Ephesians 5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
Romans 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
Revival has been a part of the history of God’s people from Old Testament and New Testament times. It is generally thought of favorably by most Believers but the need of revival presupposes that a state of decline exists. It means to bring to life again what is beginning to die or is dead. In the New Testament if we were walking in our redemption in its fullness there wouldn’t be a need for revival. The word revival isn’t used in the New Testament but a word with a similar application “awakening” is used. In revival, there is an awakening. We get an awareness of God that shakes us, grips us, arouses us, alerts us, stirs us. We are awakened to a new beginning of obedience to God. True Christianity consists of obedience to God, and revival awakens us to obedience.
While asleep, our walk isn’t what it should be.
While asleep, we’re unaware of His time.
While asleep, we’re unresponsive to His voice.
Psalm 51:10-13 says,”10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. 13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
The power of the world over Christians needs to be broken. In revival, we feel conviction; in conviction, we feel our need and repent. This awakening includes being awakened to our condition and conviction of sin, and as a result, as in Psalm 51 can lead to bringing life to others who need Jesus. The great revivalist Charles Finney said, “If we are not awakened, we will not pray. If we will not pray, we will not repent. If we will not repent, we will not work. If we will not work, the lost will not be saved.” We need awakened and revived.