I’ve been praying for and feeling a revival coming for a bit now, and our church here has gone through the seasons of purging and growth over the last several years, especially in most recent year. I know my own experience with a personal revival of late, and have been reading on the history of other revivals. Although there’s not a schedule of events in any particular revival, I want to let you all know what to expect…when you’re expecting.
- Expect to KNOW when Jesus shows up – when the Spirit comes in revival (personal or corporate) there is an obvious change in the atmosphere. There’s a sweetness to His Spirit, and a peace like you’ve never known when He comes in. It’s hard to explain, but I’ll tell you there are times in my car on the way to work, at home in my prayer area, and at chuch when His presence is resting there and I just don’t want to leave…or move. When He comes, there’s also a deep sense of awe and wonder, mixed with trembling fear. “Tremble, O earth, before the Lord, Before the God of Jacob.” (Psalm 114:7) “The Lord reigns, let the people tremble, He is enthroned above the cherubim, let the earth shake!” (Psalm 99:1)
- Expect to be HUMBLED – When He comes in His glory, there isn’t much else to do but fall on your face in humble adoration and fear. You will be convicted of your every sin all at once and you won’t want to face Him. You’ll suddenly be painfully aware of your putting Him on the cross and your being the reason for His having to come to die. “Oh wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God – through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:24-25a) It is a harrowing feeling to say the least. Expect to be on the floor, kneeling, bent over, wanting to go lower and lower. We are but worms in the light of His Holiness. Don’t fear the humbling. Embrace it. It is there He will lift you up. “When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then He placed His right hand on me and said: ‘Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.'” (Revelation 1:17)
- Expect to WEEP – In the humbling, you will likely cry like you’ve never cried before. Ugly crying. Don’t worry – nobody cares. Likely you won’t be the only one. When revival comes it is sweeping. Jesus is no respecter of persons – you’re on His radar, too. He would that NO ONE should perish, and He desires to pour out His love and His Spirit on ALL FLESH. It is the most cleansing weeping you’ll ever know. Nothing will compare. When it’s “over”, you’ll feel like you’re whole. Although you will have been emptied, you will be full of His Spirit. “As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.” (Luke 7:38) When you are aware of your sinfulness and His holiness and His sacrifice for you, you have to weep and desire to give Him everything you own.
- Expect that some will RUN AWAY – It’s possible that some will run from His presence. Some may not be ready or willing to give their life to Him, and that is something sadly we must also hope doesn’t happen but expect as a possibility. When He comes in power, it is a frightful thing if you aren’t living for Him. “But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord” (Jonah 1:3), “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.” (Genesis 3:8) It can also, however, be a glorious welcoming.
- Expect that some will RUN TO Him (the altar) – There are those who either don’t know Him or know little about Him and will have nothing but to run to Him to save them. And they WILL be saved, healed of their sin, forgiven, and set free. What a wonderful thing to see if THAT happens! Even those demon-possessed will run to Him (and be delivered!): “When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and fell at his feet in front of Him.” (Mark 5:6)
- Expect to hear and possibly see some “STRANGE” THINGS – It is possible for manifestations to occur as Jesus is cleaning house in some people. But don’t be alarmed: Jesus is in control and has overcome the world. “Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” (Acts 2:2-4) DO IT AGAIN, HOLY SPIRIT! It may be a little “strange” but there will be order to it.
- Expect there to be ORDER = Our God is not a God of chaos. He has things under control. Things will not get out of hand and if you have a Pastor like mine, they won’t allow anything to get crazy, either. They’ll know what’s up. It’s possible you may see some “flesh” – sometimes when a move of God happens, people can get caught up in it or fake the manifestations. Believe that God will not stand for this and they will be exposed – your pastor and leaders will be able to spot it as well if they are walking with the Lord. “Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.” (1 Corinthians 14:26b) For more info on the ordered way of the Spirit, read all of 1 Corinthians 14.
- Expect REJOICING – When Jesus comes to revive you and cleanse you, you can’t help but praise Him. Expect singing, shouts of hallelujah, hugging, possibly jumping, but again, all ordered and not chaotic. “Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.” (Psalm 111:1)
- Expect to see FRUIT of the Spirit in people – When the Spirit comes like that, there is obvious fruit in each affected person’s life. Their attitudes will change, habits will be broken, life will be shiny and new, and joy will be evident – especially joy in their salvation. There will be a renewed sense of love for one another as well. Each involved will be suddenly very aware of their shortcomings and will do everything they can to keep their “house” clean of sin. A standard will be set and adhered to in their household as well. Evidence will be EVERYWHERE. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23a)
- Expect a WITNESS – When Jesus comes in and cleans you up and fills you up, you can’t help but testify about it. There will be a growing desire to share what God has done, a burden for the lost that can’t be shaken, and a burning desire to see the body of Christ renewed. “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.” (Luke 8:39) “Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what He has done for my soul.” (Psalm 66:16)
These are just a few things to expect when you’re expecting revival. When expecting Jesus to show up in His power and His glory and love, there are many things that are possible to happen, though. Be open, be humble, and EXPECT Him to move.
HE IS COMING SOON!!! HALLELUJAH!