Will there be revival before the Lord comes for his Church?
Would you please tell me in your own words what it would take to have revival?
What needs to happen before the Church as a whole experiences revival?
I have no way of knowing if revival will come. I believe it is possible because of the revival of Judah under Josiah. God had already determined to send Judah into captivity because of the sins of Manasseh (2 Kings 23:25-27).
Yet, the revival of Josiah was so complete that God delayed His wrath during the reign of this man.
I do not know how to define revival other than the well-known definition that it is a bringing of new life into the people of God by the Spirit of God. We can be ready for revival by prayer and surrender. However, I do not hold to the Finney interpretation that essentially gives man the ability to create revival by following a particular formula. God is the ultimate unknown in revival.
Historically, revivals were the punctuated yet brief times of stirring that were surrounded by many years of faithful yet comparatively dull Christian life and service. With the campaigns of Finney and Moody, we began to think that revival was the answer to all things – though where we get this in scripture I know not. So, we began to force them no matter how unripe the fruit was. We have learned to create a feeling of excitement without the touch of God. We have cheapened the meaning of revival and of holiness.
Today, we want revival without the faithful godliness of the remnant. That must come first. If we will be faithful and seek God’s absolute will in our lives and in our churches, we will establish the atmosphere in which revival is possible.
Perhaps then, some few godly souls will begin to seek the Lord and true revival will come. However, I fear that we are in danger of seeking the experience of revival for its own sake. The people in the Bible sought God more often than they sought revival
Our seeking for revival must be an outcome of our seeking for God and not the other way around. We must also hunger and thirst after righteousness. These are the true seeds of revival.
by David Reagan
Is Revival Possible?(Psalm 85:1-13)
We have become satisfied with the idea that revival cannot come because of the age in which we live. We look around us and see the wickedness and assume that it is too far gone. Though this is an honest mistake, it is indeed a mistake.
To say that revival cannot come is to reduce the God of the Bible to the power of Baal who could not produce fire from heaven regardless of his servants’ efforts.
If revival is a work of man then we are right to believe it will not happen, but if revival is the work of God in a man’s heart, then we must believe as long as the Lord tarries His coming that revival is possible.
Hindrances to revival (Psalm 85:1-3)
The iniquity of God’s people (Psalm 85:2)
Sins separate from God (Isaiah 59:2)
Sin withholds good things (Jeremiah 5:25)
Sin hinders prayer (1 Peter 3:7)
The steps to revival (Psalm 85:4-8)
The moving of God (Psalm 85:4)
God works with man’s will (Philippians 2:13)
Godly sorrow works to bring repentance (2 Corinthians 7:10)
The Lord is the one who turns us (Lamentations 5:21)
The turning of God’s people (Psalm 85:4)
God’s people were turned away from God
God’s turns them to follow Him
The prayers of God’s people (Psalm 85:5-7)
Began with an admission to guilt (Psalm 85:2-3)
A plea for God’s help (Psalm 85:4)
A plea for God’s mercy (Psalm 85:5-7)
The desire to hear from God (Psalm 85:8)
The willingness to hear – “I will hear”
The authority of the Lord – “God the LORD”
The assurance of hearing His voice – “for He will speak”
The potential for revival (Psalm 85:8-12)
Awaiting the answer (Psalm 85:8-11)
The answer received (Psalm 85:12)
The effects of revival (Psalm 85:13)
The departure from folly (Psalm 85:8)
The presence of glory (Psalm 85:9)
The following of the Lord’s way (Psalm 85:13)
Do we believe God could revive the people of Antioch?
Do we believe that God could work in the lives of those under the influence of Antioch?
Do we believe that God is willing to bring revival?
The only question left is do we really want revival?
by Andrew Ray