True Revival

GENUINE REVIVAL

What exactly is a true genuine Revival which is brought about by God Himself?

Indeed, any revival that is truly of God will be nothing more than a restoration of what God has been pursuing for the last two thousand years: to save people, yes, but also to form Christ in His people. 

As a result, revival is not a new movement. It is simply a return to the One and Only movement that God began on the Day of Pentecost and from which people have departed.

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God's intention was always to give us "Christ in us" — to make Christ our life. He has always desired to form Christ in us in order for us to live and walk alongside Him and serve as His witnesses. Yes, this purpose was for this era, but also for the next. 

This all equates to the redemption and restoration of all creatures under God. There is much in that, but it is not novel. It is what God's eternal purpose has always been through Christ, and any revival will bring people back to it or introduce them to it for the first time. This is not a hypothetical situation. This is true.

SIGNS AND WONDERS

However, for the majority of Christians, a genuine revival involves signs, wonders, or miracles – or, at the very least, a revival is filled with what people claim are divine signs, wonders, or miracles. 

Typically, we envision the sick being healed, people collapsing in the aisles under the weight of glory, and a great deal of emotional hysteria. That is, for some reason, what we believe occurs when God truly visits. Revival today is about the things God does when He appears – and those things are signs, wonders, and miracles.

The greatest irony of all of this is that the majority of people believe that the attention, reactions, and behaviour of those involved is proof of a divine revival. If people are behaving strangely in the name of Jesus, it must be a genuine revival, as not that many people could be mistaken, faking it, or deceived. Right? 

Thus, once something of that nature gets going, it will persist for a long period of time. It will appeal to the curious, but also to those in genuine need who desire to be touched by God or to personally experience what others claim has occurred to them. This type of "revival" can last years. However, history demonstrates that such revivals accomplish little in terms of reviving people in Christ.

Does God heal people today? There are many who do not agree with this however, God does heal people and will continue to do so. He has given His fivefold graces to the Church so that they may learn to do what Christ did. But, many have built their ministries and lives on healings and miracles and this is where there is an error. 

The Church is being built on Christ and never on healings, signs and wonders. They are and will be a sign that God in His grace, mercy and goodness delivers people from physical and demonic issues so that Christ is formed in them. 

HEART ISSUES

In modern revivals, there have been documented instances of leadership fraud. Individuals have been apprehended planting "angel dust," "angel feathers," and precious gems, and fabricated stories of gold teeth appearing in people's mouths have been circulated. All this exposes the heart.

However, there have been numerous instances of sincere individuals becoming swept up in emotionalism, experiencing an adrenaline rush, and claiming healing, only to discover later that nothing changed. 

Others have fallen for "holy laughter" and behaving foolishly. They would claim that they were not faking it, but that it was something that overcame them. It is a fact that the majority of alleged revivals are not the result of deliberate fraud by the average participant. That is, however, never the case. The issue is whether such behaviour is divine.

I am not sure how many of us understand the gravity of that question. For if a supposed revival is not the work of God, then we are dealing with a different source or cause. At the very least, we are discussing being complicit in a massive lie. But what is worse is that we are discussing something that could be hostile. Consequences will last a lifetime. Always have been.

So, we return to the original question: What constitutes authentic revival? It is even more critical that we understand the answer in this day and age because as we progress through these days, there will be an increasing number of phoney revivals, complete with signs and wonders, all with the purpose of leading God's people away from Jesus Christ.

JUDGEMENT

One of the true tests of being born from above is what remains when the initial frenzy subsides. God is just concerned with one thing: and that is how much are we growing in the measure of Christ. Have people come to a fuller understanding of Christ's fullness? Have they developed a personal relationship with Him? Is God, in Spirit and Truth, having His way with those people? 

In the end, it is irrelevant what happened during an alleged meeting. What counts, as it always does with God, is this,

Has Christ been formed in the people? Is God accomplishing His goal and obtaining His glory? Does this continue after the notable revival? Alternatively — is there an error? Is there another season in which we wait for the next revival or new thing? Revival is about Christ taking on the form of our existence. That is immutable.

That certainly alters our perspective on the resurrection, does it not? Revival is not about God doing His Acts. Revival is all about doing what God has always done: revealing Christ "to" people, "in" people, and finally "through" the people. Not only during the revival but in such a manner that lays the groundwork for eternity.

Let us examine the New Covenant. To begin, there is no reference to revival in the New Testament. It is just not present — at least not in the form generally associated with the term. What you do have are a number of churches that have strayed from the truth in Jesus Christ, and a letter from Paul or another apostle designed to warn them and lead them back to the truth.

GALATIANS

According to Paul, this church was "separated" from Jesus Christ as their life. 

Galatians 1:6 -- I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are following a different gospel ..."

Christ had become "insignificant" to them. 

Galatians 5:4 -- You who are trying to be declared righteous by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace!

They had not perished from redemption. Rather than that, they attempted to sustain their spiritual lives by their own endeavours. This resulted in the opposite consequence - spiritual death – since Christ is the only source of our life. 

According to Paul, the answer was not through signs and miracles. This was not a case of emotionalism. It was hardly a miraculous comeback. "Christ being formed in them," was the answer. 

Galatians 4:19 -- My children – I am again undergoing birth pains until Christ is formed in you!

The Galatians need a resurgence of Jesus Christ's as their Truth and Life. This is a genuine revival - The Life In Christ Jesus Alone. He alone is the antidote to disbelief and falsehood.

This leads us to a gloomy conclusion: Restoration is a kind of judgement. Absolutely. If God wants to reconcile us to Christ as the source of all things for us, He must convince us of our failure to do so. 

If God delivers light, darkness will be exposed. God must reveal mistakes and unbelief in order to enhance our faith. You cannot have revival without God's judgement on everything that needs revival. Restoration starts with the judgement that leads to repentance.

If Jesus Christ is to become our life – the means by which we live, move, and walk with God – then all that is of us; of natural man – must be subordinated to the Cross. This is just the concept of life after death. 

When Christian people want revival, it is often because natural, religious man has taken the place of Christ as our life. Thus, revival will reveal this state, and individuals must react by repenting and submitting all that is of themselves to the Cross of Christ, so that the life of Christ may become their life.

Do we want to be resurrected when Christ comes? Then, and only then, must we die — coming to the Cross. Simply said, there is no other way. Do we want Christ to be the centre of our lives? Then we must lose our lives in His hands.

SIN OF UNBELIEF

Now, observe that judgement will undoubtedly entail repentance of sins. But too frequently we do not recognise that we need to repent of the one sin that gives the foundation for all of the rest: The sin of Unbelief. 

The sin of disbelief is not only our not believing or rejecting to believe. The sin of unbelief always entails confidence or dependence upon anything other than Jesus Christ – as the method by which I walk with God. 

Get that. You and I may utilise even religious and presumably nice things as the method by which we walk with God – even our own good acts. But it is unbelief. It is sin. It means spiritual death. The Galatians had a church overflowing with noble actions – but also with self-righteousness. 

They were deceived and under, "another gospel." They needed regeneration – which meant they needed the judgement of God. They needed to put all of it to the Cross and to return to Christ as their life.

If Jesus Christ is the Life the He also has to become our Life — then revival is a return back to Him as our life, in a practical sense through faith. 

Colossians 3:4 -- When Christ (who is your life) appears, then you too will be revealed in glory with him.

It is not being born again all over again. Rather, for God’s people, revival corrects the state of unbelief in us and restores God’s continual process of revealing Christ and the formation of Christ in us – as our life and object of faith.

People typically conceive of revival as a moment when God touches people and does something "to"them. It is not that God would not do it. But genuine revival is about more than God doing something to us, or for us. 

IN US

It is about what God wants to accomplish "in us". If what is occurring is not toward the goal that Christ be shown "in"people, then it is not true revival.

REVIVAL – and as the phrase denotes a, "coming alive again" - revival means that spiritual death has become the norm. Revival is a direct return to Christ as our Life. There would be no need to, "come alive again," in Christ if people were already living. 

No. They were possibly once living in Christ but now must be revived. So, by definition, revival is essential when spiritual circumstances have reached a wretched state.

It is also conceivable that revival would involve the entrance of spiritual life for the first time into a person's situation of death – persons would be born again or saved — in which case the name re-vival would not exactly fit. 

Leaving semantics aside, "revival," surely speaks of the coming in of the spiritual life through Jesus Christ into a situation of spiritual death.

CHRIST OUR LIFE

If you analyse this, real Revival is nothing more than God returning people back to where they have always needed to be — with Jesus Christ as their life. Or, it is God introducing people to Christ as their life for the first time. Either way, revival is not anything new that God is doing. Rather, it is God leading individuals to where they were destined to be all along.

God is not doing anything new in this era or age and never will. No. God is unveiling Christ; communicating to us in His Son. Have we exhausted Christ? Are we even listening? 

Any revival that is of God is not going to be a new thing, but a restoration of us back to the One Person who is to be our life. The day of Pentecost started the one, "movement," of God. There is not going to be another.

If we were all living in a healthy Christianity founded upon the Person of Jesus Christ there would be no need for a revival — all we would need is spiritual growth. So, again — this shows us one of the key qualities of every revival that is of God: Judgment. 

Genuine authentic Revival is a judgement of the Lord. It is God giving to His people the light of truth in Christ, so that we recognise where we have strayed, realise where we have erred, and repent.

Now, surely all of us need to see more of Jesus. Hence, there are always areas of our Christian life that God might evaluate - and judgement can be a positive thing. Knowing the Truth makes us free. If God is giving you a wider depth of His Son, then by definition, you will see where you have been blind. 

You will witness your doubt and unbelief. The truth will always reveal Lies – and there is enough of it in every one of us. How much more would this be true if God were striving to enlighten the eyes of people who were in terrible mistake and unbelief? 

Therefore, revival is not a party. It is judgement – all designed by God as the means of our deliverance and freedom. But it is a sure judgement toward repentance anyway.

(If you have any questions regarding Jesus Christ, Christianity, Church, Spirituality or any other topic, please write to us and we will revert to you.)

Blessings,

Godwin.

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