Revival. What is it exactly? It’s something that many Christians are believing for and praying into, but what does it actually mean? The root word of revival is revive. When something, or someone is revived, they come back to life. What was once dead is alive again. What was once broken is restored.
Evidence of Revival
The book of Acts is the account of the “church” right after Jesus left in the earth. In chapter 2 we see the 120 receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit after obeying Jesus’ word to wait until the Helper comes. They walk out of the upper room and those that weren’t part of the experience begin to question of they had been drinking. You see, they were speaking in tongues which is important because the crowd was able to understand the tongues and were hearing the Gospel in their native languages. The consequence given at the Tower of Babel was revived in that moment.
What Does Revival Look Like?
Acts 2:42-47 is a picture of what the “church’ is suppose to look like. Remember, the book of Acts is the birth of the church and the most connected to knowing Jesus Himself. Acts 2:42-47 says,
“42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
Looking at this passage they read their Bibles (“the apostles teaching”), had communion (“the breaking of bread”), and prayed together. They gave to each other as they “had need” and went to church (“met together in the temple courts”). Verse 46 shows that they even ate meals together too! The crazy part is that these were the things they did and the result was revival – “And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47).
People gave their lives to Jesus because believers hung out together, ate meals, read the Bible, and prayed together. Isn’t that amazing?!
It’s For You Too
Do you feel qualified to be a part of revival? Well, the truth is you are. Revival isn’t being on a big stage with a microphone, having a million followers on social media, or having your own TV show. These things can be tools for revival, but none of those existed in Acts.
As a born again, spirit-filled believer you must understand that revival starts with you…and me and the guy next door. AND partnering with the Holy Spirit to see souls saved, healed, and delivered – revived – can be as simple as having friends over for dinner, hosting a bible study in your home, or setting aside a regular time to pray with other believers.
So, don’t disqualify yourself from being apart of seeing Heaven come to earth (Matthew 6) and revival flow through you in partnership with the Holy Spirit!
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