What is revival? Is it a time in church to daydream about a Whopper or Big Mac or Japanese (We have them all in Russellville now!!) while the preacher goes on and on?

As God's people, we from time to time need a revival, which is a rededication toward God's will and plan. True revival is centered on knowing Jesus. Yet, this is not an automatic occurrence in our meetings we set aside for revival. Paul says that Corinthian meetings actually did more harm than good in 1 Corinthians 11:17. We don't necessarily bless God with just coming together.

Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians, "For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified." Emotion is great and needed, but it doesn't last. What makes revival last is preaching, teaching, and growing in Jesus Christ. Do we know Jesus? And are we making him first and sharing what he has done? Then, God can send awesome revival meetings and powerful emotional touches, and there is a true foundation for them. And when the emotion fades, Jesus is still there!

As many may know, Logan County was known as Rogues Harbor. It was a desperate place; one criminal was documented killing his babies for crying too much. But the area completely changed when James McGready came to town. This preacher taught Jesus and asked people to pray for souls. At the camp meetings that followed, people were on the ground for days excited in the Holy Spirit and praying for forgiveness. This began the Second Great Awakening. Many people gave their lives over to Christ. Other preachers took this revival the whole nation. Peter Cartwright and other preachers couldn't be stopped because they focused on Jesus. Even today we still feel the effects in this area.

In true revival, Jesus changes lives. In Acts 19:19, the Bible says, "A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas" In this passage, when Ephesus had revival, they exposed their evil and stopped it, burning books valued at millions of dollars. Change is everywhere, but good change and reviving must come in us stirred by the Holy Spirit. When God changes us, we surrender any music, movies/TV, Internet sites, bad language, bad habits, and attitudes that we know pull us away from God. And He'll show us what those are, giving us power in His name to change. Why? God wants to fill us with good, so better than anything the world has.

Speaking for myself, I often need a reviving touch of the Master. May we seek revival and a returning to Jesus and the power of His name.