I preached this message Jan. 11, 2012, just days before our Winter Revival with Dr. Phil Kidd. Bro. Kidd has been with us in revival for 22 years straight and has always been a help to our Church. We saw 8 people saved and over 15 rededications of life to Christ. While many Churches have gone away from real revival meetings to conferences on Church building and teaching methods of how to build Churches, there are still Churches that focus on reaching the lost sinner and teaching the Saints of God in areas of Sanctification. Many Churches have reversed the roll of the Church, focusing more on building the Church than Building the Christian. Revivals are designed to bring attention to the individual and Christ.
Psalm 85:1-13 should be read and v6 should be noticed. “Wilt thou not revive us again: that Thy people may rejoice in Thee?” This verse teaches us that real revival results in God’s people rejoicing in Him. Another great verse on the subject is Hab. 3:2 which states, “O LORD, revive Thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known: in wrath remember mercy.”
Isa. 57:15-21 should be read and notice v15 which shows that revival is a result of a “contrite and humble spirit…” There is no lasting or true revival without brokenness of heart. Hard hearted people do not and cannot experience revival. See Psalm 34:18 and Psalm 51:17
I want to give some simple thoughts on the effects of revival in God’s people:
- There is an increase in sensitivity to sin. The words “Humble” and “contrite” indicate that sin brings sorrow of heart into the lives of God’s people. See Psalm 51:1-19
- There is an increase in our search for closeness to God. Notice again Psalm 85:6, “…that Thy people may rejoice in Thee.” What a change revival brings into the relationship between saint and Saviour! Ja.4:8
- There is an increase in our seriousness about walking in the Spirit. If we have personal revival, it will not be without the work of the Holy Spirit as we walk in the Spirit and we do not quench the Spirit. Eph. 4:30 and 1 Thess. 5:19
- There is an increase in our sympathy for lost sinners and wayward saints. Look again at Psalm 51: 12-13 and notice “then will I teach transgressors they ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.” This is a result of personal revival.
- There is an increase in our Spiritual appetite for the things of God. Revival will not end with the last “Amen.” Psalm 84:4 states, “Blessed are they that dwell in Thy house: they will be still praising Thee.”
May God help us to live in a state of revival until He comes or calls.