What does revival really look like?
I’ve been having that conversation with a lot of people lately because I’m not sure we’ve completely figured out the answer yet. I’ve studied revival history, the countless testimonies of God moving in amazing ways all over the world. I’m hungry for God to move now, but I want to make sure I know how to partner with Him!
Revival begins with your identity.
I believe revival can only be produced by the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Revival begins on the inside of us, and works its way outward. One of the ways revival begins to work is when we encounter the Holy Spirit is through the Word of God. As we feast on Scripture, we will hear His voice, reminding us of our identity.
Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. (James 1:23-24)
The purpose of this verse isn’t to make you feel guilty for not living up to some standard. God doesn’t condemn you for not actually doing what you have seen in the Word, or for not walking in miracles and supernatural power. The point of this verse is to help you realize that you’ve missed a key part of your identity if you’ve forgotten who you really are in Christ.
I believe a foundational part of revival is that the Holy Spirit is awakening believers to the truth of their identity in Jesus. We tend to measure “success” by the outcome— for example, miracles and glory—but revival begins in the daily devotional life of every believer. Character grows within us as we persevere—”perseverance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint” (Rom. 5:4–5). We must deliberately lean into God. If we don’t shrink back when the going gets tough, but instead allow the Word to root us deeply in Him, we produce much fruit (John 15:7–8). In other words, if we remember who we are in Christ and don’t give up, we win.
Only the Holy Spirit can satisfy!
Sometimes we get phone calls from people who say, “I need to speak to Pastor Katherine. Only Pastor Katherine will do.” I feel sad sometimes because I feel they have their eyes on me instead of on God. I know it’s important for members of the church to be able to seek help from each other, but the Holy Spirit is the only One who can carry you, sustain you, and guide you.
The Holy Spirit will fill you with the truth abundantly, causing His Word and His whispers to come alive in your heart. Only He knows how to affirm you in a way that satisfies that deep longing. Only He can speak words of life to you that truly affirm who you are: made in the image and likeness of God, designed to be the light of the world!
Revelation for 2017
In this year of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation it is time for a fresh revelation of what it is to live by faith! We must believe that when we confess our sin, God forgives us and makes us clean, and then truly live out of the freedom and joy of that truth. The Holy Spirit wants to bring personal revival to you. He wants to empower you to live as a carrier of His Spirit. He wants to make sure there is no unbelief in you- that you may arise and shine as His Beloved!