The Results Of A Revival

December 8, 2015

                                The Results of a Revival

Revival is a good and necessary thing.  With the passing of time, the relationship many Christians have with God tends to lose it fervor.  It may manifest itself by:

  1. Less time spent reading the Bible
  2. Negligence in faithful church attendance
  3. Less money given to charity
  4. Less time spent in prayer.

The word “revival” means a renewal of a fervent relationship. It comes about when we are willing to recognize that we have allowed our hearts too cool, and that we are no longer living the Christian life like we did in the past.

Revival demands of us a measure of humility. Our sinful nature rebels at the thought of humbling ourselves. For that reason, there is a price to pay for revival. Our old nature would rather that we just continue as we are.

A revival isn’t just a decision to go back to doing the things we were doing before. It comes about because we submit ourselves anew to God, and let the Holy Spirit do his work in our lives. If you are serious about living the Christian life, and having the relationship with God that Christians should have, you need to frequently read and obey Romans 8:5-13.

A genuine God sent, revival will manifest itself in a number of ways. Acts 3:19 says that “Times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.”

Almost always a revival will result in a restoration of broken relationships.  It begins with repentance and confession of sins we have committed against God.  I John 1:9 says God will forgive us.  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  That then leads to the need of seeking forgiveness of others we have sinned against.  In some cases it may just be a matter of going to them and saying, “You may not have been aware of it, but I have had a bad attitude towards you and I want you to forgive me.” In such cases, you need not relate the bad thoughts you have had towards them or the gossip you have started.  If you know that you have hurt someone, you need to go to them and say, “I’m sorry for the way I have hurt you.  Please forgive me.” The result will be a feeling of cleansing and relief from a feeling of guilt.  It will also be the restoration of a happy relationship between the two of you.

Revival will also manifest itself by vigor in one’s spiritual life.  The four tendencies, mentioned at the beginning of this article, will be arrested and reversed, and you will begin to march in the right direction.  Those who were negligent in church attendance will be faithful in attendance and get there on time.  They will be ready to participate in the activities of the church.

Another manifestation of revival will be a greater concern for reaching the lost.  They will find it easier to witness and pass out tracts.  The result will be the salvation of lost people, and backsliders will be restored to the right relationship with God.

Revival also manifests itself in a Christianity that is genuine and authentic.  The works of the flesh, mentioned in Galatians chapter five, will be replaced by the fruit of the Spirit.  The ungodly will see a much greater manifestation of the virtues mentioned in II Peter 1:3-7.  A superficial Christianity will be replaced by that which is genuine.

Revival affords to all a higher quality of life.  Right living, in itself, produces joy, peace, and prosperity.  There will be more to rejoice about and less to be ashamed of.  As an added blessing, we will enjoy more of the blessing of God.  We will reap the promises of Psalm 37:3-6. “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.   Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.    Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.    And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.” That should motivate us to pray the prayer of Habakkuk 3:2.  “O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years.”

 

 

 

 

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