How to have a personal revival
While revivals are usually talked about at the corporate or societal
level, they all begin with individuals. One of the spiritual giants in
the history of the church addresses the bottom line of individual
- Get thoroughly dissatisfied with yourself.
Complacency is the enemy of spiritual progress. A contented soul is
a stagnant soul.
- Set your face like a flint toward a sweeping
transformation of your life. Timid experimenters are tagged
for failure before they start. We must throw our whole soul into our
desire for God.
- Put yourself in the way of the blessing. It is
a mistake to expect God’s help to come as a windfall apart from
conditions known and met. There are plainly marked paths which lead
straight to the green pastures; let us walk in them. To desire
revival, for instance, and at the same time neglect prayer and
devotion is to wish one way and walk another.
- Do a thorough job of repenting. Do not hurry to
get it over with. Hasty repentance means shallow spiritual
experience and lack of certainty in the whole life. Let godly sorrow
do her healing work. Until we allow the consciousness of sin to
wound us we will never develop a fear of evil.
- Make restitution wherever possible. If you owe
a debt, pay it, or at least have a frank understanding with your
creditor about your intention to pay, so your honesty will be above
question. If you have quarreled with anyone, go as far as you can in
an effort to achieve reconciliation.
- Bring your life into accord with such Scripture as are
designed to instruct us in the way of righteousness. An
honest man with an open Bible and a pad and pencil is sure to find
out what is wrong with him very quickly. I recommend that
self-examination be made on our knees, rising to obey God’s
commandments as they are revealed to us from the Word.
- Be serious-minded. You can well afford to see
fewer comedy shows on TV. Unless you break away from the funny boys,
every spiritual impression will continue to be lost to your heart,
and that right in your own living room. The people of the world used
to go to the movies to escape serious thinking about God. You would
not join them there, but you now enjoy spiritual communion with them
in your own home. The devil’s ideals, moral standards, and mental
attitudes are being accepted by you without your knowledge.
- Deliberately narrow your interests. Too many
projects use up time and energy without bringing us near to God.
- Have faith in God. Begin to expect. Look up
toward the throne where your Advocate sits at the right hand of God.
All heaven is on your side. God will not disappoint you. Excerpted
from A. W. Tozer, How to Have a Personal Revival (Camp Hill,
Pennsylvania: Christian Publications, 1983). Used by permission.