Revival Atrophy

I can remember when I was in my youth, our church would have scheduled revivals. It would usually be from Sunday to Wednesday and we would spend each evening at church worshipping and listening to an evangelist speak. I was pretty young and at the time I didn’t grasp the gravity of what revival was.

The dictionary.com definition of revival:

an improvement in the condition or strength of something.

When looking at the definition I think about strength training. When you lift weights and exercise you are conditioning your muscles and they become stronger. When you stop training; the muscles atrophy.

Revival is incredible, but how you continue condition yourself afterwards is so important.

We’ve been discussing Jonah the past two weeks. Week one we looked at his disobedience and week 2 we saw his time in the belly of the whale. Jonah chapter 3 we see obedience.

Guess what?

“The word reached the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.”

Jonah 3:6 ESV

The king repented and instructed his city to repent. Jonah 3:10 tells us “When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.”

I believe their repentance was real or God would have sent the destruction he was planning. An interesting fact about Ninevah- it is modern-day north Iraq. 😳

Somewhere along the way, they quit exercising their faith and the enemy took over.

Something I found interesting, I’m gonna quote a commentary because it is easier.

Jonah 3:5 (Bible Knowldge Commentary): True, Assyrian records make no mention of this city-wide penitence, but official historical records often delete events, especially those that might embarrass them (e.g., Egyptian records do not refer to the Israelites’ crossing the Red Sea or did the Assyrians record the loss of 185,000 soldiers in Jerusalem, 2 Kings 19:35).

No mention. Wow. The repentence didn’t even it make it far enough for the records to be forced to mention it. The enemy has had an “agenda” since the beginning. This is not a new thing. We must rise up and make our voices heard.

Revivals, retreats, camps, and conferences are all WONDERFUL tools that we have. When you experience revival in your heart you must take the time to foster and strengthen yourself. Here a few ways you can make sure your revived heart does not atrophy.

1. Prayer- It all starts here. This is the cardio of our faith. We keep moving to keep our physical heart in check and we must keep praying to keep our emotional heart in line with Jesus.

2. Get into the Word- Here is your weight lifting. This is what really builds up your biblical knowledge to fight off the tactics of our enemy.

3. Find a disciple group, a group with at least one person you look up to immensely. One that will guide you in the right direction. This is where you find your rest. Having a community of people is how you keep going. Every fit person you know will most likley tell you some sort of accountability is how they keeep going. It’s no different with our faith. We need our people.

I urge you; don’t be that person with post-revival atrophy. Be the one who motivates and has big ole’ muscle of faith!

Dear Lord,

Thank you for my people. Thank you for the renewing of my spirit four and half years ago. Thank you for my strengthened faith muscles and my close army of people who help me stay strong. I pray for the reader who hasn’t gotten to the revival part. I pray for an opportunity to arise. I pray for a reckoning and I pray that they’ll do the work to be strong in their faith.

In Jesus name

Amen

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