From Fathers Heart To Yours
Thursday, October 19, 2017
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Revival

 
In Psalm 63 we find the Psalmist going through a time when he needed revival. We even now use this word a lot in the church. Yet it is used mainly in terms that identify a series of church services held usually in the summer. Some groups use this “revival” time to try and get people born again or in some cases to become a member of their church or group. Still some others use this time to do unusual things that they don’t normally do, like give door prizes for whoever brings the most visitors on any given night. Sometimes it is to see how many fellowship meals we can eat in one week or less. Friend, these things are not revival!
Reviving is the reviving of something that already is but has become stale or dead. It is a stirring up of the gift within us. When one is born again the gift of eternal life is placed in us and we are to live a member of the household of God in faith, love, life, and power in the Resurrection life of Jesus Christ! Let’s take a minute to examine ourselves to see if we are in Christ! If you are not, you can be! Before there can be a reviving, there has to be something to revive. Many people are going about calling themselves Christians when they are not. Just being a church member somewhere is not being a Christian. Going to church every week is good but it does not make you a Christian. To be a real Christian we must be “born again.”  We must believe in our heart that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation- that He came as a man and lived here on earth, then died on the cross for our sins and rose again from the dead. He is alive forever more and He is coming again for His own! If you believe this and confess and confess Him (Jesus) as your Lord before man and angles, you’re born again! If you haven’t done this, do it now!
Sometimes our spirituality gets stale because we don’t feed on spiritual things or get to busy. The list can get to long to writ here, but these two are the most common reasons. Then we need “revival” Revival will always begin by individual people who see their need and begin to cry out to God for a stirring in their heart-Revival! This revival will need to begin by a fresh new declaration of who our God is.
“O God thou art my God.” (Psalm 63:1) Not another but Jesus, you are my Lord and Savior! Jesus, you are Lord of my life! I begin to seek you for I hunger and thirst for you! I’m longing for you! I’m dry, stale- sometimes I feel plum dead, but I am coming to where the water is- you Jesus my Lord!
I’m hungry for Jesus! Too often we get things a little mixes up and start to hunger more for the things our God does for us than we do for Him. Often times we want Him to make our church better or make it grow, and often we get so focused on the works that we lose sight of the Lord of the works and more importantly the Lord that makes it all work! Our hunger must be for Jesus! Our thirst must be for the Living Water of the Holy Spirit! “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God! (Psalm 42:1)
 
 
 
When we are in the Revival seeking faith, we will find it to be much in our favor if we remember all that God has done for us in the past.(Psalm 63:6-7) To just remind ourselves of the goodness of God will do great things for our faith! “Oh that men would praise the Lord for His goodness and for His wonderful works toward the children of men, for He satisfies the longing soul and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.: (Psalm 107:8-9)
We know from past experience that our God has helped us so many times out of a situation. It might have been through Him healing or providing for us in a way that is so wonderful you just can’t explain how good it was. Praise God! If we think on these things, after just a little while our hearts get merry and our countenance gets brighter. Then our minds become clearer and before we know it, we just feel better. A little thanks will begin to stir up in our mouths, a little song starts to come out, maybe a little dancing and before you know it were rejoicing under the shadow of His wing! We are singing and praising our Lord and faith is building in us through the Holy Ghost.
Our praise stops the enemies’ lies that were in our head and sometimes in our body or some other situation. (Psalm 8:2) The whole atmosphere is filled with the presence of God because He inhabits our praise! (Psalm 22:3) (See also Psalm 63:9-11)
My soul is satisfied and I follow hard after thee O my God! (Psalm 63:5&8) I’ll trust in you Lord to uphold me no matter what. A commitment of faith is renewed and I know that my faith will be rewarded! (Hebrews 11:6)
I have sought the lord with my whole heart and He is found by me. Therefore I will see His power and His glory revealed as I have seen it in the sanctuary of my spirit. (Psalm 63:2)
Therefore a fragrance of worship exudes from me for I am part of the circumcision that worship God in Spirit and in truth and has no confidence in the flesh. (Phil 3:3) (John 4:23-24)
And I declare my faith by speaking God’s Word over my life and to every thing that carries an air of death about me. God confirms His Word to with signs following. (Mark 16:20) Everything must submit and obey God’s Word as I speak it in faith and I am revived! Praise God! I stir up the gift of God within me for; greater is he that is in me than He that is in the world! Amen!