I have preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ for over four decades now and during all these years, there has been an irritating mindset in many people and churches we travel to that revival is nothing more than a week of meetings designed to get people saved. While I am on this earth to be a channel the Holy Spirit can use to lead people to Christ, I submit to you a genuine revival will not only see people saved but it can also see the following:
1.Genuine Revival will be marked by a strong call to repentance for the church.
No pastor, no preacher, no church, no denomination is doing church 100% right. Last time I read the book of Romans Paul said all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God (Romans 3:23). I know many people, preachers and movements who are absolutely convinced they are the only voice of God left on planet earth. When this mindset controls your thinking, you become cultish and an obstacle to the Holy Spirit bringing people to a fresh relationship to Jesus. Repentance of all sin…even sin in the life of the believer will come as a precursor to revival.
2.A genuine hunger in people to get closer to God will be evidenced in a real revival.
Not an attempt to keep another list of rules and regulations; but a new desire to please God and have a relationship with Him. Not just on Sunday but also in your everyday lifestyle; in the places you go… things you say…how you live your life every day.
3.Genuine revival will also bring a new compassion and love for all people groups. I have been in churches across the U.S. that when someone of a different race came in the door, people couldn’t worship for watching those people. Jesus is not solely a white man’s God, a black man’s God, or a brown man’s God: He is king of Kings and Lord of Lords for all of humanity! Genuine revival will destroy the two hindrances that are blocking the church in this hour: racism and gender bias!
Oh God, please send a real revival to America!
2 Chronicles 7:13,14
13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;
14 If 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. KJV