Special Study OUR EXPECTATION OF AN ABIDING REVIVAL Psalm 85:6; Habakkuk 3:2; Hosea 6:1-3

01/08/2011

Every sincere seeker and worshipper of God has an expectation of revival. The psalmist’s passionate request-question, “Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?” reveals that the revival once enjoyed had been lost. He could recall that there were revivals in the days of Moses, Joshua, Elijah, Elisha and David for the people of God which did not last. Absence of revival, power, authority, miracle, signs and wonders informed his heart-cry for revival as of old. Since He did it before, he believed that the unchanging God could do it again. The psalmist’s expectation and passion for revival represent the expressions of our desire for revival. Our passion is also like that of prophet Habakkuk. Having heard the declaration of divine judgment against sin, Habakkuk became afraid and pleaded for mercy and revival in lieu of impending devastating dryness, poverty and weakness. “O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.” What is revival? It is Renewal in righteousness; Empowerment for exploits; Vision for victorious, virtuous vessels; Impartation of His image; Victory over vanity and vice; Agreement with Almighty God; and Love for the Lord. Revival is our expectation from the Lord; and as we agree together and pray, God will grant our hearts’ desire. Then the Lord will revive, build, re-unite us and His mighty power will be felt in the whole land and in every family. 1. PREPARATION AND PRAYER FOR AN ABIDING REVIVAL Joel 2:12-20 Preparation precedes revival. If God’s promised revival will be fulfilled, there is a preparation and prayer that the Lord is calling the individual Christian as well as the Christian assemblies/associations to make. “Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart... rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God...” He requires repentance from evils done to others. It is when we completely repent, turn away, forsake all sins and live righteously and consecrate to serve God that the promised revival will come. We also need to deny self, fast and seek His face in a united prayer to be able to enjoy an abiding revival. The children of Israel never enjoyed a lasting revival; they were always in a cycle of being delivered and afterward conquered. The Egyptians, Midianites, Assyrians, Philistines, Babylonians, Medo-Persians and Romans all took their turn in ruling over them. This vicious cycle characterise the lives of some people who do not retain the blessing of God. The will of God is a permanent enjoyment of freedom from sin and living a consistently pure lifestyle. If the church will cry to God, He promises to “remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren

4:4.5:28.” God knows the ugly condition of dry bones and the message that will bring revival. The secret of a fruitful ministry among dry bones and elsewhere is declaring the revealed Word for the specific audience.. success and prosperity in all areas of personal and national lives. there was a noise. bone to his bone. God will grant us and our country success and prosperity. “the word of God increased. With the revival come salvation. families and our country. Discouraged.” When true revival comes. and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly. It is faithfulness to prophesy as commanded that makes the Lord to honour His Word by bringing a mighty revival. PROGRESS AND PENETRATION OF AN ASCENDING REVIVAL Acts 2:41.” Believers were everywhere. and behold a shaking. 2. 6:7. Poor facilities and living standards are discouraging. and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith. Every situation requires a different approach if the believer must be fruitful. “So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied. community. Zacchaeus and Saul.” When we give up our sins and pray. Matthew. not the message dictated by men but given by God. not few. hospital. “behold. There is no excitement and motivation to pursue life’s aspiration or render quality service. A mighty revival will come when ministers of the gospel preach. The progress was real as there was a subsequent record of five thousand people who became converted. Our present spiritual. there was progress and penetration of the gospel.. He will add converts to the church daily as He did in the early church...8:5-8. many are seeking greener pastures in other lands.and desolate. The Sanhedrin alleged that. ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine. To effectively revive dry bones require addressing them with the revealed Word of God for specific conditions. When we accept all the precepts of the Lord and prophesy as He has commanded. will be converted to the Lord. But there was penetration too. PROMISE AND PROPHECY OF AN APPOINTED REVIVAL Ezekiel 37:1-14 God has promised to bring revival. 3. But like Ezekiel. and the bones came together. thousands of souls. political and economic conditions are as critical as those of the dry bones that prophet Ezekiel saw and ministered to.9:31.2:39 During the Pentecostal revival in the early church. When there was progress and penetration of an ascending revival. God brings this kind of true revival through the ministers who are fully revived and dedicated to Him.47. “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. believers must not quit because of the dryness and draught in the land but overcome these challenges and rebuild dry lives. office. school. section and family had genuine believers. peace.” Philip was able to bring joy to the . Every street. Christ used different approaches to convert Peter.

.Samaritans through salvation. O God! For Thy Spirit of light. And scattered our night. Revive us again. For Jesus who died. Fill each heart with Thy love. All glory and praise To the Lamb that was slain. 3. The promised revival we seek is such that will usher in activities of planting strong and vibrant churches that cannot be conquered by the devil. We praise Thee. We praise Thee. miracles. Who has borne all our sins. Who has shown us our Saviour. And is now gone above Hallelujah! Thine the glory. Revive us again. 4. Hallelujah! Thine the glory. O God! For the Son of Thy love. signs and wonders that God wrought through him. ******* Congregational Song: 1. The church also multiplied numerically. And hath cleansed every stain. 2. Hallelujah! Amen . May each soul be rekindled With fire from above.

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