Today I am posting an article written by my friend Missionary Jim Kilgore on revival. I hope you are challenged by it.
“Revival: Am I Willing To Pay The Price?
Many Christians today have no clue what a critical hour we are living in. The hour is urgent, the Lord is willing, the devil is hard at work, and too many church members are sitting in the grandstands enjoying the view when they should be suited up and on the field. “Woe to them that are at ease in Zion…” (Amos 6:1)
Around 1am this morning, I was paying about revival when God challenged me with why I REALLY want to have a revival. I searched my heart for improper motives. Was it merely to make life easier for us in America? Was it to make life easier for the Christian?
Jesus reminded me that in THIS world we shall have persecution. John 15:20, “Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.” II Timothy 3:12 reminds each Christian, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus SHALL suffer persecution.”
The object of spiritual revival is not the emotional outbursts, unstructured services, and excessiveness in enthusiasm, bigger budgets, or even the crowded churches which often accompany revival. These things may occur and often do.
The whole point of a movement of God’s Spirit which we call revival involves great concerns, matters like: glorifying God in this world, magnifying the Lord Jesus Christ, the salvation of the lost, often times in great numbers of people coming to Jesus Christ, the restoration of families, and the reviving and re-aligning the Lord’s churches.
It is time to rise up out of our sleep. It is time that each one of US confronts our own casual approach to Christianity. If we really want revival, then each mush DO something. A good place to start is by humbling ourselves. II Chronicles 7:14). James 4: 6 reminds us “that God resists the proud…” the word resists carries the idea of “raging in battle against the Believer because of his pride.”
Until our pride is smitten, destroyed, and we completely lay bare and honest before God, revival will not come. May you and I take time today, no matter how busy that we are, to fall down before God and start confessing our pride, our independent spirit, our utter nothingness apart from God.
We have ALL said, “Something needs to be done. Someone needs to do something to help save America.” Here is YOUR opportunity.
Revival must start within you and I. This is how this “Revival Facebook page” will be different. We must refuse to cease talking about revival and allow the Holy Spirit to start the revival with us!
Will you seriously start this inner process of revival today? Will you be willing to confront your own indifference, inactivity, and insensitivity to the Spirit of God today?
God, I now lay myself on your surgery table. Start the painful process within my life. Amen”
So, how are you doing?