The Recovery of Revival
What does it mean to be revived?
From the perspective of history, when people say revival, they generally mean an event in time where there was a significant increase of spiritual interest in a specific region after a period of decline, often characterized by mass conversions and burning zeal toward God. There was the First Great Awakening, then the Second, the Third, and finally, the Fourth Great Awakening.
Yet many begin to wonder what happened? Where did that spirit of revival go? These days morality plummets and normality is distorted. Deep down, everyone knows we desperately need the Recovery of Revival.
To be revived means "to bring back to life or consciousness; to resuscitate (to impart new health, vigor, or spirit); to restore, use, or activate." What we actually need is not a mere exciting event of revival once every century, or every decade, or every year. We need a day-by-day revival!
In the midst of this tired universe we're living in, the need of revival is much more intimate to us. It's not just some sort of reformation of the theology and methodology. It's also not some random surge of positive, spiritual energy. It deals with our inward being.
I mean it makes so much sense. An event in history may indirectly affect us, but an event in our spirit has everything to do with our entire being. After such a hectic day, naturally we would feel out of breath. Yet as Christians, we don't have to remain so. We can be resuscitated, revived from our droopiness.
I was greatly helped by a periodical I've been devouring lately, The Ministry of the Word- Crystallization of the Minor Prophets:
"Among God's people there has always been an aspiration to be revived... Psalm 80:17-9 says, 'Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand, upon the son of man whom You have strengthened for Yourself; then we will not turn back from You. Revive us, and we will call upon Your name. O Jehovah God of hosts, restore us; cause Your face to shine, and we will be saved.'"
So how can this revival be recovered?
"All of our degradation and desolation come out of our not giving Christ His proper position. We need to exalt Christ (the man of God's right hand). If there is going to be a revival, we need to exalt Him day by day, we need to give Him the preeminence in our being day by day, and we need to regard Him and take Him as everything in our life."
Actually revival and resurrection have similar meaning of being enlivened from a deadened condition. Practically, the way to experience revival is "to contact Christ by repenting and confessing our sins, failures, and darkness, thereby entering into Him as the resurrection."
By our transparent, genuine contact with Christ in this way, our spirit is stirred up and we enter into Him as the reality of revival itself. Degradation and desolation can only swallowed up by the resurrected Christ.
The only One who has been proven to have overcome death, all the byproducts of death, and the source of death is the resurrected Christ.
To exalt Christ means everyday "we must come to the Lord in a definite, purposeful way, not to pray for various things but to meet the Lord and to be met by Him. We must tell the Lord, 'Lord, here I am. I am ready to be searched by You. I am ready for You to meet me, break me, and speak to me. I am ready. Lord, here I am.'"
Our revival, therefore, should be as daily as the sun rising every morning.
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