God of Revival
1 Come, let us return to the Lord. For he has torn us,
and he will heal us; he has wounded us, and he will bind up our wounds. 2 He will revive us after two days, and on the third day he will raise us up so we can live in his presence. 3 Let’s strive to know the Lord. His appearance is as sure as the dawn. He will come to us like the rain, like the spring showers that water the land. 4 What am I going to do with you, Ephraim? What am I going to do with you, Judah? Your love is like the morning mist and like the early dew that vanishes. 5 This is why I have used the prophets to cut them down; I have killed them with the words from my mouth. My judgment strikes like lightning. 6 For I desire faithful love and not sacrifice,
the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
Revival is an ever-increasing awareness of God’s presence, that stirs our affections towards Him and others, as we grow in our knowledge of God and in grace driven obedience to His Word. All of this being initiated and carried out by the Spirit of God and instructed by the Word of God.
Revival is less about experiencing revival and more about experiencing God.
If we want to experience revival, we must know the God of revival and be moved in our affections towards Him.
2 Corinthians 6:11-13
11 We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide open. 12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections. 13 In return (I speak as to children) widen your hearts also.
9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and looked down on everyone else: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee was standing and praying like this about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I’m not like other people—greedy, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give a tenth, of everything I get.’
13 “But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even raise his eyes to heaven but kept striking his chest and saying, ‘God, have mercy on me,, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this one went down to his house justified rather than the other, because everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Do you want to know the God of revival?
What are you willing to give up to know the God of revival?
For further study:
Knowing God by J.I. Packer
The Attributes of God by A.W. Tozer
Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby
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