Is. 14:26 This is the purpose that is purposed against the whole earth,
And this is the hand that is stretched out over all the nations.
The Holy Spirit is the most misunderstood of the three persons that make up the Godhead. It’s hard for the natural mind to comprehend this unseen, omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient God. He is a person but, at first glance, seems to be very different from a person. Jesus Himself was utterly dependent on the Holy Spirit. Actually, His miracle ministry didn’t even begin until the Holy Spirit came upon Him when He was baptized by John. From that day forward, Jesus began to walk in the power of signs and wonders. It was the anointing of the Spirit that changed everything in the life and ministry of The Lord. In the same way, the church is in need of the power of the Holy Spirit. Just as Jesus moved in power after the Spirit came upon Him. We too can experience this supernatural power in our lives. Arthur Wallis brings out the connection of the work of the Spirit and revival in this excerpt from his book “In the Day of Thy Power.”
“But revival ever brings a fresh emphasis upon the person and work of the Holy Spirit. It is a time when believers thirst and are filled and when the Spirit Himself reasserts His rights and is given the reins in the worship and service of the church.
So revival has its repercussions even in the realm of the triune God. It is a time when the rights of humanity give way to the rights of Deity. “God is not only the source of revival—‘Wilt thou not revive us again?’—but He is also the end of revival—‘that thy people may rejoice in thee’ (Ps. 85:6, KJV). Revival comes from God and leads to God, that He may be ‘all in all,’ and that man may learn that of himself he is nothing.”Here is the transcendent effect of all revival and the fulfillment of its highest purpose: “The loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be brought low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day” (Isa. 2:17). If we have a jealous desire for the glory of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, should we not all be thirsting for revival?”
The dependence of Jesus on the Holy Spirit should speak volumes to us. If the Son of God needed the power of the Spirit for His ministry, where does that leave us? How much more are we dependent on Him for everything? This is why revival is so critical to the life of the church. Without the person of the Holy Spirit we quickly deteriorate into something other than the church. We quickly become a man centered organization trying desperately to do God’s work without His help. Tragic!!! We need revival in our churches again. Our very existence depends on it.