But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 3:18, NKJV
Revival is not a once-only occurrence, a set of good services, or a special event. To be revived and live in a place of awakening, means to be continually stirred to the reality of heavenly realities. Someone asked me recently about the outpouring in our church, “What’s next?” Meaning–what’s the agenda? How will this bring church growth? What’s the formula? How does man get the glory?
I responded with–this is it! There is no next. God’s glory is the objective. The presence of the Lord and His agenda is our agenda. I don’t want anything else.
This outpouring and what God is doing is changing the hearts and lives of people. He’s setting His church on fire for purity and power. He’s snatching souls out of the pits of hell’s eternal torment. There is no other agenda but to be changed from where we are now into who He wants us to be next.
God is constantly bringing us from one degree or place of glory to the next. As God is pouring out His Spirit, remember, there’s always more. There’s a new revelation of God’s mercy for you. There’s a new revelation of God’s justice for you. There’s a new revelation of God’s love for you. There’s a new revelation of God’s goodness for you. There’s a new revelation of God’s provision for you. There’s a new revelation of God’s power for you. There’s a new revelation of God’s purity for you.
Should we lose our hunger for God, and not foster our spiritual desires, Revivalist Charles Finney in Experiencing Revival gives us a glimpse of what might happen:
A revival will decline and cease unless Christians are frequently revived. By this I mean that Christians, in order to keep in the spirit of revival, need to be frequently convicted and humbled before God. The idea of a Christian being revived is something that many do not understand. But the fact is that, even during a revival, the Christian’s heart is able to get crusted over and lose its exquisite desire for divine things. His anointing and prevalence in prayer abate, and he must be renewed again.
How do we maintain this precious gift that God has lavished upon us? We must live in a place of repentance and humility before the Lord, continually being transformed. We must allow the Holy Spirit to continually search our hearts and reveal the wicked that keeps us from pressing in closer to the Lord. Let us never come to the place that says, “I’ve arrived.” A taste of His glory leaves us wanting more, needing more, desperate for more. To drink of His glory stirs a longing to be transformed. To truly partake of His goodness leaves us wanting to be clean and spotless. To bask in His holiness brings an inward desire for this sanctifying presence to work deep in our own hearts—to be changed from our current status into the next.
What is the Lord transforming in you? Maybe He is releasing you from your past. The Lord might be breaking off the stubbornness and pride that lurks in the depths of your heart. He might be exposing hindrances to your fellowship with the Holy Spirit. He is creating His masterpiece within you that He might reveal this great glory through you.
I’m not satisfied with another service, another feeling, another great meeting. I must have Him! I must be changed to be like Him! What’s next? To experience God in a greater degree that I might be like Him in a greater degree.