Ezek 34:26-29 And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing. 27 And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them.
Colossians 2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Water in Scripture is often used to symbolize spiritual life, refreshing, revival, and God’s Spirit. The Prophet Ezekiel speaks of the time of the restoration of Israel and the Lord sending showers of blessing that would produce fruit and increase. This idea of spiritual blessings being poured out to cause fruit is often used in the Church age as a reference of the good that can come from revival and why it is worth praying for (2 Chron. 7:14). I certainly believe in revivals, outpourings, moves of God, and awakenings as they are sometimes called. Revivals are certainly of God (Ezekiel 34:26, 27) and there is a spiritual life element we contact in revival, but think about this, revival itself presupposes that things are in a state of decline. That is why it needs RE VIVED or RE LIFED (new life brought back). The purpose of revival is because the fruit that should be there is not and God sends revival to counteract the spiritual decline.
There is, though, something better than revival – it is roots. There is a life element we contact in revival, but there is life in redemption – through our roots. The fruit of revival is not the need for more revival. It is to return us to our roots, our foundation, and our first love. Jesus, in redemption provided a well of water to be placed within us as well as the flow of living waters from the Holy Spirit from within us (John 4:14; 7:37-39). Yes, we need revivals to counteract spiritual decline, create spiritual momentum and recover spiritual truth but I do not know that Jesus ever needed a revival. He lived out of the life from within and the roots of His relationship with the Father. God is calling His Church to stabilize their relationship to Him. “… the root of the righteous yieldeth fruit,” Proverbs 12:12. Revival is something we can pray for and wait for it to happen but redemption has already happened and we can draw from it now. “In whom WE HAVE redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace Ephesians 1:7.”