Today, the church I am Transitional Pastor at is in a series of five meetings on Revival. We are privileged to have a student from Southwestern Theological Seminary come and lead our services. We began praying for God to move in our hearts back in January and will continue to pray for Him to ignite the fire in each of us. we have been praying for Eric Dyer as he is preparing his heart and messages to come be with us. Over the next few days of devotions, I will be sharing some thoughts about revival.
Psalms 85:6-7 - "Will You not revive us again so that Your people may rejoice in You? Show us Your faithful love, Lord, and give us Your salvation."
So, today as our services continue, let us consider, what kind of revival do we need? We need a revival that will resurrect the church, rekindle old fires, and restore the joy and victory to the child of God.
First, we need a revival that will resurrect the church. Revival means a return of life. Jesus declared to the church at Sardis, "you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead." To the church at Laodicea he calls upon them to repent; they thought they had need of nothing. He rebuked the church at Ephesus for having left their first love. Elements of all of the seven churches of Asia are present here today! Some folks are members of the church in name only; they are not interested in living the Christ-life. Others are satisfied with the way things are and see no reason for any change. Still others are too concerned about their own agendas to see the need that we have in our calling by Christ. We need to cry out to God, "Will you not revive us again?"
Then, we need a revival that will rekindle old fires. Revive us again means that there has been a fire before. For some reason, the fire has died down, it is growing cold, and the embers are no longer glowing. We need a revival that will rekindle the old fires. Do you remember better days? Days of dedication to the Lord and to His work? Days when you came to church expecting to see great things from God? Days when you wouldn't think of missing church to go to a ball game or some other activity? When you didn't look for some excuse for why you can't serve the Lord? We need to cry out to God, "Will you not revive us again?"
Finally, we need a revival that will restore joy and victory to the child of God. Too many defeated Christians today. Too many discouraged Christians. Too many backslidden Christians. The joy of the Lord is our strength, we need a revival where God will give us a song in our hearts We need to cry out to God, "Will you not revive us again?"
GOD, GRANT US A REVIVAL THAT RESURRECTS, REKINDLES, AND RESTORES!
Prayer: Let me cry out once more - GOD, GRANT US A REVIVAL THAT RESURRECTS, REKINDLES, AND RESTORES! Amen.