A Blueprint for Revival
So Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites, and the children of Israel cried out to the LORD. NKJV
Many times over in the Bible we see a continuous cycle of things in society decaying to a point of desperation and then when it seemed hopeless, the people of God would cry out and God responded by bringing restoration. This pattern is seen clearly in the book of Judges. Israel would serve foreign gods and break their covenant with the Lord. As a result, they would be impoverished and oppressed by various nations and rulers. When the children of Israel cried out to the Lord He would raise up a judge who would be mightily anointed by His Spirit to deliver them. Among these powerful deliverers were Gideon, Samson and Samuel.
We don’t realize how impoverished we are. I am not just talking about physical poverty. There is a more insidious insufficiency. A famine of God’s abiding presence. A famine of the fresh bread of revelation from God’s word. What happens when Pastors and Prophets dip their buckets deep to find what God is saying to His people only to find a dry well? (Amos 4:6-9, 8:11-12) What will it take to break open the fountains of the great deep?
Our real problem is not over taxation; our leaders in Washington; or the anarchy of moral decay. These are only symptoms of a spiritual deficiency. The problem is us… The people of God. We have more authority than what we think. If the church starts to cry out for the fullness of the Spirit; If, like Jacob, we grab ahold of the leg of the angel and say, “I will not let go until you release a blessing!”; then God will hear and turn things around. I am not talking about one good prayer meeting; I am talking about a revolution of prayer. God will always answer personal prayers for our needs and so forth, but that is not what I am talking about. If we want a deluge from heaven that will shake the land then there must rise up a unified bellow from the body of Christ.
I see Gideon as a type of revival. God will respond to our cry by bringing a Gideon generation out of obscurity. They are humble and have laid down their life for Jesus. They have prayed the price. They do not care about man’s agenda or pandering for a bigger crowd or larger offering. When the Spirit comes upon them they will blow a clear Reveille (Wake-up call, revival)
The name Gideon means “Destroyer”; This Gideon generation will tear down the alter of Baal in the church. You may be such a man or woman. “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!” (Judges 6:12)
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. NKJV
This verse is the universal blueprint for revival that will transform the land. It is unchangeable; there is no way to out flank what is written here. The amazing part about this verse is that God puts the responsibility on His people. “If My people…” God is always in a state of revival. He is waiting on us to cry out.
Notice these four steps:
1. Humble ourselves
3. Seek His face
4. Turn from wicked ways
Could it be this simple? Simple to say but not simple to do. I heard a very wise man say, “When the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change then we will change.” The pain and the impoverishment is becoming unbearable. I have hope that God is working in us to will and to do of His good pleasure. We are almost at the tipping point.