I Have a Dream

I Have a Dream

Originally titled “Before I Die,” this post was featured on March 25, 2011. It made our “Best of the last five years cut” because it’s our heart cry, too, here at True Woman and Revive Our Hearts

If you resonate with this beautiful post, you’ll also enjoy watching Pastor Elliff’s True Woman ’12 message, A Call to Revival.”

All of us have dreams. Some want a dream home complete with grass and a white picket fence. Others would love to have their dream job or dream car or dream vacation.

I have a lot of dreams. Fueled by a few years of experiences and a passion for something transcendent, you don’t want to ask me about my dreams unless you have a full pot of coffee and a good bit of time. I’ll wear you out.

But, can I let you know just one? I dream of a mighty spiritual movement in this nation. Something that history would record—not just in human writing, but in heavenly records: a movement of God’s Spirit that overpowers our human frailty and our silly wineskins, a breath from the throne of heaven that brings the church to magnificent renewal. Where people can’t wait to get to prayer meetings and worship lasts all night. Where no musical instrument is needed because the fullness of human voices raised in genuine praise is more magnificent than the greatest symphony.

I dream of a day when the silly, stupid, worldly gods we vainly follow as believers are seen for what they are and gladly released. When the thought of wasting time in front of a television is so useless to believers that it’s passed over like stale bread. I dream of Acts 2. I dream of love that causes us to release every hold on our possessions—that the whole church in any given city is caring for the needs of each believer so there is literally “no more need” in the entire believing community.

I dream of a national revival in God’s church where whole towns are marked by one characteristic—the manifest presence of God. I see, from this reviving of God’s church, a spiritual awakening among those without Christ. Where society and culture is consumed and transformed in a tidal wave of spiritual momentum. Where people without Christ don’t have to be begged and persuaded to think about Christ but come running to God’s altars to beg for mercy and cleansing. Where Sunday morning is a continuation of gatherings that have happened every single weekday. Where every home becomes a sanctuary, every gathering a prayer meeting, every person a testimony and a messenger of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Where the gospel is almighty and carries everything before it.

If you think I’m a lunatic, go ahead. But I’m not just dreaming. This is my God’s desire, and He has done it before. Everything I’ve just described has happened, more than once, in American history. And our God is powerful enough to do it again. Even in spite of our sin and weakness, our fears and traditions. It seems fantastical to us, but it’s our lack of exposure to an experience of national revival and spiritual awakening that makes us so unbelieving.

That’s one of my dreams and, I admit, the big one…and I’m not giving up on it until I die.

This article originally appeared here.

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Bill Elliff
Bill Elliff is a revivalist, church consultant, and Senior Teaching Pastor of The Summit Church in North Little Rock, Arkansas. His passion is for spiritual revival and methodological renewal in the church–both new wine and new wineskins—for the glory of God. He can be contacted at [email protected]