When I reflect on my experience living in Seattle the last 7 years, when I reflect on my experience as a Christian when I'm with other Christians, I intuitively know that something is wrong. Something is missing and revival is exactly what this place needs.
Revival is a move of God. That is what it is, put simply. And we revive dead things. When someone has lost his pulse, he gets defibrillated. If it works, that's revival. If someone drowns he gets CPR. If it works, that's revival. When I look upon dead Christian religion, the whole of us going through the motions, people who have a form of godliness but not the power (2 Timothy 3:5), I see a church that has lost its pulse. Things are so dead that we gravitate towards anything that looks like life: celebrity pastors, canned programs, half-baked social networks on apps which we call church, 'social justice' devoid of the mercy of God– we think this is it. We can't tell the difference because everything else has been so dead and dry. What we need most is a move of God... right?
Let me tell you something. God sent revival 2000 years ago. The Father sent his Son. His Son is the Word made flesh. And just like every word that proceeds from the mouth of God, the Word made flesh did not return to the Father void. (Isaiah 55:11). It was also 2000 years ago that the Father sent the Holy Spirit as promised.
If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” Luke 11:13 NKJV
What is in heaven that is left to send? What is the Father withholding from the world? Nothing! The Father sent His Son and His Spirit. As far as I know, the Dove never returned. The Holy Spirit is still here upon the earth. The Father never withholds! So what is this move of God we are looking for? Are we waiting on Him, or is He waiting on us? Let me show you something:
Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved. Matthew 9:17
Beloved, Heaven is always pouring.
If Heaven stops pouring, it's not because anything is being withheld. It's because there's nothing to pour into. Pouring Revival will break old wineskins. The wine will run out. The bottles will perish.
The message to the church is clear: Change your wineskins and the outpouring will resume. It's the same message John the Baptist called out that Jesus continued: Repent because the Kingdom is at hand. With every historic move of God we first saw repentance. But people keep limiting repentance to sin. Sin is only a part of the old wineskins! It is only a part.
To repent is to change one's mind. The mind is the wineskin. Our thoughts, attitudes, beliefs, worldview, our view of God, our view of Self. All of that is the wineskin. It's messed up. It's dead.
Religion is much of the old wineskin. Our old man is the old wineskin. Our old self, our old identity, our old pursuits. We need to take a good look at what we believe. The Word says we need to be transformed by the renewing of our mind and only then will we know God's perfect will (Romans 12:2). We will taste the new wine heaven is pouring when we come to him with new but empty containers. Yes they will be empty, but they are new nonetheless.
We need to seek first the Kingdom. Do we understand what that means? Are we thirsty for this new wine? We need to seek first His Righteousness. Do we know what that means? Do we know how heaven sees us? Do we know what is at stake? Heaven is here. Ready to be poured out. Revival will come to those who have something new and empty to contain it.