Am I A Candidate For Revival?
Long ago the psalmist prayed, "Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?" (Psalm 85:6). But what are we really talking about when we use the term "revival"? In a spiritual sense, revival means coming to life, a spiritual awakening, as the mighty Spirit of God brings new life to His Body the Church and to us as individuals.
When Jesus sent out the twelve He gave them authority over the spirit world and the physical world as well. He said, "As you go, preach this message: 'The kingdom of heaven is near.' Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give" (Matthew 10:7-8). When the twelve hit the streets, people knew something important was happening. They didn't have to put on a show to get a crowd.
Today, though, almost every advance of the church can be explained in human terms: good promotion; great music; terrific entertainment; exciting, feel-good motivational messages (once called sermons), dynamic personalities and expansive buildings (sometimes with gyms, bookstores, and restaurants). The result: a rather spiritually impotent church whose growth comes from within.
Instead of pointing your finger at your church, ask yourself, "Do I personally need to be revived? Has my spiritual life become mechanical, routine and humdrum? Do I desire a deeper, more intimate relationship with God's Son? And when you answer in the affirmative, you have declared yourself to be a candidate for spiritual renewal that is the key to coming alive once again.
Revive us, and we will call on your name. PSALM 80:18