I’ve been thinking about revival a lot lately. When we hear the word revival most in the Church typically think 3-5 days of meetings with a special speaker. Sometimes revival can go longer, like at Brownsville. If we really stop and look at it though our understanding of revival is pretty much regular church with an extra helping of excitement.
I don’t really know how to define revival, to be honest with you, my concept of revival has been extra meetings with a special speaker. The more I look at history however I get a different picture.
My heart cry for months has been to be a part of a move of God, but the more I pray and the more I seek God I feel I just don’t get what God calls a move of God. I know what I call a move of God but the more I go after Him and the more I know Him the more I get that I don’t get it.
I’ve been raised in Church pretty much my whole life, I knew from a young age that I was called to be in ministry. I’ve heard and read lots of the great stories, the discouraging thing is, to this point, I have seen very little of what I’ve been taught, read, and heard talked about.
I long to see a move of God, I’m talking a move that doesn’t end, a move that is so much of our daily lives that moving in the supernatural becomes normal.
As I ponder moves of the past, lives of great leaders and so much more, I don’t write today some great answer, I’m not really sure what I’m writing (that encourages you doesn’t it?)
Maybe we all need to re-look at the stories and the people we’ve heard of. Maybe we need to get in our prayer closets more. Maybe we need corporate prayer more often.
This next thing probably needs a little explanation, we need more time in worship than in the Word. Yes, the word is important, yes, that’s how we are fed. The thing is though, God inhabits praise not preaching. If we are going to have a move of God, if we are going to experience Him we must become people of praise and worship. Of course we still need the word preached, but I think somewhere we got backwards it became more of what we get from a preacher preaching than just being in God’s presence.
I know some will disagree, some won’t even want to understand what I said because they think I’m speaking against the Word, I promise you, I’m not. As one called to teach and preach, believe me I love that, but that’s for us, praise and worship is for Him. Our services need more for Him and a little less for us.
I believe to see revival we need to see it as a lifestyle and the supernatural as normal living. It can’t be about a few extra meetings or a guest speaker it has to be about His presence.
I believe revival is cultivated through each one of our personal relationships with the Holy Spirit. We need to talk to Him, we need to pray in the language of the Spirit, we need to develop relationship with Him.
Like I said, I knew this post wasn’t going to answer questions necessarily. Maybe it will get you to thinking and crying out for your own personal revival.
All I know is this, if I ever become satisfied I’ve lost, because there is always more.
Never become satisfied, keep crying out for more, long for more of His presence. Cry out to be filled a fresh and anew.
What is revival culture? God’s presence and power as a way of life.