Inside: I couldn’t see Him in this new way without the revival of faith. I needed to cry out to Him and be broken in order for Him to re-make me.
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When you think about a revival, what do you envision? Great speakers, message, and music?
Or take it another direction and maybe you think about a person being revived after losing consciousness?
Is it possible to have a revival when God is silent?
When I went through a hard season, I was struggling to just make it minute to minute. I just felt numb, dull and dead. My world became bleak and gray. Making it to lunchtime was a chore. I’d pray repeated prayers over and over for God to infuse strength and perseverance into me.
Emptiness is the best condition to be filled with His Fullness.
I needed a dose of renewal, a satisfying to my hungry heart.
I would read the Bible and nothing would soak in, but I just felt like if I repeated it enough, it would work into the broken areas. You see God sees into the depths of me, those places I can’t even access.
God rebuilds broken vessels and relationships.
When I felt like I was weakening, God was actually refreshing, renewing and re-introducing me. He was pulling back the curtain and allowing me to see Him in a new way.
To put it differently, He was my Father and He was with me. God wouldn’t leave me. The Shepherd was leading me and caring for me. However, I couldn’t experience with without coming into the Wilderness.
The vision I had had of God was now broken. He became so much more than I thought He was; God was truly for me.
I couldn’t see Him in this new way without this season, and I had to be at the end of myself in sorrow, guilt, and humility to see Him. God needed me to cry out to Him, in order for Him to re-make me into the real me.
You can’t restore a relationship that isn’t broken and my relationship with God had shattered. Control is a bondage of sin of mine. I was leading myself and didn’t need a Shepherd. Here’s the thing, I was as close to God as I chose to be.
Revival is what I needed.
What is a Revival?
- an improvement in the condition or strength of something. (Renew)
- an instance of something becoming popular, active or important again (Reintroduce)
- bring back to life (Restore/Refresh)
I didn’t schedule this revival, God had it already planned. The Holy Spirit was working in me, in the unseen places. I just had to believe. The key was to allow this work to be done. When I wanted to retake the reigns of control, I need to readjust and refocus on God.
Revival is that sovereign work of God in which He visits His own people, restoring and releasing them into the fullness of His blessing.~ Robert Coleman
My frailness caused me to linger in God’s greatness.
Honestly, I didn’t go from sorrow to leaping for joy. It was a slow, frustrating process in believing. Repeated action of trust over and over again.
Over time, I felt God’s hand comforting me and leading me. He gave strength when I asked and brought me through.
I wanted to feast again and again on the filling of God within my heart. I wanted the right relationship with my Father, and I wanted to feel the joy and passion for Him continually,
6 Won’t you revive us again,
so your people can rejoice in you (Psalm 85:6, NLT).
Revival: Faith as Wesley Lived It by Adam Hamilton (2014-09-02)Revival: 6 Steps to Reviving Your Heart and Rebuilding Your Prayer LifeExperiencing Spiritual Revival: Renewing Your Desire for God (Women of Faith Study Guide Series)Women Of Faith Presents Gateway Worship Revival
How to keep revival going in our hearts?
- Humble ourselves.
- Pray that God would keep our focus on Him.
- Seek God daily.
- Turn from a me-centered to Christ-centered perspective.
- Ask God to revive and refresh again and again.
Revival is an extraordinary work of the Holy Spirit producing extraordinary results.~Richard Owens Roberts
When we go through this reintroduction of God, we develop strength and power which we didn’t possess before.
Have you gone through a revival in the Wilderness? What is one thing you have the strength to do now that you didn’t before?