A – INTRODUCTION.
When we talk about revival, refreshing and restoration, we are talking about individuals or a group of people – being brought back into the full purposes of The Lord Jesus Christ on, in and through them.
REVIVAL – to be brought back into purposeful activity. That’s what took place from the prophetic word of God in Ezekiel 37:10, “So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath and spirit came into [ the dry bones], and they lived and stood upon their feet an exceedingly great host.”
REFRESHING – to restore energy; to make one full of health and strength; so that one can function in God’s purposes.
RESTORATION – to be brought back into harmony, or once again being in the place where one’s mind, will and emotions, plus body, soul and spirit are brought back into right focus and function in regards to the call of God on one’s life. Restoration means to set in order or set back in order so that things are once again functioning in right order to accomplish a certain purpose or purposes. The word set has to do with authority.
There are many promises in the Word of God/Bible, toward revival, refreshing and restoration, yet many do not know of God’s promises – there are over 600 just in the Book of Psalms.
There has been a negligence by many to search them out and tap into them with fervency reading and studying them. And asking God for the fulfillment of them in fervent believing prayer..
In this revival message, we are going to draw on vital insights in the Psalms. The use of the Psalms is often the first step toward deliverance and revival.
Through The (Holy) Spirit’s anointing and guidance, the Psalms comfort the lonely, strengthen the weary, heal and encourage the brokenhearted, turn the eyes of the downcast to their Creator, and stir and motivate and excited desire to pursue the first-love intimate relationship and fulfillment in The Lord Jesus Christ. Hope returns, faith is renewed, and life again becomes bearable as the result of a consistent reading and study and meditation of the Psalms.
A daily menu of the Psalms brings revival, renewing, refreshing, and restoration of one’s spirit, soul, and body, and mind, will and emotions.
AND THEN BEING MORE SPECIFIC – Psalm 119 is an all-containing medicine to the varied spiritual diseases and situations that confront men and women. Psalm 119 is so very effective for revival, refreshing and restoration, so let us look at the verses that give us the insight; and as we do, please prepare yourself for your own personal Holy Spirit revival, refreshing, reconciliation and restoration.
B – REVIVAL, REFRESHING AND RESTORATION ACCORDING TO PSALM 119.
All Scripture used in this study are from the Amplified Bible.
PSALM 119: 25, “My soul cleaves to the dust (it is stuck in or sinking in despair and/or hopelessness) – ever had that sinking feeling?). I am very troubled (not just a little troubled or disturbed, but quite a bit – perhaps like David in Psalm 18 when he declared in verse 4-5 that he was surrounded by all kinds of trouble and he needed escape, revival). Revive me and stimulate me according to Your word (in other words, Lord, lift me up from this ash heap to a revived and refreshed and restored life).”
In regards to being revived by the Word of the Lord pertaining to this verse, we look to the command of Isaiah 60:1a, “Arise [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you].” But how does the Word of God do that for me? When we believe and apply the promise of Philippians 4:13, “I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me.” And just how doe He do that? Through the baptism of The Holy Spirit? Acts 1:8a, “But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.” Ephesians 6:10b, “Draw your strength from Him Jesus Christ) [that strength which His boundless might provides].” THAT IS HOW YOU GET REVIVED FROM THE WORD (BIBLE/SCRIPTURES) OF GOD.
PSALM 119:50, “This is my comfort and consolation in my affliction: that Your word has revived me and given me life.” Affliction refers to mental pain and sorrow caused by some trouble. Some are unable to find comfort in times of affliction, but it is not so with believers, for their Savior speaks His promises revival, from His Word – Psalm 138:7, “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and Your right hand will save me.”
The Lord God’s promise of comfort – 2 Corinthians 1:3 and 4a, – “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of sympathy and the God (Who is the Source) of every comfort (consolation and encouragement). Who comforts (consoles and encourages) us in every trouble (calamity and affliction.”
The living Word of God frequently comforts us by increasing the force of our inner life. To quicken the heart is to cheer the whole man/woman.
PSALM 119:93, “I will never forget Thy precepts, for by them Thou hast revived me.” A precept is a direction of action. That’s what the written Word of the Lord is – giving us direction of the action to pursue that will bring revival, refreshing and restoration.
There may be times when we have been beset by some sin, resulting in despair. Sin does not just go away. There must be action taken on our part toward remedy.
Psalm 32:3-5 and 7b gives us key direction to the action to take toward overcoming and receive The Lord God’s revival, refreshing and restoration – “When I kept silence [before I confessed], my bones wasted away through my groaning all the day long. For day and night Your hand [of displeasure] was heavy upon me; my moisture was turned into the drought of summer. I acknowledged my sin to You and my iniquity I did not hide. I said, I will confess my transgressions to the lord [continually unfolding the past till all is told] – then You [instantly] forgave me the guilt and iniquity of my sin. You surround me with songs and shouts of deliverance.”
PSALM 119:149b, “Revive me, O Lord, according to Thine ordinances.” An ordinances is a direction or command of an authoritative nature. God gave Ezekiel in Ezekiel Chapter 37, a direction with authoritative command to bring about revival, refreshing and restoration. In Verses 1-3, God took Ezekiel to a valley to look at a number of dry bones.
According to Teacher Ebenezer Erskine in his tremendous message titled The Wind of the Holy Ghost Blowing Upon the Dry Bones in the Valley of Vision given on March 15, 1715 in the Tolbooth Church in Edinburgh, Scotland, “We have, by this vision, a representation of the church of God, from the grave of her bondage and captivity in Babylon under which they were at present detained. This indeed is the primary and immediate scope of the vision. That as the generality of a church and people in covenant with God, may be in a very dead and languishing condition as to their souls, so the breathings and influence of the Holy Spirit of God are absolutely necessary for their revival.”
Beloved, you may in or know of a local church or fellowship that is in less than a flourishing condition and needs revival; you may know of an individual in the same condition; THEN, IT IS TIME FOR THEIR REVIVAL, REFRESHING AND RESTORATION ACCORDING TO GOD’S ORDINANCES IN EZEKIEL 37.
Ezekiel 37:4-5 and 10, “Again He said to me, Prophesy to these bones and say to them, O you dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to theses bones: Behold, I will cause breath and spirit to enter you, and you shall live. So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath and spirit came into [the bones], and they lived and stood up on their feet, an exceeding great host.”
DO YOU GET THE IMPACT FROM HEARKENING TO THE ORDINANCES OF GOD GIVEN IN EZEKIEL CHAPTER 37?
PSALM 119:154, “Revive me and give me life according to Your word.”
The Word of God is not just the written Word, but it is The Lord Himself and what He speaks – John 1:1, “In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with (and is) God, and the Word was (and is) God Himself.” Christ is alive and therefore His Word – the Bible – is alive!
Hebrews 4:12, “For the Word that God speaks IS ALIVE and FULL OF POWER [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow (spinal chord) [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.” THEREFORE IT IS VITAL THAT WE READ, STUDY, AND MEDITATE ON THE WORD OF GOD, AS PSALM 1:2-3 TELLS US.
We must remember, than the written Word of The Lord – the Bible, is not just a Book of suggestions, but the Guidebook of God’s Authority for our revival, refreshing and restoration – if we give heed – yield – to it.
If then we are to be revived by the Word, then this Word must be alive unto and into us. Revival takes place as this Living Word raises us into real living, or lifts us from coldness or sadness or heaviness, into liveliness.
Charles Spurgeon: “Leave not off reading and studying and meditating on the Bible until you find your hearts warmed. Read the written Word to be affected and impacted by it. Let not the written Word not only inform you but also let it inflame you. Do not go away from the written Word until you too can voice the words of Luke 24:32, “And they said to one another, Were not our hearts greatly moved and burning within us while He (Jesus) was talking with us on the road and as He opened and explained to us [the sense] of the Scriptures.”
C – MINISTRY.
Anyone need some revival, refreshing, restoration?
USE – Psalm 107:23-30 and 35-37 – READ. Ezekiel 37:1-14 – READ.