Truths About Spiritual Laws #21: The Spiritual Force of Revival
Read this excerpt from Steve Backlund's Divine Strategies for Increase about a key spiritual law.
“But His word was in my heart like a burning fire” (Jeremiah 20:9)
I am a student of revivals. It stirs me to hear about the many powerful moves of the Holy Spirit throughout history. Hearing about past and present re- vivals keeps our spiritual expectation and spiritual fire at a high level. It kindles the belief that if God has done it anywhere, He can do it here. If He has done it anytime, He can do it now. And if it has been done through anyone, it can be done through us.
I am using the term “revival” to describe a time of heightened blessing and Holy Spirit activity in the church that builds momentum until it profoundly impacts the world. It is an awakening of seeing and understanding spiritual reali- ties that have always been present but have been hidden through apathy and deception. Revival is a spiritual force (a fresh move of the Spirit) that causes spiritual hunger, salvations, the return of backsliders, miracles, encounters with God, family restoration, a heightened desire and empowerment to obey God’s law, a decrease in crime, restitution, emotional healing and an increased love for Jesus.
The narrative in Acts 2 is an example of spiritual awakening and revival. The Spirit came with transforming power that caused common people to become extraordinary in Christ. They experienced a spiritual force from the unseen realm that transformed people’s lives. Only the truly obstinate could seem to resist what was happening.
The experience of Acts has been repeated countless times in various ways. Just in the last 300 years, there have been powerful revivals that have sprung up in dark times. These include the Great Awakening (started in the 1730’s), the Second Great Awakening (1790-1840’s), the 1857 Worldwide Re- vival, the Welsh Revival of 1904 (which spread to India, China, Korea, Africa and America) and the Pentecostal Outpouring at Azusa Street in Los Angeles in the early 1900’s. Each of these caused a miraculous spiritual momentum resulting in salvations, changed lives, powerful churches, decrease of social problems, healed families and a significantly greater belief in the importance of spiritual laws.
I share all these things so that you too will be a student of past revivals. I find it impossible to read about them without being revived myself (and believ- ing for even greater things now and in the future). We don’t wait for a corporate revival to experience personal revival, but we rejoice in the increased waves of global awakening that are coming!
DIVINE STRATEGIES FOR INCREASE
by Steve Backlund
"But his delight is in the law of the Lord . . . and whatever he does shall prosper" (Psalm 1:3).
The laws of the spirit are more real than the natural laws. Just as the law of gravity can work for us or against us, so do God's spiritual laws.
God's laws primarily are principles to release blessing, not rules to be obeyed to gain right standing with God. The Psalmist talks of one whose prime delight is in the law of the Lord. This person not only discovers how to cheerfully make life-changing deposits into the spirit realm, but, more importantly, how to find new aspects of the nature of God (hidden in each law) to behold and worship. The end result of this delighting is a transformed life that prospers in every endeavor. His experience can be our experience, and this book unlocks the blessings hidden in the spiritual realm.
It is time for the church to become aware of the powerful realm of the spirit and the laws that are at work within that realm.