Four Ways to bring Revival to your Soul

I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint. Jeremiah 31:25

One summer in high school I went on a missions trip with a group of other students to the western part of Mexico. It was an incredible experience that completely broadened my horizons and gave me a love for serving others. One aspect of the trip that was fun and memorable was the journey itself. Our group took two 15-passenger vans and drove from West Michigan to Ensenada, Mexico–nearly a 40 hour drive!

I distinctly remember noticing the vast change in landscape as we traveled from the Midwest to the rocky terrain of the Southwest. Lush, green plains and fields were soon replaced with dusty plateaus and caramel-colored sand, speckled with shrubs and cacti. The long ride may have been hot and stuffy, but the view was absolutely breathtaking.

My long trek west makes me think of the condition of our own spiritual landscapes. Is your soul green and vibrant, or does it resemble a dry, barren land in need of water? Do you enjoy the fruit of joy, peace, and contentment, or do you find yourself frazzled, distracted, irritated and defeated? Do you need the Lord to refresh and revive your soul?

I know I do.

We all sometimes need an awakening, a spiritual refreshment and retreat for our weary souls. A spirit that is more alive, revived and refreshed. A soul that is full of health, strength and vigor. Just as David cried out to God in Psalm 63:1,

…my soul thirsts for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.

When my soul is in need of a spiritual revival, I think of Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones. This barren valley of lifeless skeletons illustrated the spiritual state of the nation of Israel at the time: dead. But when the breath of God prophesied through the mouth of Ezekiel, tendons, flesh, and skin covered the bones, and the Word of God brought the bones to life as a vast army (Ezekiel 37:11-15).

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So how do we find rest and renewal for our souls while in our own barren valleys?

I have observed four “R’s” to spiritual revival:

  1. Remember– Remind yourself of what God’s Word says about who you are on a daily basis. Remember the things that God has done in your life. The way he delivered you from the clutches of the enemy. How he snatched you from the pit of darkness and brought you into his wonderful light. How He provided for your every need and brought you through each trial. Remember that He is God!

   I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. Psalm 77:11

2. Recount– Retell, rehearse, and speak the Word of God to your soul. When Ezekiel witnessed the valley of dry bones, God spoke to him:

“Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!” (Ezekiel 37:4)

In order to bring life and vitality to our own hearts, we must do the same. Speak the Word of God to your soul.

Allow the breath of the Holy Spirit to refresh the barrenness of your broken land. Speak life to yourself and over your situation. Life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). What we say to others and what we say to ourselves matters. We must speak the life-giving, Spirit-breathed, fresh wind of God to our souls–and watch the dry valleys of our hearts break into streams of living water!We must speak the life-giving, Spirit-breathed, fresh wind of God to our souls. Click To Tweet

3. Repent-After Peter and John healed a lame man in Acts 3, Peter addressed the crowd that stood in amazement around them. Peter’s message was simple:

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord…” (Acts 3:19)

Did you catch the connection? Spiritual revival and refreshment does not come until we repent from our sins and turn to God. Are there areas in your soul that remain stagnant and lifeless? Have you completely turned that area over to God? Is there hidden sin buried deep within those valleys? Bitterness? Worry? Unforgiveness? Jesus invites us to turn those things over to Him; it’s time to leave it all at the foot of the cross and receive a new wave of refreshment for our souls.

4. Refresh others- Proverbs 11:25 says it beautifully,

…whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

When we give a cup of cool water to those around us, we refresh others with love and humility. When we step out and meet the needs of others, we no longer wallow in the desert land of our own parched souls, but think of ways to be a blessing to others. When we do this, our valleys no longer look so dry and dreary. God gives us strength and powerful revival when we reach out and refresh others with His flowing fountain of life.

So speak words of hope and healing to your soul today. Clothe yourself in garments of Christ’s revitalizing splendor, and find rest for your soul. You will be revived, renewed and completely refreshed!

I absolutely love the song Come Alive by Lauren Daigle. If you have time to listen, I pray that the Lord will awaken within your soul a renewed passion and fervor that spills over to those around you. Revival in our world first begins with revival within us.

May this song be the theme of our hearts and the prayer of our souls–that God will bring revival and renewal to our lives through the breath of His Holy Spirit!

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26 thoughts on “Four Ways to bring Revival to your Soul

  1. Hi Christin,
    Visiting from Coffee for your Heart today and it’s nice to meet you! I enjoyed reading about your missions trip — what a road trip that was from Michigan to Mexico — and how impactful that was to you. I liked the reminder of Ezekiel’s vision of the dry bones for that’s always a powerful example of what God can do. Thanks for these thoughts today and I look forward to reading more in the future! 🙂
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    1. Thanks so much Valerie–it’s nice to meet you too! Yes, that trip was so memorable, and in so many ways has impacted where I am today. I pray that you experience refreshment and revival in your heart today! Thanks for visiting! 🙂

  2. That’s a great song! You are so right about remembering… When we tap in to our memories of who God is and what He has already done for us and for the world and promises yet to do! Ohhh… refresh my soul indeed! Thanks for this fresh breath of air this morning! Blessings!

    1. Thanks so much Liz! I need to be reminded daily of God’s faithfulness, because I too quickly forget and find myself in a dry valley–but God is so good, and His mercies are new every morning! I am so thankful to gain new refreshment from his Word each day–thanks for visiting! 🙂

  3. These 4 R’s are very useful, Christin. When we were in a drought this summer, it was interesting to see the dry places that were once covered in water and it made me think of our souls. When the water evaporates and we’re laid bare, what do we look like? So grateful for the God who replenishes us! Thanks for sharing Lauren Daigle’s song too. I love it!

  4. Ok Christin, you and I would be fast friends and having coffee often if we lived near one another! Lol Psalm 63 is my favorite passage from my favorite hero in the Old Testament. My blog title is in reference to David saying ” My soul follows hard after thee”. And when I first read your statement about dry bones I immediately thought of Lauren Daigle. Great post! Practical and insightful:)Blessings this Thursday!

    1. Oh Gretchen, I am so thankful for the power of the internet, that brings sisters in Christ together though we may live miles apart! I’d love to have coffee and chat about the beautiful wonders of our Lord, but linking up is the next best thing! 🙂 Psalm 63 is one of my favorite psalms too, and I SO can identify with David when he says, “..my soul follows hard after thee!” You are such an encouragement to so many women, and I am so glad you stopped by today! Many many blessings to you! 🙂 🙂

  5. Such refreshment to my soul as I visit here today Christin. I think I would have gone crazy on a 40 hour van ride, but it definitely makes your point well here. Your 4 “R’s” are insightful and biblical. They are all great, but the first one is key. Remembering not only all that Christ has done for us but who we are in Him should refresh our soul. Thank you for sharing this powerful song as well. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and may God bless you and yours in 2017
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    1. Thank you so much Horace! Remembering God’s faithfulness is enough to turn any dry ground into a bubbling brook! And the van ride to Mexico was quite interesting, to say the least–lots of stops, snacks, and car games along the way! Blessings to you! 🙂

  6. So true, it’s so important to speak God’s word into our soul daily. We need those reminders. Recounting all He’s done for me keeps me in constant awe and ready to repent the minute I slip up. I pray I can refresh those around me due to the Lord working in me. Thanks so much for sharing such a great post. Blessings.

    1. Yes, it is so true that we need to to soak ourselves in God’s Word daily and speak the fresh wind of His Word into our lives. Thank you so much for visiting, Laura! 🙂

  7. This is the second time in the past week I have heard about dry bones. I have been inspire to be speaking peace to the body, but I’ll be adding speaking life to dry bones.

  8. So inspiring, Christin! And I love the principles you’ve drawn for us. Each one has the potential to transform our dry, dusty heart, but I especially love “Remember.” That’s where God has refreshed and refueled my soul so many times. It’s so great to get to know you, my newfound friend! I hope you’ll keep coming back to link up at From Messes to Messages too!

    1. Thanks so much for visiting, Beth! I will definitely be back for your link-up, and look forward to getting to know you too! 🙂

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