TOPIC: WHEN YOU NEED REVIVAL - 4 May 2018 Friday
Memorise: Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?
1 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord: and the Lord delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.
2 And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds.
3 And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them;
4 And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass.
5 For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number: and they entered into the land to destroy it.
6 And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the children of Israel cried unto the Lord.
From God’s perceptive, revival is a state of restoration of spiritual interest which has suffered setback or has been abandoned by God’s people. It connotes renewal or the return to original status from a state of coma or disuse. Based on the use of this term in some portions of Scripture, it is evident that it also means to literally bring back to life from the dead (1 Kings 17:22, 2 Kings 13:21). I therefore speak the word of authority to everything that is in a state of coma, and everything that is partially or completely dead in your life: receive complete revival by the power of resurrection in Jesus’Name. In Revelation Chapters 2 and 3, the description of the spiritual state of most of the seven churches in Asia is indicative of spiritual conditions that call for revival. May the Good Lord heal and completely revive everyone reading this that may be in a backslidden state in Jesus’s Name.
The backsliding of a Christian does not just happen in one day. Rather, it is a gradual process that involves progressive character erosion. The end result is what people see, and then they begin to ask, when did this fellow become like this? This will not be your story in Jesus’ Name. For that not be your story, you need to be familiar with and sensitive to the conditions and circumstances that call for revival, in order to kick-start one whenever necessary. There are many overt signs that make revival necessary in a person’s life. A child of God needs revival whenever he or she begins to experience spiritual dryness, as we see in the life of Samson in Judges 16:20-21. When a child of God can no longer recognize the presence or absence of God in his or her life, this is indicative of spiritual dryness. Whenever a child of God finds himself or herself in physical or spiritual servitude, as it happened to the Isrealites in Judges 3:12-14, it is time for revival. When sinful acts and wickedness such as those recorded in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 become part of the daily lifestyle of a Christian, he or she urgently needs peace, joy and divine provision, just as it happened to the Israelites today’s Bible reading, revival is desperately needed. Also whenever a child of God falls into a state of self-doubt or uncertainty and he or she begins to feel insecure, as seen in Number 13:26-33, this is an obvious sign that revival is needed. Revival is always preceded by sober reflection and a repentant heart, followed by earnest prayers to God for revival. Do you need revival. Do you need revival today? Reach out to God, and He will send His fresh fire into your heart.
Prayer Point: Father, please revive a desire for righteousness and heal every form of regression in Your Church today in Jesus’ Name.
Open Heavens Daily Devotional Lessons was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical Church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer's Ministries.