What is the evidence of spiritual revival? Where is the spiritual revival so many want to see in our country and in our world? Who decides when/if revival arrives? Who decides when its here?
I was visiting a very large, well known church and speaking with one of the members of that church. He was sharing with me all that God was doing in their church, the crazy numbers of people coming to faith in Christ, the miracles they were seeing, and the overall sense of God’s power being poured out there. But then he made a statement I couldn’t quite let go of. He said, “I don’t know why they don’t call it a revival.”
Wait a second. Is there some Revival Criteria Committee I’m unaware of? Is there some backroom table where a certain group of people look over evidences of supernatural things happening in different places and decide if they get that “YEP, THAT’S REVIVAL!” rubber stamp? Can somebody clue me in if such a group exists, ‘cuz I’d like to picket outside where they’re meeting.
Here’s what I think of when I think of revival…
It’s unmistakable. The evidence is beyond argument. There’s no ambivalence.
It’s personal. It may involve a crowd, but it invades individuals.
It’s holy. The sweeping of God’s Spirit convicts us to remove sin from our lives.
It’s unexplainable. We don’t manufacture it with the right mix of musical crescendo and prayer claps. We can’t.
It’s attainable. God gave us a blueprint for revival in 2 Chronicles 7:14, among other places in Scripture.
It’s never egocentric. It isn’t based on any one individual, pastor, or communicator. It’s based on Jesus. Only Jesus. If you hear any pastor taking credit for revival, run.
It results in boldness. Read the Biblical accounts of what happens when God moves in a person or group of people. They could give a rip what anyone thinks of them. They’re emboldened. Not obnoxious, rude, or pushy. BOLD.
It’s so very near. My personal revival is closer than I might think and is ignited by a relentless pursuit of daily nearness and intimacy with Jesus. It is inspired and stoked by others who are also seeking that nearness. It’s contagious among those who desire personal revival.
This one is quick and messy, but I’ll ask you this:
What is YOUR view of revival? Have I said anything that is incomplete or incorrect?