Revival and Memorization

By Dan Vis
March 01, 2021
Comments: 20

This month we're focusing on Bible memorization, and it's importance, as we start ramping up for our big Breakout Memory Challenge in April. (Our 10th one!) This week I want to talk a bit about the connection between memorization and revival...

Picture of northern lights

Throughout the last 2000 years of history, the Christian church has enjoyed numerous seasons of revival, at different times, and in different locations. But they have all had one thing in common--the revivals all came and went.

But the Bible predicts a special outpouring of the Spirit at the end of time that will be unlike any of the revivals that have come before. It will spread to cover the entire earth, and will grow stronger and stronger until Jesus comes.



Isaiah foretells a time when God's people would "arise and shine". Darkness would "cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee." Isaiah 60:1-21 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. 2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee..

Habakkuk promises something similar. "The vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry" (Habakkuk 2:3For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.). And what is that vision? "The earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea" (Habakkuk 2:14For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.).

What an amazing time! God's people shining with the glory of God. Radiating that light everywhere, filling the whole Earth with glory. Not one nook or cranny will escape it.

Here's how Revelation pictures the scene: "And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory" (Revelation 18:1And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.). I can't wait, can you?

The Word Made Flesh

But have you ever wondered what it will take to create this kind of revival? One that is not marked by emotionalism or sensationalism--but the deep movings of the Spirit of God. One that is not isolated to a single location, but spreads from place to place? One that is not a fleeting weekend blessing, but that endures and grows stronger and stronger?

And perhaps most important of all--what will it take to produce a people who actively and accurately reveal the character of Christ to the world?

We get a hint of what can do this in the Gospel of John. The famous prologue of the book describes Jesus in these words:

John 1:1-51 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.   

In language similar to the Old Testament verses above, it describes Jesus as revealing the Father to those who lived in His day. "In Him was life". And that life was "the light of men". "No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him" (John 1:18No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.). While not all received Jesus (John 1:11He came unto his own, and his own received him not.), wherever He went, revival was freely available.

And it was not an isolated nor a transitory revival. It wasn't limited to specific meeting places, or specific dates on a calendar. The kind of revival He brought, a revival that revealed the Father beautifully, was rooted deep within Himself. Wherever and whenever Jesus happened to be, you could see light and glory.

Now here's how John describes the secret to all this: "The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth" (John 1:14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.).

The Word of God was so thoroughly integrated and intertwined into the life of Jesus, He was able to shine in darkness. He filled wherever He was with the knowledge of God. He revealed the glory of God in all its fullness.

And actually, it was this complete revelation of the glory of God, that ultimately closed the special period of probation given to the Jews.

I Will Never Forget

If we want to be part of the final revival, the Word must become flesh in us once again, today.

It is this Word which gives light to God's endtime people. "The entrance of thy words giveth light" (Psalms 119:130The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.). It is by beholding in the Word "the glory of the Lord" that we "are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord" (II Corinthians 3:18But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.). And it is this Word which gives power to our message. "Behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them" (Jeremiah 5:14Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.).

For the earth to be lightened with God's glory, in the way the Bible foretells earth's final revival will do it, God's people are going to have a deeper experience in the Word of God.



And in particular, it is going to need to be memorized.

Psalms 119:93I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me. says "I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me." Those who "know righteousness" are "the people in whose heart is my law" (Isaiah 51:7Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.). Like Jesus, they will be able to say "I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart" (Psalms 40:8I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.). It is only after God's Spirit has come upon us and His words have been put in our mouth (Isaiah 59:21As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.) that God's people are commanded to arise and shine (Isaiah 60:1Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.).

It is this internalized Word that keeps the final revival from descending into mere emotionalism or sensationalism. It's also why it's not tied to one place, or one point in time. It's so thoroughly integrated and intertwined into the lives of God's endtime people, that revival breaks out wherever they go. It is rooted deep within God's endtime agents, to the living Scripture hidden in their heart.

And just as with the Jews long ago, it will be this final generation of believers, faithfully revealing the character of God to the entire world, that brings our planet's dwindling hours of probation to their close.

Conclusion

If we want to be part of this incredible endtime revival, it's important to do the work of preparation now. The work of memorizing Scripture, meditating on it prayerfully, and making careful personal application. The more we fill our heart with the oil of God's Word, the more fuel we will have when the fires of revival finally breakout out. "Is not my word like as a fire?" (Jeremiah 23:29Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?).

Everything around us suggests the return of Christ is drawing near. We're living at time when the final revival could break out at any moment. So it's important to be ready.

Won't you commit, with me, to fill our hearts with Scripture...





Comments

Why is it important to understand how the final revival will be different from any that have gone before? How important is it to prepare for this final revival? How is your intake of Scripture? Do you have adequate fuel for the fire, that you will need?

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Posted by Dan Vis on 03/02/21  
Happy to share Elsie Willy! Let's keep pressing forward. :)
Posted by Elsie Willy on 03/01/21  
Thank you Dan, this is very encouraging.

Regards
Elsie
Posted by Dan Vis on 03/01/21  
You are very welcome Richard! Thanks for being a part of our community. Means a lot!
Posted by Richard on 03/01/21  
Thank you Dan, I am blessed with this memo

Regards
Posted by Dan Vis on 03/01/21  
PS. I've got the verse topics sorted, and created new sets on Joy and Glory. My biggest problem was the latter--as there were so many verses on glory it was really hard to narrow things down...
Posted by Dan Vis on 03/01/21  
Valerie, that's a really important point. We can be sure there will be plenty of false revivals. And if we do not know the characteristics of the genuine, we could easily fall pray to these. I also like your takeaway: the need to immerse ourselves in God's Word. No matter how things end up playing out, that's one thing that will always prove a treasure!

Hi Deborah! Great to see you here. I love that quote. So beautiful. And I love your overall emphasis on what is really the key point here--that the final revival is really going to be all about a revelation of the character of Christ. The Word made flesh, once again! As for your suggestion, if you look in our Bible Boost "favorites" there's actually quite a few sets on various character--some positive some negative. But I'm sure the list is not exhaustive. I can think of two right away we should add: "glory" and "joy". Note, community members are more than welcome to submit verse set suggestions!

I also notice the topics are all completely out of order. Looks like another project for today! :)
Posted by Deborah Gutierrez on 03/01/21  
Dan, I’m grateful how you pointed out “It is by beholding in the Word "the glory of the Lord" that we "are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord" (II Corinthians 3:18But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.). “
This has been in my heart lately, how I want to behold the character of Jesus...

I came across this quite recently and it spoke to my heart:

To be sanctified is to become a partaker of the divine nature, catching the spirit and mind of Jesus, ever learning in the school of Christ. “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” It is impossible for any of us by our own power or our own efforts to work this change in ourselves. It is the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, which Jesus said He would send into the world, that changes our character into the image of Christ; and when this is accomplished, we reflect, as in a mirror, the glory of the Lord. That is, the character of the one who thus beholds Christ is so like His, that one looking at him sees Christ’s own character shining out as from a mirror. Imperceptibly to ourselves, we are changed day by day from our ways and will into the ways and will of Christ, into the loveliness of His character. Thus we grow up into Christ, and unconsciously reflect His image. {Reflecting Christ, p. 20.3}

I’d love to mediate, reflect on and memorize verses that specifically draw out the character of Christ.

Also, I think it would be wonderful to have a Bible verse SET specifically for the character of Christ the “Glory of the Lord” ..

I love the promise that by beholding we become changed ... and feel that memorization would be a wonderful way to “behold”..

Blessings!


Posted by Valerie Wise Burrell on 03/01/21  
Dan,
It is important to understand how the final revival will be different from any that have gone before because it will help us to not be deceived. This understanding will help us to stay focused because we are immersing ourselves in the Word of God. This immersion will then help us to have adequate fuel; it will give us the fire of God's Word! Exciting.
Posted by Dan Vis on 10/27/19  
Amen Emmanuel! I believe it is time for God's people to ignite. To arise and shine so to speak. Let's soak up all the oil we can in whatever time we have left to do that...
Posted by Emmanuel Ajiroghene on 10/27/19  
The work of memorizing Scripture, meditating on it prayerfully, and making careful personal application. The more we fill our heart with the oil of God's Word, the more fuel we will have when the fires of revival finally breakout out. "Is not my word like as a fire?" (Jeremiah 23:29Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?).

This is more like a final charge to get us truly motivated. I pray for my soul to catch the fire. Help me Lord!
Posted by Dan Vis on 10/24/19  
Thank you Nan! The story of Mary sitting at Jesus feet, hearing His Word, is a beautiful picture of how Jesus brought revival everywhere He went. Thanks for sharing that!
Posted by Nan on 10/24/19  
I can see "...Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard His Word".
And Jesus said: "But one thing is needful; and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her".
I pray that the Christ's Spirit will fill my heart with yearning to hide His Word in my heart day by day and be ready to share it in His Love...for the time is surely at hand.
Thank you for your precious insights to encourage others to be ready for the True Revival.
God bless!
Posted by Dan Vis on 10/22/19  
I'm not sure how it all fits together Jeannie. I suspect some who have never been exposed to truth will be open to an infilling of oil at the last moment, whereas others who have been around truth, but resisted it for years may be less capable of grabbing it at the last minute. Just a thought.
Posted by Jeannie Marcoux on 10/22/19  
I like that the oil flow went into her neighbors vessels. How does this correlate with the story of the 10 virgins, where the foolish could not buy oil from the wise?

Also, I see an Emergency fund as a means to stay out of debt once you get out of debt, or to keep you from going into debt further. In my personal experience, it was a separate fund and we did not use it to pay for debt. But when the car broke down, or other need arose, we were able to fix it without debt. My debt of sin, I cannot pay, but memorized Scripture keeps me from adding to my debt load.
Posted by Dan Vis on 10/22/19  
I definitely appreciate this line Qing: "It’s not just about verses I memorised before....It’s about consistently continuing to memorise fresh verses, and combining the memorisation with application and prayer, in order to stay connected with the Father". Great line!

And your analogy of memorization to an emergency fund to help get us out of debt reminds me of the story of Elisha and the widow in debt, who repaid it with oil. I think you mentioned that somewhere in our Revival Keys class Jeannie, and I've been thinking about it ever since. When that miracle was applied the oil stored in her one vessel, was enough to fill the vessels of all her neighbors. Interesting thought...
Posted by Jeannie Marcoux on 10/22/19  
Memorizing Scripture is like building an emergency fund: it comforts me today and provides for a time of need and trial. It gives me assurance that I will not go “into debt” or run out of “oil” (Matthew 25:1-131 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: 4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. 9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. 11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. 12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. 13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.) when I need it the most.   “Let this mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:. His mind was full of Scripture!
Posted by Qing Ling on 10/21/19  
Wherever and whenever Jesus happened to be, you could see light and glory.

We are to be like Jesus to our community. Revelation 18:1And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. is becoming more of a key verse in our study of Revival and its link with the end times.

I have many verses stored in my heart, but I know that it’s not just about verses I memorised before....It’s about consistently continuing to memorise fresh verses, and combining the memorisation with application and prayer, in order to stay connected with the Father the way Jesus invested heavily in maintaining His communion with His Father.
Posted by Dan Vis on 10/21/19  
Can't wait JoAnn! This is going to be our 7th Breakout Memory Challenge. The perfect number. :)

Yes Carole, the Word does all those things and more. I'm convinced the final movement will be a movement back to the Bible! :)
Posted by Carole Bliss on 10/21/19  
God's Word is a light unto my path.
When trials come, and His Word comes to mind, I am so blessed. We need His Word to direct us, inspire us, and to share with all we come in contact with. His Spirit will be moving all over to a receptive hearts.
BLESSINGS
Carole
Posted by JoAnn Moon on 10/21/19  
I am excited to do the Memory challenge again. I want to be a part of the revival! Thank you for the encouragement this ministry gives.




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