Revival of the Remnant

6.9.14

Haggai begins his prophecy by urging people to get their priorities in order. (See post here.) The Lord instructed them to ‘consider their
ways’ and to rise up and finish the temple. This remnant of faithful believers is stirred in their hearts and they begin to get to work to serve the Lord! Reading through the last part of Haggai 1 through chapter 2:15 we see a revelation of the revival of the remnant! There are seven qualities of their revival that are also keys to our own revival.

1. The Voice of God (…The whole remnant of the people obeyed the voice of the Lord their God and the message of the prophet Haggai, because the Lord their God had sent him.  Haggai 1:12)  When are you listening to the voice of the Lord? One time for sure is when we are engaged in studying the Word of God. When you are reading your Bible you are not just enduring a Spiritual discipline, you are encountering the voice and will of God!

2. The Fear of God  (And the people feared the Lord. Haggai 1:12b)
Fear signifies awe and respect – a submissive spirit toward God. Fear recognizes that we are not our own, but that our lives are in His hands.  How do you know if you have reverent fear of the Lord? If we fear Him we consider his presence in all that we do … we obey Him because He is near (not absent). This is essential for revival.

3. The Presence of God (Then Haggai, the Lord’s messenger, gave this message of the Lord to the people: “I am with you,” declares the Lord. Haggai 1:13) Their job of rebuilding the temple was really beyond their own ability. They needed the presence of God to empower them to accomplish His tasks.  Have you considered the impact of the presence of God in your daily decisions?

4. The Work for God (So the Lord stirred up the spirit …of the whole remnant of the people. They came and began to work on the house of the Lord Almighty, their God… Haggai 1:14) Work is not the precursor of revival, it is the result of revival.  They had spent 16 years looking the other way.  Do we sometimes ‘become aware’ of work that needs to be done for Jesus? When the Lord stirs your heart to be about His work, how do you respond?

5. Faith in God ( … Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the Lord, ‘and work. For I am with you,’ declares the Lord Almighty.  Haggai 2:1-5).  Sometimes we can be blinded by the success of the past, becoming disheartened and believing that those were the brightest days. When you look back, do not see success… see GOD! That same God is with you today keeping His promises!

6. Glory of God  ( “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord Almighty. …in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the Lord Almighty.” Haggai 2:6-9)  The glory of the Lord will fill this temple – and it won’t be at the hands of men. The shaking of what seems so permanent and unbreakable to humans reflects the supernatural glory of God moving to create His own paths, ways, and results. (For further study see Exodus 19:18; Joel 3:16; Hebrews 12:25-29). Yes, the  Desire of all Nations will come – Jesus Christ – who meets our greatest needs and demonstrates for us the beautiful powerful glory of God!

Haggai uses this language to encourage Judah to complete their task.  They do not labor in vain and their hope is real. – John Mark Hicks

7. Peace From God (‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the Lord Almighty.” Haggai 2:9b) The name Jerusalem, where the temple is located, means “city of peace.”  When our souls are stirred into revival we find peace because of the nearness of God and an assurance of our walking in sync with Him. Jesus brings peace to our soul through his resurrection!

When we pray for revival, are these the kinds of things we are praying for?  Ask God to stir the spirit of your church … and to begin that blessing by stirring your spirit!

RESOURCE: Be Strong and Do Not Fear – Dr. John Mark Hicks