Revived To Thrive

Revived to Thrive

Revival is not an event, but a lifestyle.

Is Revival All God? All Man?

Why We Need Revival

What is Revival?

How Do I Position Myself for Revival?

Is Revival All God? All Man?

Why is this important to know? If we believe it’s ALL God - we will sit back and do nothing

If we believe it is ALL Man - we will become frustrated, tired, and helpless.

John George Govan, founder of The Faith Mission (Edinburgh, Scotland) who partook of several revivals at the end of the nineteenth century said, “Without God we cannot, without man He will not.”

Victor Ellenberger wrote A Century of Mission work in Basutoland 1833-1933. In reference to the Qalo Awakening (c.1912) in Basutoland (modern-day Lesotho), he wrote: ‘…The awakening of a whole district under the guidance of a missionary who had joined the mission rather late in life, is a veritable miracle of the power of God in conjunction with the faithful service of man.’

Norman Grubb, in the foreword to Floods on Dry Ground which documented the Imbai Revivals (1935) and (1936), in the N. E. Belgian Congo wrote: ‘It clearly demonstrates that revival is not an act of Divine sovereignty apart from human co-operation, but the legitimate outcome of man’s compliance with Divine conditions for revival.’

Eva Stuart Watt’s, in her book, Thirsting for God wrote: ‘Let us realise that revival is not a miracle, but like other events, is brought about by fulfilling God’s requirements for revival and paying His price.’

Michael Howard, a Rhodesian intercessor, who has seen at least six revivals in various African countries during the 1980s-90s, in his book, Tales of an African Intercessor wrote: ‘No move of God or mighty revival is His sovereign act. God works and moves by the distinct cry of His people or is prevented by the distinct lack of their cry.’

‘While human agency is thus very plainly declared, we should ever remember that all man’s work, however zealous and untiring; all his words, however eloquent; all combined forces of the professed people of God, apart from Divine sanction and aid, shall be powerless in bringing one soul to Christ or reinvigorating the Church. Such results are ‘not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of hosts.’ To attain success we must be ‘labourers together with God,’ labourers not idlers, labourers together with God, not equal with, but under and belonging to Him, in subordination to God as instruments in His hand.’ - Rev. C Perren,

Why We Need Revival

1. God must be glorified. Jesus must be exalted and the Holy Spirit needs to be given His rightful place within the Church.

2. The Church needs to be revived. If revival does not start in the Church then it cannot move outside the Church amongst the sinners.

3. The sinners need to receive the saving grace of God. - in times of revival sinners are drawn as if by an unseen hand to call upon the name of the Lord and to turn from their wicked ways.

4. The Lord is waiting for the precious fruit of the earth.

Something significant is mentioned more than once in the Bible

That is why the rapture and second coming hasn’t happened yet

2 Pet. 3:9 The Lord is not slow to fulfil his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.