Revival Begins With Us—So Where Do We Start? - Charisma Magazine

Revival Begins With Us—So Where Do We Start?

by | Jan 14, 2016 | Blogs, The Plumb Line

In 2012, I released a prophetic word that essentially declared God is waiting on us. God is not holding revival tightly in His fist, refusing to release it. I’m convinced that many of us are waiting on God to move when in reality He’s waiting on us to move. My 2012 prophecy was: Revival begins with you.

At the same time, I’ve discovered we cannot set ourselves on fire. Not really. God is the ultimate fire-starter. But we can position our hearts close to His burning flame of love and catch His fire as the wind of the Holy Spirit blows it in our direction. We can’t do God’s part, but God won’t do our part.

So if revival begins with you—and me—where does that leave us? Waiting on the Lord, but not in the way we have been. The Hebrew word for “wait” in the context of waiting on the Lord is “qavah.” It is active verb that means to wait, look for, hope, expect; to wait or look eagerly for; to lie in wait for; and to wait for, linger for. We need to wait like we expect Him to show up.

Click here to listen to my podcast on this topic!

1. Look for the promise. Jacob went into a downward spiral after he thought Joseph was ripped apart by lions. He was never quite the same after he lost Joseph. When he heard Joseph was alive, his spirit stirred but when he saw the wagons that Joseph sent to bring him back to Egypt for the grand family reunion in the midst of a famine, the spirit of Jacob revived (Gen. 45:27).

Look at the promises of revival God has given through prophetic words. Look at the scriptural incidents of revival and deliverance. Look for the promises of God and be revived.


2. Drink from living water. The Bible is the inspired Word of God, but with a Word famine rising in the land and the nearly-constant spiritual warfare raging, many are thirsty for a rhema word of God—a true Holy Spirit-inspired prophecy that flows like a river of living water. After Samson struck down 1,000 men with the jawbone of an ass, he was thirsty.

“‘You gave this great deliverance through Your servant, but now may I die of thirst and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?’ So God split open the basin at Lehi, and water flowed out of it. He drank, was refreshed, and revived” (Judg. 15:18-19).

The living water God provides revived Samson—and it will revival us.

3. Stay humble. God resists the proud. He does not revive them. He gives grace, exalts and revives the humble and repentant. Walking in a revival lifestyle means walking in a repentance lifestyle—we need to be quick to repent when we’ve missed the mark.

“For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place and also with him who is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones” (Is. 57:15).

4. Pray for personal revival. When the son of the widow of Zarephath died, her response to Elijah showed she connected this death to sin, but Elijah knew better. He knew it was not the Lord’s will for the boy to die. Elijah took him out of her arms of unbelief and despair and into his arms of faith. Elijah set out to pray.

“He cried to the Lord and said, ‘O Lord, my God, have You brought tragedy upon the widow with whom I live by killing her son?’ And he stretched himself upon the child three times and cried to the Lord and said, ‘O Lord, my God, I pray that You let this child’s soul come into him again.’ He Lord heard the voice of Elijah, and the soul of the child came into him again, and he was revived. Elijah took the child and brought him down out of the chamber into the house and returned him to his mother, and Elijah said, “See, your son lives!” (1 Kin. 17:20-23).

In order to revive that which looks dead, we need to stop looking at the outward condition, which stirs unbelief and despair, and pray until we see God’s will come to pass.

The psalmists prayed revival prayers. In these prayers, the word “revive” is from the Hebrew word “chayah,” which means “to live, have life, remain alive, sustain life, live prosperously, live forever, be quickened, be alive, be restored to life or health.” It also means to restore and cause to grow.

(Check out my new book, co-authored with Ryan LeStrange, called Revival Hubs Rising!)

Psalm 71:20

“You who have shown me great distresses and troubles will revive me again, and will bring me up again from the depths of the earth.”

Psalm 85:6

“Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?”

Psalm 119:25

“My soul clings to the dust; revive me according to Your word.”

Psalm 119:37

“Turn away my eyes from beholding worthlessness, and revive me in Your way.”

Psalm 119:40

“Behold, I have a longing for Your precepts; revive me in Your righteousness.”

Psalm 119:50

“This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word revives me.”

Psalm 119:88

“Revive me according to Your lovingkindness, that I may keep the testimony from Your mouth.”

Psalm 119:93

“I will never forget Your precepts, for with them You have revived me.”

Psalm 119:107

“I am greatly afflicted; revive me, O Lord, according to Your word.”

Psalm 119:149

“Hear my voice according to Your lovingkindness, O Lord; revive me according to Your judgment.”

Psalm 119:154

“Plead my cause, and defend me; revive me according to Your word.”

Psalm 119:156

“Great are Your compassions, O Lord; revive me according to Your judgments.”

Psalm 119:159

“Consider how I love Your precepts; revive me, O Lord, according to Your lovingkindness.”

Psalm 143:11

“Revive me, O Lord, for Your name’s sake, for Your righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble.”

5. Believe God will answer. When we pray, we’re supposed to pray in faith, nothing waivering. James says a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways and should not expect to receive anything from God (James 1:8). Habakkuk prayed to God, believed for an answer—and got one:

Habakkuk 3:1-3: “A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, on Shigionoth. O Lord, I have heard the report of You, and was afraid; O Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years! In the midst of these years make them known; in wrath remember mercy. God came from Teman, and the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of His praise.”

Be encouraged. You can see personal revival. And we can see national revival. Check out my new book, Revival Hubs Rising, which I co-authored with Ryan LeStrange.{eoa}


Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


Vineyard Senior Pastor Faces ‘Historic’ Spiritual Abuse Charges

Vineyard Senior Pastor Faces ‘Historic’ Spiritual Abuse Charges

Causeway Coast Vineyard officials have responded to allegations that its senior pastor, Alan Scott, has committed "historic" spiritual abuse toward the church's staff and congregation. Last month, The Roys Report released a story that former Vineyard staff accused...

We Are Not Proud

We Are Not Proud

The LGBTQ community will march through our biggest streets and party endlessly across the nation throughout June as a their memorial of the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City. They will raise the colors of their rainbow in symbolism of pride declaring their...

Don’t Let Satan’s Mind Games Discourage You

Don’t Let Satan’s Mind Games Discourage You

Many of my friends are walking through tough circumstances right now. One man’s business has failed. Another man is experiencing chronic pain, and doctors can’t find a medical solution. Another is battling an addiction. One married couple I know is struggling with...

The Call for Christians to Mirror the Sacrificial Mindset of D-Day

The Call for Christians to Mirror the Sacrificial Mindset of D-Day

The Allied invasion of Normandy, code-named "Operation Overlord," was the largest seaborne invasion in the history, landing on a 50-mile wide stretch of coast divided into five sections, Gold, Juno, Sword, Utah and Omaha beaches, on the shores of Nazi-occupied France....


AG Missionaries: Muslims Encountering Jesus in Dreams at ‘Alarming Rate’

Two Assemblies of God missionaries are sharing multiple first-hand testimonies of Muslims coming to the Christian faith after encountering Jesus Christ in their dreams. James Bradford, the lead...
Overcoming the 3 Reasons You Are not Prospering

Overcoming the 3 Reasons You Are not Prospering

Finances are often a touchy subject for people. The topic itself conjures images of preachers putting money before God and using their congregations to enrich only themselves. While the Bible warns against the love of money many times, throughout the Old and New...

No, Cell Phones Are Not the Problem

No, Cell Phones Are Not the Problem

Recently, while at a conference, I listened to a discussion about the spiritual crisis that cell phones were causing, especially among our youth. I listened as a group of people, mostly parents, sincerely spoke about the vast amount of problems that hand held devices,...

God Brings Your Miracle in the Tensions

God Brings Your Miracle in the Tensions

We are in a tense time right now, it’s obvious. Finances, war activities, racism, politics, Christian intolerance, medical issues, and yet when we allow God to use times of tension in our lives, we see miracles that would have never been possible if it was a season of...

Pin It on Pinterest