A Choice and a Change

Eildert Zwart

READ : Genesis 35:1-15   Once again, we see that revival is like a two-sided coin. God took the initiative. There would have been no revival if God had not spoken to Jacob. But, Jacob also needed to respond to God’s Word. Jacob needed to make a choice, and that choice demanded that some changes be made in his life, and also in the life of his family. Jacob had to choose whether he was going to worship the one …

A Time for Revival

Eildert Zwart

READ : Genesis 34:30-31, Genesis 35:1-5   Before revival can come to our nation, it must begin in the hearts of God’s people. This is the lesson we learn from Jacob. God’s blessings should have made Jacob’s life rich and full. But, instead of peace and joy, Jacob was deeply troubled. Something had gone terribly wrong. Chapter 34 tells us that Jacob’s daughter, Dinah, had been raped. When Dinah’s brothers learned what happened, they sought revenge by killing and looting …

A Prelude to Revival

Eildert Zwart

READ : Genesis 28:10-22   After stealing the birthright and blessing from his brother, Jacob ran away from home to escape Esau’s anger. One night on that journey, Jacob had a dream that deeply affected him, for he knew he had been in the presence of the living God. To mark that holy place, he set up a stone and made a solemn vow to worship and serve this God who had come to him in his dream. As we …

What Does Revival Look Like?

Eildert Zwart

READ : Luke 15:11-24   The process of revival is briefly described in that great text from 2 Chronicles 7:14. God says that we must: 1) recognize we are His people; 2) humble ourselves; 3) pray; 4) seek God’s face; and 5) turn from our wicked ways. Here is the blueprint for true revival in our lives, in our churches, and in our nation. When we lay this “blueprint” alongside the parable of the prodigal son, we are able to …

Who Needs to be Revived?

Eildert Zwart

READ : 2 Chronicles 7:11-18   What images come to mind when you hear the word revival? Perhaps you think of summer tent meetings or great evangelistic crusades where large crowds of people are “converted” and commit their lives to Jesus Christ. But revival and conversion are not the same thing. To revive something is to bring it back to fullness of life. A dying plant can often be revived just by giving it more water or sunlight. A person …