiveness, mercy, kindness, and grace of God; get deeper into personal Bible study and meditation; practice active righteousness; live in obedience for holy and godly lifestyle; and win more souls to the Lord Jesus for God’s Kingdom expansion.
We do not only need Revival for Churches, Ministries, and Groups. We need a lot of Personal Revival for ourselves to become better organized and live honest, obedient, holy, and fruitful lives.
We also seriously need Revival for our Relationships, Courtships, Marriages, Family Life, Acquisition and use of Money and Resources, NATIONAL REVIVAL FOR ALL OF US TO WORK HARD FOR OUR NATION- BUILDING IN ORDER TO LIVE RESPONSIBLE AND PRODUCTIVE LIVES, plus Revival of our Positions of Authority for LEADERSHIP THAT IS FREE OF UNGODLINESS AND CORRUPTION etc.
May The Lord Be Our Helper.
By: Dr. Samuel Kisseadoo, Virginia
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