Keys to Revival
I am seeking God intensely to send TRUE REVIVAL, an outpouring of the Holy Spirit that gets ‘out of man’s control.’ I am totally weary of ‘church as usual’ and more than ever, I am ready for a new level of the supernatural. I have discovered that there are keys to revival revealed in the Scripture. In this and future issues of the Shield of Faith I intend to share those keys, one at a time.
REVIVAL KEY #1 —HUMILITY
KEY BIBLICAL EXAMPLE:
First God explained, “And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.” (Dt. 8:2) So part of the reason that God led them was to bring them to humility. They could not choose their own way and survive. They were totally dependent on Him for guidance in order to achieve their destiny of possessing the Promised Land. And so it is with us.
Second, the children of Israel were admonished to remember that it was God “who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end.” (Dt. 8:16) So part of the reason that God provided supernatural sustenance was, once again, to impress their minds with their utter dependency on Him. Without His intervention, they would surely perish. And so it is for us.
The writer went on to explain that God, through this process, intended to prove that “Man shall not live by bread alone, but…by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD.” (Dt. 8:3) How humbling it is to know that we cannot feed ourselves or find truth by our own self-effort! God must lead us and God must feed us or we are hopelessly lost and spiritually starving.
There are repeated warnings in Scripture: “When pride comes, then comes shame…” (Pr. 11:2) “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Pr. 16:18) “A man’s pride will bring him low…” (Pr. 29:23)
So let us humble ourselves and be obedient, even to the point of death, that we, like Daniel, might hear from heaven, impact our world and be “exalted” by receiving a mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit from above. (See Dan. 10:12, Lk. 18:14) A dear friend of mine once commented, “Jesus walks through doors of humility. If you provide Him a door of humility, He will come into your life.” This is true for individuals and for churches as a whole.
Finally, may I remind you that Martin Luther claimed wistfully, “A revival of religion never lasts longer than a generation.” (A generation was about three decades in his estimation.) John Wesley later refuted this, saying that the religious movement God initiated through him had already lasted (at the time of his writing) fifty years. Being a highly organized person, the key to the perpetuation of Wesley’s revival may have been his ability to provide a wineskin that endured beyond his generation. This is our responsibility as well. Let us seek humility and pursue God passionately for a spiritual outbreak in our generation, but an equally important priority must be the igniting of this passion in the next generation that this light might continue to shine.