- 09.06.2023 - #MamaShelia
"Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?" (Ps.85:6 KJV)
The word "Revival" is not found in the King James Version (KJV) version of the Bible! The closest reference is this verse from the Psalms.
So it is that "Joy" and "rejoicing" come from a mighty move of the Spirit of God! This "Joy" is not based on your emotional feelings or what you "do." Your "Joy" displays His faith in you; as a God-given gift deep in your Spirit coming from a relationship with Him!
Some believe Revival is "something they can do." They think it's their "repentance"; their "prayer"; their "faith"; their "do-dos" which are mental or physical acts. But those things (if you know and hear His voice, you understand) are only initiated by Him and His authority in our lives.
Truly, God originates everything by His Spirit's work and we respond to Him! We read in Joel 2:11, "Do not fear; shout for joy and rejoice, FOR THE LORD HAS DONE GREAT THINGS!" Again, the LORD first did "great things" and then there is "joy and rejoicing" because of what He has done!
And when Holy Spirit is working His Revival and displaying His power in a church, region or nation, He is moving upon the hearts of men and "turning them unto Himself!"
So, as an Apostolic minister/Pastor in this region for over 30-years, my prayer for this region (and beyond) is much like Paul must have felt in his letter to the believers, those he knew, and even those he did not know, personally, in Philippi.
His heart was bursting with anticipation and he wrote, "May the blessings of divine grace and supernatural peace that flow from God our wonderful Father, and our Messiah, the Lord Jesus, be upon your lives.”
"My prayers for you are full of praise to God as I give Him thanks for you with great joy! I’m so grateful for our union ... “I continue to pray for your love to grow and increase beyond measure, bringing you into the rich revelation of spiritual insight in all things.” (Phil.1:2,9-10 TPT)
Yes, we long for His Presence, we desire the outpouring not just in our lives but that the world might see the King of Kings manifested in His fullness and power.
"Through our union with Him we have experienced circumcision of heart. All of the guilt and power of sin has been cut away and is now extinct because of what Christ, the Anointed One, has accomplished for us.” (Col.2:11 TPT)
"And you were included in the death of Christ and have died with Him to the religious system and powers of this world. Don’t retreat back to being bullied by the standards and opinions of religion!"
Thus, "REVIVAL" begins with GOD - HOLY SPIRIT - working His power in us! And, then, REVIVAL is displayed and experienced to the world in much JOY (unspeakable joy) and REJOICING in CHRIST through us - HIS BODY - IN THE EARTH‼️