The Revival Fire is WITHIN - It's the fire of the Holy Spirit!
In the last few weeks, we have witnessed a sign of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at “The 2023 Asbury Revival." Revival is entirely the work of the Holy Spirit and not of man. Revivals are planned and carried out by the Holy Spirit. The one characteristic that distinguishes a revival from a typical act of the Holy Spirit is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. This is not to say that the acts of the Holy Spirit are graded or that one is superior to another at any time, but rather that God chooses to present Himself in amazing ways during revivals. Fire is the symbol of the Holy Spirit and of revival. In Acts 2 on the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit was poured forth, there appeared tongues of fire on each of the disciples.
2023 is the year of the FIRE of the Holy Spirit! One of the many roles of the Holy Spirit is to empower and equip believers to do miracles, signs, wonders, and proclaim the gospel with power for salvation (Acts 3:1- 6; 5:12-16; 6:8-15; 8: 4-25).
Acts 2:1 "When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all on one accord and in one place.'"
Before the FIRE was released all believers were in unity and working together. God desires greater TEAMWORK in HIS Body! Acts 2:2 "And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting."
1st REVIVAL RELEASES THE SUDDENLIES over our lives!! We declare quick and unexpected breakthroughs over your lives in Jesus' Name.
2nd REVIVAL has a sound! The KINGDOM of GOD has a sound!
3rd The SOUND filled the whole house first.
This is the season of spontaneous coming together in worship, prayer, fellowship, and being one accord in prayer, purpose, unity, and faith.
The disciple’s prayer posture was sitting - the same posture of Mary in Luke 10:39. Mary sat at Jesus’s feet and listened to what Jesus was saying. There was power released in the SOUND of HIS VOICE! REVIVALS shift our agendas to seek first the KINGDOM of God. Martha found herself “distracted by her many tasks” (Luke 10:40).
The prerequisites for REVIVAL are prayer and repentance. Revival starts in our hearts first. Acts 2:38-39 says, "then Peter said to them, “repent and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” Peter said that the first step is repentance. Repentance is changing one’s heart, mind, and behavior. This passage also reveals that the "the Fire of the Holy Spirit” is a generational promise!
Prayer is critical for revival. Prayer is the preparation for the supernatural! Matthew 7:7-12 says, “ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened to you." Keep asking, seeking, and knocking in this season!
Revival keeps us spiritually hungry for God. Spiritual hunger is connected to our health and growth in CHIRST! Matthew 5:6 says, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” During this revival, God is doing the filling. John 7:37-38 says, "on the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “if anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
We prophesy fresh and living water is flowing out your hearts and through your repentance, every river dam that is stopping the flow of the Spirit in your life is being uncapped now in Jesus name! We can’t say we believe in Jesus, but deny the purpose and power of the Holy Spirit! Revival is the full acceptance of the Holy Spirit, and this releases the PRESENCE, POWER, and FIRE of God in the earth.
Maurice & Michele Suggs
Seniors Leaders of Movement Church Philly