The topic of Revival can mean all kinds of different things to a host of varying people, whether that be “religious”, “spiritual” or “Christian” just the same. In my more impressionable years as a child, the topic of “Revival” was a big deal – when our church was “having it”, we were there “for it”. There would be singing, shouting, preaching and praying to stir up the Spirit of all in attendance. It seemed like the “adults” were in tune with Spirit, with the “children” getting more restless as each night progressed, as this “reviving” would drag on for hours.
Once the “set aside” time of Revival was closed out, very little changed. REMEMBER this is being presented from non-regenerate soul’s point of view. A brief recall of several of those Revival meetings comes to mind, where several people did have a transformation occur in their lives – to a point where their lives changed, both on the inside and outside. Simply put, their Worship changed. Why did it take a Revival meeting to cause a change in Worship for so few people? I believe it is because we Christian’s as a whole don’t understand what genuine Worship of the Heavenly Father, petitioning the VERY Throne Room of Heaven, should be much past getting Saved by placing their Faith and Life in the finished work of Christ – Salvation.
To Revive Worship
One of the BEST Revival meetings that I’ve been to in a LONG time was held at our home church, preached by Bro. John Anderson, our Revivalist. He specialized in the simple to remind us of something that is one of the most difficult things to wrap one’s mind around – just how MUCH God LOVES each of us. Us being able to see this Truth points us to God’s Word immediately, which is JUST the place where we are Encouraged to Worship Him. Revival should be experienced daily by and in the means of Worshiping Him with EVERY Born Again Believer.
We each must realize that as Christians, access to the Heavenly Father is our choice to exercise – He will NOT force Himself on us. He desires to be in our “midst”, as a Mighty God, One who will Save, Rejoice, Love and have Joy over us. Zephaniah 3:17 gives us that in a nutshell:
The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17 | King James Version
Don’t YOU want to have that kind of Relationship with the One who provided the means of Salvation, through the Sacrifice of His Son? I SURE DO!
We were presented with five Truths from God’s Word, that in turn gave us statements we should consider in our Worship:
See the Hand of God at Work in Every Situation of Our Lives.
Never Walk The Same After An Honest Meeting With God.
Even in the Midst of Trial, Tragedy & Heartbreak.
God Has Everything You Need, Run To Him.
Take a Step Toward Him, He Will Sprint Toward You.
These are five reviving pictures that will change our very lives forever, should we be faithful to desire Revival each and every day we live. They may seem like they are cliché to a degree, but they can be fully appreciated and understood by those who will seek to have real Worship each and every day of their lives. The more of God’s Word we know, the more time we spend with Him in Prayer and the more we have a desire to serve Him – the more important it will become that we stay ever more close to Him.
He desires to hear from His children.
It is amazing how the simple can confound the difficult, how the most basic of things can be an explanation for the complex and most of all, how the All Powerful, Creator God wants to have a Relationship with each of us. The nuts and bolts of Revival is to bring us to a point where we will consider our Relationship with our Saviour, with our Creator and the sensitivity we have to the Holy Spirit, who resides within EVERY Christian. Why? He desires that we know Him, for which we should understand that He Deserves our attention as the very least.
He Deserves It
He Loves (You and Me)
He Is Lord
He’s Longing To Be With You
We indeed will ONLY be as close to our Heavenly Father as we have the desire to be close to Him. James 4:8a reminds us “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.” Something that our Revivalist said stuck in my mind – “Do by Faith; not about a Place, it is about a Person – the Person of Jesus Christ” We have been given every resource, reason and recommendation – but the move is strictly up to each one of us individually. Personally determine, along with me, that our Worship is what needs to be worked on – daily – adding to those appointed times during the year when we have Revival to give us a perspective as a body of Believers in our churches. Start with the first one – He Lives! See what He says to us in His Word about His Existence and our Reliance on Him for Eternity. With each step closer to Him, your and my Worship of Him will change us from the inside out – others will want to know what is happening – folks can easily share things about Individuals they spend time with, allowing us to share the Gospel and the Gospel Maker with them, even easier.
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