Conditions For Revival
I was looking through an old Bible last week I used to preach out of and came across a set of notes from a sermon I preached a long time ago. It comes from Habakkuk 3:2
Hab 3:2 "O LORD, I have heard thy speech, [and] was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy."
The Message Bible reads it this way:
Hab 3:2 "GOD, I've heard what our ancestors say about you, and I'm stopped in my tracks, down on my knees. Do among us what you did among them. Work among us as you worked among them. And as you bring judgment, as you surely must, remember mercy."
I'm very grateful to God for what we have seen happen in Samson Alabama at New Life Worship Center; for what we have seen in the last 4 years at New Life Beginnings Church in Pattison, Texas as well as so many other places we have traveled to.
But I also know we have not seen the fullness of what God intends to do in the earth! For that to happen, we need to consider the following:
1. There must be a conscious need for revival. You can get so cold in your relationship with the Lord, you don't even see the need for God to touch your life! Jesus told the Laodicean church they were rich and increased with goods and didn't know they poor and blind and miserable and naked…(Rev 3:17)
2. There must be a firm possibility for revival. 2 Chronicles 7:14 tell us there is always the possibility for God to show up if some conditions are met! 2Ch 7:14 "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
3. There must be a strong sense of urgency for revival! When we look around us, if we are not moved with urgency to see people saved, I really wonder where our relationship with God is!
I had a dream last night that I was witnessing to people…I was not being pushy or forceful, nor arrogant in my witnessing. But every person I talked to in my dream rejected me! I forced myself to continue witnessing and trying to minister Jesus to every person I saw. Finally, when everyone rejected the witnessing I was doing, I became so overwhelmed with the rejection; it woke me up with an urgency to pray for God to do something with such power, people would receive the witness! Understanding the times we are in will deposit urgency in our spirits to move us to pray, witness and cry out to God just as Habakkuk did for his nation, and for God to show up and show out!
4.There must be an earnest desire for revival.
What is it that you desire more than anything in this world?