What is revival? That word sure is thrown around a lot these days. What is it and what does it look like?

By definition revival means ‘restoration to life’. 

Since the conflict between spirit and flesh is so intense, we often fail to be renewed by the Spirit and as a result our spirit needs to be revived. When we don’t walk in the victory the Spirit allows our flesh takes over.

As with wildfires, our hearts often need to be purged with the Holy fire of the Almighty God. The forest floor of our hearts needs light, it is overgrown with flesh, and that flesh must be removed so that new growth can start again. 

Revival is repentance.

Isaiah 1:27 Zion will be restored by justice; those who repent will be revived by righteousness.

The justice spoken of here is not social, it is spiritual. It is a justice reckoned on our hearts. When we repent, we not only confess our sin but turn from it. In turning from our sin we accept life over death.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Since revival is ‘restoration to life’, revival is simply repenting of sin. It can happen on a personal or mass scale. It is accepting the wage of life, rather than the wage of death and experiencing the joy of a pure heart and clean hands. 

Revival is not enacted, it is received. Revival is delivered as a gift from God’s hand to repentant hearts. The result is righteousness. It is what God desires most, our obedience. This is because obedience reveals your love for Him.

John 14:21 Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”

Love is revealed in action, talk is cheap. So by repenting of sin and turning to God we not only show our love for Him, we receive His love and life giving power. We are restored to life, and revived.

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