Religion is when people gather to define, and control God. Revival is when Christians gather to let Jesus define and control them. Revival begins to occur when people meet as an interactive community of Christ-followers, but rarely when Christians meet as an audience.
Christian revival is experiential not organizational. To experience genuine revival, we must go beyond Christian institutionalism. Revival begins to happen when Jesus is allowed to replace human control of a Christian meeting with His direct Headship & control.
One reason Christians don’t experience ongoing revival is because we rely on Christian organizations more than on the risen Jesus. The history of revival is the history of God overriding the institutional control of gatherings of Christ-followers.
The key to experiencing revival in a church is turning the control of worship gatherings over to the risen Jesus. Ongoing revival requires “new wineskins” that are flexible to the Headship of Jesus. Rigid institutional wineskins resist revival.
Revival happens when Christians begin to do what God requires and to choose His inner fire over our desires. Aligning the way that we’re thinking and behaving to God (repentance), leads to spiritual awakening.