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(Ps. 103:1-5) Bless the Lord, oh my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and forget not all His benefits:

  1. Who forgives all your iniquities,
  2. Who heals all your diseases,
  3. Who redeems your life from destruction,
  4. Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies,
  5. Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

My Heavenly Father renews my spirit (Eph 3:16). He offers resources, benefits and inheritance that strengthen my confidence and encourage my walk of faith. Each one of His benefits are promises to meet the need and teach me of His power and His Glory. Along the pages of my Bible; you’ll find written and dated Covenant principles that remind me of His provision for me. They are truths that will not fail!

  • He Forgives: (Isaiah 1:18)

Jesus tells us of the Father’s agreement through the blood of His own Son. A Covenant of Forgiveness and Grace. “This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins” (Mt. 26:28).

  • He Heals: (Isaiah 53:5)

I love the way Jesus fulfills His Father’s will and establishes the truth for our provision at the same time. “When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.” (Mt. 8:16-17)

  • He Redeems: (Psalm 34:22)

Jesus declares us - righteous by faith (Rom. 3:21-24)! A reality that cannot be accomplished by our own efforts is made available through a free gift. Because we take refuge in the promises of God, there is a fellowship in the Holy Spirit that enables me to be free from the grip of sin. I am free to live in the destiny God has for me. Redemption allows me to watch as God restores the brokenness and fears of the past.

  • He Crowns: (Psalm 8:5)

The word crown can also be translated “clothed” and we see that Jesus tells His disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they were clothed in power from on high (Lk. 24:49). Its the Father’s will that His Children be clothed with Glory and walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. The benefit of the Father’s Promise (Acts 2:4 & 8) gives us influence over the world’s system and releases supernatural impact right where we live.

  • He Satisfies: (Psalm 23:1)

Jesus makes the evidence of salvation a renewal every morning. He meets with me and satisfies my soul as a Good Shepherd leads sheep to pasture. His invitation becomes an abiding rest and empowerment. On the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus stood on a high place and shouted, “If anyone thirsts, let him come unto Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (Jn 7:37-38).

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)