We need revival – Part 2
God has promised to bring revival to His people. With the revival come salvation, peace, success, and prosperity in all areas of personal and national lives.
Our present spiritual, political and economic conditions are as critical as those of the dry bones that prophet Ezekiel saw and ministered to. Poor facilities and living standards are discouraging. There is no excitement and motivation to pursue life’s aspiration or render quality service. Discouraged, many are seeking greener pastures in other lands. But like Ezekiel, believers must not quit because of the dryness and drought in the land but overcome these challenges and rebuild dry lives, families and our nation.
To effectively revive dry bones require addressing them with the revealed Word of God for specific conditions. Every situation needs a different approach if the believer must be fruitful. Our Lord Jesus Christ used different approaches to convert Peter, Matthew, Zacchaeus, and Saul. The secret of a fruitful ministry among dry bones and elsewhere is declaring the revealed Word for the specific audience.
It is faithfulness to prophesy as commanded that makes the Lord honour His Word by bringing a mighty revival. “So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.” God knows the ugly condition of dry bones and the message that will bring revival. A mighty revival will come when ministers of the gospel preached, not the message dictated by men, but that given by God.
During the Pentecostal revival in the early church, there was progress and penetration of the gospel. “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.” When true revival comes, thousands of souls, not few, will be converted to the Lord. When we accept all the precepts of the Lord and prophesy as He has commanded, He will add converts to the Church daily as He did in the early church. The progress in the early church was real; there was a subsequent record of five thousand people who became converted believers in Christ.
But there was penetration too. The Sanhedrin alleged that “behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine…” Believers were everywhere. Every street, community, office, school, hospital, section, and family had genuine believers. God brings this kind of true revival through the ministers who are fully revived and dedicated to Him. When there were progress and penetration of an ascending revival, “the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests was obedient to the faith.”
Philip was able to bring joy to the Samaritans through salvation, miracles, signs, and wonders that God wrought through him. The church also multiplied numerically. The promised revival we seek today is such that we will draw in committed, consecrated and obedient believers, and usher in the activities of planting strong and vibrant Churches that cannot be conquered by the devil.
Further Reading (King James Version): Psalm 85:6; Habakkuk 3:2; Hosea 6:1-3; Joel 2: 12-20; Ezekiel 37: 1-14; Acts 2:41,47; 4:4; 5:28; 6:7; 8:5-8; 9:31; 2:39.