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Friday, March 17, 2017
Scriptures and Quotes on Revival
After taking last week off from blogging; I am back with a new
post. At this point last week I was at
work on a sermon for Sunday. Revival was
the topic the Lord led me to study; the title of my sermon was Revive Us Again! Therefore, I thought it might be interesting
to consider some Scriptures, as well as some quotes on revival (which may or
may not have appeared in my sermon text).
In the future, I may share my sermon; for now, I offer these
thoughts. Many of us are praying for and
longing to be revived and refreshed.
Revival starts on the individual level and then spreads. I encourage you to prayerfully read through
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Create in me a
clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy
spirit from me.
Restore unto me
the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
(Psalm 51:10-12 KJV)
thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee? Shew us thy mercy, OLord, and grant us thy salvation.
my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and
seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven,
and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Chronicles 7:14 KJV)
OLord, I have heard thy speech,
and was afraid: OLord,
revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make
known; in wrath remember mercy.
therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times
of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
And he shall send
Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you…
(Acts 3:19-20 KJV)
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They tell me a revival is only
temporary; so is a bath, but it does you good.
A revival does two things.
First, it returns the Church from her backsliding and second, it causes the
conversion of men and women; and it always includes the conviction of sin on
the part of the Church. What a spell the devil seems to cast over the Church
I believe there is no doctrine
more dangerous to the Church today than to convey the impression that a revival
is something peculiar in itself and cannot be judged by the same rules of
causes and effect as other things.
“…revival is nothing more or less than a new beginning of
obedience to God. It’s a church
word… It is not for the
nonbeliever. Revival starts with the
church and then affects the world. The
world does not need revival; the church does. The world needs evangelism.”
Scriptures and quotes in mind, I invite you to pray with me and others for
revival—personal and within our churches.
America is clearly in need of a revival before things get worse. God may
bring us a revival or He may choose to not bring revival. Nevertheless, revival is a sovereign act of God.
Many have written a great deal on the
topic of revival. Reading has its place;
however, it is in experiencing revival that we are changed, renewed, refreshed,
and made clean.
would you add to this list?
What is your
favorite quote on revival listed above or one that you have read elsewhere?
Please join with
me in prayer:
Thank You for the gift of spiritual hunger and desire for more of You. Encourage us to fan the flame of Your light
within us, so that we will continue to burn and shine brightly for You. We cry out for revival, our dry spiritual
bones need reviving; just as those old, dry bones in Ezekiel’s vision came to
life through the breath of the Spirit—we seek fresh wind and fresh fire of the Holy
Spirit. Please be gracious to us and
revive us once again. Thank You for the
desire You have planted within the hearts of Your children to seek revival from
You. We understand this is a special
gift from You for us, Your people.
Prompt us to take what we receive from You and share with those around
us—first with our Brothers and Sisters in Christ and then with those around us
in evangelism. In Jesus’ Name, we