The story is told of the villager, who returning to his own village did so with excitement. He told of his visit to the other village and proceeded to talk about what was taking place spiritually. Excitedly he said: “They are having a Re-Bible!
In effect, he was right. When the fires of revival began, one of the primary evidences was the excitement that had been generated toward the reading of the Bible, the Holy Scriptures. In discharging my duties as a minister of the Gospel, there is little that can be explained during any resurgence on the part of the saints toward the reading of the Bible. It gradually affects, not just a portion of the congregation, but every person in attendance at that church. That is why I suspect they use the phrase: “The Fires of Revival!”
When the Word of God is read consistently, it brings with it a fresh understanding of Scriptural truth and the necessity of conforming to what God has revealed in His Word. The need of a new found obedience to the Savior becomes a challenge. There is the realization that much of what one desires can be achieved through association on a more “involved” basis with other saints who have equaled desires. While there is such a desire, be certain that you co-ordinate through the pastor who will, in all probability have a list of individuals or programs that will encourage you in this fresh commitment. If this is not done, it can turn into nothing more than a headache for all involved.
Remember that only six verses of Psalm 119 do not make mention of the Word of God in one aspect or the other. In any situation, make sure that you stick with the WORD! If others bring or suggest other books in your sequence of “get togethers”, graciously, but firmly stick with the Bible.
Let’s get back to the subject that we are ultimately tying together. An old friend of mine said, years ago, “Revival is not worked up, it is sent down!” As you are faithful, so God is faithful.
Hebrews 4:12 “For the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and Spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
“the Word of God is not imprisoned.” 2 Timothy 2:9
“I shall keep Your statutes.” Psalm 119:8