True revival causes change in all of us, we are given a fresh outlook on life, our commUnities, and eternal destinations of those around us. This week in our studies we are going to look at the results of revival in ministers.
We are currently working through R.A. Torrey’s book “How to Pray,” published by Whitaker House Publishing.
In revival, ministers receive a renewed love for souls. We ministers, as a whole, get to “involved” with the day to day obligations of pastoring, that we can get off focus of what really matters…the eternal souls of men and women. We can get so “busy” doing ministry that we get our priorities out of place and forget why God called us into the ministry to begin with. Galatians 6:9 tells us that we are not to get weary in well doing, or in other words don’t be so busy doing ministry that you get off track and become faint, weak, or outright fail in ministry because we get our eyes off of Jesus and onto ourselves or our ministry itself! True revival in minsters brings a fresh anointing for reaching the lost and hurting in our commUnities. Our goal comes into focus, on bringing the lost to Jesus. Let’s agree here, that this is why God first called us into the ministry to begin with, to reach the lost! (Luke 4:18-19)
In revival, minsters receive a renewed love for and faith in God’s Word. It is inevitable that when we allow ourselves to become compassed about in the presence of God, that our love for His Word and our faith in His Word our taken to new heights. (Luke 24:13-35) Even ministers are attacked by the enemy every day to lose sight of the relevance of the Word of God. If the enemy can get the ministers to doubt God’s Word then getting the individual Christians to begin to doubt God’s Word is really just a by-product.
Revival moves ministers into a new liberty and power in preaching. How many of us understand that the most important messages that ministers preach, most of the time, isn’t behind a pulpit. Revival gives us a freedom to preach more effectively in our daily lives, whether we are inside the church building or on the street. A minister, super-charged by the Holy Ghost lives a life style of preaching everywhere they go! Mark 16:15-20 — And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16) He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17) And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18) They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. 19) So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, He was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. 20) And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the Word with signs following . AMEN.
So one reason to pray for revival is that the ministers 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 in Christians as a whole!
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