January 12, 2015
As Believers living in the Laodicean church age, we tend to re-define terms that make us feel uncomfortable. For example, when Jesus says, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15), we redefine His command to say, "Study about how others go into all the world in your annual Missions Conference and rationalize to yourself you are obeying His command by looking at African artifacts and watching a missionary slide show during your Sunday evening service."
But that's not what Jesus said at all, is it?
We also re-define what the word "revival" means because we, as the church, are pretty much clueless as to what a true, Spirit-born revival actually looks like. We look to follow those who tell us about revival but have never experienced revival themselves. It's like the "blind leading the blind" (Luke 6:39).
Do you want to be different? Do you want to learn from those who lived in a constant state of revival? Me too. Then keep listening.
The following is a study on How Not to Find Revival from Revelation 2 and 3.