Revival….a God given, Holy Spirit driven,
heart and soul renewal….what will that really look like?
Psalm 119:156, 167
” Great are thy tender mercies, O Lord;
Revive me according to thine ordinances.”
My soul hath kept thy testimonies,
and I love them exceedingly.”
Revival is a prayer of the hearts of God’s people.
We talk about revival, but what is it and what are we really praying for when we pray for revival?
We say our hearts are the Lord’s and we are His servants, but are we really?
Is “He” our whole hearts desire?
Is “He” unsurpassed in position and purpose in our Life?
Is “He” all that consumes us?
We can tell if He is “everything” to us by how we spend our time, and how much time we spend with Him.
Do we speak of Him all the time in our everyday conversation?
Is He the center of our thoughts, or are “we” the center of our thoughts?
If we are so filled with ourself and our importance that our conversations always turn to us and our “take” on things,
….that is pride and arrogance.
Do we always have to give our opinion on what is being said or happening? That is pride and arrogance.
If we are always making a judgement, or evaluating the person or situation,
and are too “sophisticated” to feel or have compassion in a special situation…. that is pride and arrogance.
Christ, even when He knew that the people were wrong in what they were saying or about to do, He kept quiet.
When the lady was brought to him caught in adultery, He let them be convicted of their own conscience, and showed compassion.
He was quiet before them.
Christ led by humility and compassion. Our leaders who always have a quick quip answer,
and do not show compassion & humility, can’t and don’t really listen, are seen as proud and arrogant.
Our hearts are so haughty and full of ourselves, no wonder we cannot have Revival.
Our hearts and souls must be empty of ourselves, and then ….and only then, can we be filled with God himself
through the filling of the Holy Spirit.
The Lord cannot fill a person who is so filled with himself and so ready to give his opinion.
That is a person who “thinks more highly of himself than he ought to think” (Romans 12:3).
Let us give this much thought….
and much soul searching prayer and confession.
A study of the revivals of the past is a very humbling, yet inspiring pursuit.
Each revival was preceded by prayer….but not just ordinary prayer.
The prayer was from a God given, Holy Spirit driven burden that was highly unusual.
It had no bearing whether other people joined in the burden at first.
Those driven to pray could do nothing else but pray.
They were “given to prayer” and usually fasting was part of the burden.
Let the Holy Spirit be a “discerner of the thoughts and intents of our hearts”. ( Hebr. 4:12 )
So a revived heart will be filled with humility.
It will be a heart so filled with thanksgiving to the Lord
for His grace and goodness, realizing fully our own worthlessness
in the presence of a Holy righteous God.
Our hearts will be humbled in gratitude to the Lord
for His completed work on the Cross for us in our place.
Verses that we need to ponder, meditate on and
renew our spirits according to and concerning humility:
Isaiah 57:15 says…
“For thus saith the High and Lofty One
who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
I dwell in the high and holy place,
with him also who is of a contrite and humble spirit,
to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive
the heart of the contrite ones.”
This word “contrite” means crushed. It is one who has
seen his own sin, and sees his own sinfulness continually, and is crushed by the knowledge that no good thing dwells in him…..
that sin has an abiding presence in his life that shows him his own unworthiness before God.
The word “humble” is low in mind or condition.
This has the connotation that the person is voluntarily
low in mind or condition.
The perfect example of this is obviously the Lord Jesus Christ himself.
He left the realms of glory to humble himself
and took on human flesh.
He voluntarily limited himself in His knowledge
and deity as He chose to walk among man.
Then he humbled himself …..to the death of the cross
In Psalm 34:18 talks about one with a contrite spirit also.
“The Lord is near unto those who are of a broken heart,
and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.”
The broken heart is from seeing who we are
before a Holy God. We see our sinful condition.
This is confirmed in Psalm 51:10 and 17.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and a contrite heart, O God,
wilt Thou not despise.”
A contrite spirit pleases the Lord, and we cannot be revived in our soul and spirit without it.
A contrite spirit will come across as gentleness, goodness, meekness (Gal. 5:22&23).
If we do not see this in our lives, there is no way that we are Spirit filled, controlled by the Holy Spirit…. and we will never know a true personal revival.