Do you ever feel like God has let you down? Or wonder if He truly loves you? Or, maybe, your faith is waning because you’re facing uncertainties and God seems silent. It may not be a lack of faith but rather you’re right on the edge of revival. God seeks one man, one woman who longs for revival, whom He can fill with fresh fire. Will it be you? Read more as Erica Wiggenhorn shares 3 simple steps to invite revival to your life.
I recently talked with Erica about experiencing God’s faithfulness when facing uncertainty, reigniting hope, realizing the call of God, and reawakening purpose through revival on the Your Hope-Filled Perspective podcast. You won’t want to miss that interview. Listen here: How to Experience Revival in our Hearts – Episode 191.
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3 Simple Steps to Invite Revival to Your Life
By Erica Wiggenhorn
Maybe your life has not unfolded exactly as you had hoped. Maybe you wonder why God did not intervene differently in your difficulty or devastation. The Bible seems silent, and God feels distant. The fire you once felt became snuffed out by stifling circumstances. Some people would tell you to just have more faith. I would tell you that you are right on the edge of revival. When you know in your head that God can do anything but you long in your heart for Him to do the best thing. To step into your ordinary world and remind you once again that you serve an extraordinary God.
I love this quote by Dallas Willard: “The world can no longer be left to mere diplomats, politicians, and business leaders. They have done the best they could, no doubt. But this is an age for spiritual heroes– a time for men and women to be heroic in their faith and in spiritual character and power.” The ordinary man, living his everyday life, and God comes to do the extraordinary. God seeks one man, one woman who longs for revival, whom He can fill with fresh fire. Will it be you?
I found myself spiritually languishing, religion felt robotic, and church felt stale. I had unknowingly adopted a false theology of faith. I believed that if I went to church, tried to read my Bible, worked hard at being a good wife and mom, God would bless me according to my definition of blessing. My marriage would be strong. My kids would behave. My life would be fairly easy, and I’d have more than enough financial provision. But I was checking all the religious boxes and my life was falling apart. What was I doing wrong? I thought God looked down at me and shook His holy head saying to His Son, “There’s our sweet little Erica. Bless her heart. She tries so hard, but she just can’t seem to get it together.”
I believed that because God was good and kind, He patted me on the head and tolerated me. I couldn’t wrap my head around the truth that He passionately pursued me, longing to show me His love. I realized God was inviting me into revival.
In the Book of Ezekiel, the people in whom God chose to spark revival were counted out, cast aside, displaced, and disregarded. They were the lot whom everyone decided God had forgotten. People who believed their doubts and doubted their beliefs. People just like me. And maybe you?
Instead of searching for revival somewhere out there, I believe God invites us to revival in here, meaning right inside the caverns of our very own hearts. God promised Ezekiel He would remove their heart of stone and give them a new heart and a new spirit.
Revival comes when the mother standing over a sink of dirty dishes, exhausted and weary from her daily duties cries out, “God, help me!”. When the man or the woman sit in their cubicle at work, battling the same bad habit they just cannot get a handle on begging, “God, change me!” When the student on their campus longs to make a difference in the world, and for God to reveal His will, prays, “LORD, use me!” God sparks revival to one solitary heart, that flickering flame spreads, creating a wildfire of faith.
3 Steps to Invite Revival to Your Life
So, what are those 3 simple steps?
- Confess. Maybe you’ve adopted some wrong theology too. And you feel like God let you down. Talk to Him openly and honestly about your disappointment and doubt. He already knows and His arms are open.
- Cry Out. Ask God to help you believe that He truly does love you. He doesn’t shake His head at you or discount you. He delights in you. When you struggle to believe it, cry out and say, “Lord, I want to believe! Help my unbelief!
- Crack open the Book. The best way to overcome bad theology or lack of faith is to get into the Bible. If you’re ready to invite revival into your life, grab a copy of An Unexpected Revival and ask Him to ignite fresh fire in your heart and life.
An excerpt from An Unexpected Revival: Experiencing God’s Goodness Through Disappointment and Doubt from Moody Publishers. An 8 Week Study through the prophecies of Ezekiel.
What reignites your relationship with God and draws you closer? We’d love to hear in the comments below!
About Erica Wiggenhorn
Erica Wiggenhorn is an award-winning author and the founder of Every Life Ministries, bringing you the truths of Scripture to transform your life. By digging deeply into God’s Word, Every Life Ministries encourages you to discover your unique purpose, accept God’s promises, and live by His power. She loves to bring God’s Word to anyone who’ll listen, whether it’s a large women’s conference, a church women’s retreat, her own kitchen table, or across your computer screen with her teaching series or YouTube Channel.
In conjunction with this post and the podcast interview, Erica is giving away a free copy of her book, An Unexpected Revival: Experiencing God’s Goodness Through Disappointment and Doubt.
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