THE POWER OF PERSONAL REVIVAL
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
- Lesson 01 – REVIVAL is ‘when God shows up’
- Lesson 02 – Ingredients of a REVIVAL Culture: Consistent Burden for our Culture, Holy Dissatisfaction, Unity, Unwavering Faith, Intercession.
- When asked about the keys to revival Rodney “Gipsey” Smith responded and said “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.”
Revival Starts in Me!
In his book, The Size of the Soul, A.W. Tozer is adamant that if we attend prayer meeting to pray for revival, call on God for revival, but are unwilling for God to make it a personal revolution in our lives, that we pray in vain. In fact, Tozer believes that revival must first be a work of God in you and me before it can have a corporate manifestation
What Then Are Some Keys to Position Ourselves for Personal Revival?
1) Acknowledge our need of it and ask for it
- “You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.”
- Matthew 7:7 (ESV) – “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
2) Examine your life to see if anything is more important than your relationship with the Lord.
- Romans 10:9 (ESV) – because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
- Lordship is about priority and preeminence – who sits on the throne?
3) Repent for any/all sin.
- Matthew 3:1-2 (ESV) – In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea,2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
- Sin sabotages what God wants to do in your life.
- Repentance proceeds the manifestation of the Kingdom
4) Forgive anyone who has wronged you. Make restitution with those you have wronged.
- Mark 11:25 (ESV) – And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses
- Matt 5:23-24 (ESV) – So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift
5) Make a decision to walk in integrity and truth.
- Make a decision to walk in integrity and truth.
- Psalm 41:12 (ESV) – But you have upheld me because of my integrity, and set me in your presence forever.
- People who walk in personal revival are people who have a heart to do what’s right, no matter what, no matter the cost.
6) Commit to quality, consistent time in the Word of God and prayer.
- Matt 4:4 (TPT) – 4 He answered, “The Scriptures say, Bread alone will not satisfy, but true life is found in every word, which constantly goes forth from God’s mouth.”
- Small disciplines done consistently will have huge result
7) Prioritize gathering with other believers
- Hebrews 10:24-25 (TPT) – 24 Discover creative ways to encourage others and to motivate them toward acts of compassion, doing beautiful works as expressions of love. 25 This is not the time to pull away and neglect meeting together, as some have formed the habit of doing, because we need each other! In fact, we should come together even more frequently, eager to encourage and urge each other onward as we anticipate that day dawning.
- Example: Coals in a fire
8) Walk in obedience to the Holy Spirit
- Revival is a renewed conviction of sin and repentance, followed by an intense desire to live in obedience to God. It is giving up one’s will to God in deep humility. Charles Finney
- In the Welsh Revival in 1904-1905 (estimated 150,000 people came to Jesus) their core principles for revival were:
- Confess all known sin to God and receive forgiveness through Jesus Christ
- Remove anything from your life that you are in doubt or feel unsure about
- Be totally yielded and obedient to the Holy Spirit
- Publicly confess the Lord Jesus Christ