7 R’s of 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. Isaiah 57:15 (KJV)
The Lord desires to revive the spirit of His Church, His precious ones; the humble, the contrite ones. He wants them refreshed, renewed, revived and revitalized to the degree that they will begin to impact the whole world with their demeanor. Revival actually comes in stages to the individual before it breaks suddenly upon the Church.
There must be Recognition. Each of us as individuals must recognize the need for a revival of our first love for the Lord (Rev. 2:4,5). We must come to a place where we realize that we have lost something we cherish. There must also be desire for more of God, more of His Personal presence in our every day lives )Psa. 42:1). There must needs be a willingness to accept that we could be wrong, out of order, blind in some critical area that is hindering us (Rev. 3:16,17). This necessitates our opening up to the loving critique of, not only the Holy Spirit, who we are prone to block from dealing with touchy areas, but to another person who is able to see in our blind areas and through our deceptive self protective devices (Hebrews 13:17; James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:5).
When confronted with the deceit of our own perception we must then be Receptive to the insightful correction that God has brought by our trusted observer. The danger is that, if exposure is threatening, we will ignore the insight of another and refuse to receive the necessary correction to set us back on course (Heb. 3:7-13).
There must be a Repentant heart. Recognizing that we have fallen from our first love, that we have lost focus or have drifted into self deception, is only a first step toward revival. We must turn from our present course and return to the place where we allow the Holy Spirit to rekindle the fire that once heated our faith and walk (Rev. 3:15).
7 Times he sneezed
And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm. Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. 2 Kings 4:34-35 (KJV)
Like the prophet of old, the Lord has put His mouth upon the mouth of His Church, and His eyes upon her eyes, and His hands upon her hands: yes, He has stretched Himself upon us until we have expelled every Breath hindering sin and inhaled His Life into our whole being (Rev. 2:1-3:22).
True repentance requires that we Release our hold on the dead life-style and habits that are contrary to the will and way of God. We are to put off the sin that so deftly clings to us (Ephes. 4:22; Col. 3:8). Too often this is the place where we falter and cut ourselves off from God’s highest and best.
We must allow ourselves to be Restored by the life giving breath of God. Every broken relationship, hope, plan, dream or vision must once again yield itself to the restorative life that flows into our spirit, soul and body.
Everything that is old must be Replaced with that which is new . God wants to touch our ideas, concepts, traditions and perceptions. All of which must now begin to conform to the light of the Word of God that, heretofore, we had refused to admit. Old wineskins must give way to the new The cold becomes hot. Lukewarm vanishes in the new found fire. Apathy is cast aside and replaced with the passion of our first love experience with Christ. (Mk. 2:21,22; Luk. 5:36).
The Refreshing streams of the Spirit begin to flow and God manifests in the midst of His people.
This is Revival.