Revelation 2:4-5 “But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.” ESV Bible Extra Reading: Revelation 2:1-29.
I am certain you will agree with me when I say that we desperately need a Holy Spirit revival. Why? Because the world conditions pinpoint to the need for revival. Things are not improving. Instead, worse situations flash through our television screens daily. Where are Christians featuring in all this? Most people, when they first come to Christ, are filled with great joy, freedom, and love. They feel close to Jesus. Their hearts burn with a desire to serve Him. But then, as time passes, their initial zeal grows less and less, and often fades almost completely away. Why? What has happened? How can we bring back that first experience of coming to Jesus? There is no greater problem in our Christian lives than the loss of zeal, the loss of our love for Jesus. That is why Jesus wrote these frightening words to the ancient church in Ephesus (Rev. 2:4-5). Satan is furious whenever anyone leaves his kingdom of darkness and through faith in Christ enters the kingdom of God. Therefore, from the moment a person becomes a Christian, Satan attacks that new believer with every weapon he has. Satan’s main goal is to take away the believer’s love for Jesus. Satan knows that he cannot snatch a true believer out of Jesus’ hand (John 10:28). But he can make that believer ineffective; he can make him loveless and lifeless. And he all too frequently succeeds. Thus in our Christian lives, we often need to be spiritually revived. Not only individuals need to be revived, but churches also need to be revived. We need to be constantly examining ourselves. Do we love Jesus more than anything else in the world? (Mark 12:30). Do we seek the kingdom of God first of all? (Matthew 6:33). Are we in complete love and fellowship with every Christian brother and sister? (1 John 1:7; 4:20).
Are we experiencing the fruit of Holy Spirit in our lives daily? (Galatians 5:22-23). Is there spiritual power in our lives? In our church? (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8). If the answer to any of these questions is no, then we need to be revived. One of the main reasons we study the word of God is to experience renewal and revival. That is one of the main reasons the Bible is written. As you study and use Bible verses, let your prayer be that the words of God might spring to life in your heart with new meaning and new power. As you study God’s Word, pray for revival in your own heart and in your own local church. Revival should come with a cost. You will need to invest quality time in prayer, fasting, Bible study and confession of personal sin. Remember that God cannot use dirty vessels. He uses clean ones. The problem we face today is that many Christians are full of the world in themselves. They want to continue singing hymns and choruses with their lips whilst their hearts are far away from God. We cannot cheat God. He knows us very well.
Prayer: Father God, we yearn for a Holy Spirit revival in our lives. Please start it. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen!