“Heaven sent revivals are not momentary explosions of adoration focused upon ‘rock star’ personalities, nor are they manipulated, momentary, vacuous experiences. Heaven sent revivals come through ordinary people who, compelled by the love of Christ, surrender all to Him. Revival comes when believers realize ‘without Him I can do nothing,’ but also that ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’ (Phil. 4:13).
Authentic revivals are marked by gospel-compelled confessions of sin as convicted sinners agree with God on the absurdity, insanity, and treachery of their sin. Believing that ‘all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’ (Rom. 3:23), they also believe that it is not simply ‘all’ who have sinned but ‘I am the sinner.’ With deep conviction and full awareness, their confession acknowledges their attempts to assassinate God’s glory. Therefore, they confess their treason against God and rejoice that by His grace they may confess sin and surrender to Christ as Lord and Savior.
Authentic revival not only brings ‘no-spin’ confession of sin but also heart-felt repentance that reveals a passionate desire to assassinate sin intentionally and pursue holiness passionately. Beyond that, revival brings the unembarrassed manifestation of brokenness and the unabashed excitement of victory in Christ over sin, which leads to a new life of eradicating sin to pursue Christ-focused obedience.
Revival sends us to the heights of Mount Sinai, where God graciously reveals our sin and convinces us of the need of a Savior. But, wonder of wonders, the reviving work of God’s grace then sends us to the heights of Mount Calvary to see, by faith, Christ crucified. There upon Calvary, we see the Son of God suspended between heaven and earth to save us from our sins. There on Calvary, the love of God in Christ satisfied the holiness of God to save sinners for the glory of God.
So, here I am, O Lord. ‘Nothing in my hands I bring, simply to the cross I cling.’ Man-sent counterfeit revivals fascinated with momentary personal experiences, delivered by whim and manipulation, have lost their appeal. Heaven-sent revivals, with the lasting effects of expanding Christ’s rule of grace in my life and heart and to the world, have become my desire. ‘Revive thy work in the midst of the years’ (Hab. 3:2 KJV). O Lord, revive Thy work.” (Taken from TABLETALK, March 2012)