LAW OF REVIVAL: Revive the heart

Spiritual revival is the bringing back to a full life a Christian who had been spiritually alive but has slipped back into sin and rebellion.

Five Steps of the Revival Model
  1. Commissioned: Believe that God sends you to people in sin (2 Sam. 12:1a).

  2. Confront: Point out the sin(s) specifically, one by one. (2 Sam. 12:1-9b)

  3. Commandments: What has the Bible commanded or forbade us to do?
    - show the boundaries that have been crossed (2 Sam. 12:9a).

  4. Consequences: Help them see the harmful results of sin
    for themselves, to others and to the LORD (2 Sam. 12:10-14).

  5. Confession: Profess one's wrongdoings (2 Sam. 12:13).

Seven Revival Maxims
  1. Revival is spiritual restoration and is the spiritual teacherís responsibility (2 Chron. 12:14; Gal. 6:1-2).
    Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, 
    you who live by the Spirit 
    should restore that person gently. 
    But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.
    Carry each otherís burdens, and 
    in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
    Gal. 6:1-2
  2. Revival is possible only for those who have first experienced the second birth.

  3. Revival is not a completed event but a continuing activity (1 John 1:9).

  4. Revival can occur in the life of an individual, group or nation.

  5. Revival always requires true repentance and the forsaking of known sin.

  6. Revival always results in seeking and serving Christ with renewed fervency.

  7. Revival reestablishes lifeís proper priorities ó your relationship with God.

Five-Step Revival Method
  1. Revelation (Heb. 4:12): They have to see the Bible teaching on their situation and sin
    - "This is sin"

  2. Reprove (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 4:1-2): They have to admit that their behavior is sin (c.f., Prov. 9;8)
    - "I did that!"

  3. Repent: Revival hinges on repentance. Repent = change oneís mind or perception. It must include:

    • contrition (2 Chron. 34:27) - the heart feels remorse
    • confession - the will acknowledges responsibility

  4. Recommit: Focus changes from the past to the future ... a pledge of obedience to the LORD.

    Recommitment may include covenant (Josh. 24:24-25); and should include consecration.
    Assure them with 1 Cor. 10:13.

  5. Restore: Restoration may include compensation (Matt. 5:23-24); must include cleansing; and should include celebration (Luke 15:10, 22-24).

Seven Revival Maximizers
  1. Realize that revival is needed by most Christians most of the time.

  2. Earnestly seek revival through intense and persistent private and public prayer.

  3. Vary your delivery according to your studentsí spiritual response.

  4. Instruct your students in the knowledge and practice of the spiritual disciplines.

  5. Verbalize the final call for revival clearly and expectantly.

  6. Anticipate revival to be accompanied by intense spiritual warfare (2 Cor. 2:11).

  7. Lay yourself before the Lord as a clean vessel committed to revival.

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Alan's Gleanings | October 2011 by Alan S.L. Wong