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Nature of revival

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Scripture indicates that a number of characteristics precede revival, including repentance, humility and obedience.

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Characteristics which precede revival

God’s people long for renewal of their lives

Psalm 80:18 NKJV
Then we will not turn back from You; Revive us, and we will call upon Your name.
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God’s people must repent

2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV
if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
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God’s people experience a new awareness of sin

2 Kings 22:11 NKJV
Now it happened, when the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, that he tore his clothes.
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God’s people need to be humble

Isaiah 57:15 NKJV
For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
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God’s people are revived through God’s initiative

Isaiah 59:16 NKJV
He saw that there was no man, And wondered that there was no intercessor; Therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him; And His own righteousness, it sustained Him.
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Characteristic results of revival

People experience inward change

Hebrews 8:10–12 NKJV
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
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People live obedient lives

Ezekiel 11:20 NKJV
that they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God.
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People are zealous for God’s work

Ezra 5:1–2 NKJV
Then the prophet Haggai and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophets, prophesied to the Jews who were in Judah and Jerusalem, in the name of the God of Israel, who was over them. So Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua the son of Jozadak rose up and began to build the house of God which is in Jerusalem; and the prophets of God were with them, helping them.
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People are generous in giving

Exodus 36:5 NKJV
and they spoke to Moses, saying, “The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work which the Lord commanded us to do.”
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People delight in worshipping God

Ezra 3:11 NKJV
And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever toward Israel.” Then all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.
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People are joyful

Acts 13:49–52 NKJV
And the word of the Lord was being spread throughout all the region. But the Jews stirred up the devout and prominent women and the chief men of the city, raised up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region. But they shook off the dust from their feet against them, and came to Iconium. And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
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