From the Pulpit

Published: Friday, October 19, 2012 at 10:14 AM.

The word revival says that something is alive but is about to die; it struggles with life and needs awakening.

If you’re not a Christian, you don’t need revival; you need regeneration. If you are a Christian, there is a good chance that during your Christian life, you will need a few revivals.

Revival happens when God visits His people and wakes them up spiritually. It can happen on many levels. For example, revival can happen at the individual, group or community level — and even the national level. One of the most famous revivals was the Great Welsh Revival at the turn of the 20th century, when more than 100,000 people came to Christ in five months.

This revival was so powerful, they closed bars and pubs because people stopped going to them. They closed prisons because there was no one to put in jail. Amazingly, mines had trouble getting mules to work because so many miners converted to Christ and the mules only worked while cursed. The whole nation of Wales experienced revival.

The best definition of revival from the Bible is in Acts 3:19, where Peter says, "Repent, then, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out and that times of refreshing may come from the Lord

When revival comes, great things happen. God’s people have a new passion for prayer, worship and God’s Word — you won’t have to beg them to come to church. You see renewed, even ruthless confession of sin and renewed commitment to holiness. Many of the things God’s people used to tolerate in their lives will not be tolerated anymore. You will see an increased burden for the lost and an emphasis on evangelism. Great numbers of people coming to Christ usually follows revival.

Revival cannot be manufactured; rather, it is heaven sent. God can’t be forced to send revival by anything we do.

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