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Stayed Around After Worship

Church revivals, or revival meetings, are Christian faith events coordinated within the organized Christian church to enliven or revitalize a community of believers' spirituality.  Revival meetings have traditionally been organized for Christian congregations and churches, many of which lean toward the Protestant tradition.

Church revivals in a congregation's setting have two main goals: to revive the spiritual lives of the congregation's members and to attract new members. I say coordinated; however, their impacts and lasting results depend on the presence of the Holy Spirit. This is very important.

A church revival's primary goal is to allow the Holy Spirit's transformative power to work on believers and unbelievers. During a church revival, believers will pray and seek the Holy Spirit's guidance while celebrating a rekindled spiritual fervor. People are called to prayer and repentance during revival meetings and can feel God's power.

I mentioned the Revival Happening at Ausbury College in KY on Sunday Morning during the Sermon. Now, in case you didn't know. On February 8th, the whole thing started as a typical church service. A gospel choir sang at the conclusion of the service, and several students "stayed around afterward," according to Asbury College students and organizers. Then Social media users took notice of the young gathering, and as the days went by, content about it received millions of views. Videos on Instagram and TikTok show worshippers dancing to the music, crying, confessing their faults, and encouraging one another as they share their testimony. So, yes, the whole thing started because students "stayed around after worship" That being said, remember that a revival's impacts and lasting results depend on the presence of the Holy Spirit, not on the coordinated effort or good planning of others. This is important because it means that someone cannot simply say, I am going to have a revival; instead, I will pray and welcome a revival.

I am sharing this with you because a revival, while mainly recognized as a "community of believers" gathering to further the kingdom of God, doesn't mean that it is only that... A revival is a gift from God because of the presence of the Holy Spirit, and it can happen at any time for you, your family, and, obviously, the church.

See, a revival can happen in other areas of your life, such as family, marriage, vocation, health, etc. . Any Christian who so chooses may undergo a radical spiritual revival at any time, entirely independent of others. You don't have to wait around for others. Know you can experience your Revival today in the areas where you feel there is no lasting life, and then the challenge becomes giving testimony to the work of the Spirit and inviting and guiding others to join you. Why? Because this is why Jesus gave us the holy Spirit. Then the question is how? Below you will find some recommendations that everyone can plan for or do and which, in my opinion, will lead to a revival in your life because a revival can happen anywhere and in any circumstance where God is invited and accepted.

Get utterly disappointed in yourself.

The deadly enemy of spiritual advancement is complacency. The contented soul is the stagnant soul. Paul could remark, "I have learned to be content," when referring to material possessions, but he vowed, "I press on toward the mark," when speaking of his spiritual life.

Therefore awaken the gift of God inside you.

Turn your face toward a radical shift in your life. 

The failure of timid spiritual experiments is predicted before it ever occurs. Our longing for God must be our entire being. If you wish to grow in faith, there is no place for the timid. If you want to grow in faith, be bold in faith. After all, a good definition of crazy is "doing the same thing, expecting a different result."

Position yourself to receive blessings.

A mistake is expecting God's assistance to arrive as a surprise with minimal input from you. It is not simply that God helps; those who help themselves, but rather that you open your eyes to circumstances that distract you from the available green pastures. For example, wishing for Revival while ignoring prayer devotion is the same as walking in the opposite direction.

Make a sincere effort to repent.

Repent; please do not rush to complete it. Hasty repentance results in a limited spiritual experience and a lack of assurance throughout one's life. Our deplorable habit of accepting vice maintains us in a half-dead state.

Wherever you can, make amends.

Pay the debt you owe, or at the very least, be open and honest about your desire to pay it so that no one will doubt your honesty. If you have a disagreement with someone, try your hardest to make things right. Make the crooked objects as straight as possible.

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