Summary: Jacob’s personal revival is a pattern for modern-day believers.
Jacob’s Personal Revival
Personal worship and real revival go hand-in-hand.
God is calling his people to revival.
Revival is needed!
A constant flow of personal commitment is needed to “kneed” God’s people into the whitened and falling harvest of this last hour.
But religious routine is killing the vision and heartbeat of the church!
The roots of ruin grow deep in the religion of the rut.
Indeed, life is in the Spirit’s flow, but death is in the rut of ritualistic religion.
Now, there is virtue in order. The Lord said that the things of God should be done “decently and in order.”
--I Chr. 6:32 says, the “priests waited or ministered to the Lord according to their order.”
--Paul spoke of “setting things in order” in the local churches he had established.
--Col. 2:5 commends the saints for their “order and steadfastness.”
But there is a world of difference in “order” and “mindless ritual.”
Real revival grows out of a “spiritual order”, but death reigns from the religion of the routine.
When we become engaged in our religious routine, it is here that the Holy Spirit will send the “pricks” to jab us into our spiritual calling.
In Gen 32, Jacob has been locked into the looseness of lax living spiritually.
He managed to amass material, but spiraled downward spiritually.
How deceitful are riches! (Mt. 13:22)
--Promising power—and giving bondage!
--Promising popularity—giving loneliness!
--Promising Pleasure—giving worry!
--Promising peace—giving conflict!!
Jacob had wealth, but still he needed help.
All his power could not buy him the answers for his situation.
An impending confrontation with his brother, Esau, and his own weakness of spirit drove Jacob to an encounter with God!
Desperate for his life, he became desperate for the source of life.
Seeking guidance out of his situation would press him into a new spiritual mold.
The Spirit would change not only his name, but also his nature. But this change would be borne out of a deep, desperate spiritual search.
It has most often been spiritual desperation that has sparked the great revivals of history.
--Someone, in the quiet of his own personal despair, began a search for God.
--Deep in spiritual starvation, men have risen up to exclaim, “Why sit I here until I die?”
--From the grownings of broken lives and hearts have come the cries of moral and spiritual re-birth!
--From the fervency of fevered spiritual brows has come the spiritual perspiration of REAL PERSONAL REVIVAL!
It can happen again. It can happen here. It can happen now.
We seldom get anything worthwhile without fervency.
Fervency speaks of “heat” and heat speaks of movement!
The molecules of spiritual life must become excited and begin to move before real revival can happen and movement means effort and energy.
Jacob slept on the ground with his head on a rock so he could get grounded in God and get his head on straight.
Sometimes our bed needs to become uncomfortable and our head on a stony place to move us to spiritual heat!
Discomfort can be a friend if it brings us close to God and makes us mindful of God.