What is revival?
Revival. It’s a word that’s often used in Christian circles, but what does it really mean? At My City Church, we believe that revival is not just a buzzword, but a call to action. It’s a call to return to our first love and to seek after God with everything we have.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6 (NKJV)
But what exactly does revival look like?
Revival is a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit that ignites a passion for God and a hunger for more of His presence. It’s a time of spiritual awakening where hearts are turned towards God and lives are transformed by His power. Revival isn’t God coming to earth. He has already come, and His Spirit dwells with us. Revival is an awareness and an awakening to the Spirit of God. Revival is man’s heart turning back to God. Revival is built on repentance.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
At My City Church, we believe that revival is not just a one-time event, but a continuous pursuit. It’s something that we should be seeking after every day, not just on Sundays. It’s a lifestyle of worship, prayer, and seeking after God wholeheartedly. True revival can’t be manufactured. True revival is a heart and life transformed. Revival doesn’t start in a corporate gathering. Revival starts in you.
“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.
2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
3 Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
4 So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands.” Psalm 63:1-4 (ESV)
But how do we experience revival?
“If you seek revival you’ll get performance. But if you seek Jesus you’ll get revival.” – Jacob Coyne
It starts with a heart that is willing to surrender everything to God. It’s a willingness to let go of our own plans and desires and to submit to His will for our lives. It’s a recognition that we can’t do it on our own, and we need the power of the Holy Spirit to transform us from the inside out. It’s not hype or emotionalism. Revival starts when people realize how broken we are and how much we need Jesus. The word “revive” means to “restore to life or consciousness.” That means it’s not about our outward circumstances or having the perfect church atmosphere for God to move. It starts with you coming to life in Christ and then sharing your life in Christ with others.
“Revival isn’t the goal. Jesus is the goal, and revival is the byproduct.” – Jacob Coyne
What should we do now?
Revival requires a commitment to prayer. We must be willing to spend time in prayer and fasting, seeking after God’s heart and His will for our lives. We must be willing to intercede on behalf of our city and our nation, praying for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit and for hearts to be turned towards God. At My City Church, we believe that revival is not just for us, but for our city, our nation, and our world. It’s a call to action for all of us who call ourselves followers of Christ to share the love of Christ with those around us. We must be willing to step out in faith, to be bold in our witness, and to share the hope that we have in Jesus.
Revival is not just a hope for the future, but a reality that we can experience right now. So let’s seek after God with everything we have, let’s pray for revival in our city and beyond, and let’s be the light that shines in the darkness.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (NKJV)
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