Revival refers to a spiritual reawakening of a believer’s life from a state of dormancy or stagnation. It involves the Revival of a love of God, an appreciation of God’s holiness, a reverence for His Word and church, a convicting consciousness of personal and corporate sin, a spirit of humility, and a desire to develop in repentance and righteousness. Revival uplifts and, at times deepens the confidence of a believer, opening his or her eyes to the truth in a new way. It typically has the connotation of a fresh start with a blank slate, which represents a new beginning in obedience to God. Revival destroys the world’s charm and power, blinding men’s eyes, and creating both the will and the ability to survive in the world but not of the world.
In the USA, in the 1730s and 1740s, the first Revival often called the First Great Awakening, created an upsurge of devotion among Protestants, carving a permanent mark on American religion. The consequence of authoritative preaching was that the church members were profoundly shaken by a convicting sense of personal guilt and the amazing essence of redemption through Christ. The Great Awakening, breaking away from the sterile tradition and rote rite, has made Christianity, as it should be, intensely personal to the average individual by creating a deep emotional desire for a relationship with Christ.
The Resurrection, in many ways, replicates the believer’s experience when he or she is rescued. It is prompted through a prompting of the Holy Spirit, creating knowledge of something that the believer’s life lacks or is wrong that God alone can correct. The Christian, in turn, has to answer from heart, acknowledging his need. Then, in a powerful manner, the Holy Spirit draws back the veil that the world has cast over the truth, allowing the faithful to see themselves fully in comparison with the majesty and holiness of God. Such parallels, of course, include great modesty, but also great reverence of God and His truly incredible grace (Isa. 6:5). Unlike the original experience of conversion that brings about a new relationship with God, however, rebirth is a restoration of communion with God, a relationship that has been preserved even though the believer has been away for some time.
In a number of situations, God, through His Holy Spirit, calls us to revive. The letters of Christ to the seven churches show some conditions which may involve a revival. In the letter to Ephesus, Christ praised the church for their perseverance and discernment, but He said they had forsaken their first love (Revelation 2:4-5). When we get cold from the joy of embracing Christ, we lose the enthusiasm that we had at first. We get bogged down in the ceremony, going through the motions, but the joy of serving Christ is no longer felt. Revival is helping to recover the love and zeal for Christ first. Revelation 2:10-11 refers to the Smyrna church, which endured severe persecution. The cares and worries of life will knock us down, leaving us drained mentally, physically, and spiritually. The Revival will bring us new confidence and hope.
Revelation 2:14-16 addresses compromising with the universe and integrating earthly ideals into our systems of beliefs. Revival helps us distinguish which beliefs we can keep. Revelation 2:20-23 deals with the issue of tolerating false teachings in our churches. We need to look at the messages we are receiving and equate them to the Bible message. Revival helps us figure out the truth.
Revelation 3:1-6 describes a dead church, a church that goes outward through the motions, but underneath is nothing. Here’s a picture of nominal Christianity, outwardly wealthy, busy with religious activity’s externals but devoid of spiritual existence and power. Revival aims to revive eternal existence. We are further cautioned against complacency in Revelation 3:11, an existence that bears no fruit. All these conditions warrant a revival.
Revival evidence, a massive outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon Christians, is transformed lives. Great campaigns are taking place for morality, evangelism, and social justice. Once again, Christians spend time in prayer, reading, and obeying the Word of God. Believers start to use their divine gifts potently. There is a confession of sin and repentance.
The secret behind constant Revival
Pray for Revival! We need to revive. Hearing such phrases is fairly popular in Christian assemblies. Some see the need to revitalize their faith and to make a great work of the Holy Spirit inside them.
There is no question that revivals, or spiritual awakenings for Christians, are extremely significant. They are set on fire by God Himself and used to turn back our hearts and minds to Him. Revival brings energy and development. The Holy Spirit of God is highly present during a revival, and a revival will achieve a great deal if taken seriously.
And we see that most religious revivals stagnate time and time again. They begin in power, but each one dies down after some time, the effects are no longer noticeable, yet another revival is required.
If we look at one of the most significant religious revivals recorded in history, known as “The Great Awakening,” we can better understand this. This Revival spread through Eighteenth-century Protestant Europe and British America, prompting thousands of people to seek a spiritual relationship with God. The entire movement lasted about 20 years before dying off. It was followed in the 19th century by yet another revival, “The Second Great Awakening.” And yet another in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries which some scholars claim should be known as a “third great awakening.”
Still, why are they? If God ignites revivals, why are they stagnant?
Running in the Spirit?
The presence of the Holy Spirit is perhaps one of the most noticeable aspects of a Christian revival. The Holy Spirit talks profoundly during a true spiritual revival and works to stir us into a change in our Christian lives. The activity of the Holy Spirit during a revival is typically so intense that people are both spiritually and emotionally profoundly affected.
Unfortunately, there may be a great danger in such a period if we encourage ourselves to indulge in our own feelings and emotions of excitement without taking care of what the Spirit is really talking about. Paul writes, “And we who are of Christ have crucified the body.
Sin is something that goes against the will of God and His laws. To commit sin is to violate or to disobey these rules. The desire for sin dwells in human nature. The unethical, in other words, is corrupted and motivated.
It has her feelings and dreams. When we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. “(Galatians 5:24-25) It is not enough for us to “live in the Spirit” on our own, to love the emotions, and feel that a revival always gives us. We need to obey what the Spirit does in our hearts, especially (as the Bible puts it) to crucify our flesh with its passions and desires.
It means that our rights, our interests and our ambitions are denied or given up so that the will of God can become reality in our lives. We make a deliberate effort to do the will of God in any case, even though it means that we’re not going to get “our way.” It’s moving in the Spirit: that we are faithful to the Word of God and will in our lives.
Three of the witnesses
1 John 5:7-8 says, “For there are three that bear record in Heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. “If we are living a Christian life, then we should have the Spirit, the water, and the blood as witnesses. They’re meant to attest to the life we live.
The Spirit is the Holy Spirit, who expresses Himself in power in our own lives and drives us to excellence. (John 16:14-16) When we walk in the Spirit and follow His promptings, He testifies that our lives are pure and upright, granting us divine authority. Water is the healing that has taken place in us, the washing away of impurity as a result of God’s forgiveness. (1 John 1:9) And the blood is the offering that has taken place in our own lives, referring to the fact that we still suffer for Christ and give up our own self-will every day. 2 Corinthians 4:10-11)
Many people come to the witness of the water, but they never come to the witness of the Spirit and of the blood. It is important that we come to the witness of blood in our lives that we live to obey God and His Word. Without the evidence or witness of blood in our lives, without personal devotion and obedience, salvation will soon die. And without obedience to the Spirit, we will never come to the presence of the Spirit. He’s going to have to withdraw from our life, allowing the Revival to stagnate. How do we expect the Spirit of God to continue to function profoundly through us if we are not faithful to Him?
It is not God’s plan that Christian Revival should stagnate. In reality, he wants us to undergo a personal revival every day in our inner man. “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perishes, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.[2 Corinthians 4:16].
Revival is sustained by walking in the Spirit, by being faithful to the Word of God, and by “fighting for war” in our battle against self-will or indwelling sin. (Hebrews 12:4) If we are true to the Word of God and the Spirit in our everyday lives, it is clear that salvation will never stagnate in our lives.
This doesn’t mean that we’re still going to have all the emotions and memories that have been known to follow an external revival. But it does imply that every day we can be awakened to the will of God. Instead of being a “dull of hearing” on what the Spirit is doing, we should be driven to action every day, quickened to do the good and perfect will of God.
If we want to see regeneration in our churches and societies, we must first experience it inside ourselves.
We must give priority to our time with Christ and ask Him to ignite His power inside. “I am the vine,” said Jesus. The source of all life, food, and power. “If you abide in Me, and I in you, you shall bear much fruit, but you cannot do anything but Me” (John 15:5).
Jesus spoke those words to His followers before handing them the biggest mission in all of Christianity to set up His church. True, they had been walking closely with Him during His time on earth. They had heard so much about the things of God and the things of man. They saw miracles happen, religious figures answered the right questions raised at the right times, and thousands of people shouted for praise.
After all, they had learned, and such rigorous preparation, one could conclude that they were as prepared for ministry as an individual might have. But it wasn’t. They were, in truth, shockingly ill-prepared. There was no primary ingredient — the influence of the Holy Spirit. As for the Scriptures, Jesus instructed them that they would preach salvation in His name, but first, they were to “keep in the city, till [they were] clothed with power on high” (Luke 24:49).
On the day of Pentecost, they obtained the power with a shout from Heaven. “And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”(Acts 2:3-4).
Then and only then were they able to start God’s Church.
They wanted to feel the force of God inside before they could live it out. This is true of us as well.
Why do we need a revival?
All living creatures, left on their own, lead towards entropy. Passion is waning, resolve is weakening, and the turmoil of the world will dilute our ability to live for Christ.
Here’s how: we could have begun our journey of faith with astonishment, ready to give everything to Jesus. We recalled how bleak and desolate life felt apart from Him and filled with joy that we never thought possible. We decided to teach others about the love and grace of Heaven, and maybe even to contemplate the overseas missions.
But then legalism, diversion, or simple profession sinks in, and religion’s monotony overshadows our first love. We trade the presence of God for programs and listen to His voice for the law. Until we fight this life-stealing development, we will find ourselves sinking slowly but steadily into spiritual apathy.
The solution: We must pray for a new ignition of the Spirit of God. We may follow David’s example, the second king of Israel of ancient times, set in Psalm 51.
Revival is not an action or a moment. It’s a flame in the heart that bursts before all of us, and everything we meet is engulfed in God’s love. We need this kind of personal rebirth. Our churches and our nation also need us to understand this, and if we want to live it out, we must understand the power of God inside. This is a real revival, and that kind of Revival is changing us and anyone we meet.