A CONVERSATION: REVIVAL IS ALMOST HERE!

(c) 2011 Wm. Douglas Van Devender

Last year I taught in eleven church leadership conferences in East Africa.

In areas where our team visited, large numbers of people are coming to Christ, miraculous healings are common, demonic powers are losing their historic grip, marriages and families are being healed and new churches are being started.

Here at home, I find myself in conversations with people who are amazed at the responsiveness of Africans to Jesus.

Those conversations usually arise in the context of American Christians expressing their frustration over the lack of Revival in their own nation/state/county/city/local church.

A typical conversation goes something like this:

Friend:

We need Revival in America. I’ve been praying for Revival for decades. My church has been praying for Revival forever. But Revival never comes. Why doesn’t God send Revival?

Doug: 

In my lifetime, millions of people in East Africa have come to Christ. That 120-year Revival shows no sign of letting up. Quite the contrary, the last decade has been marked by an accelerating move of God.

Many African Christians live under a ‘low heaven’. Their life experience convinces them to expect God’s miraculous activity among them. They serve the God who is available, close at hand. They are devoted to him. They welcome his presence. They depend on his intervention for basic necessities and protection.

Friend: 

Well of course miracles happen there.

Those people are desperate. They are in great poverty. They have little food. They are sick without adequate medical care. They live under the constant threat of violence from militant Islam and tribal warfare. Of course they are coming to God.

 Doug:  

Are you saying that the people in East Africa are more responsive to God because desperation drives them to him? Are you saying that Revival in Africa is fueled by deprivation and sickness and violence and uncertainty?

Friend: 

Yes, I guess so.

Doug: 

So, could we say that Revival in America has tarried – at least in part — because we have been so lavishly blessed by God? because we have been so affluent and doctored and self-sufficient and gluttonous and stable and optimistic in our humanism? because we have been able to get things done with little reference to God?

Friend:

Maybe….

Doug:

Perhaps then the way for us to experience the miraculous presence of God (as do the folks in Africa) is for us as Americans to embrace the Africa experience?

Friend:

Uh…what do you mean by that?

Doug: 

You’re implying that for Americans to experience Revival, someone should destroy our economy, reduce the majority of us to abject poverty, repossess our homes, disassemble our medical establishment, disrupt our food supply, ignore our protections under the Bill of Rights…

Friend:

No..no…wait…

Doug: 

…hamstring our public utilities with arbitrary environmental regulations (in order to drive our energy prices & prices for everything sky-high), render automobile ownership a luxury for the elite, convince our people that failed socialism and tyranical government are our only hopes, and establish that Islam is to be a legally protected, preferential minority in our own country?

Friend: 

Those things would never happen in America.

Doug: 

Really? What do you think is already happening in our country?

Friend:

I don’t watch the news. The news is too negative. The news depresses me.

Doug:  

Then let me bring you up to speed with some good news.

Your decades of prayer for Revival have not been in vain.

God has heard your prayers.

God is answering your prayers.

Revival is almost here….

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