Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity,
And revive me in Your ways.
This is my comfort in my affliction,
That Your word has revived me.
Plead my cause and redeem me;
Revive me according to Your word.
Salvation is far from the wicked,
For they do not seek Your statutes.
Great are Your mercies, O Lord;
Revive me according to Your ordinances.
Last Sunday was Resurrection Sunday.
We celebrate what was once dead coming back to life.
We celebrate the Good News of Jesus Christ.
The Gospel is the heartbeat of the Church.
Without the Gospel, there is no Church.
Without evangelism, who can be saved?
I was at a prayer meeting this morning, and I saw a vision in my head while someone else was praying aloud.
Two giant paddles from Heaven came down and shocked the Body of Christ back to life.
There had been a heart attack.
And He shocked us back to life with a fresh infusion of His Spirit.
Faith is a life and death matter.
Religion wants to murder our joy.
But we have fellowship with the Risen Savior, the One who conquered death.
So many people talk about revival.
They earnestly want revival.
But they keep doing the same things that choked the life out of the Body.
They keep isolating.
They keep to themselves.
They live in a Christian bubble.
They don’t engage the world around them in redemptive love.
How many meetings and conferences do you need to go to before you get hyped up enough to actually go do something?
These meetings that promise revival have become an end unto themselves.
It’s a business.
And the returns are dismal.
The only ones profiting are the false prophets who tickle gullible ears and vain imaginations.
Revival is simple.
Live your life uprightly before the Lord.
Wait on the Lord.
Seek His face.
Listen to His still, small voice.
Not the shouting of the masses.
Walk in His ways.
Keep the commandments.
Be a disciple.
And make disciples.
There’s no shortcuts.
There’s no microwave directions.
Making disciples means spending time together, living life together, serving together.
There’s no one size fits all approach except that everyone needs individualized attention.
The Spirit will lead you day in and day out.
Be faithful in the little things.
And those little things will grow into much.
Pour your life out into your children and spiritual children.
That’s your glory or your shame.
When it’s all said and done, you’ll be asked, “How well did you love?”
Did you love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your mind, all your soul and all your strength?
And did you love your neighbor as yourself?
Did you lay down your life for your friends?
Witness the uprising of the Church to new life.
Resurrected from the dead.
Alive in the Spirit.
Alive with compassion.
Alive with good deeds and mercy for the poor.
Alive with Christ.
Lord, revive our hearts again.
And shake the nations with Your love.
In the Name of Jesus, amen.
Watch over your heart with all diligence,
For from it flow the springs of life.