Habakkuk 3:2 (CSB) – LORD, I have heard the report about You; LORD, I stand in awe of Your deeds. Revive Your work in these years; make it known in these years. In Your wrath
By: Reinaldo Segura, Pastor/Church Planter, Iglesia Calvary Cristo es el Señor, Webster Resident, HCPN Spanish Residency
May 11, 2019
For many years, we have heard about the great revivals of the past. Many have claimed there will be revivals in this city or in that city. Some think there will be a great, universal revival at the end of time, while others believe instead that the last times will be characterized by apathy, coldness and apostasy. I have prayed for nearly 30 years for a revival, and I have asked the Lord to allow me—before my eyes finally close—to see a revival and a spiritual awakening. Today I would like us to reflect on elements that have characterized awakenings throughout history.
COMMON ELEMENTS IN AWAKENINGS:
A preceding great spiritual decadence: God’s people living in worldliness, a prayer life that is almost null, and a lack of consecration in ministers and leaders. Religion, legalism and in many cases liberalism undermining the life of the church like a plague. The church and its leaders having no authority or power to minister to the world. Concealed sin, a lack of fear of God, and an indifference to His work and to the lost.
God’s dealing with an individual: A Josiah, a Nehemiah, an Ezra, a Peter, a Philip, a Paul, a Martin Luther, a Charles Finney, a Moody, and so on. These men had supernatural experiences that led them to consecration and the powerful manifestation of the Holy Spirit, positively affecting those around them. It all started with a holy dissatisfaction and a deep sorrow for sin.
Blessings, eternal fruit, and glorious manifestations: Although there are external and miraculous experiences, the focus and the fruit that is most evident is the conversion of many souls (Acts 2:41, 47). The saved begin to experience a great conviction of sin. Their desire to pray and seek the face of God (2 Chr. 7:14) awakens a hunger for the Person of God and his Word. They are confronted by the Scriptures and fall to their knees broken, willing to abandon sin (Neh. 8:8-9). A sense of urgency to share the Gospel floods their being. There are healings, miracles and wonders that accompany the testimony of men, women and children filled with the Holy Spirit. God carries out judgments on people directly. The crime rate drops overwhelmingly. Believers are renewed in their relationships; there is forgiveness, reconciliation, unity, pure love and a desire to be together praying, fasting, worshiping and studying. Many people abandon their idols; alcoholics, drug addicts, and prostitutes experience the birth from above and carry the fresh message of the Gospel to their family and friends. Even the land is healed and blessed. The word of God flows like a river, and many churches are spontaneously planted and established. The meeting place moves from the house, to outdoor places, to tents, to buildings. Opposition is raised—often ordered and led by religious groups—in an attempt to stop the move of God. From among these new believers many are called to the ministry, and a solid leadership is raised up with a reproductive, multiplying and godly DNA. How many of us want to experience something like this?
Lord, we know that you are the same yesterday, today and forever. Please visit us! Bring a revival and a spiritual awakening in our days, to our land. Here are our lives; we want to join what you are doing in this world. For your glory and honor, Amen.