Revival . . .
Do you feel the need for a personal revival? Are you seeking God like never before? Can you feel the expectancy in the air?
If you do, you are among a growing company of ministers that are sensing the drawing of the Spirit of Grace and Supplications (Zecharaiah 12:10). Everywhere I travel I find there is a hunger, a thirst, that does not seem to be satisfied as men and women all over the Nation are rekindling the fire of their first love experience with Jesus.
In the Hebrew, The Spirit of Grace is ruwach chen (khane), which means, The Breath or Life Source of Graciousness; Kindness, Favor; Beauty, and of being Well-favored. The word Supplications is the Hebrew word: tachanuwn, which means earnest prayer; entreaty. It is the request of an inferior for the kindness and a move of favor from a Superior.
What we are experiencing is the stirring of the Holy Spirit, the Life Source of Graciousness, drawing us into earnest prayer for an outpouring of favor and kindness upon the Body of Christ and the world at large. God is preparing our hearts for the revival and harvest that He has purposed in His heart. This is an exciting thought, in that, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16). This word, availeth, is the Greek word ischuo. It means, to have (or exercise) force; to be able, to avail, to prevail, and to be of strength.
We are being, individually and collectively, drawn in to strong, forceful, prevailing prayer for the benefit of ourselves and others, in order to bring about the plan and purpose of God for this hour.
He is going to move in power and demonstration!
Repentance . . .
Just as judgement begins in the house of God, so does the fresh outpouring of the Spirit (1 Peter 4:17). To bring about a change, from judgement to a fresh outpouring, there must be a revelation of the sin that separates and hinders communion.
As we seek the Lord in supplication we must agree with God concerning the revelation of sin (confess) and then must wholeheartedly repent. The repentance that God is looking for is not that of being sorry. Being sorry does not necessarily change the attitude or outlook of the one confronted with personal sin.
The Greek word, metanoeo, has the value of a changed outlook and attitude. The word means, to think differently or reconsider ones opinion afterwards, i.e. reconsider (to morally feel compunction). Biblical repentance is that of one who turns from a position facing away from God to one in which he faces God and agrees with His viewpoint. This is a critical action, if we are to usher in revival within the Church and the convicting power of the Spirit of Harvest into the world.
This confession of sin repented of reestablishes the necessary environment for revival’s outpouring in that, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
The resulting application of the blood of Jesus and the refilling with the Holy Spirit rekindles the passion of the baptism with fire that accompanied the infilling with the Holy Spirit. The pure power to be a witness is once again released and the harvest will take on New Testament proportion:
. . . and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls (Acts 2:41).