The need for a God given revival today.


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The need for a God given revival today.

  1. 1. The need for a God given Revival today.<br />1.  Genuine Revival is a supernatural celebration of the Supremacy of Jesus Christ.<br />Genuine Revival is NOT a church growth approach, evangelistic crusade or a man made series of meetings, but rather the manifest glory of God through the Holy Spirit that radically redefines and transforms the Church from a man centred institution to a shared celebration of the pre-eminence of Jesus Christ. <br />When we pray for Revival we are not merely seeking after a new spiritual experience. Biblical Revival always re-establishes the Supremacy and Glory of Christ as the primary focus of the Church, “Will You not revives us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?” Psalm 85:6.  <br />I can understand and appreciate that many of the outward expressions of the Church will be radically affected by revival; however, these things are the by-product and not the goal and focus of genuine revival. The pre-eminence and pleasure of Jesus Christ is to be the beginning and the end of all our revival pursuits! Anything less will only leave our churches unfulfilled.<br />2.  Genuine Revival mobilizes the Church to World evangelism for the glory and pleasure of God.<br />Genuine Christ focused Revivals always produce a renewed passion for World Evangelism. Yet, it is not uncommon to find many of our revival prayer groups focusing almost exclusively on the Church, while neglecting to pray for the forgotten and unreached nations of the World. Likewise, it is also common to find other groups of sincere believers praying for World missions, but ignoring the pressing need for spiritual revival at home. <br />God desires for His people to unite and earnestly pray about both of these Kingdom priorities. In spite of our personal emphasis and gifting, a mature and healthy Kingdom viewpoint demands that we warmly embrace God's call to pray for both Revival and World Missions!<br />By affirming the eternal relationship between these two themes, I am NOT suggesting that our churches should postpone their missionary activity while we passively wait for another sovereign, God-sent revival. However, the Scriptures and Church history clearly confirm that the remaining task of World evangelism will never be fulfilled in our generation apart from a fresh and mighty move of God.  <br />J. Herbert Kane said “Water cannot rise any higher than its source, nor can the mission overseas be any stronger than the supporting church at home. A sick church can never save a dying world…Throughout history, revival at home and missions abroad have always gone together.”<br />3.  Genuine Revival is always preceded by humility, faith and united prayer. <br />God desires to wonderfully revive and equip His church today. Therefore it is my goal to challenge God’s people about the spiritual value of child-like faith, deep humility and united prayer as the essential elements in preparing our hearts to experience God's reviving presence. God delights to use the faith-filled prayers and needy people to birth great things into the earth.  <br />Remember, the strategy of prayer is God’s sovereign design and not the human efforts of ambitious men. The inspired Word of God repeatedly exhorts us to pray in cooperation with God’s kingdom purposes. <br />“Ask of Me, and I will give you the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession.” Psalm 2:8. “<br />“Ask the LORD for rain in the time of the latter rain” Zechariah 10:1. <br />“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” Matthew 7:7-9.<br />We are living in a new day when God is calling a new generation to partner with Him in persistent and enduring prayer. For God’s glory to revive the Church and awaken every tongue, tribe and nation! Will YOU stand in the “gap” with others? YOU may be the one that will change this world! “These are they that are turning the world upside down.”<br />“So I sought for a man/woman among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one” Ezekiel 22:30. Here I am Lord, send me!<br /><br />