Personal revival is a by-product of the infusion of the Holy Ghost, without which no one can successfully destroy the yoke of the devil that is enslaving unbelievers all around us today. Perhaps you are not fully aware that every genuine Christian has been automatically enrolled into the school of God’s army to fight against the arch enemy called the devil.
Be sober and self-controlled. Be watchful. Your adversary the devil, walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour… 1 Peter 5:8 WEB
The devil knows that once he catches you, every destiny attached to you is as good as wasted. Therefore, you need consistent interactions with the Holy Spirit in order to overcome this. Jesus said;
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Christ is saying here that he has gained mastery over the prince of this world,”the devil”even though he roars like a lion. As children of God, you are a “shareholder” of this authority; infact you are entitled to the same proportion as Him.
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.Ephesians 2:4-7 NKJV
The zeal that will always prove your authority to the devil is the Holy Spirit and this can only be attained through your consistency at the altar to sustain the abiding presence of God’s Spirit. This is what we call personal revival. The early Apostles realized this and the recognition inspired them to meet continually and without any interruption in order to commune with God. When was the last time you privately communed with God without interruption? I mean without “pausing” the Holy Spirit to receive phone calls or make phone calls? When last have you travailed in God’s presence all night? Oh! Social medial activities have taken over the place of personal travail and consistent burning. Why not rise to the challenge today? Why not patch together again that broken pieces of your altar? Why not return to those things you used to do in the past which kept you burning for God? Remember:- Only men that have been personally revived can revive others. Unless you are on fire for God, your spiritual gimmicks can never set others on fire.
Charles Spurgeon spoke of men that can make a difference in their world as “men who live only for Christ, and desire nothing but opportunities for promoting His glory, for spreading His truth, for winning by power, those whom Jesus has redeemed by His precious blood… we need red-hot, white hot men, who glow with intense heat; whom you cannot approach without feeling that your heart is growing warmer, who burn their ways in all oppositions straight onto the desired work. Men like thunderbolts flung from Jehovah’s hand, crashing through every opposing things till they have reached the target aimed at; men impelled by Omnipotence”1
Beloved, you need to glow spiritually in order for God to draw men to Himself through you.
OBJECT OF ATTRACTION
As soon as the disciples began to burn for God, the power of God in them became a magnet that drew people to God (Acts 2:5-14). People not only came, they ran; because the force of that magnet was so powerful, they rushed down to meet God in action. When you receive personal revival, your life will naturally become a spiritual magnet that will attract sinners to a place where they will encounter God.
Leonard Ravenhill said: “Because the church has lost Holy Ghost Fire, men go to hell-fire”2. What a great tragedy! The citadel of Christ, built by the blood of the lamb, has now suddenly become the den of the devil. Sinners sit comfortably in the church without being burnt by God’s Holy fire. This is apparently because most Christians fail to secure the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit. Unbelievers now mock the name of the Lord in the life of Christians because the fire of revival is not burning the way it ought to. We should rise to eradicate these challenges and bring back the glory of God to the church like in the days of the Apostles.
…to be continued in the next edition.
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