“O LORD, revive Thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known” (Habakkuk 3: 2).

 God has been kind and tender – hearted to us for the last six months. He will continue to be the same for the latter half of this year. The LORD gives the above promise in the midst of the year to revive your tired and drooping spirit. He shall revive and restore everything that you have lost. He shall not disappoint your expectations. The above prayer of Prophet Habakkuk is a good prayer for us to make especially this month. The LORD will work this month to make us experience revival, restoration and rejuvenation. Think about Samson who killed one thousand Philistines when the Spirit of God came on him with great power. He killed them with a fresh donkey’s jawbone. And he was very thirsty. When he called on the LORD, he was revived. “When he had drunk, his spirit came again, and he revived” (Judges 15: 19). The same LORD will revive you too this month. There are three instances as to how the LORD revived His work.

  1. REVIVAL OF COMFORT: “…the spirit of Jacob their father revived” (Genesis 45: 27). Joseph’s brothers sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver. They convinced their father, Jacob, that an evil beast had devoured him. Joseph was Jacob’s only comfort and consolation. When Jacob saw the blood stained coat of many colours which was the visible evidence of Joseph’s death, he rent his clothes and put sackcloth upon his loins and mourned for his son many days. He thought that he would never see his son, Joseph again. “And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down into the grave unto my son mourning. Thus his father wept for him” (Genesis 37: 35). After fifteen comfortless years, he heard that Joseph was alive and was the governor over all the land of Egypt. When Jacob saw the wagons which Joseph sent to carry him, his spirit revived. Are you comfortless and sorrow-stricken for long? You need not feel lost or hopeless. Take courage for your Joseph is still alive and your prayers shall be answered. Your hope is still alive. Maybe you are not satisfied with the ministry that you have been doing or you are disappointed and humiliated in your job. This month, the LORD will show you a token for good to revive your comfortless heart. David says, “Shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because Thou LORD, hast holpen me, and comforted me” (Psalm 86: 17). Are you walking through the valley of the shadow of death? Do not fear any evil. For the LORD God Almighty will be with you. His rod and His staff shall ‘comfort’ you (Psalm23:4). Think about Ruth, an outcast, orphan, young widow. She trusted in the LORD God of Israel. God revived her comfort through Boaz. She says, “Let me find favour in Thy sight, my lord; for that thou hast comforted me, and for that thou hast spoken friendly unto thine handmaid, though I be not like unto one of thine handmaidens” (Ruth 2: 13). The LORD will comfort you this month.

   1.REVIVAL OF CONFIDENCE: “Will they revive the stones out of the heaps of rubbish which are burned?” (Nehemiah 4: 2). Nehemiah was up with the great task of rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem using the stones. Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem, the enemies of the Jews, raised staunch opposition against Nehemiah to stop the work of building of  the wall.  The above verse is the discouraging words of Sanballat aimed at Nehemiah’s confidence. He said that the stones used by Nehemiah to build the walls are dead and cannot be revived. Even Tobiah said, “Even that which they build, if a fox go up, he shall even break down their stone wall” (Nehemiah 4: 3).

2.REVIVAL OF CONFIDENCE: “Will they revive the stones out of the heaps of rubbish which are burned?” (Nehemiah 4: 2). Nehemiah was up with the great task of rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem using the stones. Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem, the enemies of the Jews, raised staunch opposition against Nehemiah to stop the work of building of the wall. The above verse is the discouraging words of Sanballat aimed at Nehemiah’s confidence. He said that the stones used by Nehemiah to build the walls are dead and cannot be revived. Even Tobiah said, “Even that which they build, if a fox go up, he shall even break down their stone wall” (Nehemiah 4: 3). They tried all they could to destroy Nehemiah’s confidence but failed miserably. The LORD revived Nehemiah’s confidence. Nehemiah was able to build the wall in 52 days. The enemies could not stop him.  Are you fulfilling the task that God has assigned to you? Are you in the middle of your venture feeling the heat of the situation? Are you the only one claiming the promises of God? Your stones may look dead and burnt up. But God will revive your efforts as he revived the stones of the wall of Jerusalem. Have the words of your adversaries made you feel rejected and despised? Is it still echoing in your mind and ears? Remember that ‘discouragement’ is the only successful weapon that the enemy has often used against God’s people to destroy their confidence. Think about David. He was walking in the midst of trouble. “David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God” (1Samuel 30:6). And this David says to the LORD, “Thou wilt revive me” (Psalm 138: 7). Establish your confidence in the Chief Cornerstone called Jesus Christ who revives your confidence. He makes you “as lively stones” and builds you up as “A spiritual house” (1 Peter 2: 5, 6). This month keep saying, “I am acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” Never lose your confidence in building up your ministry when people mock you. Go on with the work assigned by God, for your labour shall be rewarded. No matter what your enemies are saying, your work shall be revived by the LORD.

3.REVIVAL OF THE CONTRITE HEART: “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones” (Isaiah 57: 15). Have you been humbled and weeping for the last six months? You wished that you had someone to understand your brokenness but there was none. Have you been shunned by your very own blood? The Lord will not despise you. Psalm 51:17 “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.” This month, the LORD will revive your humble spirit and contrite heart. Psalm 34: 18, “The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds” (Psalm 147: 3). Hannah was despised and was in bitterness of soul. She wept sore. Peninnah, her adversary provoked her sore to make her heart fret. Even delicious food of the feast and a worthy portion from her husband could not heal her sorrowful heart. She went into the presence of the LORD and continued praying. Her heart was so heavy that she could not say a word. Only her lips moved. The LORD revived her humble spirit and contrite heart. By giving her Prophet Samuel, God not only revived Hannah but also the whole Israel from spiritual downfall. After God revived her contrite heart, she says, “The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: He bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up. The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: He bringeth low, and lifteth up. He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory” (1 Samuel 2: 6 – 8).  This month spend as much time as possible in the presence of the LORD and pour out your heart as Hannah did. You will see the LORD reviving your contrite heart.

     This month, the LORD will revive you with the Anointing from the Rock of Ages called Jesus Christ. Take courage! He turns away the captivity of His people. Return to the LORD. He will heal your hurt. He will bind up your wounds. He will “revive” and “raise” you up (Hosea 6: 2). When the LORD revives and raises you up, He will make you fresh and fragrant. He will cause you to live before Him. This is the month of reviving. You shall be blessed.