THE TEN GREATEST REVIVIALS: From Pentecost to Present
What is a revival? Revival is a time of repentance and reuniting with God. We do this by seeking God with a broken heart, repenting of our sins, doing what is right in his eyes, and reaping his mercy. At its essence, revival is a re-encounter with God. A spiritual revival begins when God touches a group of faithful believers. This collective encounter with God usually comes through His messenger who pierces and convicts hearts with the word of God. The congregation is revived with a renewed desire to grow closer to God and to demonstrate their love of God.
A spiritual revival takes place where God’s Spirit is poured into a body of believers and where God’s Spirit is activated in His people and through them. Revival refers to a spiritual reawakening from a state of dormancy or stagnation in the life of a believer. It encompasses the resurfacing of a love for God, an appreciation of God's holiness, a passion for His Word and His church, a convicting awareness of personal and corporate sin, a spirit of humility, and a desire for repentance and growth in righteousness. Revival is something that can take place in one person or several. At a revival service, where God uses a messenger, the preparation typically had started before the service. Prayer and fasting and seeking God for direction is the essentials to a successful revival. Being in communication, prayer, with God will allow the messenger to speak to the heart of the people and bring them to a place of repentance. Only God is able to rightly divide His word to touch an entire body of believers. Revival invigorates and sometimes deepens a believer's faith, opening his or her eyes to the truth in a fresh, new way. It generally involves the connotation of a fresh start with a clean slate, marking a new beginning of a life lived in obedience to God. Revival breaks the charm and power of the world, which blinds the eyes of men, and generates...
Bibliography: Got Questions.org. Got Questions Ministries. March 22, 2013. What is Christian Revival? http://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-revival.html
Towns, Elmer and Douglas Porter. The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever: From Pentecost to Present. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Servant Publications, 1982.
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