Thoughts on Contending for Revival

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The word revival has been circulating around Christian circles for an extended amount of time now, and ever increasingly, pastors and laymen alike are crying out for another move of the Holy Spirit. Those who long for a widespread return to God in America do not need to be told that our nation is another decadent tiptoe away from judgment. The pertinent question for many evangelical Christians is, “Will God judge America for its promotion of abortion, same-sex marriage, and wholesale rejection of a Biblical worldview?”

 

Whether America seals an eleventh hour redemption or collapses under judgment is not my call, but what I can determine is my mission. It’s the mission of the Great Commission, and it works just as well during social collapses as it does in times of peace. Either way, here are some practical steps we can take no matter the circumstances.

Know Your Mission

When thinking of revival, my mind often pictures packed churches and stadiums of people worshipping God. Scenes such as these are not uncommon, yet swells of people find their way to these churches and stadiums due to more subtle workings of evangelism.

Therefore, your mission may not be as high profile as you wish, but the heart of evangelism is not about your glory. Your glory rests in Jesus’ story, and revival itself manifests in a snowball effect. To be specific, there are three layers of revival: you, your family, and your community.

Obviously, revival begins with the individual. If you aren’t locked in with God, then those around you certainly won’t be either. For example, Saul was headed on a destructive path to Damascus, yet Jesus revealed Himself in His blinding glory. The inquisitor Saul became the Apostle Paul, and both Jew and Gentile witnessed a most unlikely conversion. Throughout all his experiences, Paul left a trail of fresh bodies newly dedicated to Jesus Christ, so that’s what one man can do along with the grace of God, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the work of the Holy Spirit.

A nuclear family dedicated to Christ is a ready-made evangelical sleeper cell. Mom, Dad, and the kids can cover a lot of square footage  amidst their daily interactions. The family unit is currently under a prolonged assault due to the consequences of sex before marriage, same-sex marriage, rampant divorce rates, and parents more concerned with their careers than their kids. Western Civilization is cracking under this sustained pressure, so think of the testimonies that could be produced by a widespread initiative to put Christ at the head of the household.

If you are revived in your relationship with God along with your family (including your church family), then the next step is the community. The body of Christ doesn’t only have influence inside the four walls of the sanctuary. Know that your salvation and accompanying worldview are what people hunger for: they just might have not heard the right message yet. Money, sex, and alcohol are inadequate fillers, but people will continue to chase those if you won’t give them the Bread of Life. Tell your story, be a good friend no matter the outcome, and allow the Holy Spirit to work.

Know Your Role

Whether your a minister or layman, God has use for you. Feeling directionless? Seek God in this season and ask Him for guidance in terms of what gifts He wants to cultivate in you. Some are preachers and teachers. Others are prophets and evangelists. There worshippers, writers, theologians, apologists, artists, musicians, and professionals of all types possessing faith in Christ.

Knowing this, we are neither ill-equipped or directionless, because God is good and so is His creation. A corrupted creation we are, but when revival occurs, an individual is recalibrated to the original intent 0f our Heavenly Father: an unabridged relationship with Him. The choice to accept Christ’s salvation is a form of revival, so think of what large scale sanctification will look like!

If you have your heart right and the armor of God strapped on tight, you are an asset. That means you must be ready to lavish the riches of God’s grace on those around you. They will take notice of your worldview since its not exactly a popular choice, and those are the moments when you become an evangelist. Be ready, because if the prophetic warnings of late are any indication, people are going to be seeking answers from us.

Know Spiritual Discipline

Our country has been steadily descending into darkness, and this national separation from God has led us to embrace numerous abominations. These events have led many Christians to withdraw from the frontlines of evangelism in frustration. No matter the degree of darkness, Christians cannot think themselves good soldiers for Christ when they ignore the first precept of Spiritual Warfare 101: get boots on the ground and engage.

Fatalism is not the route to take in evangelism, so stay focused and remain disciplined. Seek God, Preach God, and Reach a nation.A little adversity never hurt the Great Commission. Just look at Acts 8: the church got its first targeted kick in the mouth, and the Gospel was selling like hotcakes. This remains true today in the testimonies of those within the persecuted church around the globe.

There are soldiers who serve this nation with such valor, that if they were asked to volunteer for a mission they knew they would not return from, there would still be a mad dash toward the helicopters waiting to carry them into the fire. As spiritual soldiers for Christ, do we hold a similar tenacity? Will we tell our personal narrative of salvation despite determined resistance?

These are questions that can only be answered by the mixing of faith and deeds. However, God is aligning his people into prophetic positions of power in every realm of society, so prepare to be a torchbearer of His light. If you claim to wear the armor, pick up the sword and take the inevitable blows, because there are no conscientious objectors in spiritual warfare.


Kevin Cochrane is a nineteen year old writer  with the distinct purpose of radically restoring everyone with exposed ears to the original testimony of Jesus Christ. Want to read more? Check him out at themajestysmen.com/author/kevincochrane, a friendship and mentoring  community for Christian males. For updates on his latest blog posts, you can follow him on Twitter @RunFree_KC or click the follow button at the bottom of the page to receive notifications by email.

 

 

 

 

 

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