This Father’s Day will be the 20th anniversary of the Brownsville revival.
Myself and maybe more importantly, well known leaders in the Church have been talking about the need for another great move of God, a third great awakening, a revival.
As much as I believe we need a revival, I think we need God more. Let me explain, revival can be trumped up through happy music, shouting, screaming preachers, and let’s be honest, spiritual excess. All this can and many times is called revival, when in reality it’s not.
If we truly want to see a revival we must first look to God and obey His word.
We are all familiar with 2 Chronicles 7:14, but the reasons that verse has not worked for us is two-fold. One, we’ve never truly repented, and two, we’ve never taken it in context.
2 Chronicles 7:12-22 NKJV ” 12 Then the LORD appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: “I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. 13 When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 15 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place. 16 For now I have chosen and sanctified this house, that My name may be there forever; and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually. 17 As for you, if you walk before Me as your father David walked, and do according to all that I have commanded you, and if you keep My statutes and My judgments, 18 then I will establish the throne of your kingdom, as I covenanted with David your father, saying, ‘You shall not fail to have a man as ruler in Israel.’19 “But if you turn away and forsake My statutes and My commandments which I have set before you, and go and serve other gods, and worship them, 20 then I will uproot them from My land which I have given them; and this house which I have sanctified for My name I will cast out of My sight, and will make it a proverb and a byword among all peoples.21 “And as for this house, which is exalted, everyone who passes by it will be astonished and say, ‘Why has the LORD done thus to this land and this house?’ 22 Then they will answer, ‘Because they forsook the LORD God of their fathers, who brought them out of the land of Egypt, and embraced other gods, and worshiped them and served them; therefore He has brought all this calamity on them.’”
When we read this portion of Scripture with context it has somewhat of a different feel to it.
The place was sanctified and there was sacrifice. We need to be sanctified and we need to be the sacrifice.
To be sanctified means to be set apart. We are sanctified when Jesus is made LORD of our life. At salvation He is savior but at sanctification He is made LORD.
Psalm 51:7-10 NKJV ” 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.8 Make me hear joy and gladness, That the bones You have broken may rejoice.9 Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities.10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
1 Thessalonians 4:3-7; 5:23 NKJV “3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. 7 For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Many Christians have made Jesus savior, but not all have made Him LORD. Salvation and sanctification are clearly two different and separate works of Holy Spirit and until we are sanctified, until our temples are sanctified, until our churches are sanctified we will not see God, nor a move of God.
Hebrews 12:14 says without holiness no man shall see God. It is not enough to be saved. Matthew three says we must produce fruit in keeping with repentance. We must be sanctified.
In our sanctification we must present ourselves holy and acceptable which is our reasonable worshipful service.
In revival we want the glory of God to come down. The glory of God is the holiness of God. Exodus 15:11 NIV “majestic in holiness, awesome in glory”.
There are two Hebrew words here, Kabod: holiness as brilliance, and Kodesh: holiness as glory.
The eleventh verse ends, working wonders.
Before we ever see supernatural manifestations of glory, we must see and be a part of the holiness of the glory of God.
We must walk according to the Word of God, 2 Chronicles 7:17. If we do not take the holiness of God seriously and the command of all of Scripture to live and walk holy, we will never see the glory, we won’t see revival.
Second Chronicles seven was written to the Church, not the world. This is for us. The call to repentance is for us, the call to sanctification and sacrifice is to us. The call to walk according to the Word is for us.
I am thrilled to acknowledge and celebrate a revival anniversary, but this needs to serve as a wake-up call. Steve Hill preached repentance and holiness, the healings and other things happened because of the repentance and holiness lifestyle.
If we truly want to see a move of God we must do the following:
Repent of our wicked ways.
Invite Holy Spirit to sanctify us and we continually sanctify ourselves through the Word.
We must put ourselves on the altar of sacrifice.
All this must be done individually before we can ever do it corporately.
Holiness is a positive message, it is a victory message. If we want to see the promises of God fulfilled, and I know each one of us does, we must hold up our end, which is to walk on the highway of holiness (Isaiah 35:8).
Take some time and ask Holy Spirit to speak to your heart, ask to be sanctified, pray the prayer of Psalm 51. Begin walking in victory today, walk in purity and demonstrate power.