“ Day 1: Revival is the Heart of God”

“And the fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it; it shall not be put out. And the priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and lay the burnt offering in order on it; and he shall burn on it the fat of the peace offerings. A fire shall always be burning on the altar; it shall never go out.” – Lev. 6:12, 13
The problem I have with most studies on revival is that conclusions are made based on the history of revival, and not on the nature or promises of God.That means that when a revival ended due to greed, competition, self-promotion or the like, it is assumed that it was God’s will for it to end. And while it is God who can bring an end to such an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, it was not because God no longer wanted a revival. It was because He refused to align His outpouring with the soulish attempts of His people to control and direct Him. Perhaps the best illustration for this is the biblical responsibility of priests of the Old Testament, with the fire on the altar. It was God who lit the fire on the altar, but it was the priests who kept it burning. It is the same today. God initiates the mighty outpouring of His Spirit (fire), and we sustain or correctly steward the outpouring for His glory and the transformation of cities and nations, which is still in His heart.For a simpler example, consider this: Since revivals rarely last past two years, the common thought is that revivals are to be the occasional visitation of God to give a boost to an otherwise failing or weak Church. It rarely takes into account that God lifted the anointing for revival because of the sins or compromises of those leading it. Throughout history He lifts His favor and blessings from the group of people who have entered into self-promotion, jealousy, and building personal empires from the move of God. Revivals have more than their share of such careless responses to the favor of God given in times of outpouring. He lifts the glory from us for our protection.When Jesus addressed the issue of first love that was missing in the Church at Ephesus in Revelation 2:4, He told them to return to the deeds they did in the beginning. Perhaps that would be good advice for us as well. We see the biblical emphasis on sustaining what got us here—our foundation. Our beginnings must be recognized, honored, and valued for them to be of use in all that we’re building. We must not forget what got us here. It wasn’t technology, brilliant programs with lighting and sound. Neither was it through great campaigns and united endeavors by multiple churches involved, as valuable as these things are. It was Him. He became pronounced and conspicuous in and upon the Church through the outworking of the Holy Spirit, in and through His people. Yielded people, sometimes ignorant and simple, are the greatest tools in the hand of the Lord.Blessings,Bill

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