An Abiding Presence
The first sign of a revived christian life is a life that enjoys the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit. He possesses a fullness that is ever-increasing – from glory to glory. In the words of a famous preacher, it is “something that you don’t have to stir up, crank up, work up.” Too often, revival is about how loud and emotional people can get in a meeting. Don’t get me wrong, I think, when God shows in our meetings it is going to get loud. But too often, people try to reproduce something God did before and act as if he is doing it again. Revival is more than volume, or mimicking moves of God. It is about the tangible, indwelling, abiding presence of God. It’s about the real deal, not the stuff that is worked-up.
The things of earth simply go dim
The second sign of a revived christian life is a life captivated by a single-minded devotion and love for Jesus and the things of God. When it doesn’t bother you anymore, that you missed your favorite TV show or the Superbowl, not because you forgot to Tivo it, but because you wanted to take part in something of eternal significance – you are having a revival. When all the things of earth grow dim in the light of God, his church, his people and his work, that’s a sign of a revived christian life.
A Hunger for More
The third sign of a revived christian life is an insatiable hunger for more of God. There is no place for things as usual. There is a hunger to spend time with the Lord in prayer, worship and meditation. There is a hunger to see God move in the lives of others. There is a hunger for purity and holiness. Your heart breaks over the things that break the heart of God. The more you seek God, the more you find Him. The more you find God, the more you see Him. It’s a never-ending desire for more of Him.
I am sure there are many more signs of a revived christian life, which sign do you see happening in your life now, do you care to share?
Power Passages on Revival
2 chronicles 7:14
Psalm 145:1-5; 17-21
Prayer Revive us again Lord; Fill each heart with your love; May each soul be rekindled With fire from above. Amen!