PERSONAL REVIVAL – Healing through Intimacy with God

PERSONAL REVIVAL

Healing through Intimacy with God

In this blog we will be discussing resolutions for a personal revival, below are listed some things you can do to bring about personal revival and get into deep intimacy with Christ.  I define revival as a fresh encounter with God in which His Word, Will, and Workings are sought after and received by His servants who in turn seek to demonstrate and expand His kingdom in their lives and in the world. It is a deep encounter with the Holy Spirit, a refreshing of our spirit and our soul coming into an oneness with the Lord.  Described below are some spiritual disciples and resources which will help you achieve a personal revival.  It will offer suggestions and principles which will help you become more effective doers of the word, rather than merely hearers of the Word.  These are not new revelations but reminders of spiritual disciplines emphasized abundantly in the New Testament, but unfortunately are found lacking today in many churches. Practicing these principles will move any Christian closer to God and toward an  abundant and victorious life Jesus came to give (Jn 10:10), no matter how young in the Lord a person may be in their walk. This is to encourage you to develop a deeper relationship with Christ, in hope to strengthen your walk as you move forward in your growth.

ADVOCATE holiness, don’t allow compromise, because we all have been called out of Satan’s domain of darkness (Col 1:13) to walk holy in the light of God (2 Tim 1:9; 1 Pet 1:15,16).  2 Cor 6:14-18. Don’t give the enemy any room to step in and distract you of what God has for you.

ABSTAIN from every appearance of evil; even if it comes packaged by the devil and offered by his demonic servants of righteousness (2 Cor 11:14,15). 1 Thess 5:21,22. There are so many temptations out there disguised to look good that are really bad for us. God gave us the ability to use discernment to detect the appearance of evil to be able to abstain from getting caught into a demonic mess. There is power in the name of Jesus.

BE IGNITED with the fire of God! Be passionate for Righteousness! Experience the filling, anointing and baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire (Lk 24:49; Acts 1:4,5; 2:1-4). Be like the apostle Paul whose “spirit was being provoked within him as he was beholding the city (Athens) full of idols” (Acts 17:16).  Be like David who said: “burning indignation has seized me because of the wicked, who forsake Thy law” (Ps 119:53).  Be righteously indignant, not religiously repugnant. Burn up idols and burn on for God.  Hearts will burn when Jesus is present (Lk 24:32), when we gather in His name (Mt 18:20) and abide in Him (Jn 14:21,23). Let the fire of the Holy Spirit burn inside you!

DESTROY the works of the devil, which Jesus came to do, and commissioned His followers to do, not just His twelve disciples.  This involves SPIRITUAL WARFARE.  We have the God given authority to fight and that is with the power of the Holy Spirit! Use what God gave you! 1 Jn 3:8; Jn 14:12; Acts 10:38; Mk 16:17-18; Lk 10:17

DESIRE to know Jesus above all else, as the apostle Paul did; even the POWER of His resurrection, and the FELLOWSHIP of His sufferings. To know Jesus, read and meditate on the gospels. Read, study and meditate. Knowledge of God’s word is powerful against the enemy. See  Phil 3:8-10; Heb 11:26

DO something, don’t just sit there! Be Active in his word! Don’t procrastinate. If necessary find a fellow Christian for support and accountability. Get involved in an outreach ministry, serve the community. Jam 1:22,25; Jn 13:17; Ps 106:3; Deut 27:26; Jn 14:23; 1 Cor 16:22

DON’T be surprised if even the “religious” hate you; and your family and friends don’t understand you. That is to be expected. They hated Jesus (Jn 16:1-3) as well, “this they will do thinking they are serving God”.  If you feel out of place sitting in the local church, maybe it is because you are more used to the dwelling in the house of the Lord (Ps 27:4).  Don’t let the religionists abort your hope in God because of your past reputation. What is most important is your relationship with Christ!  Hold onto the truth of your present creation (2 Cor 5:17).  Remember it was said: “For not even His brothers were believing in Him” (Jn 7:5).   “Is not this the carpenter’s son”? (Mt 13:55). “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” (Jn 1:46). 

EXALT Jesus, Give Jesus His rightful place as Lord (1 Pet 3:15; Rom 14:9; 2 Cor 4:5) and give the devil and his idols no place to dwell (Eph 4:27; 1 Cor 10:14,20)

EXPOSE the unfruitful deeds of darkness, by letting the light of Christ shine through you (Eph 5:11-15; Mt 5:14-16).   “Hate evil, you who love the LORD” (Ps 97:10a).  “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil” (Prov 8:13).

FAST, not feast.  “Blow a trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm on My holy mountain!  Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming…Yet even now, declares the LORD, return to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, weeping and mourning; and rend your heart and not your garments…who knows whether He will not turn and relent and leave a blessing behind Him” (Joel 2:1,12-14)   This was a practice in the early church (Acts 13:2, 14:23) and sometimes may be necessary in deliverance from demonic strongholds (Mt 17:21). Repentance and deliverance is necessary!

FEED on God’s fresh Word in daily devotions and don’t rely on junk food and fast food served weekly at your local religious pub.

“Thy words were found and I ate them, and thy words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart” (Jer 15:16). “I rise before dawn and cry for help; I wait for Thy words. My eyes anticipate the night watches, that I may meditate on Thy word” (Ps 119:147,148). As Laodocian as the church is, we must stay fed on the Word of God, and not stay fed up with the church. Have a diet of God’s truth, the Bible, not novels of men and what man’s interpretation of things are. Be Word-driven, be a Word-addict, not a Fad-addict.

Be FILLED with the Holy Spirit, (Eph 5:18), rather than be intoxicated by the evil spirit of this age (1 Jn 5:19; Eph 2:2). Drink from the bottomless well of living and pure water (Jn 4:10-14; 7:37-39). Drink not from the world’s broken systems which can hold no water (Jer 2:2:13).

Be FOCUSED on things above, not on troubles below.  Paul says: “Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth” (Col 3:1,2).  After all, we Christians have been raised up and seated with Jesus in the heavenly places (Eph 1:21, 2:6).  Paul also said:  “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is  honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things” (Phil 4:8).  Jesus said: “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Mt 6:34).

Be SPIRITUAL, not religious.  Paul elaborates describes the utter vanity of dead religious tradition in Rom 2:17-29.  True spirituality pertains to the spiritual condition of the heart within, while religion pertains to outward religious tradition and the traditions of man.  Religious legalism may have the appearance of wisdom, but it has no power do put to death the flesh (Col 2:22-23) nor is it guided by the Holy Spirit or is there a move of the Holy Spirit.  It takes the power of the Spirit to do that (Rom 8:13; Gal 5:16).  Jesus rebuked severely the religionists of His day for their hypocrisy (Matthew 23). He called them blind guides (23:16), shutting off the kingdom of heaven from the people (23:13), committed to tithing while neglecting justice, mercy and faithfulness (23:23).  Be spiritual, follow pure and undefiled religion is described in Jam 1:27; Mt 25:34-37; Is 58:6-14. 

KNOW GOD INTIMATELY, not intellectually Even Philip, though he had hung out with Jesus, didn’t really know Him intimately, (Jn 14:9).  The apostle Paul, though he was a avid student of the written Law (Acts 22:3; Gal 1:13,14), he didn’t have a clue about the Living Word (1 Tim 1:13; Acts 9:4,5).  By intimately knowing Jesus, you know God , (Jn 1:18, Heb 1:3, Jn 14:9; Col 1:19, 2:9) A head full of knowledge does not make the heart righteous.

LOVE in deed and truth, not merely with word or with tongue (1 Jn 3:18). Love is important because it reveals true disciples of Jesus (Jn 13:35) and makes obvious the children of God (1 Jn 3:10).  Love indicates that one is born of God (1 Jn 4:7), and that one knows God (1 Jn 4:7-8). It is the commandment of Jesus (Jn 13;35; 15:12; 1 Jn 3:23).  Love covers a multitude of sins (1 Pet 4:8).  Love is even the “more excellent way” that the pursuit of even the greater gifts (1 Cor 12:31), even greater than faith and hope (1 Cor 13:13).

MAKE TIME for Jesus before Satan steals it all.  Jesus is worth it and wants it. (Mt 11:29).  The devil loves for you to be BUSY and is very good at distracting you. Rather be like King David who said: “One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall see; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to meditate in His temple” (Ps 27:4).  Another psalm says: “For a day in Thy courts is better than a thousand outside, I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God, than dwell in the tents of wickedness” (Ps 84:10).  For more information on Satan’s favorite game called BUSY.

PLEASE GOD rather than PLEASURE yourself or man. Remember Moses who is profiled in the Faith Hall of Fame because of his dedication to God. He is described  as one “choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God, than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin; considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward” (Heb 11:25-26).  How does the New Testament describe pleasing God? Check out Col 1:10-12 and Heb 13:16. We are to please God, not ourselves of that of man.

POST and repost revivalist blogs and bulletins, Share with others what the Spirit has spoken to the church. Paul told Timothy and churches to pass on his teachings, 2 Tim 2:2, Col 4:16. Share your testimonies, experience, encouragements. You may bless somebody.

PRAY without ceasing (1 Thess 5:17).  It has been said that a Christian is only as powerful as his prayer life.  In addition a prayer life is made powerful by its “praise life”.  Begin each day and continue throughout the day with prayers of praise and thanksgiving to the God who makes prayer possible.

You preachers PREACH with passion and with the heart of Christ, not with your eye on the clock or your mind on the plate. This is addressed to pastors who may be more concerned with their building fund than with God’s kingdom.  Revivalistic preaching is recognized for its demonstration of the Spirit and of power, rather than on superior performance and persuasive words of wisdom (1 Cor 2:1,4).

READ more books by Holy Spirit guided, anointed, God fearing, fruitful, humble and wise servants of God. Spend more time reading accounts by former and current revivalists and spend less time reading novelists.  Jesus said “the biblical truth shall make you free” (Jn 8:32); not fiction.

REIGN in life, don’t let life rain on you. Rom 5:17; 8:13, 37; 2 Cor 2:14; 1 Jn 5:4; Is 54:16,17. 

REPENT of sin, don’t repeat sin.  Repentance means turning from sin, not being sorry for sin.  Repentance is a prerequisite for salvation and essential for sanctification (spiritual growth).  Repentance is part of the full gospel preached (Acts 2:38; 26:18; Mt 3:7,8).  For the lost, repentance means turning from self as lord to Jesus as Lord. For the saved, repentance is the ongoing laying aside or counting as dead the old man and putting on the new man (2 Cor 7:1,9-10; Eph 2:1-10; 4:22-28; Col 3:1-17; Tit 3:3-7; 1 Pet 4:1-4). Two good examples of true repentance are Gal 1:23 and 1 Thess 1:9,10.

RESIST the devil, don’t ignore him.  He won’t go away unless you make him.  The devil will not roll over and play dead, but rather roams about and plays deadly (1 Pet 5:8; Job 1:7).  Only by resisting the devil in the power of God and with the armor of God will you prevail and watch him flee (Eph 6:10,11,13; Jam 4:7; 1 Pet 5:9). 

RUN the Christian race, don’t do as many do:  toddle through life. God gave you a purpose, so run towards your purpose! 1 Cor 9:24-27; Heb 12:1; 2 Tim 4:7,8

SEEK first the Kingdom of God (Mt 6:33) rather than fleshly and worldly desires (Eph 2:3; 1 Jn 2:15-17), selfish ambitions (Jam 3:15,16)  and self directed plans (Jam 4:13-17). Paul describes the kingdom of God as righteousness, peace and joy in the (power) of the Holy Spirit (Rom 14:17).  Often this may involve the Holy Spirit casting demons out of your life (Mt 12:28).

SHINE your light, don’t hide it (Mt 5:14-16). For the lamp to shine it must have oil. One who is filled with the Holy Spirit will shine brightly, for the Spirit came to glorify Jesus, the Light of the world (Jn 16:14; Jn 8:12).  This is especially urgent in light of Jesus’ soon return (Mt 25:1-13).

SUPPORT other Christians and ministries, God’s greatest evangelistic work in these last days (Mt 24:14).  If you want to “be involved” in successful evangelism.

BE UNITED with likeminded Christians: Jesus Freaks, Revolutionists, Activists, Nonconformists, Revivalists rather than the religionists. Fellowship with other Christians, when two or more are gathered the possibilities are endless.

USE your spiritual gifts, don’t just read about them, or ignore them or deny them, or abuse them. Don’t pick and choose, but use  (1 Pet 4:10; 1 Tim 4:14, 2 Tim 1:6). Don’t be deceived by those unfamiliar with spiritual gifts who delight in some gifts and delete others.  Examples: those who delight in service and teaching (Rom 12:7), yet deny prophecy (Rom 12:6); or who promote evangelists, pastors and teachers, yet prohibit apostles and prophets (Eph 4:11); or who see knowledge as present (1 Cor 13:8), yet prophecy and tongues as obsolete (1 Cor 13).

VISUALIZE a victorious life, don’t be victimized by your past failures.  When the devil accuses you of your past failures (Rev 12:10), remind him of his future fire (Rev 20:10).  Lay aside every encumbrance and entangling sin, as the great heroes of old did, and become an overcomer by your faith (Heb 12:1, chapter 11; 1 Jn 5:4,5).   Visualize God “equipping you in every good thing to do His will, working in you that which is pleasing in His sight”(Heb 13:21).  Believe that God “is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power (Holy Spirit) that works within us” (Eph 3:20).   “For all things are possible to him who believes” (Mk 9:23).

WORK OUT your salvation with fear and trembling (Phil 2:12), for it is God who is at work IN you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Phil 2:13).   For a day of reckoning is coming when “we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may be recompensed for his DEEDS in the body, according to what he has DONE, whether good or bad” (2 Cor 5:10).  “For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God” (Rom 14:10), who will render to every man according to his deeds; to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life; but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not OBEY the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation”  (Rom 2:6-8).  “For not the hearers of the Law are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified” (Rom 2:13).  Jesus said: “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not DO what I say?” (Lk 6:46).  Jesus also said: “You will know them by their fruit…Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who DOES the will of My Father who is in heaven” (Mt 7:16,21). Disciple John said: “the one who does the will of God abides forever” (1 Jn 2:17).  John also said: “And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their DEEDS…and if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was throne into the lake of fire” (Rev 20:12,15). 

I pray that this Personal Revival will bless you and encourage you in your walk with Christ. Each day we need to strengthen ourselves in our walk consecrate ourselves in the Lord so that way we don’t get caught up in the enemies trap. Stay focused on our Father and stay in his will for our lives.

Each day is a blessing with the Father.

Be encouraged.

Mrs Cindy Schwartz Jones