How do Christians experience revival? What happens in them that causes such a need? I was presented these questions in a conversation yesterday. The first question’s answer is “faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.” The second question’s answer is “sin.” We are all born in need of spiritual rebirth. Spiritual revival occurs through faith.
The first question requires some personal identification to our “REVIVAL” experiences. I know what it is to be an ACTIVE participant in sin which directly supports a spirit in need of revival. Sin separates us from God eternally. Salvation revives our spirits and attaches us to the Holy Spirit. This attachment is a Divine characteristic of Christianity. ACTIVE participation in Christianity keeps the spirit revived in three ways:
- Prayer to God,through Christ and reading God’s Word, experiencing new life in us through the Holy Spirit.
- Regular fellowship with other Christians via worship service, Bible study and various gatherings.
- Consistent service to both Christians and non-Christians via ACTIVE participation in various ministries.
The condition of our spirits is well-maintained when these three ACTivities are in place in our weekly routines. Revival denotes a need for a “life source” to infuse its life into lifelessness. When it is done properly, revival works. Otherwise, the lifelessness continues and the need for revival gradually becomes eliminated by death. Spiritual revival is solely dependent on Spiritual Life.
The second question reminds me to review the Psalmist’s situation in Psalms 85. This chapter, worth reading, gives us clarity on what happens when sin and disobedience to God’s Word are at hand. But it is REALLY important to notice the element of HOPE in God for restoration. That is key. Hopelessness is a subtle foe. It is a derivative of a sinful lifestyle.
The Old Testament Israelites were notorious for getting deliverance from God and then falling away from God and into the ways active sin. The natural human condition is to run away from God. Adam and Eve depict this in Genesis 3:8. New Testament Jews revoked the opportunity to develop faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Therefore, their spiritual revival has not been established and they are waiting for their human, earthly promise of the millennial Kingdom to be instituted by the coming Messiah aka Jesus Christ. There is a Divine divide between the Heavenly promises and the Earthly promises that is necessary to apply to Psalm 85.
THIS IS TRUE FOR MANKIND: SIN SEPARATES US FROM THE LIFE SOURCE. REVIVAL RESTORES US TO THE LIFE SOURCE.
JESUS CHRIST IS THE LIFE SOURCE
Faith in His death is the source of the forgiveness of our sin – through prayer on a regular basis. Faith in His burial and resurrection signifies the absolute “new life” experience Christians can experience over the course of their lifetime “in the faith.” We transition from spiritual “death” to spiritual “life” through faith IN HIS DEATH, BURIAL AND RESURRECTION.
- The Constant Revival…. In The Heart (doublelattebooks.wordpress.com)
- How does the revival start? (johnmeunier.wordpress.com)
- What is Revival? (chrislong.org)
- The Revival We Need (1) (trinityspeaks.wordpress.com)
- The Exclusivity of the Gospel & Biblical Fellowship (christianitymatters.com)
- Revival: Lord Show Me Your Glory (shilohtemplecogic.wordpress.com)