15 days left until Pentecost, let's make every day count...Wait in His Presence! Cry out, Rend the Heavens O’ God and come down!
Today, begins week 6 of Rend the Heavens we will deviate from our study of Mark and the works of the Holy Spirit to take a deeper look at revival. On day 7 - Survival to Revival we read Psalms 85, now we are going to look more intently at this passage of scripture to glean 7 steps to revival.
In March my son, Josiah Webster taught a message entitled Every Heart, Every Home (Revival / Renewal/Restoration / Awakening). Truly this is what we are longing for ‘every heart and every home’ to be touched with God’s love and Presence.
One of the key things he shared was this diagram: Revival takes place when the Word, Spirit, and World collide. These come together when God’s people are empowered by the Spirit, embodied with the Word, and go out into the world to release God’s Kingdom message.
4 Historical keys to Revival
Key Places (export what God gives you!)
Simple Theology: Jesus, Church, Gospel
Prayer; is our ultimate image bearing activity at the moment! - NT Wright
Along with these keys Holy Spirit said to me add the PRESENCE of God.
Simple Theology (Jesus is Lord - 3 words, Church in 16 words, Gospel in 30 words)
Jesus/life/discipleship in 3 word:Jesus Is Lord!
Church in 16 words - The people of God, gathered around Jesus, living by the Spirit and participating in God’s Reign.
Gospel in 30 words - Jesus is God with us, come to show us God's love, save us from sin, set up God's kingdom, and shut down religion, so we can share in God's life.
- Josiah Webster, Revival March 17th, 2019
ACTION - Read Psalms 85
When studying revival (s) Holy Spirit led me to this teaching from Psalms 85. Let’s join this church in the United Kingdom and cry out for revival to sweep our world.
7 Steps for Revival
Taken from Word of Life , Bible Studies, United Kingdom
As we study this Psalm let us pray that we may become deeply burdened for God to send a full-scale Holy Spirit revival in our land, and indeed throughout the world. What are the steps that lead to such a revival?
1. We must confess our NEED of Revival
The psalmist’s prayer was a confession of need; it was only when he felt the need that he prayed – verse 6. Think of the need for revival:
In the outside world. Multitudes are without God and without hope in the world (Ephesians 2:12); most of them are outside the churches, and revival is the only key to this tragic situation.
In the Church. Many churches are worldly, formal and lacking in spiritual power and vitality. Only revival can alter this state of affairs.
In our own lives. How powerless we are! How frequently we fail, our testimony seems ineffective, and how little we pray! Revival is our personal need.
There will never be any revival until we are willing to admit our desperate need for it.
2. We must admit the POSSIBILITY of Revival.
Are we convinced that revival is possible? The psalmist was! Six times in verses 1-3 he reminded God of what He had done - “You showed… You restored“. And the fact that God has sent revival in the past demonstrates the possibility of revival coming again. Some people will not admit the possibility of revival coming in our day; for example, the ultra-dispensationalists, and all pessimistic, unbelieving, self-satisfied, worldly Christians will be slow to admit the possibility. But history, plus the promises of God, prove the possibility of revival. Look up 2 Chronicles 7:14; Jeremiah 33:3; Malachi 3:10
3. We must recognize the SOURCE of Revival
Where does revival come from? Verse 6 tells us. “You…” - look up Psalm 62:11. It comes from God; it is not worked up but sent down, and therefore our eyes must not be upon men, methods, churches or denominations - but upon Him.
“When we look to man, we get what man can do; when we look to money, we get what money can do; when we look to organization, we get what organization can do; when we look to denominations, we get what denominations can do; but when we look to God, we get what God can do.”
Look up Psalm 62:5.
4. We must employ the MEANS for securing Revival.
What is the secret of revival? It is prayer – “Will you not…?” (verse 6) – passionate, believing, urgent prayer. Has there ever been a revival that was not preceded by prayer? Pentecost, the Moravian Revival, the 1859 Revival, the Welsh Revival, movements of the Spirit that are taking place in different parts of the world today…Look up 2 Chronicles 7:14 again.
5. We must provide the CHANNELS for Revival.
God is wanting to send revival, but He needs channels - “us” (verse 6) - believers, Christians; for - “Revival is the outflow of the Spirit of God through the regenerated spirit of man” (John 7:38-39). Thus, if revival is to come, you and I are to be ready to receive the full blessing of God and to be channels through whom that blessing can flow.
6. We must remove the OBSTACLES to Revival.
In verse 6 the psalmist prays for revival - “that your people may rejoice in you.” This indicates fellowship, walking with God, agreement with God (Amos 3:3) - being right with God. The greatest barrier to revival is sin. Are you right with God? Is there sin in your life? Are you living in disobedience to the Lord? Face up to this!
Many years ago D. L. Moody heard Henry Varley say, “The world has yet to see what God will do with one man who is fully surrendered to Him.” Moody said, “By God’s grace, I’ll be that man!” Will you be another? Will you begin now to pray the same prayer for your church, that the world may see what God can do?
7. We shall enjoy the RESULTS of Revival.
Read the rest of the psalm, and notice several results which are mentioned: salvation (7); peace (8); glory (9); harmony (10); increase (11); provision (12); Psalm 37:23! (13).
Ask the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit for another great awakening to come to our land.
Ask Holy Spirit to teach you of His acts and His ways.
Cry Out for God’s Presence to invade your life, church, city and this nation!
Wait in His Presence, get under the spout of heaven…go out, do good, heal those oppressed by the devil.
Revival Quote: A true revival means nothing less than a revolution, casting out the spirit of worldliness and selfishness, and making God and His love triumph in the heart and life. - Andrew Murray
OH, THAT You would rend the heavens and that You would come down, that the mountains might quake and flow down at Your presence--As when fire kindles the brushwood and the fire causes the waters to boil--to make Your name known to Your adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Your presence! - Isaiah 64:1-2