Revival in the Christian life ideally takes place in the mind and in your heart – your mind together with your heart, influence your thoughts and feelings, which ultimately influences your actions. True revival occurs when your mind is renewed.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:2)
Revival means to be restored to an original or initial stage or to awaken. It is formed of two latin words ‘re’ and ‘vivere’. ‘Re’ means again and ‘Vivere’ means to live. So revival ideally means to ‘live again’. This means when revival takes place, everything that is dead in your life or in you is given the power to live again. For the Christian you need a renewed mind to understand and accept that you have been brought to live again. The mind of the revived youth therefore should have a new direction of thinking. A revived mind therefore is the mind that is God focused, that accepts what God says and not what the world says. This is the mind that Colossians 3 talks about. If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth (Colossians 3:1-2).
When revival happens, you will be at peace regardless of what goes on around you. Isaiah 26:3 makes us understand that ‘You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You’. Isaiah 26:3. The mind of the revived youth therefore is at peace. Peace which transcends human understanding. Jesus spoke of this peace – Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:27 NKJV). The revived mind takes your focus away from the world and takes away fear. The devil would that you stay in a state of perpetual fear, but the revived mind does not live in fear. This is because the revived mind is not moved by what it sees, hears or the circumstances that goes on around us – including Corona. The revived mind is only moved by the Word of God, and God’s word gives us assurance of peace come what may. Remember what 2 Timothy says: For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7)
The world may say a lot about you, the world may try to put you down, may make you feel inadequate or unworthy. But when revival occurs, the new life brought by God is a means to reset everything to factory settings – As God originally made things. Revival brings you to the state of the new man.
This is what Ephesians 4:20-24 tells us:
17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as [f]the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; 19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
20 But you have not so learned Christ, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
As a youth you may encounter a lot of issues in this world. Issues with your friends, issues with education, with parents etc. but regardless of the issues you have, there is one thing you need to know. The world might be pulling you in a direction that is not of God, but when revival occurs you will be able to stay on track with the Lord because the Spirit of your mind will be renewed. As you take part in this revival, may your mind be renewed.
I pray that you walk in this newness of mind. The new mind ruled by the Spirit of God, the mind that is God focused and knows that God is with you every step of the way.
Prayer Points for today:
Lord I come to you today your child who has been revived by your spirit. Your word makes me understand that revival leads to a renewal of mind which is the one sure way to transformation. May this renewal occur in my mind that I can know your good and accepted will. I pray that you help me to have my mind constantly fixed on you and your word that I may know to walk right in your sight. May I not walk in fear or be moved by the things of this world but only be moved by Spirit and your Word. May your Holy Spirit constantly speak to my conscience that I may look up to you in all circumstances. In the Matchless name of Jesus, I pray
- Elder Dr. Solomon Adjei