Believing in Revival (Part 3: Stewarding the Gifts of God)

Believing in Revival (Part 3: Stewarding the Gifts of God)
When revival comes, a lot of exciting things happen. Bodies are healed. Hearts are set free. The experiences become supernatural. Heaven is visible on earth. It is a beautiful thing.
However, have you ever had a powerful spiritual experience that just dissipated into a distant memory? It may have been during your church’s Sunday service or the last night of a retreat. Yet, after the moment passed, the feelings left along with it, and you end up wondering whether that moment was genuine.  
Revival is real, and it is a gift. Like all gifts, it must be stewarded well. Stewarding revival requires an attention to biblical basics, which are oftentimes overlooked because they are obvious and seemingly secondary. However, the basics are a believer’s primary responsibility and will either make or break one’s revival experience.
These basics are what will determine whether your revival moment becomes a revival lifestyle. This is relevant to all individual believers of Christ as well as corporate Christian bodies.

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Believing in Revival (Part 2: When there is no spiritual hunger)

Believing in Revival (Part 2: When there is no spiritual hunger)
Oh, to long for the great works of the Holy Spirit! Although many would not like to admit it, this is easier said than done. It requires a spiritual hunger that exceeds an earthly hunger. It requires a kingdom ambition, not just career ambition.  
It is very common for Christians to believe in Christ to the point of being blessed. However, for some believers, the fight for faith ends there.
Most want salvation, but not as many desire for the salvation of others.  Any believer can cry out for one’s own healing, but you often don’t find someone passionate to see the healing anointing upon the entire church. Most would welcome the strength of the Holy Spirit while they are at work, but not too many have the unction to pray for God’s great power to manifest in signs, miracles, and wonders in the workplace.  

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Believing in Revival (Part 1: Hope for Change)

Believing in Revival (Part 1: Hope for Change)
It begins with hope.
In my time in ministry, I have found that many believe that revival consequently means overcoming a struggle for piety and discipline. As in, it’s revival when you start doing your quiet times every day after finally being convinced that He loves you. Mind you, all these things are great things. However, at most, these scenarios minimize Christianity to just you overcoming yourself to survive another day.
The cross has a greater inheritance for us than just becoming “better people.”

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Believing in Revival (Introduction)

Believing in Revival (Introduction)
Although I was not born a Christian, I spent the majority of my childhood growing up in a church setting. I’ve been to my share of retreats, praise nights, prayer gatherings, and so on and so forth.
The word I have heard quite often in these gatherings was “revival.” Every pastor I met seemed to want it. Every church retreat I attended seemed to aim for it. I have heard so many Christian leaders say that we needed it, but no one really explaining what it looked like.

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