What is revival? A reaching high that is only attained by the bending low. I heard a lovely story, and with this I finish, of a family - a father and a mother - who went on holiday in a boarding house. The wee girl was taken into her room, and she was all delighted with it - and there was a picture of the Lord Jesus above the headboard. There was a dresser in front of the bed with a mirror, a vanity mirror in front of it is. The next morning when she woke up, she shouted: 'Mummy, Daddy! I can see Jesus!'. She could see the reflection of the picture of the Lord in the vanity mirror in front of her, and she was so enamoured by it that she shot up, and then she couldn't see Him! Then she lay down again, and then she saw Him; then she shot up again, and she couldn't see Him - and then she lay down, and with her eyes fixed on that mirror and that picture of Christ, she shouted into her Mum and Dad: 'Mum, when I lie down I can see Jesus, but when I sit up I can only see myself! Every time I see myself I can't see Him!' - that's it, that's it! Revival in a nutshell: a reaching high to the high and lofty One will only come, God will only come into my personal life - what He does with this church and this community, that, in a sense, is up to Him - but what He does with me is up to me, what He does with me can affect so much...if I allow Him to affect me.
Here's a lesson I learned very early on in my Christian experience, and it has never left me. It's very very simple: the only life that pleases God is His own life. Did you hear that? The only life that pleases God is His own life, and that's what revival is: the life of the Lord Jesus poured into the human heart! A reaching high for God that is attained by a bending low in brokenness, cleansing, and filling with the full life of God itself. Personal revival must precede widespread revival. This reaching high for a greater experience, reaching high for God in greater knowledge, can only be attained by a bending low - and we have Isaiah 57:15 for it, but we have the Lord Jesus Himself. He said in John 14: 'If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him' - it's the same thing. The God who inhabits the high and lofty place, inhabits that transcendent sphere with the man, the woman, the teenager, the boy or girl who bends low in brokenness, cleansing and confession.
This sermon was delivered at The Lifeboat Mission in Moy, Northern Ireland, by David Legge. It was transcribed from the first recording in his 'The Revival We Need' series, entitled "What Is Revival?" - Transcribed by Andrew Watkins, .
There's got to be brokenness and cleansing, and you'll only find those two things at the cross of the Lord Jesus. Here's the third thing: filling. This is revival, what is revival? It is a reaching high for God, but that can only be attained by the bending low in brokenness, in cleansing, and in filling: