“When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion,
We were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
And our tongue with singing
Then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us,
And we are glad” (Ps 126)
Spiritually, this Psalm describes the revival of God’s people, the restoration of the backsliders, their testimony and blessings. God appears to be silent for many years. We pray and ‘nothing happens’. There are no miracles, no supernatural events. The church is ‘business as usual’. The Christians commit sin and nothing happens. It is like God is sleeping.
Then suddenly, God ‘awakes’ and intervenes in their lives. This is called revival. Miracles, breakthroughs and supernatural manifestations become very ‘common’. There are healings and deliverance from bondages in the midst of the people. The ‘captivity is turned’ and defeated. In the past, it was difficult to pray, to go to church. Now it becomes so easy, for the answers come faster than ever before. People like to come to church and rejoice in what God is doing. The power of God is openly displayed. The result is joy and singing. The law of sowing and reaping works very fast. The season of the long awaited harvest has come. People get stronger and richer. The true repentance of the past is producing supernatural increase in all areas of life.
Another peculiar sign of revival: The unbelievers, the other nations, they suddenly take notice of this open, overflowing favor of God upon His people. They talk to one another saying that God is blessing His people. These blessings discriminate. They only come on the believers. In the past, the religious unbelievers were trying to compete with the People of God. But this revival proves that God loves His people more than He loves them. This creates a terror among the pagans. This is the necessary work of the Holy Spirit before evangelism can be successful. In the past you have to beg them to listen to your sermon. Now they beg you to pray for them. The fear of God falls over the land. Many shall see and come into the Kingdom of God. The world knows that this is God’s work and not the work of man. For the blessings are too great to be done by man.
Before Zerubbabel went back to build the Temple of God, this is the Word he received as an encouragement: “It is not by might, not by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of Hosts” (Zech 4:6). During revivals, this Word proves to be true. No man can take to glory for what God will do!
Pray for revival in your life, in your family, in this city Warri and in Nigeria! The revival is the sovereign work of the Holy Spirit! There shall be overflow to other nations! With all the negativity around the world, Nigeria has great potential to be a blessing to many nations! We can ‘export’ the true Gospel of Christ! There is no greater business than the business of God! Get ready for big things! In Jesus name, Amen!