First, we need to define real revival. Revival means to revive, to make live again. I have been in a dozen or more revivals in the past few years. Very rarely have I seen the emotionally charged penticostal services bring a real change in the lives of the individuals. Furthermore, I have never seen them spawn a real revival of the church.
It is sad, but people are slain in the spirit for hours praying and worshiping God. They are so excited and happy because the move the work of God in their lives. Nevertheless, they wake up the next morning in the same boat they were in.
I have not seen a real change in the lives of individuals who get caught up in the emotionalism of the services. However, I have seen real change occur in the lives of individuals who did not get caught up in the emotionalism of the service.
People who get caught up in emotionalism tend to trust their emotions, which are easily swayed. Emotions are not real; They can be happy one moment sad another. Emotions are fake and can lead people to believe and to do things they would not normally do.
Nonetheless, the people who see real change are those who have a mental adjustment. They may get emotional, but they are making a real mental heart and mind change.
Fifty years ago when revival services started getting big, there were dramatic manifestations of the spirit and real change made. But today, we are trying to live on the skirtails of the past generations. However, our drive through, microwavable society wants change here and wants it now. Unlike the previous generation that developed a true longing for God over time we want the spirit of God to hit us now and change us.
Changes do not happen all at once. Real change occurs when there is a change of the mind.