This week we are looking at revival’s influence on the unsaved.
We are currently working through R.A. Torrey’s book “How to Pray,” published by Whitaker House Publishing.
Does today’s revival have any affect on the unsaved?
While it is true that there are some revivals that have had tremendous affect on the community in bringing the lost into a relationship with Jesus, the opposite is also true in the fact that there have been many “revivals” that were nothing more than series of meetings for the born again, not having much impact on the lost in the community. The measure of true revival is the revival’s influence on the unsaved!
First of all, revivals should bring us to the point of recognizing our own sin.
In Isaiah 6 we see the affect of getting a real vision of who God is, had upon Isaiah. Isaiah 6:5: Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. It wasn’t until Isaiah saw for himself who God was that he was able to see his own true self: unclean. Jesus said that when the Spirit was come He would convince the world of sin. (John 16:7-8) Apostle Paul, before his meeting with the Lord, was a devout man, a religious man, a man that had great zeal for doing God’s work. His entire world got turned upside down after his meeting with the Lord on the road to Damascus. He got a right picture of who God was and it changed his life for ever! (Acts 9:6)
True revivals not only bring a renewing to His people, but new birth as well.
In Acts 2, we see the first result of Pentecost was new life and power to the one hundred and twenty disciples in the upper room. The second result was three thousand people brought into the kingdom in one day! During true revival, Christians are renewed in their love for God and the fruit of that love relationship is a fresh concern for the eternal well being of those around them. Simply put, Christians get busy building the kingdom of God when they are renewed in their love of God.
We may have week long meetings where the born again are refreshed and renewed, but if they are not followed by the lost being born again then we really ought not to think of them as true revival. Revivals influence the unsaved!
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