I was asked to write a couple of short things on revival recently. (One for the Illinois Baptist coming out in a few weeks and another for an update on “The Revival in Brownwood, TX and beyond” from 1995.) It has caused me to consider what happens when genuine revival comes to a person, church or region. By the way, I am speaking of a revival- a return to God among believers, not just a revival meeting or an evangelistic campaign- though I love them too.
I care about revival from two vantage points. First, I studied revival during my Ph.D. work. I wrote my dissertation on J. Edwin Orr, the greatest historian of revival and my mentor was Dr. Roy Fish, who taught and loved revival. Second, I have experienced a touch of genuine revival at several moments in my life- the time in 1995 being especially noteworthy. I’m not an expert, but I have some background.
Here are 7 things that change for us when revival come to our lives.
love God more than things.
2. We can’t be indifferent towards sin in our lives.
3. We begin to love people like God loves us.
4. We want God’s agenda and not our own.
5. We see things more from God’s perspective and less from our own.
6. We only want what God wants.
7. We want to see others saved and to follow Jesus fully.
I’m praying for a great movement of revival in my lifetime and I hope you will join me!