Is revival outdated?

When we use the word “revival,” we have in the past thought of a series of worship services focusing on spiritual growth and outreach. That is an appropriate usage of the word revival, but it is not the exclusive one.

Recently, Jamie Baldwin, a state missionary, brought to my attention an article I wrote while serving as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Tuscaloosa. The focus of the piece was upon personal revival which can, of course, lead to a corporate one.

In this feature, I simply outlined five ways we can better come to a place of revival in our personal lives as followers of Christ.

1. Acknowledge Your Spiritual Need. “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8 (NKJV)

2. Confess Your Sins and Accept God’s Pardon. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 (NKJV)

3. Spend Time Daily in God’s Word. “Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.” Psalm 119:11 (NKJV)

4. Communicate with the Lord in Prayer. “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV)

5. Submit to the Lord and Resist Temptation. “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 (NKJV)

These words may have been written 30 years ago, but they are not out of date. Revival – personal revival – is needed in our lives so that we can be obedient to our Lord and, therefore, become faithful followers who take the Word of God seriously.

My prayer is for personal revival! I need to be revived in spirit more than ever.

My prayer also is that Alabama Baptists will experience a true revival which will be contagious and go viral for the glory of God!

Executive Director of Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions

State Missionary Rick Lance was elected in June of 1998 to serve as executive director of the State Board of Missions and treasurer of the Alabama Baptist Convention. Rick leads state missions efforts and facilitates Great Commission Ministries for the Convention’s 3,200+ churches and more than one million Alabama Baptists.

Rick and his wife, Pam, are members at First Baptist Church, Montgomery. They have two daughters.

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