Preface: The mind is the measure of a person, and reformation is about our minds. If we have a reformation in our thinking, we will have a reformation in our actions. Reformation occurs as the Holy Spirit brings our thoughts into harmony with Christ’s thoughts. When that happens, our actions will follow.
2 Chron. 7:14; 2 Cor. 7:9, 10
In Psalm 85:6, King David echoes the cry of believers’ hearts through the centuries: “revive us again!” Christians long for an experience with God that’s alive, fulfilling, and life-changing. But the Bible describes a humble road to spiritual vitality. Apparently, the revival and enthusiasm we desire can’t come without godly sorrow, confession, and repentance. Jesus our Savior offers spiritual abundance, but we must want it badly enough to surrender to the process. The first step to revival is our willingness to participate in the journey.
- Listening to the scripture song “If My People” by Promise Keepers or by Jimmy Owens.
- Writing a prayer of confession to God.
- Drawing or painting a picture of revival.
- Looking up 2 Chronicles 7:14 and John 1:9 in several different translations.
- Writing a poem or making a short film about a Bible character’s journey to repentance and life change.
- Reading Psalm 51 and personalizing it by inserting issues in your own life you would like to confess and forsake.
- Creating videos of short interviews with other church members, asking what Romans 2:4 means when it says, “the goodness of God leads you to repentance” (NKJV). Share the responses with your church or Sabbath School.
Daniel 9:3–19; Luke 18:9–14; Acts 9:1–22.
Ellen G. White, Prophets and Kings, chapter 51, “A Spiritual Revival”; The Great Controversy, chapter 27, “Modern Revivals”; True Revival; Mark Finley, Revive Us Again; Dennis Smith, 40 Days, books 1 & 2.
Sonia Huenergardt, Chehalis, Washington, U.S.A.