Signs of Revival

Revival literally means: to live again!

We can define revival as a period or season of unusual blessing from the Holy Spirit, where a believer or group of believers are enjoying the experience of coming to life again. Revival means awakening, stimulating the life, bringing it to the surface and making God’s love tangible once again. Revival is a Holy Spirit visitation to the Church that deepens the relationship between the believer and God; but it also overflows to touch a world in need.

Revival is the fire of the Holy Spirit… re-ignited!

 Believers, who once carried a passion and love for God can allow that love to grow cold and ineffective for many reasons. When religious oppression, testing or trials come and bring stress into the Church, our passions can get drained. Through distractions, deceptions and weaknesses, the enemy tries to draw us away from our goal of fellowship with Christ. Yet when God’s people turn and humble themselves through heart rending repentance (2 Chron 7:14), a new power gets released. That power is tranforming and changes everything that holds the believer back (Acts 4:31). They are drawn to the love of God like never before and a new energy caused by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, washes over that believing heart to bring refreshing (Ps 51:12)(Ps 43:3-5)(Ps 63:1-5). What breaks forth is a restoration of what David called the joy of salvation. Notice that God responds to the searching heart and satisfies the hungry soul. These are signs of revival.

Great are Your tender mercies, O Lord; Revive me according to Your judgements.(Ps 119:156)

 The Psalmist declares a pathway to revival, ”Revive me according to Your judgements.” Revival is shaped by God’s judgements. What are the Lord’s judgements and how do they bring revival to the heart? God’s judgements are His prescribed remedy to the problems He must address among His people and humanity as a whole.

 Its God’s verdict – His Word!

 An example: God’s judgement toward sin is death; yet He remedies the problem with what we call redemption. The gift of His Son dying upon the Cross was the prescribed remedy to our sin problem that brought forth shame, fear and brokenness. The remedy released forgiveness, healing and wholeness. He moved this way, because He so loved humanity and had the appropriate answer to our problem (Jn 3:16-17). So, His answer to our emptiness, is that we be filled with the Spirit of Life (Lk 24:49)(Eph 5:18).  

I think of my daughter, who this week said her bike was broken. Her brothers were out biking, but her tires were flat. She wasn’t going anywhere. Her tires simply needed more air. Revival has to do with bringing new life into our flat existence.

 Somewhere, there was a leak.

  Instead of being strong and firm, believers can become like a tire that needs air or a plant that needs water. Did you ever walk by a wilted plant? If it could cry out, it would shout, “Water me or I will die!” The cells are not properly functioning and the whole plant is limp. Once we give water to the plant, it is revived. It straightens back up and shows signs of strength and potential fruitfulness.

Revival is God’s remedy! 

 So then, what is it that happens in revival? The best way of answering that question is to look again at the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4). The Holy Spirit literally descended and began to preside over the fellowship; baptising the believers gathered in that upper room. The result was supernatural fire and passion from above. God was taking charge of His Church and manifesting His power to guide and lead them by His purposes or judgements, if you will.

  • The signs of revival become visible as God’s people experience the influence of His judgements.

 ”And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God: That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and My maidservants, I will pour out of My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy.” (Acts 2:17-18)

One Response to “Signs of Revival”

  • Leanne Dorn:

    I am experiencing revival today! His light has been breaking into a darkness in my mind for the last several weeks. Now I have decided that the lower thinking and lower living that came from brokenness is not for me, it is against me. God has breathed fresh on me. He has been all along, but I have decided to inhale Him and live out of His refreshment. I have decided to take all thoughts captive to Jesus Truth this minute, this day, one day at a time. Holy Spirit has reminded me of the seal and name I carry. God is Soooo Goooood. Revelation and transformation happens when I connect and remain in Him. My house is full of the glory of God. I am so glad that He knows what is in me. My faith is growing as I meditate on His truth. He knows all the times I have faked it to look good on the outside, and He loves me anyway. I thank God for you, Ron and Lynda. You have been soooo goood to me as you show me the heart of the Father and how to get there. You are patient and kind and full of joy. The glory you and your children carry draws me in and helps me desire the more and all of God. I Love You Batemans, Leanne

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