Sermon on Revival: 7 signs of its manifestation

Sermon on Revival: 7 signs of its manifestation

A promise that has the power to transform lives and nations—the promise of revival. In 2 Chronicles 7:14, God speaks these words of hope and renewal: "If my people who are called by my name 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 heal their land." Let's unpack this promise of revival and understand how it can rejuvenate our lives and communities.

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I. The Need to Seek God (Psalm 63:1)..

Revival begins with a deep, earnest seeking of God. In Psalm 63:1, David writes, "O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water." To experience revival, we must yearn for God's presence with a fervor that surpasses all else. It's a hunger for His righteousness, an insatiable desire to know Him intimately.

God told us what he wants

  • Worship in spirit and truth – John 4:24
  • To worship Him is to love Him – heart, soul, mind, strength – Mark 12:30
  • If you love me, you will keep my commandments - John 14:15

II. The Holy Spirit as the Agent of Revival (Acts 2:1-4)

The book of Acts reveals how the Holy Spirit ignites revival. In Acts 2:1-4, the Spirit descends on the believers at Pentecost, empowering them for an extraordinary mission. Revival is not a human achievement but a divine work of the Spirit. When we yield to the Holy Spirit, we experience transformation and empowerment to be Christ's witnesses.

III. Repentance and Sanctification as Signs of Revival (1 Peter 1:15-16)

Revival demands repentance—a turning away from sinful ways and a turning toward God's holiness. 1 Peter 1:15-16 urges us, "But as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct." Revival leads us to sanctification, a process of becoming more like Christ. It's a call to purity and righteous living, evident in our thoughts, words, and actions.

  • Jesus changes our status (Ephesians 2:1, 5). (Luke 23:30)
  • Jesus changes our conduct (Ephesians 2:2-3,10 1 Peter 4:4).
  • Jesus changes our destiny (Ephesians 2:5-8)

IV. Prayer as a Key to Revival (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Prayer is the heart of revival. In 2 Chronicles 7:14, God places it at the center of His promise. "If my people... pray and seek my face," He declares. Revival begins on our knees, in fervent and persistent prayer. It's the place where we confess sins, seek God's guidance, and intercede for others. Prayer aligns our hearts with God's will and prepares us to receive His healing and forgiveness.

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V. The Word of God as Spiritual Food for Revival (Jeremiah 15:16)

The Word of God is our spiritual nourishment. Jeremiah 15:16 says, "Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart." In times of revival, the Word comes alive. It fuels our hunger for righteousness and guides us toward God's truth. Revival is marked by an insatiable appetite for God's Word, leading us to greater spiritual depths.

  • Trust in the Word of God (Amos 7:10-16 1 Peter 4:11; Matthew 24:35; John 10:35).
  • Courage to speak the Word of God (Amos 7:15-16 Acts 4:20).
  • Frankness to speak the Word of God as revealed (Amos 7:17).

VI. Communion and Love in the Church as Signs of Revival (Acts 2:42-47)

Acts 2:42-47 paints a vivid picture of the early church—a community characterized by devotion to the apostles' teaching, fellowship, the breaking of bread, and prayer. Communion and love within the church are unmistakable signs of revival. Revival fosters a sense of unity, care, and sharing among believers. It's a time when selflessness replaces selfishness, and the love of Christ binds us together.

A. Our love for our brothers (Romans 12:4-16)

  • Use your gifts to bless them (vs. 4-8).
  • Love is more than words, but involves actions (vs. 9-16)

VII. The Impact of Revival on Evangelization (Acts 4:31)

Acts 4:31 illustrates the power of revival in evangelization: "And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness." Revival sets hearts on fire for spreading the gospel. It emboldens us to share the good news of Christ's salvation with others, leading to the transformation of lives and communities.

  • 1. Proclaim – Luke 8:39.
  • 2. Preach – Mark 16:15.
  • 3. Present – 1 Corinthians 9:18.
  • 4. Declare – 1 Corinthians 15:1.
  • 5. Communicate – Galatians 2:2.
  • 6. Spread the word – Ephesians 6:19.
  • 7. Defend – Philippians 1:17.
  • 8. Speak – 1 Thessalonians 2:2.
  • 9. Explain – Luke 24:27.
  • 10. Stream – 1 Thessalonians 2:8

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The promise of revival is an invitation from God to experience His transformative power. As we seek Him earnestly, yield to the Holy Spirit, repent, and sanctify our lives, and engage in fervent prayer, we position ourselves to receive the revival that God promises. Revival is not merely an event; it's a lifelong journey of spiritual awakening and renewal. 

The promise of revival is a dynamic and transformative experience. As we feast on God's Word, nurture love and communion within the church, and allow the Holy Spirit to empower us for evangelization, we position ourselves for the revival God eagerly offers. Revival begins with us but has a ripple effect that touches every corner of our lives and extends outward to impact the world. May we embrace this promise with open hearts and open hands, inviting God to breathe life and renewal into our souls and the world around us.

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