Last Fall a very full schedule of nightly meetings were completed in the Midwest. From there we had meeting booked in the South. We had more than enough travel days to get to our next destination so we pulled Pilgrim I into a campground around Nashville, TN for a couple of days of getting some much needed rest.
On that Friday morning Corinne and I felt to spend some time in intercession for the area we were located in. As we began to pray and worship the Lord gave me a vision. I saw Heaven. In the vision we were given a tour of Heaven and at the end we were taken down "Revival Street." There I was shown the mansions of all of the great revivalists of days gone by. I recall seeing Finney's mansion, Wesley's mansion, yes, even A.A. Allen's mansion, plus many, many others. In the midst of all of these wonderful "Revival Street" mansions was a large vacant lot. I asked our angel tour guide, "Why is that vacant lot there?" His answer was, "That's where your mansion is going to be built!" The vision ended and I began to weep like a baby!
Corinne and I have said for years that we, "Eat, Sleep and Live for Revival!" We have something that burns within us, a fire that cannot be quenched, that says that "church as usual" isn't good enough! We know that there is more of God to experience and we can never be satisfied with anything less. We have the heart of the revivalist!
John the Baptist was in prison. (Mt. 11:1-15) He had heard about all of the things that Jesus was doing, so he sent his followers to Jesus and had them ask Him, "Are you the Messiah we've been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?" This reminds me of the Church without revival. We know the truth. So did John.... remember when he baptized Jesus? But due to all of the "junk of life" the truth is forgotten and the unbelief settles in and soon total inactivity becomes the norm.
Do you recall how Jesus replied? He said, "Go back to John and tell him what you have heard and seen. The blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor."
Then in Acts 8: 6-8, with the revival in Samaria Dr. Luke says, "Crowds listened intently to Phillip because they were eager to hear his message and see the miraculous signs he did. Many evil spirits were cast out, screaming as they left their victims. And many who had been paralyzed or lame were healed. So there was great joy in that city."
You have to admit... the above speaks of "Church as un-usual!" This is the Church in revival! This does not just speak of good meeting, but of transformed cities. The above burns within the heart of the true revivalist!
I say it is coming... the fulfillment of the words of Jesus and a repeat of, even much greater than Phillip's revival in Samaria. This is what burns within my heart. My prayer is that I will see this fulfilled before my ministry ends.
Oh yes, once again I must close this blog by repeating the prayer of the revivalist, "More Lord!"