I often ask, "Lord, how are You going to set Your church ablaze with a hunger for Your holiness?" We say we want revival and we want the church to work together to be part of a harvest, yet at times, our actions speak a contrary message. What will it take to bring a lasting revival to our land?
There is nothing wrong with going to services and having the Lord minister to us in a way that makes us feel good, but there is more to revival than that. In fact, there are times when our real need is not for something to make us feel good. Before there can be genuine times of refreshing, there must be times of repentance.
Have we been broken before the Lord over our own sin? Our sin doesn't have to be something we've done; sometimes, it is something we have left undone. We must ask ourselves whether we are truly concerned for the welfare of others. A move of God that does not lead to changed lives and lost souls coming to Christ falls short of being a true revival. A genuine revival is not hoopla or emotion or even spiritual refreshing; it is a move of God that transforms individuals and then entire communities.
The Lord will not force us to consecrate our lives, but in His love, He can put pressure on us to seek Him. He will do whatever it takes to get our attention. We will go to our knees to seek Him either by choice or by circumstances and shakings.
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