Revival is needed When God’s people have left their first love, God’s people need to be revived when they find themselves going through the motions, having a form of godliness but denying its power (2Timothy 3:5). God’s people need revival when flesh is taking upper hand, and they stated doing what they don’t want to do, perhaps regretting their wrong doing, but unwilling to thoroughly repent of them. God’s people need revival when they are neglecting their relationship with God. Revival is needed when we have low zeal for God and have grown lukewarm etc.
ACCORDING TO MY LITTLE KNOWLEDGE, HERE’S FIVE MARKS OF REVIVAL.
(1) Awareness of God’s Presence
(2) Responsiveness to God’s Word
(3) Sensitiveness to sin
(4) Liveliness in Community – A revived church is full of life, love, joy, and power of the Holy Spirit
(5) Faithfulness in testimony – an evangelistic and ethical overspill into the world.
You can all agree with Divine-Royalty as he described the kind of revival he wanted to see
We need a work of the Holy Spirit of a supernatural kind, putting power into the preaching of the Word, inspiring all believers with heavenly energy, and solemnly affecting the hearts of the careless, so that they turn to God and live. We would not be drunk with the wine of carnal excitement, but we would be filled with the Spirit. We would behold the fire descending from heaven in answer to the effectual fervent prayers of righteous men. Can we not entreat the Lord our God to make bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the people in this day of declension and vanity? So,. But can we reduce the work of a sovereign God to a man-dependant formula? No.
Revival is the sovereign work of Almighty God.
Revival is not just an emotional touch; it’s a complete takeover, falling in love with Jesus all over again. Our churches need revival. Our homes need revival. African need revival; This nation and the world need revival. But no military power can bring revival. No economic upturn brings revival. And no election can bring revival.
REVIVAL IS BORN IN PRAYER
Prayer is Spiritual oxygen. Fish can’t survive without water. Seed can’t survive without soil. You cannot survive without prayer as Christian. Someone who can pray and someone cannot pray, can never be the same. As you draw nearer to God in prayer, so is God drowning nearer to you and the Holy Spirit is in the business of changing life. When you Schell new height through prayer, you will notice your mistakes when you are down to valley position. But at the mountain top life, your fire will be ignited, and you will be spiritual sensitive because your spiritual sensor will be lively. All your spiritual communication will be reconnected and the Holy Spirit speaks to you freely because you have cleared a way for God to flow in your life. This means that Revival has happen.
A revival is remarkable communications of the Holy Spirit of God, at special seasons of mercy, and when the work of God is carried on with greater speed and swiftness, and there are often instances of sudden conversions at such a time. During a Revival, ordinary means achieve extraordinary results. At such times, due to God’s sovereign choice to bless his people in a greater degree than at other times, there is a “greater effusion of blessing”, as when God blessed the ministry of Haggai and Zechariah to stir the Jewish people to complete the building of the Temple. God in this way reminds us that the results of our work for Him are due to Him, and not to us, by sometimes blessing more, sometimes less, according to His hidden will. The difference lies in degree, not in kind.” We ought to be the ones who are the most energized to hope and pray for revival, since we confess that without the Lord’s blessing, our best efforts is nothing. Let us pray for Revival.
Revival does not only happen in a nominally Christian nation. It is not limited by the degree of wickedness of the surrounding culture. On the contrary, there are eras, when only a large communication or outpouring of the Spirit can produce a public general reformation. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit is the great and only remedy for a ruined country—the only effectual preventative of national calamities and desolation, and the only sure cause of a lasting and well-established peace. It is a country that is in ruins that need revival the most, and in which Christians should be most motivated to pray for it.
If the blessing depended on ourselves, if it were something that we could do to fix our land through predictable means, it would be an easy fix. The spiritual condition in our country is so bad, that only a great outpouring of God’s Spirit will reverse the trend. As Reformed Christians, believing in God’s sovereignty in salvation, we know that we can do nothing of ourselves, that God must bless, or we die. It is because we are reformed, that we hope for revival at all
Are We Looking For Revival in The Wrong Places?
The question is no longer if revival will come, but rather through whom will revival come? Not only is it necessary for us to discern the seasons of revival, we must also learn how to discern God’s appointed servants of revival. What kind of people does God use to bring a genuine move of the Spirit? Some would lead us to believe that revivals come somewhat randomly through anyone who happens to be available. Don’t you believe it? God is not going to haphazardly entrust the next move of the Holy Spirit to a bunch of careless and uncooperative people! The conditions and principles of revival don’t just conveniently change for the whims and preferences of each new generation. God brings revival only through those who humbly cooperate with His eternal values. If we want to be prepared for the coming revival, we must learn how to cooperate with God on His terms.
Absalom, the son of King David, was once presumed to be God’s chosen vessel simply because he was attractive and charming. However, like a beautiful flower, he soon faded away and proved not to be what he first appeared (2 Sam. 14:25, James 1:9-11). God’s revivalists are not selected on the basis of beauty and ability, but rather brokenness and humility! The Father has always preferred the humble for His revival purposes. Therefore, it would be a serious mistake for us to expect to find the next move of God on some glamorous stage bathed in glitter and bright lights. The birthplace of revival is usually discovered in despised and lowly mangers, not elegant mansions!
Nevertheless, many Christians still refuse to accept this vital spiritual lesson. Like the religious leaders in Jesus time, they presume to find the glory of God carried by a beautiful white stallion, not a homely little donkey! (Matt. 21:5). Most of Israel missed the day of their visitation merely because they were looking for the promised visitation of God in the wrong places. While they were busy searching for some regal king or political saviour, Jesus was walking among them as a common carpenter (Isa. 53:2). God’s revival methods have never changed; it still pleases Him to come through humble and lowly servants. How many of us are in danger of missing the day of our own visitation, simply because we are still thinking like mere carnal men? If we like it or not God prefers the company of broken and lowly people. God is no respecter of persons, but He is definitely a respecter of Childlike Faith and Humility (Acts 10:34).
Where Can We Expect to Find Revival?
When the Father first chose Israel out of all the nations of the world, it was not because Israel was superior in size and strength, but because they were weak and small (Deut. 7:6-7). The Father promises revival not to the strong and self-reliant but to the HUMBLE! I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones” (Isa. 57:15). God is looking for a people who are lowly and broken. The scriptures are quite clear about this. “For the LORD sees not as man see; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart” (1 Sam. 16:7). “For that which is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God” (Luke 16:15);
Again in 1Cor. 1:27-29, Paul plainly tells us where we should look to find God’s chosen instruments of revival: “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things and the things that are not, to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.” The most powerful revivals throughout the history of the Church have always been nurtured by obscure and unlikely people. The kingdom of God has the greatest impact when carried in the hands of the HUMBLE….