I’ve been thinking about the word "REVIVAL". This word has been on my mind for several months. Websters II definition is, 1. an act of reviving or the state of being revived 2. Restoration to use, acceptance, activity, or vigor after obscurity or quiescence (to rest, inactive or still: dormant). There are more but I like this second one the best. I have been praying for Revival…..to happen here in England, but not just here, but all of Europe. We need God to restore us. I know for Revival to start on a global event it must start individually.
My heart was pricked today, and because of the words of my husband in church today, I was reminded of this word "REVIVAL". Let me first talk a bit about his message. He challenged all of us…."We must get back to our first love". Think about the time you first fell in love with the Lord and how you wanted Jesus to be your all in all. Rememeber how much you wanted His spirit, and how you would do anything to recieve it? How you felt when you recieved it, so new, so clean! You could not wait to get to church, late? No way, you here either first, or very early. Remember those days……Well we must get back to it! "Are you still protecting and valuing this gift? What have you piled on top of your Holy Ghost?" More quotes…."The Lord dwells amongst the praises of His people", HALLELUJAH!!! Surround yourself with God’s people, and the Lord is there!!! "We can sit here and die, or we can get-up and move forward and find God working for us, and we will find spoil, exceeding riches, blest with all spiritual blessings." Amen! "Let go of our past and look for our future." "There’s more in the Spirit!" "Knowledge alone puffeth us up, we need life and more abundantly." "Without the Holy Spirit we are doomed." "We need a spirit of conviction! "The whole church needs this spirit of repentance." "We have hope….take the time in this life to do it right!" "Don’t wait for tomorrow! Today is the day of salvation!" " We must be persistant until God answers." He also read to us in Acts 4:31, "And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were ALL FILLED with the Holy Ghost, (this was after Acts 2, so how many were refilled?), and they spake the word of God with boldness." The building shook!! That is what we need for our praises to shake up the building! vs32 says."them that believed were of one heart and of one soul…"
Again what about our heart? This is where I will go back to the word "Revival". The Bible mentions the word "REVIVE". Isa 57:15, "For thus saith the high and loftly One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones." Key words that stand out to me concerning my heart, contrite and humble. He WILL revive me if my heart is in this state, contrite and humble. My prayer is that individually we will become humble and contrite, get back to our first love, empty our cup of self, and let Jesus fill it up with Him. That which has been resting, or dormant, can no longer be obscure, but full of vigor, that is us, me and you. We must pray for "REVIVAL"!! "Wilt thou revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee? Shew us with thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us thy salvation." Psa. 85:6-7
"Give us an experience ….refill us!" And this is what happened in our evening service. It was powerful!! We did not start with a song, we all gathered together and just prayed and praised the Lord. The building did not shake, but we ALL were stirred by God’s powerful spirit. The young people were so touched, in so much that Sam Kalu was filled with this precious Holy Spririt!!! Thank you Jesus! We have really had a burden for our youth, and tonight really was special to them, and it was evident how much they loved the presence of the Lord, and the excitement and expectancy for the next service. We left the service tonight, old and young, some filled, and some of us refilled, thank you Lord for stirring our hearts today through the words of Jonathan, now may your precious Spirit help us to be changed, and not just stirred. So let this "REVIVAL" start……….