Revival must begin in the heart of every believer…
By LeAnn Dilbeck
I feel pretty confident when I say that few people are content or happy with the current state of this great nation, whether it’s the government, economy, education, etc. We are all filled with ideas of how to fix it. We are all filled with opinions of how we got here. None of our theories are proven but there are two facts for certain. 1. We didn’t get this way overnight nor will we resolve it overnight. 2. “and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
Church, it is not just the nation that is broken, it is the church. The church isn’t defined by four walls and the shingle that hangs outside. We, as the body of Christ, are the church. What we need is a revival and it must begin with each one of us in our hearts, spread to our families, then our churches, and then spill out in abundance to a nation that is hungry for the truth, the answer, and the cure. John 14:6 – “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”
I have fond memories of church revivals. An intense week long event that brings the church together enjoying Spirit-led messages, music, fellowship, and of course, good food.
Revival means to be restored to life or health, to be quickened from sickness, discouragement, faintness or death. Only those who have at one time been alive in Christ can be revived in the true sense of the word from a state of spiritual faintness.
If we want true change, we’re going to have to “get real” and find a true, genuine revival within ourselves, deep within our hearts, and join together with a passionate Christ-centered synergy that can explode within our families, our communities, our schools, our churches, and yes, eventually, our nation.
When we find that point, church, we will no longer tolerate the removal of God from our society for the sake of political correctness. The Enemy is thriving because we, as the church, are not being bold enough to proclaim God’s truths, either out of fear, rejection, or maybe it’s laziness. Romans 1:16 states, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes,…”
But, before we can begin working to spread this revival, it must begin with us…in our own hearts. Sanctification is another one of those “churchy” words. But, when we grow older and begin to see all of the seasons of life from a new vantage point, we see the incredible, cleansing value of it.
Our God, our loving and merciful God, loves us when we barely know Him or who He even is…and He loves us enough to “purify” us. So many times, what we wrongfully judge in others are the very things that we are holding within our own hearts. Ephesians 4:31 commands, “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.”
As we’ve discussed before, these begin as seeds, and when we nurture these emotions within our hearts, they will germinate and become weeds in our life, choking out all that is good and fruitful. If we all concentrate and do a true self-inventory, we will find those weeds that choke that which is good within each of us. So, as we begin this revival process, let it first begin with us. Let us first begin weeding our own gardens before we start pulling weeds somewhere else.
Where do we begin to have this spiritual awakening and personal revival? I believe everyone must find what works best for them but I do believe one of the best places is by studying His word. To be Christ-like, we must first really know Him and there is no better way to learn Him than in His word. Set-aside 20 minutes a day, or an hour, whatever you feel can be spared and be committed to, and then delve into His word.
Pray before you study His word. Pray for Him to open your heart and mind for what He has for you. Pray for Him to guide you in His word. Pray for Him to cleanse your spirit and reveal to you things in your life that are a hindrance to your Spiritual growth. Pray for Him to energize you and REVIVE you…great is His faithfulness.
And then, never forget to praise and worship the One who delivers.
Just like love within our relationships with one another require spending time together and nurturing, so does our relationship with our Heavenly Father.
Let us join together in committing time in our daily lives to spend with Him so we will know His voice. Let us begin this revival process first within our own hearts.