As you would expect, the results of revival upon the Body of Christ is much the same as it is upon the Ministers. This week we are going to look at the results of revival in Christians.
We are currently working through R.A. Torrey’s book “How to Pray,” published by Whitaker House Publishing.
In revival, Christians are compelled of the Holy Ghost, to come out from the world and live separated lives. (2 Corinthians 6:17) It is in these times of revival that God’s Light shines on the areas of our lives that don’t line up with His Word and brings to our attention a decision that has to be made! (2 Corinthians 4:6) We read in Isaiah Chapter 6, that when Isaiah came face to face with the Lord, the presence of God brought Isaiah to the knowledge of his uncleanliness. (vs. 5) It is at that moment in time that we must make a decision: are we going to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God and repent or are we going to turn away and dismiss what the Spirit of God is showing us?
Revival in Christians, brings about a renewed and fresh anointing for prayer. It is in the presence of God that prayer becomes a personal lifestyle and not just something to do out of religious duty. The voice of persistent and earnest prayer is heard both day and night. (Acts 2:42-47) Revival in Christians means that no longer is the question asked does God hear us, for it becomes evident that not only does God hear our prayers but He also answers our prayers! (1 John 5:14-15)
Revival in Christians, creates a renewed passion for the lost souls. Bringing the lost into relationship with God becomes personal and is not just left up to the Pastor and a select few. In Acts 9, we see the immediate effects of Saul’s salvation experience, Lord what would Thou have me to do? He didn’t repent and turn back toward home to live out his life in solitude, but instead this new life that he had been given was like a burning fire that he couldn’t suppress and all he could think about was what did God intend for him to do with this new found joy.
Revival in Christians, brings a renewed love for God’s Word. Contrary to poplar belief, reading the Word of God is addictive. Once you fall in love with the Word there is nothing that can replace it. You find yourself making time to read the Word of God. It becomes a priority in your life. (Psalms 119:11 & Joshua 1:8)
So another reason to pray for revival is so that Christians get a fresh, renewed love for God and His Word and their own ministry to the surrounding commUnity. Next week, we will begin looking at the effects of revival on the unsaved.
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