God's Process for Revival in Me and Through Me
Today I once again have the privilege of leading a group that meets weekly to pray for revival—in our personal lives, among those in our ministry, throughout our communities and our nation and around the globe. Surely today and everywhere, we desperately need our God to send His Spirit to ignite fires of revival.
As I was preparing to lead this session, God reminded me of the ongoing cycle of His work in and through me—I have shared this several years ago. I am still meditating on these truths, seeking to understand and apply. So I am again sharing them with you, as I am absorbing them myself. If you have additional thoughts or insights, please share them in the comments.
So here is what I have grasped so far, as I desire personal revival:
Deep humility (a true recognition of who God is and who I am) –> (leads to)
Genuine repentance (horror at my sin, hating my sin) –>
True worship (awe, gratitude, adoration, honor) –>
Dependent prayer (I am inadequate, unworthy, nothing, needy)–>
Spirit anointing (now available for every need, asked for, received by faith)
Consistently living out the above will lead to the following being increasingly evident in my life:
Sincere gratitude (not a perfunctory thank you, but true giving of thanks)
Courageous faith (trust in action, no matter what the challenge)
Authentic living (so that my life looks more and more like Jesus)
Real oneness (preferring one another, united in the Spirit)
As these realities are growing in me, they will inevitably lead to actions:
Bold proclamation (I will talking about my Savior boldly and sensitively)
Sacrificial love (serving others, laying down my life for others)
Compassionate justice (responding in word and deed to pain and injustice) Yet I must recognize that I cannot do all this. It becomes possible and true in my life because of the
BOUNDLESS GRACE of God. It is not my performance, my good deeds, my hard work. It is all God’s gracious gift of grace, in His presence, to enable me to become like Jesus, to do the impossible, to move on when I fail, to trust when I am inadequate, to believe God can work in and through someone as unworthy as I am. What about you? What has God shown you is needed for personal revival?
C2014 Judy Douglass