By Pastor Andrew Bawa
"When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." Acts 2:1-4 (NKJV)
Bible Passages: Romans 12:11, Act 4:34, Philippians 3:10, Exodus 33, Deuteronomy 9:3, Matt 17, Joel 2.
The first revival started on the day of Pentecost; which means harvest in Hebrew. On that day, the disciples and believers were in one accord and the Holy Ghost came down.
Revival refers to the renewal of that which is dead. It is synonymous with fire as it is contagious and intangible. Genuine revival is not materialistic; it occurs when your soul is on fire for God, you begin to speak in tongues, miracles happen, the church experiences growth and fruitfulness.
Revival connects man back to God. It rejuvenates our spirits and we cry out to God to heal our cities, societies and nations; but it comes with a price - one many aren't willing to pay.
Poor leadership and lack of fervent prayers are killing the revival fire. We must be dissatisfied with the status quo, we must yearn for God and to be intimate with him. We must spark that fire and let it spread. The revival of fire represents spiritual intensity, so we must let it burn.
God doesn't need a congregation or crowd to start a revival, He just needs one man. A man who isn't comfortable with the word of God being sidelined. A man who is ready to make a statement for God. A man who is ready to be a stove for the Holy Ghost fire.
The fire of revival keeps you wanting more of God and his word. Will you be that person who will spark the revival fire in your family, neighborhood, city and nation?