December 16, 2019
Need Personal Reviving ?
In the ebb and flow of the typical
Christian life we sometimes sense we are
getting low in spiritual energy and
becoming spiritually lethargic,
lukewarm, even cold! Then the light
"I need to be revived!" This
brings us to the question at hand: how
may I put myself in a position or
condition in which God can revive me?
Let's explore our biblical options.
We may ask
the Father in the Son's name for the
Spirit's refreshing. Sure, that's
biblical, basic, and bound to help. This
alone may bring our answer. I knew a
gifted minister who frequently prayed,
"Life me [give me life]!" and, never
failing to receive an answer, ministered
many life-giving truths to God's people
for many years.
Or, we may increase fellowship with
spiritually minded, Christ-seeking
believers. This, too, is a sure
solution. Fellowship was one of the
pillars of the early church: "And they
continued steadfastly in . . .
fellowship" (Acts 2:42). Iron sharpens
iron and believers edify believers
whenever we engage in God-centered
conversations - or telephone calls,
emails, texts, or even Facebook
Also, we may give ourselves much more to
prayer. Anyone bathed in sustained
prayer in the holy One's presence, if
surrendered and obedient, is sure to
experience cleansing, refilling, and an
inspired fresh start.
Or, we may praise and worship God more.
God loves to be loved and ever draws
near to "inhabit the praises" of His
worshiper-lovers and reinvigorate them
with more of Himself, His love, His
Spirit, and His power (Psalm 22:3).
Additionally, we may walk in love more,
especially toward fellow believers.
Obeying this prime command of Christ
(John 13:34-35) pleases Him, which
always moves Him to please us - by
reviving us, as we so urgently need and
But there's one more sure way to resume
living powerfully in Christ and David
points us to it in Psalm 19:7: "The law
[instruction, Word] of the Lord is
perfect, converting the soul"; or,
"reviving the soul" (NLT); or, "reviving
life" (Moffatt). He counsels us to
consider the surprising reviving effects
- a supernatural infusion of overcoming
strength, unshakable stability,
inspiring insights, and devotional
stirrings - of quiet Bible meditation
and obedience. Here's a solution so
simple we often overlook it.
But remember, this issue is not a
multiple choice test - choose one
correct answer among the false. All
of the above paths faithfully lead to
personal spiritual restoration and life
more abundant and all should be
But let us particularly remember the
simplest one: get back into God's Word!
And stay there, making time for
unhurried, prayerful, thoughtful Bible
reading and Bible study. Every day! Why?
Israel's greatest king, bravest warrior,
and sweetest psalmist, highly recommends
it. And since his advice is in the Bible
it's really God's! So, who among us
would dare dismiss or argue against His
Into God's Word,