REVIVAL: INGREDIENTS FOR A REVIVAL CULTURE
Prophetic Roadmap for 2019:
2019 is a year…
- That will rise and fall on our prayer lives.
- To step out into new things that God is doing in your life.
- For a new level of maturity.
- To grow in and develop our faith and to exercise our faith
- To stand with our church family members who are believing for spouses
- For us to focus our prayer/action on the upcoming National Elections
- For us to contend for revival
Current Focus: REVIVAL
We want to continue to focus on the topic of REVIVAL
- We defined revival as ‘when God shows up’
- There is a difference between the omnipresence and manifested presence of God.
- Pastor Chris Mathis: “Revival cannot be accurately defined it can only be described. The essence of revival is the manifestation of the presence of Jesus”
- Rodney “Gispy” Smith: Gipsy responded, “Go home. Lock yourself in your room. Kneel down in the middle of the floor, and with a piece of chalk draw a circle around yourself. There, on your knees, pray fervently and brokenly that God would start a revival within that chalk circle.”
We are on this journey of “drawing circles” of revival together. We don’t just want an experience but we want to build a culture…
5 Important Ingredients for a Revival Culture:
1) Consistent Burden for our Community
- Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) – 18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
- God wants to increase our vision for our city/region… when there is no vision people perish
- ESV – Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint…
- When there is a vision people “stay at the plow”
- Maturity = my perspective moves from “me” to “we” and “them”
- Maturity = I move to an eternal perspective from a temporal one
- Do you have a heart for our city? Do you have a burden?
2) Holy Dissatisfaction
- A “Holy Dissatisfaction” is a cry that says ’there must be more’
- Proverbs 16:26 (NLT) – It is good for workers to have an appetite; an empty stomach drives them on.
- God wants to give us a “gift of hunger”
- Proverbs 27:7 (NLT) – A person who is full refuses honey, but even bitter food tastes sweet to the hungry.
- Leonard Ravenhill: As long as we are content to live without revival, we will.
- Psalm 133:1-3 (TPT) – How truly wonderful and delightful to see brothers and sisters living together in sweet unity! 2 It’s as precious as the sacred scented oil flowing from the head of the high priest Aaron, dripping down upon his beard and running all the way down to the hem of his priestly robes. 3 This heavenly harmony can be compared to the dew dripping down from the skies upon Mount Hermon, refreshing the mountain slopes of Israel. For from this realm of sweet harmony. God will release his eternal blessing, the promise of life forever!
- Unity =
- Anointing flow
- Atmosphere of life
- Unity Commitments:
- Believe the best
- Practice Matthew 18
- Reject negativity
4) Unwavering Faith
- Hebrews 6:12 (TPT) – 12 So don’t allow your hearts to grow dull or lose your enthusiasm, but follow the example of those who fully received what God has promised because of their strong faith and patient endurance
- God is looking for those who will have strong faith
- We need to have patient endurance: we will believe as long as it takes
- 2 Chronicles 7:14 (ESV) – 14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
- Every revival is fueled by prayer
- “A revival may be expected when Christians have a spirit of prayer for a revival. That is, when they pray as if their hearts were set upon it. When Christians have the spirit of prayer for a revival. When they go about groaning out their hearts desire. When they have real travail of soul” – Charles Finney