Good morning people who measure revival by the increase of repentance.
My opening greeting might sound strange to you, but I believe it is a word from God. I believe it applies to the body of Christ right now, and I believe that it is a truth that we need a deeper revelation on.
We are living in days of revival, of this I am convinced. God is restoring and renewing His original pattern and plan to His church. God is reviving those who once were in sync with the beating of His own heart. God is bringing dead things back to life again! This is revival!
While there are many evidences of revival, one that is inescapable is repentance. When people encounter the holiness of God – an essential element of true revival – repentance must be the response. When we see God in His glory, our lack of holiness is revealed for what it is. This is not a bad thing; this is a wonderful and necessary thing in our lives!
I have personally had the privilege of being in a church where a deepening revival has been intensifying over the last twelve months. I praise God for this, but I need you to know, that many times, it is very uncomfortable.
Because as His beauty increases in my vision, my lack of beauty becomes more apparent. Some people might not like this and might think that it should only result in more joy and “goose bump” moments. Well, I would point you to Isaiah 6 and Revelation 1. Both Isaiah and John fell to their knees, overwhelmed by the majesty of heaven. The prophet Isaiah uttered the following sincere words:
Isaiah 6:5 NIV “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”
Thankfully, Isaiah turned Godward and received a touch from the coals of heaven. His repentance resulted in a fresh commission! Praise God!
Oh, I am compelled to lean further into the gift of repentance tomorrow.