Friday, January 25, 2008

REVIVAL: The people's gospel stew!

LORD, I have heard the report about You and I fear. O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years, In the midst of the years make it known; In wrath remember mercy.
Habakkuk 3:2
Revival is like putting last night's stew on the stove. What you have is something which was real good yesterday but has been in the refrigerator since. Now it’s cold, thick, chunky and feels too heavy to eat.

First, the flame from the burner begins to chase away the chill. Then the stew begins to lose its lethargy and starts to warm and thin. Soon, with some stirring, it becomes a warm, fluid, consistent source of nourishment and strength, as it was intended to be.

Churches are like that. Our faith is like that. Once in awhile God needs to put us on the stove of chastisement and stir us up, so we’ll be as we are intended to be.

Stephan Olford defines revival as “the sovereign act of God, in which He restores His own backsliding people to repentance, faith, and obedience.”

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