Want Revival? True Revival in the Church

Comments 13 Standard
  1. Repent
  2. Pray
  3. Call out to Him with a Humble heart
  4. Call for a Solemn Assembly on your knees pleading for mercy
  5. Sanctify a fast among the people

            Last month I heard a great preacher, Richard Owens Roberts, speak on revival.  He described revival as a pebble being thrown into a pond. The rippling effect from that one action continued on and on and that is how it is in revival. The Holy Spirit moves and soon the rippling effect goes out beyond ourselves, beyond our churches reaching out to the unsaved and the lost. It’s going beyond those of us sitting safely in our churches. It reaches the lost, the hurting, the lonely and all God’s people.
 

     I saw revival when I was young and I’ll never forget it. People were on fire for Jesus.  A small bible study of 5 people turned to 10, then 100’s and soon neighborhoods were gathering together studying the word. In my family, it started with one person…soon my aunts, cousins, parents, grandparents, neighbors and friends were soon on fire for Jesus, learning scripture and leading bible study groups. The good news had spread like wildfire. Today my family (cousins, aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters)  are Christians, teaching their children and grandchildren God’s ways. It all started with that one revival- now my family, as if it were a rippling effect through the generations, teaches the next generation and on and on this goes, reaching out still to those around us.

     In revival, repentance is vital. We need repentance on a personal level, as we each search our hearts, and repentance together as a group or entity. I wonder how many of us really repent as we should? It’s important to ask the Lord to search our heart and see if there is any sin lurking in there that needs to be removed.  There have been many times I thought myself sin-free until I stopped and asked the Lord. He is gentle and kind but it’s never fun to admit you’re wrong.  Unforgiveness , bitterness, anger, and hurting others are sins that can hide from our view if we aren’t looking closely within ourselves.

Three things accompany revival when God is near:

  1. Prayer
  2. Repentance
  3. Humbleness

3 things proceed revival in our churches

  1. Terrible seasons (so be ready and prepared- don’t be shocked at the terrible time you may be going through)
  2. Moral and spiritual decline (sounds like today)
  3. Righteous judgment from God

Gather together and pray: Raise up our churches and don’t let God go! Keep seeking His face and glorifying the Lord. Be so close to God that what troubles Him, should trouble you. Commit yourself to seek Him. See what He sees, feel what He feels. 

But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace 2 Thessalonians 3 :13-16  

There is a measure of sin- and we have reached the overflowing limit

    There seems, according to history and scripture, to be a measure of sin. God has allotted to every person and entity a measure of sin. When the measure of sin is full, the wrath of God is upon that entity to the full. God has left some churches and it is too late to repent – TOO LATE, they never listened.

Is there hope for America? Is our measure of sin about to bring God’s wrath on us?

     There is still time for America, but our measure is almost full…but… by God’s grace we still have some time. We must face the sin in every one of us and in every entity, we must repent before it is too late.

Now is the time to call for a Solemn assembly and fast

Joel 1:14 Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord your God, and cry unto the Lord,

Joel 2:15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly

Zephaniah 3:18 I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden

“And afterward,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    your old men will dream dreams,
    your young men will see visions.
 Even on my servants, both men and women,
    I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
 I will show wonders in the heavens
    and on the earth,
    blood and fire and billows of smoke.
 The sun will be turned to darkness
    and the moon to blood
    before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
 And everyone who calls
    on the name of the Lord will be saved;
for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
    there will be deliverance,
    as the Lord has said,
even among the survivors
    whom the Lord calls (Joel 2)

We must:

1-     Cry out to the Lord, for the day of the Lord is near

2-     Return to God with all your heart with fasting, crying out to Him. Turn back to Him for He is compassionate and abounds in loving-kindness

3-     Proclaim a Solemn Assembly on your knees pleading for mercy

4-     Seek God and revival

   If we want revival, we must take extraordinary action It can all start with you. Come before Him with fasting, weeping, prayer, repentance and humbleness.

 “How will the people of the world know we are your people if you, O Lord, are not with us?” Ex 33:15

 

Refined in the fire

 ISAIAH 48:10-11 I have refined you, but not as silver is refined.
    Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering.
11 I will rescue you for my sake—
    yes, for my own sake!
I will not let my reputation be tarnished,
    and I will not share my glory with idols!

 The bride are those who are willing to suffer for Christ, suffer for Christ’s kingdom.  God’s people must suffer hardships to enter into the kingdom of God (Acts 14:22) Persecution, suffering and hardships make us worthy of His kingdom. Remember that God will provide rest for you, just as he gave rest to Elijah.

Psalm 71:21 You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth. You will restore me to even greater honor and comfort me once again.

Psalm 119:107-112 I have suffered much, O Lord;  restore my life again as you promised. Lord, accept my offering of praise, and teach me your regulations.
My life constantly hangs in the balance, but I will not stop obeying your instructions.
The wicked have set their traps for me, but I will not turn from your commandments.
Your laws are my treasure;they are my heart’s delight. I am determined to keep your decrees to the very end.

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Isaiah 26: 16-19 Lord, in distress we searched for you.
    We prayed beneath the burden of your discipline.
17 Just as a pregnant woman
    writhes and cries out in pain as she gives birth,
    so were we in your presence, Lord.
18 We, too, writhe in agony,
    but nothing comes of our suffering.
We have not given salvation to the earth,
    nor brought life into the world.
19 But those who die in the Lord will live;
    their bodies will rise again!
Those who sleep in the earth
    will rise up and sing for joy!
For your life-giving light will fall like dew
    on your people in the place of the dead!

 

Scripture to study and read: the Book of Joel, Psalm 58

13 thoughts on “Want Revival? True Revival in the Church

  1. This is so vital. I pray for revival in America. First I ask for revivial in myself. I wonder how long the Lord will put up with America, and this society, before he says enough.

    • Hi Mary,
      Amen! We will keep praying. The Lord’s patience is really amazing, but soon wrath will come with a great shaking if our nation doesn’t turn back to Him.

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  4. Awesome insight Lisa! Here is something that the Lord showed me concerning revival.

    As you said, there is sin and the Lord addresses His people regarding their sins. So the first thing that happens is that God raises up the prophet to speak forth His words. Next,

    False Religion/ Beliefs are challenged:

    1Ki 18:22 And Elijah said to the people, I, I alone, remain a
    prophet of Jehovah. But Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty
    men.
    1Ki 18:23 And let them give us two bulls, and let them choose one
    bull for themselves, and cut it in pieces and lay it on wood. But
    place no fire. And I will dress the other bull and lay it on wood, and
    place no fire.
    1Ki 18:24 And you call on the name of your gods, and I will call on
    the name of Jehovah. And it shall be, the god that answers by fire, He
    is God. And all the people answered and said, The word is good.

    Foundation of Worship is restored:

    1Ki 18:30 And Elijah said to all the people, Come near to me.
    And all the people came near him. And he repaired the broken down
    altar of Jehovah.
    1Ki 18:31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of
    the tribes of the sons of Jacob, to whom the Word of Jehovah came,
    saying, Israel shall be your name.
    1Ki 18:32 And with stones he built an altar in the name of Jehovah

    Great Sacrifice is offered

    And he arranged the wood, and cut the bull in pieces, and placed it on the wood, and said, Fill four water jars with water and pour on the burnt sacrifice and on the wood. And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time. And the water ran all around the altar. And he filled the trench also with water.
    (1Ki 18:33-35)
    Realize that there had been a drought in Israel for 3 years and these jars were not small pitchers, they were huge. To dump them out upon an offering given to the Lord is in essence pouring out your life because we can’t live without water.

    The Power of God Falls at the prayer of the Prophet:

    1Ki 18:36 And it happened at the time of the offering of the
    evening sacrifice, Elijah the prophet came near and said, Jehovah, the
    God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that
    You are God in Israel, and that I am Your servant, and that I have
    done all these things at Your Word.
    1Ki 18:37 Hear me, O Jehovah, hear me, that this people may know that
    You are Jehovah God, and that You have turned their heart back again.
    1Ki 18:38 And the fire of Jehovah fell and burned up the burnt
    sacrifice and the wood, and the stones and the dust, and licked up the
    water that was in the trench.

    Restoration of the People:

    1Ki 18:39 And when all the people saw, they fell on their faces.
    And they said, Jehovah, He is the God! Jehovah, He is the God

    • When Elijah prayed for rain in 1 kings 18:42 it says that he put his
      head between his knees, like a woman in the birthing position . All revival
      is birthed through the travail of prayer and groaning before the Lord.
      The next thing Elijah does is to send his servant to look for signs of
      clouds . This is putting faith into action .Elijah told his servant to
      go back 7 times . This is praying and not giving up because birthing
      is a process.
      On the 7th trip to the sea in verse 44 Elijah’s servant says he sees a
      cloud as big as a man’s fist rising out of the sea. The servant saw a small cloud, Elijah saw a mighty downpour which is seeing through the eyes of faith.

      Do not despise nor be discouraged at small beginnings . For this little , seemingly
      insignificant cloud , became a mighty downpour of rain accompanied by
      a mighty wind. Sounds like revival to me.

      • I loved your comment, they always make me think further. I thought I responded when I got this, but
        my computer is not behaving lately – so I’ve been responding to a lot of comments only in my brain- lol
        This is truly amazing, I want to go back and read that story again, thanks for sharing this,
        God bless, Lisa

      • You are welcome. This is something the Lord showed me a little while ago. What He has really placed upon my heart now is holiness. No on sees the Lord without it. It isn’t a popular topic in the seeker sensitive churches because it requires one to be transparent before the Lord.

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