Blog Home | 2018-04-16 11:27:38
How sad is it that as new churches begin to spring up in every imaginable corner of the globe, true revival is next to non-existent? The sick, the blind, the lame are hopeful and they pray that their health is restored. They come to advertised revival grounds, to churches, but unfortunately, some of them go back the same way the came. Why can’t we pray, heal like the Apostles did? Why can’t we cast out demons like the Apostles did? We really can. Some say Jesus is all about love. Yes, that’s right, Jesus is all about love and that’s why He’s empowered us to cast out demons and heal the sick and set the captives free, so they no longer live under bondage. This is one of the ways we can show them the love of Christ. The modern-day sophisticated church doesn’t cast out demons, or heal the sick anymore? Yet some advertise revival. What then do they mean by revival? Is revival not derived from the English word RE-VIVE? Does the word RE-VIVE not mean to restore to life? That’s exactly what revival means - to restore lives. My observation is that revival has become scarce lately. What is served now in most “dead churches” (as John described in the book of Revelation) churches is entertainment.
The Lord is the God of revival. He is the author of revival. Revival is not made by human design. Revival cannot be planned. It is God given. Revival comes when we wait on the Lord. And He backs out when revival is not declared by the Holy Spirit. That’s why despite all advertising promises made on some church flyers fail woefully. When the Lord wants to do a thing, He tells his friends, His Prophets, His Evangelists, His Apostles and those who are led by His Spirit . He says to them, I will use you to revive my people. He uses those who have consecrated their lives unto Him for His mighty works. And His revival fire falls upon the ones He has separated for His use. Revival is based on Psalm 24 says, “Who shall ascend to the hill of the Lord. He who has clean hands and a pure heart…”. On the hill of the Lord is the special place where the revival of YHWH takes place. The revivals of the old broke forth through consecrated vessels who prevailed in the place of extensive worship and prayers. They were of contrite hearts. They were separated from the world. The results? The blinds saw, the lame walked and the sick were healed.
The church needs to go back to its roots, to not deviate from the paths laid down by Jesus Christ through the Apostles, only the would the church receive the revival power. Historians will continue to talk about the great Evangelist Billy Graham, the great Apostle Ayo Babalola. Growing up in Nigerian churches, I volunteered during the times Reinhard Bonkee came to Nigeria to spread the gospel. I was astonished at the depth of passion the evangelist and his team had for bringing the gospel to Africa. Undeniable miracles happened those days. Evangelist Bonnke passed the baton to Evangelist Daniel Kolenda, and then the revival continues. During the last Ogbomosho crusade, revival burst forth, there was a massive harvest of souls and the presence of God was indeed tangible.
Why are some churches not experiencing such move of God, even when the people are promised revival in the advertisements? The answer is simple! Revival is not man-made, Jesus is the author of every revival. And there are many false preachers and prophets who are in preaching the gospel for gains. The Lord will not show up for flops, He will not manifest His power amidst deception. John 4:23 says “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks” - The Lord will raise his revival through His remnants who remain loyal to him, and whom will not compromise. The Lord continues to search for vessels to use, to gather the lost sheep of the house of Israel, to tell the unsaved that the coming of the Lord is near.
The Lord said to me, “tell them, my house is not a house of concert or gymnastics where people come to show off skills, my house is a house of worship where people will come to diligently hear my voice.
May the church repent and walk back in its true calling. May the ministers of God return to the undiluted word of God, may they not be people-pleasers and false prophets who share the teachings of Balam, who taught Balak to entice the children of Isreal to sin against God.
About the Author
Ebenezer Gabriels Ministries Ebenezer Gabriels Ministries is a Worship & Apostolic Ministry of Ebenezer & Abigail Gabriels. EGM shares the unfiltered message of the cross and intercedes for the nations. EGM is building an army of fearless worshippers who worship Yahweh fearlessly; prophetic intercessors who tarry in the place of prayers for others and the nation; apostolic builders who uproot evil out of foundations and sound Bible addicts who are equipped with the understanding of the Word of God by the Holy Spirit. It is our desire, to see all sons and daughters who have wandered away to return back to Jesus Christ, and that Heaven is our ultimate goal. Ebenezer & Abigail Gabriels are the Founding Pastors of Lighthill Church, Maryland, and the co-authors of Rapid Fire. Through their ministry, the Lord has revived the sick from Coma, restored sanity and delivered from the psychiatric hospital, restored marriages and healed the sick of various conditions. Their marriage is a testimony of the resurrection power of the Lord Jesus.