Hab. 3:2 ¶ O LORD, I have heard the report of you,
and your work, O LORD, do I fear.
In the midst of the years revive it;
in the midst of the years make it known;
in wrath remember mercy.
I have heard about revival throughout my Christian life. I always wanted to experience it, I had no idea what it would really be like when it actually came. Everyone seems to glamorize revival; you know, the crowds, the excitement, the conversions; but revival is not what it seems. Revival is not only about restoring individuals, churches, and nations back to life; it is also about dying, Yep, you heard me right, revival is definitely about dying. God comes down and gives us a taste of another world, He calls us to follow Him, and He calls us to leave that other life behind; that’s where the dying comes in. Like I said before, everyone likes the exciting part, “How’s the crowds and how’s the money”. It’s that dying part that gets in the way. Paul taught us all about dying. Once he met Christ on the road to Damascus he had no other choice, he had found joy and satisfaction in Christ, what was there to hold on to in that old life? Here is a glimpse of revival at Azusa Street, they were dying there too.
“Brother Seymour generally sat behind two empty shoe boxes, one on top of the other. He usually kept his head inside the top one during the meeting, in prayer. There was no pride there. The services ran almost continuously. Seeking souls could be found under the power almost any hour, night and day. The place was never closed or empty. The people came to meet God. He was always there. Hence a continuous meeting. The meeting did not depend on the human leader. God’s presence became more and more wonderful. In that old building, with its low rafters and bare floors, God took strong men and women to pieces and put them together again for His glory. It was a tremendous overhauling process. Pride and self-assertion, self-importance and self-esteem could not survive there. The religious ego preached its own funeral sermon quickly.”
Actually dying to self is easier than you might think. What makes it possible is the revelation of Christ. In the light of His greatness it is easy to lose your own life. So I say let the dying begin.