Summary: As believers, we must be ready to receive a Holy Ghost Revival.
* Habbakuk 3:2: "Lord, I have heard the report about Thee and I fear. O Lord, revive Thy work in the midst of the years, In the midst of the years make it known; In wrath remember mercy"
* Next Sunday morning we begin our series of meetings that Baptist has traditionally called a “Revival.” Simply put, we have been through many meetings where an outside speaker (and/or singer) is engaged. We attend and get all excited about the music and the preacher only to see the meeting come to an end and with it, all the enthusiasm it generated.
* Is that type of meeting really a revival? As I read God’s word, this would seem to NOT be a revival. Perhaps an effort at revival. Let us focus our attention on Revival this morning.
1. Revival – What is it? For the past 8 weeks I have listened to a dozen sermons, read several books and papers, and sought God’s word about this thing of “Revival.” Listen to some of God’s choicest men about this:
* Revival is a renewed conviction of sin and repentance, followed by an intense desire to live in obedience to God. It is giving up one’s will to God in deep humility. – Charles Finney
* Revival is falling in love with Jesus all over again – Vance Havner.
* Revival is not some emotion or worked-up excitement; it is rather an invasion from heaven which brings to man a conscious awareness of God – Stephen Olford
* Revival is a renewal of spiritual life in an individual or among a group of people – Don Robinson
* Revival is that sovereign work of God in which He visits His own people, restoring and releasing them into the fullness of His blessing." - Robert Coleman
* "Revival is a return to spiritual health after a period of decline into sin and broken fellowship with God... Revival is for God’s people when they need to be forgiven and restored to life, spiritual health, and vitality" -Blackaby & King
* “God shows up, revealing our sin to us, convicting of sin, calling us to confession & repentance, leading us to a response in which He cleans our lives, correct our thinking, rights our relationship, and changes our hearts.” J. Watts
* Do you wonder as to what a Biblical definition is? In the five different Bible passages we read, please note that they were from the KJV and use the word ‘revive.” The newer translations replace this word with ‘give us life!” What a GREAT vision of revival.
* We know to revive someone medically means you bring them back to life. Make no mistake; the same is true about reviving one spiritually.
* For the person without Christ, a “Reviving” is needed! Paul writes we are ‘dead in our trespasses & sin.’ Apart from Christ we are dead for time and eternity. Sin causes death and we are sinners. In Ephesians 2 (quickview) , it goes on to say, “But God!” (I like that) “But God who is rich in love & mercy has MADE US ALIVE (revived us) with Jesus.” This is salvation. God taking a person who is hopeless & helpless for all eternity & REVIVING us through transformation.