When does revival start? That question is being asked by many Christians today. We see the unrest in the country and in the world, and we wonder if we will ever see a move of God like those that we’ve read about in times past. We see a church that is by and large apathetic or apostatizing right before our very eyes, and we wonder if it’s too late; can the church make it right?

I think and believe that there is going to be a move of God the likes that we have never seen before on this earth, but is that the same as a revival?

According to Webster’s New World Dictionary, a revival is “a reviving or being revived; a bringing or coming back into use, or being; a restoration to vigor or activity.” This simple definition is apropos because many Christians wish and pray for a revival to take place in our country and especially in our churches. However, before we pray for revival, there has to be a reformation.

A reformation is when the church changes the way it believes. Before any type of revival or move of God can take place, there has to be a change in the way we, as Christians, believe. We have to be reformed. This means that before any move of God can take place, our faith has be to anchored in Christ and the Cross, which means that most have to change their belief system.
Most Christians (and when I say most, I mean most) place faith in their works—what they can do for God—instead of placing it in what Christ has already accomplished for them. This is why I say that most Christians have to change their belief system, and that’s not easy to do.

Most have grown up in the Lord thinking that doing good deeds or following a regimen or routine will somehow make them holy. It doesn’t. Now, please don’t misunderstand me, I do believe in doing good deeds, and I do believe in following a routine. I have a routine myself that I follow nearly every single day. But understand, doing good deeds does not and cannot make you holy. Only Christ is holy, and we must understand that the only one that God blesses is Christ. In other words, I do not look at what I do to bring about holiness or victory; I look unto Jesus Christ and what He did at Calvary’s Cross as my source of holiness and victory.

As believers, we must understand that our faith must be in Christ and what He did at the Cross, and by that, the Holy Spirit can begin His work to bring about a revival in our lives. Jesus Christ must always be the source while the Cross must always be the means with faith being the key that unlocks the door. Then, and only then, can the Holy Spirit move in our lives and bring us to a place of revival. This is the key and this is the truth. We must be reformed in our belief system; then we can experience revival.

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Gabriel Swaggart has been in full-time ministry for 15 years. He serves as associate pastor for Family Worship Center, is an integral presence on the <a href="" target="_blank">SonLife Broadcasting Network</a>, and is Lead Pastor of Crossfire Youth Ministries. In addition to his administrative and ministerial responsibilities at <a href="" target="_blank">Jimmy Swaggart Ministries</a>, he also preaches several annual U.S. rallies.

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