The Revival-Ready vs. Revival-Resistant Pastorby Bob Hassel — 11 years, 5 months ago
The Revival-ready Pastor is…
- Willing to confess and confront sin. (Prov. 28:13)
- Willing to allow God to change his schedule.
- Willing to be open and honest with others. (Psalm 139:23)
- Willing to sacrifice personal time to pray, witness, and read God’s Word. (Matt. 6:33)
- Willing to obey the Holy Spirit immediately. (Gal. 5:16)
- Willing to allow The Holy Spirit to Control his life. (Eph. 5:18)
- Willing to allow God to break him. (Isaiah 57:15)
- Willing to allow God to have His way completely. (Prov. 3:5-6)
- Willing to humble himself in front of others. (I Peter 5:6)
- Willing to surrender his life completely to God. (Rom. 12:1-2)
- Willing to expect and anticipate God’s Power and blessings. (Jer.33:3)
- Willing to please God instead of people. (Gal. 1:10)
- Willing to give God all the credit. (2 Cor. 10:17)
The Revival-resistant Pastor is…
- Resistant to confessing and confronting sin.
- Resistant to a change in schedule.
- Resistant to being open and honest with others.
- Resistant to sacrificing personal time.
- Resistant to obeying the Holy Spirit’s leading.
- Resistant to allowing the Holy Spirit’s control.
- Resistant to allowing God to break him.
- Resistant to the ways of God.
- Resistant to true humility.
- Resistant to complete surrender.
- Resistant to God’s power and blessings.
- Resistant to pleasing God instead of people.
- Resistant to giving God all the glory.
This material was born out of the experiences of what God did during our Revival in September 2006. God moved in an unbelievable way during these meetings. God has given me a greater understanding of Psalm 34:8 “O taste and see that the Lord is good…”
The meetings were scheduled to be held Sunday, September 10th through Wednesday, September 13th. During the four days of the meetings God met with His church in a supernatural way. Many Christians attended prayer meetings every night, weeping and crying out for God’s blessing upon His people. God’s people were confessing sin and getting right with one another. There was a spirit of brokenness, love toward one another, and hunger for God in our church. We could sense the presence, power, and conviction of God in every service.
God worked far beyond anything we could ever imagine. We truly serve a great and mighty God. God allowed the meetings to extend from a four day meeting to a two week meeting. Christians were excited about hearing God’s Word and there was a real concern and love for the unsaved.
Do you desire God to send Revival to the Church you serve? If you want God to send revival to your church, you must allow Him to send revival to you first. How can you, as a pastor expect God to send revival to the church God allows you to serve if you don’t allow God to send revival to your life? How can we pastors expect God to revive the hearts of people in our churches if we don’t first allow God to revive our own hearts? The key to Revival is being a Revival-ready Pastor. Are you a Revival-ready Pastor or a Revival-resistant Pastor?