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What Does Revival Do?

The following is taken from Understanding Revival and Addressing the Issues it Provokes and is used by permission.

Revival does a thousand and one things and this article brings to the fore the essence of revival and includes statistics from revival of what God has done in the past in different centuries, in many nations on different continents.

Revival and the Trinity
  • Glorifies God.
  • Exalts Jesus in praise, love and adoration.
  • Gives the Holy Spirit His rightful and due place within the Church.

    Revival and People
  • Revives Christians and brings that which was stale or dying back to life and vigour.
  • Brings the brethren into a correct relationship with God and one another; restores relationships.
  • Converts sinners, produces saints and draws the backsliders back into the family of God.
  • The way of revival is costly and humiliating. It includes dear and costly repentance, often with its exacting demands of open confession (Mark 1:4-5), and restitution (Luke 19:5-10). Leaders above all must not shrink back from paying the price.
  • It re-emphasises the liberating release from the guilt and power of sin by cleansing in the blood of Christ.

    Revival and the Church
  • Transforms, strengthens, unifies, revives, renews and makes strong the Church, the body of Christ, but it may also divide and even split congregations.
  • Brings to light that which was in darkness and exposes sin and all motives of the heart.
  • Produces an increase of godly sincere repentance, reconciliation and *restitutions *Luke 19:5-10.
  • Brings a greater emphasis on the cross of Calvary and the efficacy of the blood of the Lamb that was slain to take away the sins of the world.

    Revival and Christian Ministry
  • Raises up more lay-workers and thrusts forth more labourers into the harvest field.
  • Calls more individuals from standard employment into full time Christian ministry. The intakes at Bible Colleges and mission agencies increase as more Christians heed the call of God.
  • Brings into being new ministries and occasionally new mission agencies and / or humanitarian works.
  • Christian ministries become more fruitful and effective for the Kingdom of God.

    Revival and Educational Institutions
  • Strengthens Bible Colleges and Training Centres etc., and sometimes leads to founding new ones.
  • Revolutionises institutions of learning; often founding them and they owe a great debt to revival. This was best seen in America during the eighteenth and nineteenth century when many, now prestigious institutions were founded by Christians for godly education.

    Revival and the Community
  • Can transform families, places of employment churches, communities, people groups and islands.
  • National revivals or awakenings can transform a nation and uplift society at large. In the past this had brought about social welfare and changes which have been enshrined in law. This was most clearly seen in the Evangelical Awakening (1739-1791), and the fruit of reform that flowed into the nineteenth century Britain. Revival elevates society and can change the moral character of a nation.

    Used by permission from Understanding Revival and Addressing the Issues it Provokes by Mathew Backholer

    Recommended Books:
    Holy Spirit Power
    Revival Answers, True and False Revivals
    Heaven – A Journey to Paradise and the Heavenly City
    Prophecy Now, Prophetic Words and Divine Revelations
    Revival Fires and Awakenings: Thirty-Six Visitations of the Holy Spirit
    Global Revival: Worldwide Outpourings - Forty-Three Visitations of the Holy Spirit
    Revival Fire - 150 Years of Revivals: Spiritual Awakenings and Moves of the Holy Spirit
    Reformation to Revival, 500 Years of God's Glory: Sixty Revivals, Awakenings and Heaven-Sent Visitations of the Holy Spirit
    Understanding Revival and Addressing the Issues it Provokes
    Jesus Today, Daily Devotional: 100 Days with Jesus Christ
    Samuel Rees Howells: A Life of Intercession
    Samuel, Son and Successor of Rees Howells

    Recommended Revival DVD:
    Great Christian Revivals

    Thus says the Lord: “For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground; I will pour out My Spirit on your descendants and My blessing on your offspring” (Isaiah 44:3).

  • Overview of Revival
  • What is Christian revival?
  • Why we need Revival

  • The Link Between Missions and Revival
  • Revival – The Divine-human Partnership

  • Revival Scriptures
  • Revival Scriptures - Conditions

  • Holiness and Revival
  • How can we see Revival?
  • Why Revival Will Always Be Controversial

  • The Next Big Thing
  • Revival Prophecies
  • It’s Time For Revival!
  • Prophecies for the United Kingdom
  • Visions of Revival for the UK, Europe and Beyond

  • Great Christian Revivals
  • ByFaith TV Revival Clips
  • Revivalist Rees Howells
  • Talking Revival on Live TV

    ‘O Lord, though our iniquities testify against us, do it for Your name’s sake; for our backslidings are many, we have sinned against You’ (Jeremiah 14:7).