When you think of revival, what do you think of? A big tent set up with a special evangelist who comes in for a week? Watching people be hit by the Holy Spirit? Feeling caught up in the moment but then let down after the week?
Many people have the same views of revival. I have been doing a study called Seeking Him. It has been very interesting. Revival, as defined in this study, is a personal thing. It happens inside your heart. Revival begins with you and me. Revival is God's way of rekindling the fire that was in your heart, but has grown cold. You don't need a big tent, an evangelist or lots of music. Spending time with God, in His word, in prayer and in quiet time can cause revival to happen inside you.
Sometimes, God uses these preconceived notions of revival to cause revival in your heart. But after the emotions of the moment are gone, you can still experience revival continually. Revival is a state of mind not a feeling of euphoria. The feelings fade. You are not going to "feel" those euphoric feelings all the time. Faith isn't based on feelings and neither is revival.
I have been in the midst of a revival for 4 weeks now and it has been the most amazing adventure. Some of the tears have stopped, but the feelings of being loved haven't. I haven't been in tent meetings, we haven't had an evangelist for the past four weeks, and the music has been from cds, not bands. The revival I have been experiencing has been an inward change. A renewing of my heart and mind. A recharging if you will. It has been an awesome ride and I look forward to seeing what God is going to do next.
Do you want to experience this revival? All you need to do is begin spending time with God. Delve into His Word. Pray with an earnest heart and sit quietly in God's presence. These are the beginnings of having a personal revival. Try it, you might find that revival of your heart is just what you need.