We hear a lot about revival in the church today; it is something that is hoped for, that is prayed for and always seems to be something coming in the future.
I’ve heard so much from men about revival I thought I would check in the Bible and see what it said about this much anticipated phenomenon.
Funnily enough there is not a single mention of revival or revive under the new covenant.
We see people being saved, being healed and being delivered but we see no mention or example of revival as it is spoken of now.
My understanding from man about revival is that it is a time when God pours out His Spirit on a town or nation or group of people, with as a result men being saved, healed, delivered and set free.
That is not what we see in the Word.
On the day of Pentecost the Spirit was poured out in the upper room (Acts 2 v 1 to 4).
I don’t know about your Bible but I cannot see where He went back and therefore necessitated Him to be poured out again.
I see people being baptised in the Holy Spirit after Pentecost but I do not see another outpouring or revival.
I see people being set free, saved, healed and delivered (all things we hope to see in a revival) as men, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, recognise who they are in Christ and then move in power and authority.
I see what we now consider as results of a revival as the result of a normal Christian life.
Through the finished work of Jesus Christ we have been given all the authority we need to live a supernatural Christian life.
Through His Word we have been given the wisdom and truth about who we are in Christ.
Through the Holy Spirit we have the power and inspiration to express that supernatural life.
We have already been given all we need for “revival”, what we need to do is wake up to the realisation of that truth.
Friends we need to stop praying and asking God for revival, and start using what He has already provided us with.
Speak this out…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ, for your Word and for the Holy Spirit”.
Acts 2 v 1 and 2…..And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the house where they were sitting