WARNING: America Doesn’t Need Your Definition of Revival

The Spirit of the Lord visited me this week and said, “The church has been captivated by the outward expression of revival.”

To be captivated means to be taken captive, to be bound or restrained.

Could our pursuit of the outward expressions of revival be hindering our ability to see true revival come to pass? God began to show me that the body of Christ has become addicted to the audible and visual stimuli that come with revival, to the point that it has begun to seek those manifestations instead of Him. Revival has become a show, and we have become the spectators. We have forgotten that Revival is first and foremost about His Presence and His will being accomplished on the earth.

When we hear revival mentioned, each one of us has a checklist of outward expressions we hope to see: people weeping at the altar, the sick being healed, someone shaking under the power of God, or devils being cast out. Most people in the modern church are under the impression that we need to see these things before conceding that revival has taken place.

The word “revival” actually means “to make alive.” To be revived is to be re-animated, or given new life. When revival comes, it should change us from the inside out and not the outside in. Revival is not an event that we go to. Revival is a Person who comes to us. When He comes, He changes everything. What I see happening in the church today is something different altogether. We have taken what was meant to be life-giving and turned it into something that only satisfies the flesh. We have made revival into a circus act, and in doing so, we have cheapened the Gospel. We have been taken captive by our need to experience the manifestations of revival.

The Spirit of Revival is a holy thing. He is not to be trifled with or taken lightly. In spite of this, we have done exactly that. We have invited Him into our churches, and then turned His Presence into a sideshow. Another word for being captivated by audio or visual stimuli is entertainment, or sensationalism. Revival has become an entertainment event that we go to in order to be blessed by the “anointed” one and have our needs met. While there is nothing wrong with being blessed or having our needs met, when it becomes our sole focus, we miss the point of revival altogether: seeing God's needs met on the earth. It’s time for the church to wake up and realize that revival is not just something to be sought after. Revival is something that happens when we seek Him.

Matthew 16:4 says, "A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed" (KJV).

It’s time to stop chasing after manifestations and start pursuing the One who gives them. Revival begins with us, and it starts with a humble heart that seeks after God. Revival begins with repentance, and it starts with a willingness to change. Revival begins with YOU pursuing HIM without any regard for feelings or personal comfort. For those who are looking for HIM with their spiritual antenna, HE is going to overwhelm their senses with signs and wonders; however, those who are only looking for a good time or a “blessing" will not experience true revival.
Revival is already here, but it’s not going to look the way you think it should. Instead of people rolling around at the altar, revival might just look like people opening their Bibles and digging into the Word of God. It’s not going to be about the “anointed ones” or the big names in the Christian world. Revival is going to be about regular, everyday people who have been changed by the power of God and are passionate about His Presence. Revival starts with a disciplined willingness to look past the physical manifestations and seek the will of the Father, even if we don't see or feel the results.

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Loraine Thompson - May 5th, 2022 at 4:21pm

I mean this in God’s love when I say that you are stepping on the joy of new Christians. Why are you self appointed to straighten zealous new believer out, thinking displays of joy overflowing for healings, signs and wonders

Are fake? No one at the revivals I watch are missing anything. I think it could be that your observations are judgemental. .

John Doe - May 5th, 2022 at 4:44pm

I think you missed the point of this message. Which is that God WANTS US to spend time WITH HIM. He wants to know you and love you personally. Not just at a church service here and there. He wants to define who you are and break off the chains that hold you back from where He wants to take you. It’s a journey of complete joy beyond what is experienced at church. Intimacy is a cherished special quiet thing that changes you. Love changes everything.

Ivana Your Christian Friend - May 5th, 2022 at 10:22pm

Will all due respect, I didn’t see pastor Alan say any of those things are fake & I didn’t see him “straightening out” new believers. 🤔 All I saw & read was his heart cry for the church to return to their first love & move past the external stimuli & their “box” they’ve fit “revival” in. This message is very timely for new believers & mature alike! I would urge you to reread his blog post & rethink your accusations towards him, being “self appointed” & “judgemental” etc.

Huglover - May 6th, 2022 at 4:07am

Isn't that what pastor Alan is alluding to? - you "watch" revivals - you are not a part of it? You don't put in effort and zeal on seeking after God and His will be done - even if it had to happen through your sweat?

Alan DiDio - June 20th, 2022 at 8:02am

Hi Loraine! Thank you so much for your comment, and we are so thankful for joy overflowing, healings, and signs and wonders; however, Pastor Alan was just raising the point that sometimes we lose focus. Sometimes we begin to search after signs and wonders and what we can see and feel rather than seeking Him. Thank you for your post, Loraine!

Laurel - May 5th, 2022 at 5:09pm

How amazing to see a new believer swept up into a love relationship with Jesus. Thank you Pastor Alan for reminding us of the importance of growing and digging deep into the intimacy with Jesus to be truly changed & revived and to be part of the body of Christ that can sustain revival & govern the earth with Him. when the joy of the moment wanes we cannot stop our diligent seeking for intimacy with Jesus. Those with maturity can impart that to new believers while still rejoicing with them that they have experienced the presence and glory of the Lord. We can have it all!

Alan DiDio - May 23rd, 2022 at 8:19am

Amen, Laurel!

Monty Clark - May 5th, 2022 at 5:57pm

Hi Alan

Everyone that comes to the well will not drink the same water. My prayer is that everyone will continue to seek the will of the Father but we know that does not happen every time. We need revival everyday, every hour and every moment. Keep stepping on those toes brother. If no one responds you are not reaching the needy. Response show that you are. Preach on my Brother.

Alan DiDio - May 23rd, 2022 at 8:19am

Yes, we do Monty! Revival isn't just for Sunday mornings and get-togethers, but a lifestyle. Thank you, Monty!

Miss M - May 6th, 2022 at 12:35am

"Revival is going to be about regular, everyday people who have been changed by the power of God and are passionate about His Presence." This was an extremely timely, meaty, and convicting word. I receive it and I agree with it. I found myself unconsciously seeking manifestations of revival because I hunger to know His voice for years. So I sought out "anointed" fellow servants to learn what they do when they commune with the Father and create a safe space for His Glory to visit. However the research or seeking out of those blessed to hear Him is taking over and taking the place of actual execution and consistent follow through in my own life. That is what Pastor Alan is warning us about. And, lest we not heed this warning that we depend only on outward "evidence" of His Spirit and Seal, then the enemy can slowly set us up for deception and will use against the Church in the End. Thank you. Father forgive us and let us return to seeking individual and collective repentance.

Alan DiDio - May 23rd, 2022 at 8:17am

Amen! I am so thankful for the opportunity God has given us to repent and get right with Him. Thanks, Miss M!

Kathie Clifton - September 24th, 2022 at 6:52am

While I enjoyed your article and agree with your message, I didn’t care for the (rather unfriendly) title: America Doesn’t Need Your Definition of Revival.” If we are indeed “speaking the Truth in love,” there has GOT to be a better way…

Stephen Rhodes - February 12th, 2023 at 5:19pm

“Could our pursuit of the outward expressions of revival be hindering our ability to see true revival come to pass?”

No, because GOD causes revival. NOT man. GOD’s not waiting for our motives to be “pure enough” so revival can start.

“Revival begins with YOU pursuing HIM without any regard for feelings or personal comfort.” This has not been my experience at all. I was revived when I realized it was HIM pursuing ME.