From the time I first became a Christian, I have heard Christians talking about how they are praying for revival. I read books about well-known people who lived during past revivals. I read of how it happened and what happened. Now I hear many saying that in order to have revival we need to have the gift of healing and we should see signs and wonders. Do revivals follow a specific pattern? Doesn’t the Word of God also tell us to beware of false signs and wonders from the evil one? (2 Thessalonians 2:9) I do not know if or when we will have revival on earth again, but I hope whoever seeks and has ears will listen to this truth:
As long as the church does not have the Word and the Holy Spirit alive in it and working through it, there will be no revival.
The Word is Jesus. The purpose of the Word is to teach, to rebuke, to correct, and to train in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:15-16) Are we being taught, rebuked, corrected, and trained in righteousness? Do not argue if the teaching is right or wrong. The reality is that we do not see very much rebuking, correcting, or training in righteousness based on the Word of God anymore. The truth is often now compromised, buried, or twisted. Grace is sought more than the truth, and mercy is given a higher place than justice. Jesus is being viewed as just a friend instead of as our King and our Lord as well.
If a church does not have the Word, it is like a building that has been built without a cornerstone. If Jesus is not a part of it, then it does not belong to Jesus. If it does not belong to Jesus, how could we expect to have revival within it? Furthermore, if it does not belong to Jesus, truth will not be found there. The Spirit of truth will not be there. The power which comes from the Spirit of God and only through the manifestation of the Holy Spirit will not be found there either.
A church without the Word or the Holy Spirit is just like a building without a foundation. If a church does not have the Word or the Spirit, then the structure of God's church, built on the five-fold ministry - apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers - will not be there. There will be no one to receive the will of God, no one to prophecy, no one to have vision, and no divine guidance. They will be no different than the people of the world, just gathering to follow their flesh and eventually run wild. (Proverbs 29:18) Church will no longer be about Christ, preparing His followers, or seeing His body work together by the leading of His Spirit. Instead, it will become nothing more than a building which houses a group of people trying to manage their own handiwork.
Man's handiwork may be able to produce a revolution, but it will never become a revival unless Jesus and His Spirit are present. Pray and let the Spirit lead.