'Won’t you revive us again, so your people can rejoice in you?' Psalm 85:6
Reading recently about the Welsh Revival I read a quote that really struck me.
'Revival must be in your heart before it comes into the earth.'*
Many Christians would love to see revival. This is when the church comes alive with the power and presence of God; when routines are forgotten and people become God conscious rather than self conscious; when folks within the church are so affected by the presence of God it overflows into the community and there comes an awakening of souls and lives are added to the church. Sounds great doesn't it?
We read of it in Acts Chapter 2 when up to 3,000 souls were added to the church in one day!
Evan Roberts was a man deeply used of God in the Welsh Revival. He accomplished more in two years than any of us will do in a lifetime. The revival he led was based on 4 main points:
1. Confess all known sin
2. Search out all secret and doubtful things.
3. Confess the Lord Jesus openly.
4. Pledge your word that you will fully obey the Spirit.*
There is nothing new in this and yet it is constantly new as we use it to examine ourselves. So often within the church we talk about the move of God and yet we forget sometimes it's down to the basics if we want to make the heights.
The verse from Psalms asks for personal revival that we may rejoice in God. When we are backslidden our hearts grow cold and indifferent. When we are right with God our hearts rejoice; we come alive spiritually and feel the life of God throbbing within us.
This is what today's church needs! We need real life and energies not to plan great events or itineraries but to come alive and rejoice in Him.
Use these 4 points this week to examine your own spiritual life. Use them on a daily basis. If we do, we will be revived by the power and presence of God. Then, we will rejoice in Him and not only will we please our Lord but others will receive the overflow of blessing that is ours.
*God's Generals by Roberts Liardon.