Revival

Will You not revive us again, That Your people may rejoice in You?” – Psalm 85:6

This verse reminds me of the very first time when I travelled to Israel. I was so excited about going to the Holy Land that I could not sleep on the plane. By the time that we landed in Istanbul, my eyes were red from no sleep, my clothes wrinkled and my body aching from sitting in a small uncomfortable seat. But after washing my face, shaving my beard, brushing my teeth and putting on a fresh shirt and some deodorant I felt so much better. In fact, I was refreshed and ready for the next part of the journey. I had been revived.

The Christian life is a journey and pilgrimage filled with many experiences, some exciting and some more challenging. It is not meant to be frustrating or impossible to live up to. At times the road becomes difficult and many became discouraged and consider abandoning the journey and their faith. I am convinced that we have no power of our own to live and to maintain our spiritual lives on our journey. Each day we need to receive new wisdom, guidance and enablement from God that comes from our fellowship with Him.  We constantly need to be refreshed, renewed and revived. It happens when we stop running, and start to reflect upon our lives and reconnect with the great Reviver (Micah 2:13) and enjoy times of refreshing that comes from the Presence of the Lord (Acts 3:19)

The Hebrew and Greek language explained the meaning of ‘been revived’ or ‘revival’ as follows; return, restore, renewed, refresh, growth and new roots.

What is Revival? I believe it is season ordained by God in which the Holy Spirit awakens all believers and the Church to their need of God and to evangelize the lost, and at the same time awakens the lost to their dire need of Jesus Christ.

When does it happen? It begins when we become honest with ourselves and realize that we have become tired and lost the freshness and awareness of God in our lives. It happens when God shows up and meet with us in a new and fresh way.

Are you tired and burdened? Are you dissatisfied with the quality of your walk with God? Could it be that God is stirring and awakening your heart for more of Him and for you to reach out to the lost? Maybe you need to be revived again and enjoy the splendor of Who God is anew.