When you open your Bible, what are you hoping will happen?
The Bible is like no other book. It is the sword of the Holy Spirit, the scalpel God uses to perform divine surgery in our lives. It is perfect. It is living and active. As Curtis said on Sunday, God uses His word to correct our thinking. And it is a renewed mind that leads to a transformed life.
There is a connection between genuine revival and repentance.
In recent weeks, as we’ve been exploring what the Bible teaches us about those times when God, by His Spirit, does a deep work of awakening grace in an individual or in a church or in a community, we’ve seen how it begins as people humble themselves before God and get honest about their sin.
On Sunday we talked about how one of the hallmarks of a genuine revival among God’s people is deep contrition – a profound awareness of the ugliness of our sin and a strong desire to confess, repent and be cleansed from our unrighteousness.
There is another, almost paradoxical hallmark of revival in people’s lives. It’s a deep, strong joy that fills the soul of the revived man or woman.