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The Conditions for Revival

By Luke Hobbs
When does revival come?  Well, obviously, it only comes when we need it, when we've been "knocked down" in our faith.  Psalm 85:6 says, "Will you not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?" Likewise, Psalm 80:18 promises, "Then we will not turn away from You; revive us, and we will call on Your Name."

Yet there are some conditions placed on revival by God. The first one is that revival is only for the Christian. Those who are not in Christ are dead spiritually, and it's hard to revive a dead person! The unsaved need Christ to give them life. Only then are they eligible for revival. This doesn't mean that lost people can't come to church services and get saved during revival.  In fact, this should happen once revival has come.  But when people start getting saved, turning their lives over to God, we call it not revival, but awakening.  For me, that's the difference between revival and awakening.  Revival is for the Christians, while awakening is for the lost.  But both should go hand in hand as God moves.

Secondly, in revival, Christians must be willing to get down on their faces and confess and renounce their sins. If you want a key to revival, 2 Chronicles 7:14 is it.  Here it is: "If My people, who are called by My Name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

Finally, the third condition of revival is that you must be willing to give your life over to God. Make yourself at His disposal. Be ready for His call to ministry. Believe me, you don't have to be a preacher or missionary to have a ministry! You can have a ministry at work, at school, or anywhere you go. Be willing to witness to the lost and encourage your fellow Christians. Dwight L. Moody, the shoe salesman who became a world-famous evangelist, once said, "The world has yet to see what God can do with one person completely sold-out for Him." That is true. What can God do with a person like that? Well, Paul said, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13). And all things is a pretty wide range, wouldn't you say?

So, are you willing to have revival in your own heart? Because if it starts in even just one heart, it will spread like a wildfire to others. Will you be the one God uses to bring revival to this nation?