What Do You Do When You Get Revival?
We are all seeking more of God and His presence, and to know Him more and more. There is more written about intimacy with Jesus than ever before. The cry for revival fire is going up all around the earth. It’s God’s cry to come in alignment with Him and His desire for truth, righteousness and justice in the earth. In Psalm 27:8 David writes “your face I will seek”. Seeking God and seeking revival are, at least I believe, essentially the same. We pray for the fire, and what the fire is and does is another topic. We know the fire cleanses but it also causes us to burn for Jesus, to burn for the Father.
So the question is what do we do when seek God’s face and seek revival and seek the ‘fire’ and we get it? I mean what happens when we get what we asked for?
If your name is Moses and you ask show me your glory, He tells you ‘you can see my backside.’ He says no man can see my face and live. Yet, David still said, ‘your face I will seek.’ But, for Moses he got to stand on a rock. In fact God put him on the rock beside Him.
To stand on a rock beside the Father of Glory would be enough for most. After this event scripture records of Moses, in Exodus 33:11, and Numbers 12:8 that God spoke face to face, mouth to mouth with Him, and not in dark parables, or dreams or visions. Something changed in Moses’ relationship and how he communed with the Lord. There was an encounter that resulted in a shifting of how Moses received information from The Father.
But, my focus is not on that now but on the fact that Moses got what he asked for. It is what happens after he ‘saw God’s glory’ is what I’m after. We spend time seeking, and certainly it is the Holy Spirit drawing us to seek, or chase after the glory of God. Why did God tell Moses no man can seek My face and live and yet David said, ‘your face will I seek”? Surely David knew the scripture. Nevertheless, this is the man it is written was a ‘man after God’s own heart”.
That in itself has come to mean something new to me. We’ve heard it taught that God was saying David has a servant heart or a heart like I want in a leader. Yes, David’s heart was to serve the Lord. But ultimately David was just after the heart of God, to know God and know His heart. We need to be like David and seek God’s heart in any situation, and His heart for our own lives, families, cities, and the nations.
But, again the question is what do we do when we seek God or we seek revival and we get it? Simply put we don’t let go. Moses, obviously didn’t, yet he didn’t make into the promised land because of disobedience. David also got it as we read of the many Psalms written by him, and his desire to build ‘a resting place for God’. Thes are two primary examples for scripture. I could elaborate and mention others who spent their lives seeking God and seeking revival. John the Apostle as well as John the Baptist. In John 5:35 Jesus tells us John the Immerser was ‘a burning and shining lamp.’ How did he get to be that burning and shining lamp? Seeking Him and standing in His presence.
There are those like Count Zinzendorf and the Moravian prayer revival or Bernard of Clairvaux, who devoted their lives to prayer and seeing God. Their impact on society and history is recorded and has been a lasting one. The Moravians started a missions movement that lasted over 100 years and affected the modern missions movement. There are the Ravenhill’s and the Steve Hill’s just to name a few of the modern leaders who have sought God’s heart and as a result been known as great revivalists. I’m sure you could add many and there a those rising up even as I write.
So, what do we do now with the ‘fire of God’ once we get it? Some may say well this happened or the enemy did this or that or I made bad choices. Well I’m right there with you. But recently the Lord showed me and my wife despite all the trials, tribulations, attacks, bad choices and all that life throws our ways, we never lost the fire we got a hold of in Revival. You see getting the fir is not about attending some fiery services and the Holy Spirit showing up. Yes, that may be the place you get it or it may be the place where it is re-kindled or re-ignited.
If you are hungry and thirsty for more of Him and all that He has the be assured He won’t disappoint. Most of us have at some point had an encounter and received the ‘fire’. Maybe we are in a cold or lukewarm congregation or a rough job, or just bad circumstances. Whatever the case these are all things that want to steal or pour out the fire. The challenge is this: don’t let go. I remember when I was in Bible School one of the professors talked about meeting some people in Wales that were part of or were somehow connected to the Welsh Revival. One of the gentlemen told him “whatever you do, when you get it, don’t let go.”
So, whether you stand on a rock beside God, or watch sheep on the backside of the desert, or ever how you get the fire and glory, Don’t Let Go! You may feel like it’s too late, or that it’s all gone, but I just believe that there is an ember or spark left. Just ask the Holy Spirit to come and ignite that spark again, and then seek God like never before and you will burn until Jesus comes back, and beyond