Revival and Reformation – A Blended Experience
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. – Revelation 3:20
A revival and a reformation must take place, under the ministration of the Holy Spirit. Revival and reformation are two different things. Revival signifies a renewal of spiritual life, a quickening of the powers of mind and heart, a resurrection from spiritual death. Reformation signifies a reorganization, a change in ideas and theories, habits and practices. Reformation will not bring forth the good fruit of righteousness unless it is connected with the revival of the Spirit. Revival and reformation are to do their appointed work, and in doing this work they must blend. – 1 SM, p.128
The transformation of our lives into individuals who reveal the love of Jesus is the work of a lifetime. This work takes place as the Holy Spirit brings spiritual life to us. God’s resurrection power revives us and, as a result, our hunger for Jesus increases. But it doesn’t end there. The beauty of revival is that it is ongoing and leads to a reformation of every aspect of our lives, every thought, and every behavior.
Do you sometimes long more for revival than reformation? Are you scared that if you surrender a belief, thought pattern, indulgence, or behavior, that it would take away the pleasure in life? That it would make your life less exciting?
Remember, the same God who you know as the forgiving, loving, kind, and gracious Father, that same God also desires to bring genuine reformation in your life. Will you trust His perfect will today? Will you invite Jesus, not just to the door of your heart, but to come inside, to make Himself at home, to spend quality time with you, helping you rearrange your life, declutter your heart, fix what is broken, and clean out the dirt, dust, and grime that sin has created?
● Pray for God to give you a heart that is willing to live in complete obedience to His will. Pray for victory over those specific sins that you still struggle with.
● Pray for any young people and believers you know who are struggling from addiction, depression, or other mental health issues.
● Prayer for our church members in Eastern Europe, that God would intervene and be glorified in this ongoing painful crisis.
● Pray for believers who are facing religious persecution right now, such as in Asia and the Middle East.
● Pray for your list of 7 names.
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