| Why I Don't Pray For Revival Anymore - Steve McVey|
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Why I Don't Pray For Revival Anymore
by Steve McVey
Revival: the restoration of a living creature from a dead state to a living state; an evangelistic meeting intended to reawaken interest in religion.
I grew up attending revival services. Even when I was young, I enjoyed these meetings at church. The services usually included zealous singing followed by a fiery preacher sharing a sermon that moved many of us to rededicate our lives to Christ when the evangelist invited us express our commitment by coming forward at the end of the service. At the altar, we would repent of our sinful or slothful ways and promise God that, with His help, we would do better.
These revivals were invigorating and motivating, but they werent self-perpetuating. We had to schedule revival meetings twice a year, because as surely as autumn came, our spring revival would have worn off and we would need to do it all over again. We didnt mind, though, because it felt so good to get right with God and start afresh and anew.
It isnt my intent to scoff at the tradition of my childhood. We were all sincere and our scheduled revival services came from a noble desire to please God. As a pastor, I carried the tradition forward for many years in the churches I served. But, like many things I did as a legalist, my efforts were misguided.
The word revival isnt even found in the New Testament, but more importantly, neither is the concept. Revival is an Old Covenant experience. Once the New Covenant became effective, we received something better resurrection. Understanding our new life in Him is the only catalyst for a godly lifestyle that lasts. The Apostle Paul didnt pray for revival in the church, but prayed for the revelation of the meaning of the love of God and what it means to walk in His power. (See Ephesians 1:17-19)
What the church needs today isnt another revival. What we need is a revelation of who God is in us and who we are in Him. Understanding His unconditional love and unwavering grace brings something so much greater than revival. It produces reformation. It restructures our understanding of what it means to be in Christ and reorders the way we live our lives by causing us to give up on the silly notion that we can live up to the promises we make when we rededicate ourselves to God. A revelation of our identity in Christ brings us to the place of total dependence on Him, understanding that it is only by His grace that we will ever be able to live a lifestyle that truly honors Him.
Revival happens when we make promises. Reformation happens when we believe His promises. Revival is short-lived. Reformation is permanent. Revival is taught in the Old Testament. Reformation is the message of the New Covenant. Revival produces motivation. Reformation produces transformation.
What we need is a reformation that comes through the revelation of grace. Grace is the divine enablement for us to be all that we have been called to be and do all that we have been called to do. It isnt about us and our dedication to Him. A grace reformation is grounded in understanding our Fathers dedication to us, as evidenced by the finished work of Christ.
I understand the reason people pray for revival, but its time to stop that. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child, but when I became a man, I put away childish things (1 Corinthians 13:11). Maturity in grace brings us to the place where we realize that what we need isnt another revival. What we need is a revelation that produces a reformation in Gods church -- a reformation of grace.
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| Re: Why I Don't Pray For Revival Anymore - Steve McVey|
Greetings in Jesus Name. I want to share what i see in the church today. I think their is alot of preaching like this Brother wrote good convicting and repentence, people repent and promise God to do better with good intentions, but are not taught how to get victory, the only Biblical way to victory is to walk in the Spirit, Faith is the victory that over comes the world, He that abideth in me, and I in him,bringeth much fruit.Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone but if it die it bringeth much fruit.Jesus said in Luke 9 v 23If any man will come after me , let him deny himself,and take up his cross daily, and follow me. I believe Jesus is saying we need to deny our self life as doing what we want to do with our life ,and do what Jesus wants us to do .simbly walking in the Spirit. THis sounds easy but it costs every thing, it means denying our own ability to save ourselfs, denying our own ability to sanctify our selfs, denying our ability to live for Christ, and taking up our calling I beleive is primarily what Jesus meant hear by taking up our cross, doing what God wants us to do. If we walk continuely in this way their is a LAW that goes into effect, that is more powerful than the sin nature in us. Paul said, For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. If we walk in the Spirit we will not fullfill the lust of the flesh. WE need to repent from our own dead works and put our Faith in Christ and him crucified, that is our only way to God, our only way to Holy Spirit power, our only way to Spiritual revalation. Peter said thou art the Christ the Son of the living God, Jesus said, you are Blessed Peter, you have received revalation from the Father. This is how I will built my church. ( paraphrased) Halaluya!! IT still works today ,and the gates of hell will not prevail against it . Keep on praying. With Love Brother Levi
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