There have been many people, possibly even yourself, that have made such statements as, “America is in need of a great spiritual awakening!” “Our community needs a fresh outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit!” “Our church needs a revival!” However, when we talk about “revival” what exactly are we talking about? In this article, I want to answer that question and talk about New Vision Church’s need for revival.
What Do We Mean by the Term Revival?
According to the dictionary, revival is an improvement in the condition or strength of something. It is the restoration to life, consciousness, vigor, and strength of something. It is meant to bring back or restore our relationship with the Lord. By this I don’t mean that all in our church have abandoned their faith in God. But I do mean that the fire that once blazed brightly is now glowing embers and need the breath of God to invigorate and cause the fire to blaze brightly again. Consider Psalm 85:6, “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” (ESV).
The Need for Revival
WE NEED a work of the Holy Spirit of a supernatural kind. WE NEED power in the preaching of the Word. WE NEED all believers to be infused with a heavenly energy, to do the work of reaching and affecting the hearts of those without a relationship with God. WE NEED to be filled with the Spirit. WE NEED to behold a fire descending from heaven in answer to the effectual fervent prayers of righteous men and women. WE NEED to pray that God will bear His holy arm to this lost, skeptical, and unbelieving generation. WE NEED A REVIVAL.
Expectations from the Revival
With revival I expect this church to get fired up with a new passion for the work of the Lord. I believe this church will experience a powerful and dynamic move of the Holy Spirit where miracles will take place, people will be healed, and many will come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. When the church gets right, the lost will get saved
What the Church Must to do for Revival
First, fasting and praying are important because this will help us to draw closer to God. We also need to be in fervent prayer for God to move. The key to revival is for people to experience a powerful and dynamic move of God, therefore, THE CHURCH MUST PRAY.
Second, we must determine and endeavor to attend public worship. When God begins to move in a fresh and new way, you need to be there. The Lord might have something that He intends for you to hear that might change your life. Your healing or deliverance might be there at that service. Jesus said, “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them” (Matthew 18:20, ESV). I expect God to do great and powerful things, but we must all come together in one place and in one accord (Acts 2:1). THE CHURCH MUST ATTEND.
Finally, we need to invite people; and especially those with needs or are lost. The atmosphere in these services needs to be one of heightened expectation and faith. John records that some Greeks came to one of the meetings that Jesus was conducting. “Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. So, these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Please notice that their interest was not in how great the singing was. Their interest was not in the décor or the entertainment value of the service. They wanted to see Jesus. They might have had a need, they might have wanted to become a follower, but the point is, their interest was to see Jesus. This is the type of climate we need. When Jesus is front and center in all that we do, when our focus is upon Him, you will find that not only will this draw men unto Him (John 12:32), but it will also create an environment that is conducive to miracles and the moving of the Holy Spirit. This is a great opportunity to see our friends and loved ones transformed by the Power of Jesus Christ. THE CHURCH MUST INVITE.
Lord, send revival!