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There is a term that Christians use to describe what seems to be a very powerful move of God in a country, state, city, church, or through someone such as a pastor or an evangelist. The term I’m referring to is the word “Revival”. At many different times through the centuries God has seemingly worked in incredible ways, to bring people to a saving faith through the hearing and believing in the word of God. Sometimes people come to the Lord by hundreds or even thousands. Many Christians of my generation will remember a wonderful revival that occurred during the late sixties and throughout the seventies, where thousands of hippies, surfers, druggies, and young people just filled with every kind of depravity and rebellion, started coming to a saving faith in Jesus Christ, as a small church named Calvary Chapel, pastored by a man by the name of Chuck Smith, just shared the simple message of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Those people then went out and shared with their friends and their friends began receiving Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, started going to church, started reading the bible, stopped their drugs and depravities, and made Jesus the center of their lives. We affectionately referred to this time of revival as “The Jesus Movement”.

As wonderful as revivals are, God doesn’t want us to sit around waiting for one to get started in order for people to begin coming to a saving faith in Jesus Christ. He desires that there be an ongoing revival in our own hearts, where not only are we growing and thriving, but where we also become vessels through whom God can start a revival that reaches those in our sphere of influence.

Many people call “revivals” an unusual act of God’s pouring out of His Holy Spirit. And maybe in some ways we might be able to look at it that way. But what God really wants is to see individual Christians “being used in an unusual way”. Sadly it seems so very rare that not many Christians ever put in the time and investment to become the “vessels of revival”. Let me take this moment to share with you a very important scripture concerning personal revival.

Luke 11:9-10

9 "So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

If you want to become a “vessel” of revival” you’re going to really have to long for it, want it, ask for it, seek, knock, receive the answers to your prayers, see the doors open, commit to an ongoing investment in desiring personal revival in your own life, and say “here I am Lord, use me”.

With special thanks and recognition to A. W. TOZER

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