How to Keep Revival: Daily Disciplines
by David Chadwick With all the recent talk about revival, here is one question we all must ask. How do we keep revival fires burning? Over the next week, I want to help you answer this question. I find the key to maintaining revival is in this one, simple word… “daily.” A daily pursuit of habits can result in lifelong change. No one notices the significance of taking vitamins each day. In fact, it is quite a mundane task. But, over time, this simple, daily habit creates an arsenal of resistance against deficiency in the human body. And think about physical exercise and the health benefits when done daily. Think about the number of times the Bible talks about the importance of trusting God daily. For example, the manna in the wilderness for the Israelites was a daily provision that God gave his people. He supplied their needs for food daily. Jesus taught us to pray, “Give us this day, our daily bread” (Luke 11:3). There were no refrigerators in his day. People had to gather and cook enough food for just that day. Jesus said not to worry about tomorrow because tomorrow has enough worries of its own (Matthew 6:34). By inference, we are to seek first the kingdom daily and everything else will be added to us (Matthew 6:33). Jesus also said to take up our cross daily and follow him (Luke 9:23). He is stating our need to face our problems, issues, and difficulties “daily” and to depend on him each day and in every way. To crucify the lusts of the flesh daily and they will have no power over us. It is a daily discipline to keep revival fires burning. A daily endeavor. There is no substitute for the daily, disciplined pursuit of following Jesus. Quite frankly, I have seen too many people who become overly consumed with the exciting moments after a dramatic spiritual encounter, but do very little to sustain the spiritual encounter. The truth is, Jesus wants us to live each day in a constant state of revival; being daily revived, washed, and renewed by his words and reality of his eternal presence. Throughout the rest of this week, I am going to show you four ways to daily stoke revival fires. Ways to know and experience Jesus every single second of every single day! Stay tuned!