You Can't Have A Re- Without The Original

Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee? Psalm 85:6

I once heard a preacher say that you can't have revival without having first been "vived." Without the original life-giving miracle and excitement over salvation through Jesus Christ, you can't have revival in your heart down the road. It would be like having follow-up questions from a conversation you never had.

This applies to so many truths in our walk with the Lord. Here are just four examples of needing the original before you can add the re- to the front:

Recall: Unless you have first passed godly thoughts through your mind, you won't be able to recall them later, when you need them most.

Recount: In order to tell someone about an experience you had with God, you have to have the experience, and it will have to leave an impression on your mind.

Refresh: If you were once fresh in your beliefs, you will be able to return to that clean, pure state when life seems overwhelming.

Reread: You must have read God's word at least once before you plan to read it again, finding the truths you know are there, so you can share them.

Is there something in your own life that you're trying to do under your own power? Maybe something that you're trying to do better but you never really succeeded at the first time around? Until you have the original, you can't have it back again.

Take time today for self-examination, looking for places where you need to get "vived" so you can be "re-vived." Revival of any experience can only happen when you're resting in the original blessing.

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