30 Questions That Lead To Personal Revival
As a leader, the greatest way to help others to a revived life is TO LIVE THERE MYSELF! This does not happen automatically. In fact, the pull of the world, flesh, and devil is so strong that we can easily slide into sin and find ourselves in deep need of personal reviving.
Paul, in Ephesians, reminds us of our incredible blessings in Christ (Ephesians 1-3) and then calls us to walk worthy of that high calling (Ephesians 4-6). He sums some of this up in Ephesians 5:15-21 with some direct admonitions. To walk with Christ in these areas is to walk in personal revival. And, if you’re NOT there, you cannot lead anyone else there.
Examine yourself prayerfully in light of these 10 areas and 30 questions.
1. Be CAREFUL: “Be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but wise” v. 15
- Do I see life with spiritual clarity? Am I careful and circumspect about my walk?
- Do I see evil and avoid it?
- Do I recognize where I’m really walking, or walk right into the wrong path without much thought?
2. Be INTENTIONAL: “Make the most of your time because the days are evil” v. 16
- Do I seize the hours and minutes of every day for Christ? Do I make every moment count for Him?
- Do I live in light of the brevity of life?
- Am I being intentional about my time or wasting my time thinking there’s plenty of time?
3. Be WISE: “Do not be foolish but understand what the will of the Lord is” – v.17
- Am I wise or do I think foolishly?
- Do I understand God’s overall will for my life? Do I know His purpose and plan for every man?
- Am I in such a position that I am, more and more, discovering God’s specific will for my life and days? Am I walking in His prescribed will today? This week?
4. Be SOBER: “Do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation” – v. 18
- Am I intoxicated with the things of this world?
- Is there anything in this world that is controlling me?
- Am I so intoxicated that it is making me do things I otherwise would not do?
5. Be FILLED: “Do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit” – v. 18
- Am I daily, hourly, consciously controlled by the Spirit?
- Am I filled with Him?
- Am I doing things that grieve and/or quench the Spirit’s activity in and through my life? Or am I instantly willing to follow the promptings of His Spirit and the illumination of His Word?
6. Be SPEAKING: “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” v. 19
- Is my life filled with the psalms, hymns and spiritual songs of God? Do I know God’s word?
- Am I speaking to others about the truth of God?
- Am I ashamed of the gospel? Hiding it under a bushel? Or boldly proclaiming it?
7. Be SINGING: “singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord” vs. 19
- Is the Lord’s song in my heart? Or, is there something hindering my joy?
- Do I sing, even in the midst of dark days?
- Is my song directed to the Lord, in gratitude and thanksgiving?
8. Be THANKFUL: “always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father” v. 20
- Do people say of my life that I am thankful? Marked by continual gratitude?
- Do I give thanks for ALL THINGS? Am I mature enough to give thanks in hard times, recognizing that God knows what He’s doing and that He “works all things together for good…”?
- Do I recognize that every good and perfect thing I have in my life comes from “our Lord Jesus Christ…even the Father”?
9. Be SUBMISSIVE: “and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.” v. 21
- Is my life marked by the sweetest of authentic humility?
- Am I gladly willing to defer to others, particularly in my home?
- As a wife, am I submitting to my husband, gladly giving him honor and leadership? As a husband, am I aggressively loving my wife as Christ loved the church and gave His life for her?
10. Be FEARFUL: “and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.” vs. 21
- Am I walking in the “fear of Christ”? Do I treat Him and His commands and callings flippantly or respectfully?
- Do I give Him constant, reverential honor and fear?
- Is it evident to all around me that whatever God says to me is what I will do, gladly recognizing His Lordship in my life?
Walk back through this list and turn every question into a prayer for your life or the lives of those God brings to mind. Ruthlessly deal with anything that is aborting God’s presence and power in your life. And realize that, as a spiritual leader, everything depends on living in personal revival!
Bill Elliff is the Directional Pastor of The Summit Church. His passion is to see both genuine revival and methodological renewal in the church—new wine and new wineskins. He is a frequent conference speaker, writer, and consultant to churches drawing from his 42+ years of pastoring and revival ministry. Bill and his wife, Holly, have 8 children and 5 grandkids (at last count!)