Psalm 80:18 Then we will not turn back from You; revive us, and we will call upon Your name.
I think we would all agree, America needs an awakening, but before that can happen the church needs a revival. We often use the words revival and awakening interchangeably, but there is a distinction. An awakening is when the people of a nation come alive spiritually. Individually, they see their need for God, and turn to Him. A revival on the other hand is when God’s people come back to life again.
Revival simply means to bring something back to life that was once dead. To be revived is to wake up from a state of sleep. We understand sleep after we wake up, not while we’re sleeping. Too many believers today are asleep and don’t even know it.
The church needs revival, it needs to wake up. Revival is getting back to the Christian life as it is explained in scripture. Revival is being in the bloom of ‘first love’, walking closely with the Lord. You can’t always have the emotions you first had as a new believer any more than you can have the same butterflies you had when you first met your wife to be. That is unrealistic.
But your love can grow deeper. It can grow stronger. That is how we ought to be as followers of Jesus. We need to walk in the faith we had a new believer. Revival is nothing more than a new, long term, commitment to obey God.
Only God can send an awakening to America. But revival can happen in your life and mine right here, right now. Lord, revive us, again…