Did it happen? Did we experience revival? I guess the correct way to ask that question is this: Can you really have revival based on a “one-day revival campaign?” The answer to that question is yes and no. The answer is no because no campaign can ever bring revival. Revival is a sovereign act of God bestowed on His people who are willing to humble themselves and pray and seek His face and turn from our wicked ways. The answer is no because revival doesn’t come from one day of anything. The answer is no because … perhaps a thousand other reasons. But the answer is also yes because revival is a sovereign act of God. Certainly He can use anything He desires to serve as a catalyst for what He longs to do in our lives. Did we experience revival yesterday at Southside Baptist Church? If by that you mean, “Was there a lot of decisions?” Well, no. We will baptize one – possibly two people – who made decisions to become a part of our church, but that wasn’t a multitude of decisions. If by that question you mean was there a supernatural outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit? Maybe. There was definitely evidence of God’s Glorious Presence in our midst. The best I can explain it is this: God is up to something at Southside. He is working in hearts; He is working in my heart. People are beginning to respond, and I am excited about what He is doing.
So, did we experience revival? Sadly, not as we would like to define revival. Was it the beginning? Possibly. That depends on each of us. Are we truly willing to humble ourselves before God? Are we willing to spend time agonizing in prayer? Are we willing to do what it takes to seek His face? Are we willing to turn from our wicked ways? I am going to spend the next four days focusing on what each of these questions will require of us. Join me in this journey. Be open to the Spirit of God and what He longs to do in your life. Let’s experience revival together.
And by the way, Michael Mason, thank you for two outstanding services. Thank you for being obedient to our Heavenly Father. Thank you for your encouragement. And know that we are praying for you this week while you encourage pastors in El Salvador.