What is Revival?

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I believe revival is typified by ten things. Two are direct functions and eight are the fruit.
The visible signs of revival to man are:

  1. The preaching of the word of God
  2. Conviction of sin leading to repentance

The fruit of revival in the eyes of God are:

  1. Poverty of spirit
  2. Mourning
  3. Meekness
  4. Hunger and thirst for righteousness
  5. Mercy
  6. Purity of heart
  7. Peace making
  8. Persecution

If you see these ten signs you know that revival is taking place. However, if any of these are missing or other “signs” are seen more prominently than these, you can be sure that humanism and false teaching are already threatening to steal revival from you. The trick is that you can only judge the fruit of revival in your own heart and even then only from a human perspective. God alone has the ability to accurately measure the fruit of revival in the hearts of men. Our job is to do the best we can at the first two by the grace of God.