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.


James 5:7 Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. (ESV)


The most significant - important thing to God - and why the rapture and second coming hasn’t happened?

The precious fruit of the earth - PEOPLE


2 Pet. 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.

2 Pet. 3:11 Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, (WE NEED REVIVED)

2 Pet. 3:12 waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!

2 Pet. 3:13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

2 Pet. 3:14 Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.

 

NOTE: 3 out of 4 reasons why we need revival are in these verses:

The Church needs to be revived. (what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness)

The sinners need to receive the saving grace of God. (Not wishing that any perish - but all come to repentance)

The Lord is waiting for the precious fruit of the earth. (Not wishing that any perish - but all come to repentance)


What is Revival?


Revival glorifies God, it exalts Jesus, it gives the Holy Spirit His rightful place in the church, it revives Christians (us), it saves sinners, and brings backsliders back into the fold of God.


How do we know we have real revival?

It focuses on Jesus Christ

It focuses on cross

It allows the Holy Spirit to do what He wants - to crucify the flesh - each one of us must crucify the flesh daily and take up our cross