Revival or Survival?
Which of these words describes your current spiritual condition? Survival is “just getting by.” Revival is living a Christ-centered, Spirit-filled life. The word revive means to restore, to refresh, or recall; to return to a consciousness or life.
Charles Finney made the following statements about revival:
Revival is renewed conviction of sin and repentance, followed by an intense desire to live in obedience to God. It is giving up one’s will to God in deep humility.
Unless you are right with God and filled with the Spirit, your work will be mechanical and fruitless.
God has already given us the victory! We are on the winning side! As Christians, we ought to experience revival in our daily lives; however, many of God’s people live a life of survival instead.
How do we settle for survival?
- We live in the past.
Do you remember the words of the Apostle Paul? He said, “Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before” (Philippians 3:13). We must live for God today.
- We live for the present.
“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things of this earth” (Colossians 3:1-2). We must keep our eyes on the prize and keep eternity in view. This world is not our home; we are just passing through.
- We live without the power and presence of God.
In Exodus 33, Moses recognized his great need for God’s power and presence. Moses prayed, “If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence” (Exodus 33:15). What a powerful prayer! Moses said, “Lord, if You are not going with us, we don’t want to go.” Wouldn’t that be a great attitude for each of us? When we operate in the power of the flesh, we are settling for a life of survival.
- We live to please people (rather than God).
If we were to be honest with ourselves, we are often more concerned with pleasing people than we are with pleasing God. Paul recognized this tendency and asked this question: “Who are you trying to please?” Paul elaborated on this subject by saying, “If I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10).
It is so easy in the Christian life to settle for survival, but I don’t want to settle for the average, mediocre, status quo Christian life. I want to experience revival, victory and the power of God. How can we experience revival?
- We must live in the present.
- We must live for the future.
- We must have God’s power and presence.
- We must live to please God.