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  • Writer's pictureBuck Buchanan

True Revival

Revival is a term that is often used in Christian circles, but what does it really mean? At its core, revival is a time of spiritual awakening and renewal, when believers are reawakened to the truth and power of the gospel, and non-believers are drawn to faith in Jesus Christ. It's a time of transformation, when hearts are changed, lives are transformed, and communities are impacted for the better. But true revival is more than just a series of emotional meetings or a temporary spike in attendance at church. It's a supernatural work of God that brings about lasting change and transformation in the hearts and lives of individuals and communities. It's a time when the Holy Spirit moves in power, convicting hearts of sin and drawing people to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for revival is "chayah," which means "to live, to have life, to be revived." This word is used in passages like Psalm 80:18-19, which says, "Then we will not turn away from you; revive us, and we will call on your name. Restore us, Lord God of Armies; make your face shine on us, so that we may be saved." This passage emphasizes the need for revival to come from God, who alone can restore and renew us. Similarly, in Ezekiel 37:1-14, the prophet receives a vision of a valley full of dry bones, which God brings back to life through the power of His Spirit. This passage reminds us that true revival is not something that we can manufacture or produce on our own, but something that God must do in us and through us. In the New Testament, the Greek word for revival is "anazao," which means "to live again, to revive, to recover life." This word is used in passages like Romans 7:9, which says, "Once I was alive apart from the law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died." This passage speaks to the fact that true revival begins with a deep sense of conviction and repentance, as we recognize our sinfulness and our need for a Savior. True revival is a work of God's grace and power, and it often begins with a deep sense of conviction and repentance. As we see in Acts 2:37-38, "When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, 'Brothers, what shall we do?' Peter replied, 'Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.'" Revival is not just about individual salvation, but about the transformation of communities and nations. As we see in 2 Chronicles 7:14, "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." This passage speaks to the fact that true revival involves a collective turning away from sin and a collective turning toward God. In order for true revival to take place, we must be willing to humble ourselves before God, to confess our sinfulness, and to seek after Him with all our hearts. As James 4:8 says, "Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded." True revival is powerful and transformative

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