“Then if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
REVIVAL! Most of us have prayed for one, but would most of us recognize a true revival if it were occurring in our midst? What can Scripture teach us about revival?
Characteristics of a Biblical Revival
1. Occurred in times of moral darkness and decline
2. Founded on a love for the Word of God
3. Resulted in a return to the worship of God
4. Resulted in the destruction of idols
5. Resulted in repentance and separation from sin
6. Resulted in a return to obeying God’s laws (Torah)
7. Followed by a time of restoration, joy, and prosperity
For a true Biblical revival to occur, one has to be willing to change no matter how difficult the process may be or what opposition comes their way. One must be willing to walk away from the comfortable and to audit their beliefs and actions against the Word of God. One must be willing to repent, to destroy and/or let go of what doesn’t please the Creator, and return to His way of doing things.
May we propose that the LORD is stirring a real Biblical revival in the hearts of people willing to do the above? He is coming soon for a spotless Bride; a Bride rid of idols, rid of sin, rid of the ways of the world, a repentant Bride. The Bridegroom is returning for a Bride that loves His Word, loves His laws, who desires to walk in obedience to His ways, a Bride desiring to worship Him, a faithful and loving Bride.