"Pilgrim and Sojourner." - 1 Peter 2:11
| Is Revival Possible?|
Perhaps the question itself sounds skeptical. After all, don't we believe that "all things are possible with God"? But our culture is drastically different from cultures that have experienced great revivals. Isn't it?
Maybe we should first define what we mean by "revival". It's not a specific event, as when you see a sign on a church building reading, "Revival - June 20". A genuine revival is when people newly discover the truth of God's Word and are filled with passionate love for Jesus. It is a fresh wind of the Spirit of God blowing upon the people of God. It is a valley of dry bones made to live again. This doesn't happen in a single church or denomination. It may start with individuals, but soon it spreads to others, crossing denominational lines, like fire jumping from field to field.
There is a growing sense among many that revival is coming, simply because it is so desperately needed. It has been during such times of departure, hopelessness and sin that revival has come to those who earnestly sought God.
In the Welsh revival of 1904, God chose a young man named Evan Roberts. Born in a Christian home, at the age of 12 he left school to work in the local coal mine to help his injured father. The following year he joined his chapel, seeking never to miss any of the meetings. He became a Sunday school teacher at an early age.
When Evan was 26 he prepared to train for Christian ministry. Warned by his mother that this would be a hard life, he replied, "I am willing to work for my Redeemer till my dying day." On September 29, 1904, while attending a meeting with fellow student Seth Joshua, Evan heard him pray, "Bend us, Oh Lord!" This gripped Evan's heart for two hours till the next meeting when he prayed, "Bend me, Oh Lord!" It was here that he received the Power (the baptism of the Holy Spirit). Following this experience Evan was consumed with a passion to evangelize. During the month of October he sought God's guidance as to how to do it. He experienced visions confirming to him that God was about to descend in revival power. This was the beginning of an awakening that would not only impact the church in Wales but also would make front page headlines all over the world.
Much has changed in the world since then. The influence of church was central to society, whereas now it is on the periphery. A reversal of the situation would likely not happen overnight. Rather it will be a constant battle to win back Kingdom ground that has been lost to the enemy. It will be a struggle both in individuals and in the corporate life of the church for God's perfect will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Are we up for the challenge? Are we willing to cry out, "Bend me, Oh Lord?" We must be bent away from our will and conformed to His before revival can come.
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon
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Phoenix, Arizona USA
| Re: Is Revival Possible?|
[b]The Prospect of Revival[/b]
The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver refined in an earthen furnace, purified seven times. Psa 12:6. The promises of a quickening, the prospects of revival, are as bright as the word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place. 2 Pet 1:19.
Revivals are regulated by law, the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. A personal awakening is bound up with a growing experience of heavenly realities, of truth. An awakening is the law of Life in operation. A desire for revival opens for the law of Life to begin its penetration of minds and hearts. “Behold My servant, whom I uphold; Mine elect, in whom My soul delighteth; I have put My spirit upon him, he shall make the right to go forth to the nations.” Isa 42:1. The law of Life revives, it makes the right to go forth, it brings justice, it convicts and sets free. Revivals are regulated by law. Revival is set forth as, perhaps, the brightest promise in the Word of God, it is set forth as a law which cannot be overruled.
Revival – an ongoing event in the innermost being of man. Revival – the law of the Spirit of Life at work in man’s inward parts. Revival – the ministry of God, the administration of God in the interior. Revival – the reality of the indwelling Christ. Revival, an operation undertaken by God, God alone; but a work to be pursued, desperately pursued by man according to the promise inherent in life itself.
Revival – a sudden intensification of the worship of God. Revival – a sudden intensification of the awareness of the realities of Heaven. Revival – a sudden intensification of the necessity of adhering to and radically adjusting to the law of the Spirit. “The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” Revival – a realisation of the meaning of man; made according to one purpose alone, to be worshipers of God. Revival – God bringing his created beings back to their aim and purpose. Is not God sufficient for this? Did he produce the means for this, but somehow being hindered and restricted in this effort? Revival is God’s design. Recovering what was lost is a fundamental pursuit of Heaven, and He, the God of hope, will not relent.
Revival equals recovering. Revival holds a bringing back to, a returning to. Revival contains an apprehending, a capturing of for the sake and purpose of. Revival according to Paul: “Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect: but I press on, if so be that I may lay hold on that for which also I was laid hold on by Christ Jesus.” Phil 3:12.
Revival equals a returning to true worship, to spiritual, Spirit-imbued worship. In days ahead there will be a capstone, a top stone, a head stone positioned in the temple of the Spirit – Zech 4:7. It will be done in days when the people set to the side for His praise fully understands and becomes totally involved in undefiled worship. Revival holds an apprehension and a formation of a people who will be bearers of the newness of life according to the law of the Spirit of life.
God is the initiator of the building of this temple, He is apprehending and preparing, He is the giver of life. The House of the Lord, the administration and ministry of the House of the Lord will be the very focus of the revival to come. The throne, and the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, will stand as the point of integration and evaluation in the awakening to come. Heaven, as it is, is the means of revival and therefore the absolute guarantee of the possibility of revival. Law, the law of the Spirit of life will go forth from the throne, it will spring forth from Zion.
-excerpted from A Revival Manifesto by Lars Widerberg - click
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"Pilgrim and Sojourner." - 1 Peter 2:11
Are we up for the challenge? [b]Are we willing to cry out, "Bend me, Oh Lord?"[/b] We must be bent away from our will and conformed to His before revival can come.
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon
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