Have you ever wondered why the word revival is never mentioned in the New Testament? The concept is not even hinted at. So why do we consistently talk about revival as if God had a bowl of it up in heaven waiting to pour it out on his people. All we must do is pray enough, fast enough, wait enough, scream enough, repent enough, call on His Name enough. Okay enough. You get the idea.
It’s hard to imagine God in heaven with that big bowl saying, “almost, almost, keep praying, okay….now here you go!” And with a flick of his wrist that bowl is poured out and an awakening sweep across this nation like a tidal wave.
Actually, when you think about it, waiting for revival seems anti-New Testament. The call in the New Testament is to act, to do, to drive…not to wait for God to do something. The sole exception is Acts 1 and 2 when the disciples were commanded to wait and pray for the promised Holy Spirit in Jerusalem. After Jesus ascended they waited ten whole days before the Holy Spirit blew the doors open in the upper room and came to indwell each of them.
At that moment the early believers had everything they needed for revival. They had the instantaneous ability to choose to be empowered by the 3rd Person of the Trinity. At the moment of empowerment they were instantly “revived.” According to Ephesians 1:13,14 we receive the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation and he is there for good.
“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.”
The Holy Spirit brings with Him all of the necessary implements for personal revival. We yield to Him and the revival is on. There is nothing He is lacking in His toolbox and He makes them all available to us as we walk in faith. Check out Peter’s words,
“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” 2 Peter 1:3,4
We have everything we need for revival.
So why do I go to Christian meetings and church services where people constantly call out for the presence of God and the power of God and revival? Some scream, some sing, some wave banners all the while trying to call down the lightning. Meanwhile the thunder is ready to rumble down deep in our souls.
Maybe it’s because we are choose not to walk by faith and live like that revival is reality. When we do that in a way we are blamin God by implying that He hasn’t poured out revival yet. But He already poured it out when He gave His Spirit to us. But instead of activating the Spirit’s work through us by faith we sing, pray and fast under the pretense of “waiting” on God. Meanwhile He is waiting on us to believe that we have everything we need for life and godliness and to walk in it.
If my little boy asks me for something to eat while he is holding the happy meal I just bought for him at McDonald’s at best he would seem ignorant and at worst he would be ungrateful. Meanwhile we are holding the Holy Spirit “Happy Meal” in our hands (along with the free prize of revival inside) and we are begging God for more.
We have everything we need.
Let’s live the revival that was purchased through the cross of Christ, empowered through His resurrection and delivered into our hands at the moment of salvation.