WHEN REVIVAL COMES
As we hear people everywhere talking of Revival, it has become crucial to find out what is really to
be expected when Revival comes. If a man does not know a currency very well he may get a fake
and hold unto it rejoicing not knowing that what he has is fake. You could go for a meeting and
think the spirit really moved because you were extremely happy. But we all know that happiness is
not a measure of what we are doing. If happiness was the definite effect of what we are doing. All
we need is just to make some few brothers who know how to laugh and how to make others laugh,
lead us to do a laughing service unto the lord…
I trust that the Holy Ghost will speak deeply into your spirit so that your expectation will be correct,
so when we talk about Revival, you might know what we are looking for. When you go to a
meeting and they say the Spirit is moving, you will know the parameters- biblical parameters of the
Spirit so that you might settle down for the real and not for the fake or physical.
Our taste for spiritual reality has been affected because of what we were told was the original. Your
prayer life can never be higher than your expectations. Remember people like Caleb who asked for
an entire mountain? Yet because we never were discipled under such men, we cannot pray like
them. What about men that their lives affected cities and changed situations of such cities? Hear a
man like John Knox praying and saying:
“Give me Scotland or I die!”.
For us, there is so much faith in our generation for that which is ephemeral; faith for that which is
not going to be consequential to the Kingdom. It is to deal with such abnormalities that we are
going to be looking at the parameters of Revival. What are the indications that point to us that what
we are experiencing is truly what should happen if Revival has come? May the Lord open our eyes
to understand and not be carried away with what is not of importance to our Kingdom journey.
A Standard Against Wickedness…
In a genuine Revival, the release of the power of the Holy Spirit comes to raise a standard against
any flood. It is only anointing that can resist and put up a tough fight against the flood of
wickedness. Men could organise hired assassins to remove their rival in business and politics etc.
Young men, teenagers and youths are lifting up weapons to snuff out lives of innocent men and
women. Cases of kidnappings for ritual killings abound. But all these notwithstanding, there is an
anointing that comes during Revival that sets a boundary for all wicked acts.
When the spirit came on John, something happened to all the region of Idumea. Genuine
outpouring, even on one man, holds cities to ransom and subdues men. Such anointing brought
government on their knees, they bowed. Even Herod, who was the governor of the place, the Bible
says, could not be at liberty to do what he wanted to do because John the Baptist was there.
Herod was very wicked. But when the anointing came on John the Baptist, he trembled whenever
John preached, more so, that John went to him and said, it was not right for him to take his brother’s
wife. Nobody in his cabinet had told him, not even the judiciary in the land could call him to order.
But when anointing came on John the Baptist he could challenge unrighteousness in the name of the
Almighty God. Herodias could not do anything not because there were guards around John the
Baptist but because he was under anointing. He was under the anointing that controlled human
beings. We are looking for anointing that will control kings and governors, not by lobbying. Herod
did not know what to do with John the Baptist: he feared John. The only thing he could do to stop
that anointing, was to behead John. But when that happened, it only became a stepping stone for
another to wake up.
While John was having an anointing to minister, Jesus seemed to be silent. As soon as he heard that
John was put into prison, He rose up. Yet the baptism of John which everyone was running after
turned out to be that of ‘ordinary water’. Jesus came with fire. For him the heavens were opened.
He had power as a man to cast out demons, not because he spent night vigils doing that but because
anointing was on him. When anointing comes on a man expect something out of that life…
Souls Are Saved…
Another parameter of Revival is soul winning… The strongest yoke that is the mother of all yokes is
the yoke of sin. When anointing comes, it breaks the yoke of sin.
“but ye shall receive power, after that he Holy Ghost is come upon you:
and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and
in Samaria and unto the uttermost part of the earth”. Acts 1:8
In the time of Jesus when the disciples were to take over, He said to them “Tarry until ye be
endued with power from on high. Until the spirit be poured upon you”, because He knew that
there would not be much preaching… until the Holy Spirit comes. When the spirit came at
Pentecost, note the utterance that came. Peter preached extemporarily: i.e. preaching that you did
not predetermine. Without anointing it is a porous message because it will be dropping here and
there all over the place. But you see, under the anointing, extemporised preaching, is not
unorganized. Peter’s message was the most organized of messages that I ever read. This man went
from Genesis to Revelation. It was not a planned meeting so he was preaching to over 3,000 people,
without a loud speaker yet with rapt attention these people listened to a fisherman. Anointing has
nothing to do with education. When it comes men will listen to you.
Thus my prayer is it should just come. When Peter spoke and came to a point that people cried
out, asking what they should do; he simply told them to repent. There was no argument, the
people simply filed out. Read Acts of the apostles 2;14-41 That kind of anointing has not died. God
is still interested in helping us and helping His church with an anointing that gets the job done.
Revival Brings Refreshing…
“until the Spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a
fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest”. Isaiah 32:15
When there is no rain, men must survive. They survive by digging wells. They survive by irrigation
but there is no irrigation a farmer clings to when it is beginning to pour from heaven… Several men
have become “pray for me” Christians… People do not know the truth that sets men free. It is
true that we have sustained ourselves with containers and irrigation but there is no man that wants
to die carrying containers of water about.
Isaiah tells us that the first indication of the outpouring of the Spirit is that a wilderness will be
turned into a fruitful field. If the anointing comes on your life you will become a fruitful field; you
will no longer live in dryness. If you have experienced dryness before, you know what I am talking
about. Dryness comes with dehydration, with a constant effort to get water which is never available.
Dryness causes things which are supposed to be flexible to crack. When a man is going through
spiritual dryness he struggles to get something done and yet even those things that get done, crack.
There are certain times of the year in some parts of the country that you have to struggle to get an
orange. And when you get that orange, you will squeeze without getting juice. At such times
whatever amount of water you drink helps you. But you know when the Spirit bursts forth on you
the first thing we would notice about you is that your wilderness is turned to a fruitful field. When
that begins to happen, then you should know that God is beginning to help you as a person. But if
you claim that the spirit is moving, but you are dry, your heart is cracking and you are constantly
quarrelling with your wife, what kind of spirit is that?
Revival Comes With Correction, Instruction, And Righteousness…
“Then judgement shall dwell in the wilderness and righteousness
remain in the fruitful field”. Isaiah 32:16
This is another indication of a Revival. The word ‘judgement’ here is not the judgement that leads to
being condemned to hell because you did wrong. No, it means instruction. This is instruction that
has to do with the teaching of the Word of God. There would be enough teaching of the Word of
God. Now we are concentrated in few places but when the heavens are opened over us and the
Spirit of God is poured forth, the Bible says judgement should dwell in the wilderness. You will go
into the villages and you will see people handling the Bible in the local languages with deep
revelation. That’s what revival would do.
I found that every Revival must produce righteousness if it is not fake. Genuine Revival must bring
about righteousness. What drove man out of the Garden of Eden was Sin. Thus the quarrel God has
with man is over the issue of Sin. It is for this purpose that we have been given the ministry of
reconciliation. And to reconcile two people that are quarrelling you need to remove what has
separated them. As such I can not see one as a minister of reconciliation if one is not dealing
with the matter of sin and righteousness. No man gets angry and threatens to stone a preacher if
all he is told is about God’s attention to bless and prosper him. So when they stoned Stephen, it
was because he touched on the matter of unrighteousness.
An excerpt from the sermon When revival come by Bro Gbile Akanni