Romans 11:33-36

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

True Revival Means God-glorifying Relationships

A flood of God’s presence not only radically changes churches, but society as well. Ratios of crime and immorality immediately plummet. Patterns of serious family breakup improve dramatically. By the millions, broken lives and relationships see glorious healing. Social improvements and missions explode many-fold. In a great flood of revival, evangelism and global harvests explode through the roof! Best of all, God’s name receives great glory.

If all this sounds like a fairytale, I assure you it is not! These descriptions and percentages are exactly what God has done many times in history. Frankly, it may sound impossible to us because America has not witnessed such revival since the mid-1800s. Yet there is good news. Our God has not changed and He can do it again! (Hebrews 13:8) In fact, several places in the world are seeing mighty moves of God right now. Just because we have not yet seen a flood, does not mean we will not.

Since we know God can send revival the question is, “Why hasn’t He?” The answer is three fold. First, most believers and churches have not met the conditions in prayer and repentance. Second, many are seeking the “blessings” of revival rather than the glory and hallowing of God’s name. Third, relational barriers of anger and bickering are seriously blocking the Holy Spirit. But thank God, there is an answer and relational barriers can be addressed by renewed prayer and obedience. God then reveals Himself in phenomenal power!

Excerpted from Releasing the Revival Flood: A churchwide Journey to Miraculous Unity and God-Glorifying Fellowship, by Gregory Frizzell


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