“A spiritual revival is not important to the Church…it is imperative! At this moment (which I believe is the darkest in our nation’s history and, for that matter, in world history) the Church is plagued with inertia.” (Leonard Ravenhill, Revival God’s Way, A Message for the Church, Bethany House Publishers, 1983, page 55). This statement is even more true in 2018.
“Hear the word of the Lord, O children of Israel [and Church, American and the world], for the Lord has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land. There is no faithfulness or steadfast love, and no knowledge of God in the land; there is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed” (Hosea 4:1–2).
While Ravenhill uses the word “revival,” I suggested that our present conditions require more than a revival, they demand an “awakening”! We are too familiar with ‘arranging revival meetings’ where we select the date, the preachers, the songs, and the food, but we cannot select how the “awakening” is going to take place in the heart. This is where we fall short. We have forgotten the role of the Holy Spirit in convicting our hearts about our own condition and then crying to Him for mercy in bringing about a powerful transformation in us.
The word “revive” in Scripture expresses the concept of making us “come to life,” while “awaken” adds a strong sense of alarm regarding conditions we are not aware of. When I survey the spiritual landscape of the Church, beginning with my own heart, I deeply feel alarm and urgency! The Spirit must step in with a powerful work in me/us. He is the only one who can do this. John 3:5; 15:5; 1 Corinthians 2:14 all point to the fact that we cannot affect change in ourselves. It must be the work of God by the Spirit. Will you cry to Him for this “awakening” to take place, first in you?
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