Revival Is a Sovereign Work of God

Posted: October 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

Our God is in heaven and does whatever He pleases—Psalm 115:3  

After a busy week of gathering with God’s people at Oak Grove and hosting visiting pastors the Lord I believe has blessed our week mightily! I am still praying and processing much of what happened as the Lord has called folks to salvation and renewed commitments to follow Him as Lord! The Spirit is still moving and I encourage you keep praying.  We heard some powerful messages in John 17  from Pastor Ryan Fullerton if you missed a night of our “For His Glory” services you can hear the messages here:

http://feeds.feedburner.com/OgbcPodcasts

I want to encourage you to listen to nights you missed and also listen again to other messages that the Lord used this week. As we process and pray while returning to our normal life routines let us continue to plea to the Lord to revive us. While we do that let us consider these thoughts on the subject of revival.

“Revival is that sovereign work of God in which He visits His own people, restoring and releasing them into the fullness of His blessing.” – Robert Coleman

R. C. Sproul has been quoted as saying that true revival cannot be secured by human means.  “A reformation is nothing we can generate on our own.  We cannot manipulate it.  We do not have the power at our disposal or in ourselves to bring the life-transforming change that reformation yields.”

God is not our errand boy.  He sends revival at His pleasure, by His power, and for His own glory. People have prayed for revival for years before it came.  And when it came, it often came at surprising times and appeared in surprising ways.  God may use people we would not think of.  God may display His power in supernatural ways we have never before seen. Not only can God send revival when it pleases Him to do so, but God will send it in such a manner that pleases Him.

A sovereign, supernatural work of God is what we need.  Charles Spurgeon described that need this way:

We need a work of the Holy Spirit of a supernatural kind, putting power into the preaching of the Word, inspiring all believers with heavenly energy, and solemnly affecting the hearts of the careless, so that they turn to God and live. We would not be drunk with the wine of carnal excitement, but we would be filled with the Spirit. We would behold the fire descending from heaven in answer to the effectual fervent prayers of righteous men. Can we not entreat the Lord our God to make bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the people in this day of declension and vanity?

Do we admit we need such a sovereign, supernatural work of God?  Are we willing to admit our helplessness?  Our sinfulness?  Are we willing for God to interfere with our lives?

We cannot produce revival, but we can pray for it.  Only God can send revival, but we can prepare our hearts and begin the process of realigning our lives with His Word..  When it comes, we cannot control revival, but we can submit to God as He controls us, purifying our lives.

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