Friday, June 28, 2019

Revival and the Transformation of Desire

It's Friday morning in Green Lake, Wisconsin. Linda and I are getting ready to head back to Monroe.

I'm feeling grateful, and blessed, as I think of what God has done at our HSRM conference.

Last night at the conference I gave a call to revival. I talked about desire. Jesus said, If you desire me, you will keep my commands. (My translation.)

James K. A. Smith writes:

"Have you ever played in a swimming pool and tried to hold a beach ball under the surface? Its tendency—you might even say its penchant and desire—is to rise to the surface. It is “restless” when it is held under the water. It keeps trying to sneak up from under your feet or hands, bursting toward the surface. It wants to be floating." (Smith, You Are What You Love) 

Desire cannot be contained. As the deer pants for the water...

You Are What You Desire. Matthew 6:21 says,

For where your treasure is, 
there will be your heart also.

Look at what a person treasures and desires, and you will find their heart.

The place where your treasure is, 
is the place you will most want to be, 
and end up being. (Message)

Your heart will always pursue 
what you value as your treasure. (Passion)

You can't force desire. A person either has it, or they don't. When it is there, you don't need will power. Desire eats will power for breakfast. Desire desires. In this it is unstoppable.

A. W. Tozer writes, "The difference between coldness of heart and warmth of heart is the difference between being in love and not being in love." (Tozer, A. W.. Rut, Rot, or Revival, p. 156)

In real revivals God brings a person's desires into alignment with His desires. I have seen this. I have become this.

J. Edwon Orr writes:  "Spiritual awakenings are exceedingly infectious, and proximity in time and place adds to the stimulation of desire for similar blessing." (Orr, J. Edwin. The Second Evangelical Awakening

The Ireland Revival of 1859 “created a thirsting desire for the Word of God, and it is their continual and increasing study to learn to read it for themselves. The spirit of inquiry is so great, that we have been induced to open the school two evenings during the week, for the purpose of communicating instruction.” (Ib.)

Martyn Lloyd-Jones said: “The inevitable and constant preliminary to revival has always been a thirst for God, a thirst, a living thirst for a knowledge of the living God, and a longing and a burning desire to see him acting, manifesting himself and his power, rising, and scattering his enemies.” (In Collin Hansen, A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories that Stretch and Stir)

Leonard Ravenhill writes that Charles Wesley seemed to be reaching on tiptoes when he said, ‘‘Nothing on earth do I desire, but Thy pure love within my heart!’’ (Ravenhill, Why Revival Tarries, p. 127)

In true revivals the Holy Spirit changes human hearts. The Spirit changes what the heart desires. In revival people desire righteousness more than unrighteousness, purity more than impurity, Jesus more than the stuff of this world.

This week at our conference I saw revivalism. The production of a desire that will not be stopped.

I see it happening in my people. On Sunday I'll share, and desire for holiness will be ignited. Why not, right? And why not in you? Why not you, as a revivalist who carries the flame of true desire to your churches and your families?

Many churches will be ignited this Sunday. Revival fires are burning. If you want to partner with me and others in my Revival Network contact me at No cost. Just joining together as living sacrifices.