About This Episode:

Revival often starts with one person. Is that you? Will you be a revival starter in the Kingdom? Are you willing to do what it takes to get the presence and power of God in your life, in your church, and in your community?


PHASE 1: Preparation

A real move of God does not happen without our effort and preparation. In Judges 6, God calls Gideon to be a mighty warrior. One of the first things God tells Gideon to do is to get rid of his father’s old altar—knock down idols—and build a new altar to the Lord. Preparation must be done in the hearts of the people so that God will move and the people can go forward together in unity.  

PHASE 2: Endurance

In 1 Kings 18, Elijah meets King Ahab and the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel. This is a spiritual collision. Afterward, Elijah is waiting on God to move. There’s been a long drought in Israel, but Elijah has faith (and expects) that God will make it rain. Starting in verse 42, Elijah sends his servant to the sea six times to check for signs of rain. The servant repeatedly sees nothing, but Elijah persists. Finally, on his seventh trip, the servant reports a small cloud, which is a sign that it will rain and God will move. We must be like Elijah—willing to do what it takes for however long it takes for it to rain.

Further Bible Reading:

1 Kings 18:41-46 (NIV)

41 And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” 
42 So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees.
43 “Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked.
“There is nothing there,” he said.
Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.”
44 The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.”
So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’”
45 Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain started falling and Ahab rode off to Jezreel. 
46 The power of the Lord came on Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.

Judges 6 (entire chapter)

  • Have you done the prep work for revival?
  • What idols have you torn down?
  • Are you alert and watching for signs of revival?
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Quotes to Remember:

  • 00:51 Revival is usually one person that just gets so hungry and desperate for God that they just make a connection. That makes other people want to connect and makes them hungry.
  • 02:20 The biggest myth or misconception about a real move of God is that you don’t need any preparation.
  • 05:00 It’s great to meet people, but you have to have a church where people meet God.
  • 08:08 We’re so religious that we say things we have no intention of doing.
  • 10:28 God took one person and got rid of all the idols and everything that opposed God. It takes one person to say, “It’s going to rain,” and stand the test of preparation and time, willing to do whatever it takes and for however long it takes until it begins to rain.
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