When Revival comes – Sin would give way to holiness – Part D

When revival comes, sin would give way to holiness for several reasons. Firstly, people would so much experience the reality and enjoy so much fellowship with the Lord Jesus and so much cherish it above all things else that, they would never want sin or anything else to interfere with that fellowship or stand between them and the Lord.

When revival comes, Believers would no longer live under the camouflage of superficial spirituality that zealous attendance of external religious activities confer on them, but they would truly and earnestly seek holiness in their innermost being (Psalm 51:6) which they would be convicted is what really matters to God.

Isa 59:1-2 says, “Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you so that he will not hear.” When revival comes, every iniquity is quickly confessed and washed away by the blood of Jesus, so that it would never stand as a barrier separating us from God. And every sin is confessed in the name of Jesus and removed so that it does hide the face of God from us.

During revival, unrepented sins and sinners are often exposed by the Holy Spirit and so sinners become either so uncomfortable in the churches and so break down under conviction, or they become too afraid to attend worship services and fellowships, because of fear of being exposed and even judged as in the case of Ananias and Saphira. Consequently, only Believers in good spiritual standing would be confident enough to go for Church Sunday worship and other fellowships during revival. After Ananias and Saphira’s sin was exposed and judged, Acts 5:11-15 says, “Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about these events. The apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon's Colonnade. No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number.”

Ananias and Saphira’s case teaches us that even as genuine believers, it is too dangerous to leave any unrepented sin in your life during revival. It does not matter if no one else knows about the sin because God knows and He is present in power by His Holy Spirit during revival and judges sin unless sincerely and swiftly repented of!

During the great revivals under Duncan Campbell, it is reported that not long after being seated in the church, people would begin weeping. For some, the tears were due to an overwhelming love of God. For others, it was due to the conviction of sin. People leaving the church carried with them the awareness of the presence of God. With that presence was the fear of God. When these individuals would come into contact with those not yet converted, those people would sense God, become fearful, and due to the tremendous conviction of sin, often become converted. Many had a very hard time sleeping because of the presence of God being so real. Day and night, whenever they woke up, the presence of the Lord was there. (68 Free great revival stories - Chet & Phyllis Swearingen)

Oh for the coming revival, so that we shall live and enjoy God’s holiness in Jesus name! Amen.

Rev. Stephen Baba Panya

ECWA President

The Not by Might nor by Power but by My Spirit Series

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