In the latest issue of Berita NECF, the chairman of the National Evangelical Christian Fellowship of Malaysia, Rev. Eu Hong Seng prescribed 10 things for us to work on if we desire to see revival take place in our churches:
1. Wrestle in Prayer
Strong opposing forces require that we stay spiritually in shape and on guard and relearn how to regularly agonise in prayer and not slip into the Pharisaic type of prayer that is formal and traditional.
2. Word is Primary
Only churches which are strong in the preaching of the word and those who make Christ pre-eminent will usher in revival.
3. Witness of the Person
A clear sign of revival is when our hearts are filled with such a love for Jesus that we long to share his love with others. The presence and love of God become so real we cannot but testify of them to others.
4. Workmen are Made
We are commissioned by the Lord to make disciples not converts. Those who are saved and those who have been revived are to disciple others.
5. Work is a Privilege
Revival always results in a voluntary spirit of service for Christ. When Isaiah saw the Lord “high and lifted up” in Isaiah 6, it birthed forth a desire to give his life to serve God.
6. Will of God is Paramount
When revival comes, the zeal of God will capture the hearts of His people and ignite in them an obsession to walk in His will. Only then can we pray for God’s will to be done in the church or the nation.
7. Walk of Holiness
Repentance is a hallmark of revival. An awareness of God’s holiness and consciousness of His presence will forge a fear of him in us to live blameless before God and man.
8. Wealth Released
As with the Church during the Acts era, God’s people will lay their silver and gold at the foot of the cross. We will discover that there is abundance for every good work. Generosity is a habit to be nurtured and this takes sacrifice and a heart for the needy.
9. Wonders and Signs
The supernatural working of the Holy Spirit will follow the preaching of His word. Miracles of healing, deliverance from oppression and bondage will be an important key in the last days to usher many into the kingdom.
10. Worship- The overflow of Love
The love for the Lord and desire for intimacy with Him would result in an everyday walk of unbroken communion with our Lord. His people would want to linger in His presence and worship Him each day.
Send revival, Lord!!
(This article is condensed and adapted from the Chairman’s message of the 4th Quarter 2018 publication of Berita NECF)
Pastor Ron Hee