Revival in Good Times

Eildert Zwart

READ : 2 Chronicles 14:1-8   The revival during the reign of King Asa of Judah wasn’t as dramatic or exciting as the one under Elijah. In fact, it’s even difficult to point to a specific moment or event which caused the beginning of this revival. In most of the earlier revivals, there had been a long period of spiritual decline. But chapter 14 tells us that King Asa “did what was right in the eyes of the Lord his …

Who Is God?

Eildert Zwart

READ : 1 Kings 18:20-39   Throughout all of history people have asked the question: “Who is God?” Some ask it seriously, but some ask it with sarcasm. This question was also at the heart of what happened when Elijah confronted the 450 prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. Elijah’s challenge was intended to prove, once and for all, that there is only one true and living God. Elijah said, “If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal …

The Courage of Elijah

Eildert Zwart

READ : 1 Kings 18:1-8, 16-20   Perhaps you’ve noticed that in each of the revivals we’ve looked at thus far, there was one person whom God used to help revive His people. In the prophet Elijah, God found a strong and courageous voice, for when God told Elijah to go and present himself to King Ahab, Elijah obeyed immediately (v. 2). This was very dangerous, for Ahab and his wife had already killed many other prophets (v. 4) and …

It’s Hard to Be Revived Alone

Eildert Zwart

READ : 1 Samuel 7:5-13   Why are weddings, graduations and baptisms such big events in our lives? It’s because they are all- important moments of beginning. They’re times when we have big dreams and make serious commitments. This may be one reason why Samuel called the people of Israel to assemble at a place called Mizpah. They needed to know and remember that they had chosen to walk a new path. They also needed to make their commitment to …

If You Are Returning . . .

Eildert Zwart

READ : 1 Samuel 7:2-11   Our goal this month is not just to learn “about revivals,” but to begin seeking God’s reviving work in our lives, churches, and nation. Samuel’s instructions to Israel tell us what we must do if we are returning to the Lord. First, we must get rid of all foreign gods. We must get rid of anything and everything that competes with God for first place in our lives. Second, we must “commit ourselves to …