All Scripture references are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible unless otherwise stated.
The last revival meeting I witnessed in West Texas was in 1967 at the First Baptist Church in Lubbock and was led by James Robison and it was in that meeting that God called me to ministry. This statement is not about me. This statement is not about James Robison. This statement is not about First Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas. This statement is about Jesus Christ and Him alone.
But there is more. This statement concerns you. This statement concerns the Body of Christ in America, the weakness of His Body in America. For years this beloved Body of Christ has been suffering from spiritual malnutrition because this Body has NOT been committed to following the teachings of His Word. We Baptists have followed this page, or that page, but not all of it. The Methodists, Lutherans, Episcopalians and all of the others have been doing the same thing. Each one follows the page that suits their needs and that is all.
The Body of Christ Reflects the ONE Who Redeemed Her
“When I close up the sky so that it doesn’t rain, or command locusts to devour the land’s vegetation, or send a plague among my people, 14 if my people, who belong to me, humble themselves, pray, seek to please me, and repudiate their sinful practices, then I will respond from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:13-14, HOWEVER, “However, if you turn away and abandon My statutes and My commands that I have set before you and if you go and serve other gods and worship them, 20 then I will uproot Israel from the soil that I gave them, and this temple that I have sanctified for My name I will banish from My presence; I will make it an object of scorn and ridicule among all the peoples.” 2 Chronicles 7:19-20.
Revival is certainly a word to be found in the Baptist vocabulary. We Baptists once used this word to describe a series of worship services in which a visiting preacher, and sometimes a visiting choir director would go to a church to lead in worship. The emphasis was given to leading people to Christ. The idea was that the church members often help out by singing in the “revival choir,” there would be a “pack a pew night,” or a “youth night.” Before the revival week, prayer meetings took place in members’ homes. I think that this would describe what we Baptists meant as a ‘revival meeting.’
Evangelism is not what the word ‘revival’ is defined as being. A revival is an event that God breathes upon Believers and not upon lost folks. The reality is that a ‘revival’ is intended for the people of God, the Church, the Body of Christ. Do you know that dead people cannot be revived but must be resurrected?” What God does in a revival is a move of His Holy Spirit in those who have life in Him. However, these have grown weak because these have yielded to temptation and fallen into some kind of sin they have chosen. What we do know is that revival gives birth to personal evangelism. Evangelism becomes the effective tool of Christians when people come to Jesus by grace through faith.
Revival is nothing less than God accomplishing His sovereign work of grace in His people. His Spirit causes His people to return to spiritual health because they have succumbed to Satan’s temptations to sin which can and will cause broken fellowship with God. Revival will only happen when the people are convicted by the work of the Holy Spirit which is to convict people of sin, judgment, and righteousness. And this results in His forgiveness and restoration of the abundant life and a renewal of spiritual life.
Take a moment to read and hear what God said to Isaiah, “Come, let’s consider your options,” says the Lord. “Though your sins have stained you like the color red, you can become white like snow; though they are as easy to see as the color scarlet, you can become white like wool. If you have a willing attitude and obey, then you will again eat the good crops of the land. But if you refuse and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.” Know for certain that the Lord has spoken.” Isaiah 1:18-20.
When is a revival needed among God’s people?
When God’s people have their left first love they must be revived when they find themselves going through the motions of ‘church.’ Paul instructs Timothy to continue to teach the truth of the Gospel message to those who have moved away from it, “Proclaim the message; persist in it whether convenient or not; rebuke, correct, and encourage with great patience and teaching. For the time will come when they will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear something new. They will turn away from hearing the truth and will turn aside to myths. But as for you, be serious about everything, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” 2 Timothy 4:2-5. God’s people need revival when they are succumbing to temptation and walking into sin and are, perhaps, regretting their sins, but unwilling to repent God’s people must have a revival in their hearts when they are denying their relationship with Jesus Christ. Revival becomes necessary when God’s people become numb to God’s Presence and to His Word
The work of the Holy Spirit becomes necessary when there is a lack of supernatural power from the preaching of the Word affecting the hearts of the careless. These must turn to God in order to once again walk in newness of life. God’s people must be filled with the Spirit instead of being drunk with the things of this world. We read about the power of the Holy Spirit as fire descending from heaven as His answer because of the effectual prayers of righteous men. We must seek the Lord our God to make known His presence. Yes, we are in need of revival, of spiritual renewal.
Jesus is Lord.