Everyone loves a season of revival, but how do we experience this season? If I take a food recipe, add every ingredient just as directed, and follow every instruction, I can expect a specific outcome. Unfortunately, I don’t believe there is an exact recipe for revival. God chooses when and how He wants to reveal Himself to His children. One thing we can do is create an atmosphere that is conducive for God to move in our midst. This is not a formula or a recipe, but an opportunity for an appointment.
The definition of atmosphere is, “A surrounding influence or environment”. 1 This is simple to explain, but defining revival is not quite as easy. I think we often equate “revival” to special services that are scheduled from time to time, but this is not what I am talking about.
For some, revival is literally bringing back to life…
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We know from the Gospels that the Lord will come down out of heaven. Jesus said that every eye would see Him in the clouds. The Lord also mentioned that the angels would accompany Him on that day.
The Lord said there was going to be a trumpet call. Paul mentions all of these things. Also, if you remember, Jesus said that He would gather His saints “from the four corners of the earth and from one end of heaven to the other.” (Matthew 24:31)
So we find that both Paul and the Lord describe that last day – the Day of the Lord – in exactly the same way. Of course this shouldn’t be any surprise, because the same Holy Spirit inspired both of them.
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