What revival is not

To Follow Jesus

My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.

May/June 2014 Issue – ‘Revive us again’

I’ve only mentioned the key verse (notice that Selwyn uses the spelling Habbakuk, whereas, many use Habakkuk):

Habakkuk 3:2 (NKJV): “O Lord, I have heard Your speech and was afraid; O Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years!
In the midst of the years make it known; In wrath remember mercy.

Selwyn considers it important to make sure that we understand what he means, when he uses the word ‘revival’; and, spend one more day on this topic.

He writes: “Revival always begins, not with the conversion of the godless, but with the reanimation of the people of God. … Great evangelistic plans and advances are currently being made around the world, but this must not be seen as revival. Evangelism is the expression of the Church; revival is an experience in the Church.

Revival is much greater then the restoration of backslidden Christians. … Again, some of the large healing services we hear about, are not revival. We can see people converted, renewed, restored, healed, and yet fall short of revival. Revival includes all these things yet surpasses then all.”

Perhaps it’s useful to go back to yesterday’s discussion on defining revival: which is – “an unexpected, awesome and overwhelming flood of God’s power upon a community of His people; revival is life at its best, life in all its fullness, life abundant, life overflowing with the grace and power of God.”

I was trying to think of a good example to illustrate Selwyn’s point, but I can’t find anything that comes close. Maybe, many of us operate on spiritual reserves which are always close to empty, we become exhausted on doing a little. Whereas, when revival occurs – we are full of God’s spiritual power and we don’t tire of doing His work. That is, the Holy Spirit has full control of our heart and minds and we become 100% committed in following His way. In revival – there are no impediments in living a loving life – for Jesus.

Any thoughts on this topic?