1. Revivals in Recent History
In 1906 at Azusa Street Mission in Los Angeles, a one eyed uneducated black man was conducting a home meeting in a little house on Bonnie Brae Street.
He was preaching the Pentecostal baptism and the fire began to fall. The meeting filled up until Bro. Seymour had to stand on the porch and preach to those in the yard.
One night the porch collapsed under the weight of the people. They went out and found a condemned stable that had once served as a church.
There on rough hewn planks for pews and straw on the floor they began to meet. The meetings commenced with the prayers of intercessors crying out for God’s glory to come. Bro. Seymour took his place in the corner with his head stuck in a produce crate, praying fervently.
The magnitude of manifestations of God’s power and grace beggared description. Healings, Salvations, Deliverances came spontaneously as earnest hearts cried out for God’s grace and mercy.
Scoffers came to revile and ended up on the floor in their fine clothes crying out for forgiveness and mercy. The newspapers vilified the meetings after prophesies about a great earthquake that would strike the unrepentant city.
The earthquake came and rather than taunt the stricken city, the Christians a the mission spread out ministering aid, and comforting the stricken.
Missionaries went out from Azusa Street across the nation and around the world with no backing, no support, nothing other than a Pentecostal experience. From these lowly beginnings a movement spread out across the world now number over 500 million.
2. What Brings Such a Revival in Our Time?
In Acts 10:34 we the Apostle Peter observed “….. Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.”
God is no respecter of persons but he is a respecter of faith. If we will do with our faith what they did with their faith we will see the same results.
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever,” Hebrews 13:8.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning,” James 1:17.
“I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:8.
3. What is Revival? How will we know when it comes?
The Psalmist David looking at the lukewarm condition of the people of God cried out:
“Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?” Psalms 85:6.
Original Word for Revive in verse above: keep alive, give life, nourish up, preserve alive, quicken, recover, repair, restore to life, save, surely, be whole.
4. What is the Outcome of Revival?
“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me. The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands,” Psalms 138:7-8.
“When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him,” Isaiah 59:19.
“Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God,”Acts 14:22.
You know you are getting warm – the evidence of baptism is not tongues, its trouble!
5. What is the Heart Condition of Those Who See Revival?
“For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made,” Isaiah 57:15-16.
This scripture shows that those he revives are those he has just been in contention with.
“And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok. [PLACE OF “BEING OVERWHELMED – POURING FORTH]
And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had. And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.
And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.
And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name?
And he blessed him there. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved,” Genesis 32:22-30.
6. A Prophetic Promise of Revival in Our Day:
“Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.
After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth,” Hosea 6:1-3.
“But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day,” 2 Peter 3:8.
7. The Glory of God in Revival
“I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him. I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon. His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon. They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon,” Hosea 14:4-7.
Heal our backsliding – O God – deliver me from ME.
Dew comes in the morning – it may look dark but morning comes!
They that dwell under his shadow – not seeking gifts, not seeking blessing, but seeking HIM, seeking his GLORY – making HIS presence YOUR PRIORITY.
One Passion – it is Jesus Alone – One Addiction – the Glory of His presence – One familiar haunt – the place of prayer.
They shall revive as the corn – it may look ploughed under – the clods may be dry and barren just as the harvest comes back year after year God will be faithful to bring us through to a new harvest of HIS FULNESS!
8. What Must You Do?
It is not enough simply to consent that these things are true.
We must take practical, measurable steps and hold ourselves and others accountable for moving forward toward the atmosphere that is conducive for the entering in of the Glory of God to our lives, our groups and our land.
“Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you,” 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18.
b. Read and Mediate in the word!
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord,” Colossians 3:16.
c. Turn away from worldly pleasures and diversions!
“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God,” Colossians 3:1-3.
“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness,” Colossians 3:12-14.
“And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold,” Luke 19:8.
f. Persevere Until!
“For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise,” Hebrews 10:36.
“And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved,” Matthew 10:22.
~ Prophet Russell Walden
Prophet Russel Walden and wife Kitty were founders of Father’s Heart Ministry of Branson, Missouri, traveling internationally and in the USA ministering in the prophetic. Prophet Russ brings a new dimension to the prophetic through activation and impartation of God’s voice in your life. Russ comes from a long history in business world and full time pastoral ministry.