“Lord, you were favorable to your land;
you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
You forgave the iniquity of your people;
you covered all their sin.
You withdrew all your wrath;
you turned from your hot anger.
Restore us again, O God of our salvation,
and put away your indignation toward us!
Will you be angry with us forever?
Will you prolong your anger to all generations?
Will you not revive us again,
that your people may rejoice in you?
Show us your steadfast love, O Lord,
and grant us your salvation.
Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints;
but let them not turn back to folly.
Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him,
that glory may dwell in our land.
Steadfast love and faithfulness meet;
righteousness and peace kiss each other.
Faithfulness springs up from the ground,
and righteousness looks down from the sky.
Yes, the Lord will give what is good,
and our land will yield its increase.
Righteousness will go before him
and make his footsteps a way.” (Psalm 85)
Revival requires salvation – the soul converted to new creation. Revival requires us to respect and honour the foundations that have been built. Jesus is the foundation. We are being tested by fire – not to destroy us but to refine and improve. There is a need for reconciliation and forgiveness. Sins must be cleansed by the blood – we all need to seek that blood.
And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.
Hold this scripture in your heart. There will be no revival until the houses are in order – gathering in the name of the Lord, not in bitterness or anger. Love demands truth and mercy. God is not mocked – we need mercy, love and repentance, and unity – not as a corporation, but heart unity. Revival comes when we hold these truths, go before God and He will forgive, heal and restore us. John 8 (v3-11) is a story of forgiveness. There is no moving forward without forgiveness.