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April 18, 2018, 9:56 AM

Revive Us Again



Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

“Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? (Psalm 85:6)

In a few short days, we will be holding revival services with evangelist Michael Adams. Unfortunately, even though revival services are held, many times a real, genuine “revival” does not break out. I believe this lack of revival occurs, not because the preaching is bad, and not because God doesn’t desire for revival to break out amongst His people, but rather because those holding the services are not willing to practice the keys to revival! Revival is not just merely another church meeting. You can put a sign outside the church that says: “Revival next week,” but that does not mean “revival” will take place. Revival can’t be programmed. Revival is not just a working up of emotions. You can’t bring revival by singing a lot of songs real loud or by singing the same song a hundred times. Revival is not just the powerful words of a special speaker. Revival does not come merely because some fiery preacher in a new suit, with eloquent words, gets behind the pulpit.

So, what is revival? Revival is when God’s people earnestly seek Him and then God visits His people, cleanses them, and refresh them. Acts 3:19 says, “Repent then and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out and times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” This is exactly what happened to the early church as is recorded in the book of Acts. When revival happens, the church will be full of people and those people will be full of God. The experience in the book of Acts should be normative for the church. In other words, what we read about happening to the church in the book of Acts should be happening in the church today. I believe the book of Acts is not about how the church once looked like in its extra-ordinary days. Rather, I believe it is describing how the church should look in its average, ordinary, Spirit-filled days. Days like today!

Do we believe that what happened to the church in the book of Acts should be happening today? Sadly, what we see in church today is so subnormal, that normal would feel abnormal. We have become so used to subnormal, that if normal ever showed up, we’d have a board meeting that afternoon to see what we could do to stop that from ever happening again. What we sometimes call extra-ordinary, ought to be ordinary in the Kingdom of God.

So, what are some of the keys to revival breaking out in a church? How did the early church earnestly seek God? What did seeking God in the New Testament look like? In Acts 2:42-47 we read that they devoted themselves to the following practices: the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, to prayer, to giving to anyone as they had need, and to praising God. The result of their devotion to these practices, “and the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Are we willing to earnestly seek God by likewise devoting ourselves to such practices?

Let us join in prayer: Eternal God, you have been the hope and joy of many generations, and who in all ages has given men the power to seek you and in seeking to find you, grant me, I pray you, a clearer vision of your truth, a greater faith in your power, and a more confident assurance of your love. Amen.

You are Loved!

Pastor Jason Stevens

 


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