Jackie Marie Carr

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3 Scriptural Ways to Have A Revival of the Heart- A Devotional for Women from the Story of Lydia


Has your heart been broken, yet you want God to give you a revival of the heart? Maybe you just feel complacent and not as close to the Lord as used to be.

This post is all about how to have a revival of the heart. 

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A revival of the heart is something we constantly need in our lives. Don’t you want your heart to feel warm when you hear preaching or when you read your Bible or singing and listening to music?

To revive our hearts sometimes means asking God to heal our hearts, and sometimes it means asking God to make our hearts new again. 

Revival doesn’t always look like screaming preachers under a tent running around banging their fist against their Bibles.

I hope this blog post encourages you in your walk with God, and gives you a desire to have a revival of the heart.

what does revival mean?

Revival of the Heart

“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.” (Psalm 138:7)

God CAN still renew, restore, and revive hearts today. I’m a firm believer in revival. But it starts with your individual decision. You can’t wait until the services feel just right or the Pastor preaches the right message. 

If you don’t feel God stirring your heart day to day, ask God to give you a revival. No, I do not base my relationship with Jesus on feelings, but I should know that God is working and speaking into my life because I serve a living God Who speaks from a living book. 

Types of Revival

There have been times where serving God and His people broke my heart, and crushed it where I didn’t think I could give Him my heart again. 

My dear sweet pastor’s wife friend, Laurie Billings, said to me that we don’t need God to revive our hearts, we need Him to make them brand new. This is exactly what I needed. I needed Him to breathe life into me again. 

God knows what He is doing, and He can use the most painful experience to bring so much beauty if you will just trust Him to revive your heart. 

What does revival mean?

I was reading in Acts recently when I came across the story of Lydia. 

“And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.” (Acts 16:14)

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The first thing interesting and noticeable about Lydia is that her heart was opened unto the Lord. She was willing and eager for God to work in her life. She was an entrepreneur, yet she saw God move big time in her life. 

You don’t have to be a preacher’s wife or missionary to see God do BIG things through you. Lydia was a seller of purple. She was well-known in her city. Lydia was most likely wealthy since purple was a rarity and symbolized wealth during that time period. 

Lydia was very much like modern women of today. But she gave her heart to the Lord. Revival for Lydia meant she took the things that Paul preached then applied them to her life. “…she attended to the things which were spoken of by Paul.” She allowed God to change her through the power of His Word. 

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Many times our hearts become hard and bitter because of situations that are SO HARD!

Maybe your heart is closed to Jesus and new relationships because of the brokenness you’ve experienced before. This is exactly what the enemy wants, and he doesn’t play fair. 

He will rob you of so many blessings because you can’t let go of the hurt and give God your heart again.

A Revival of the heart brings a heart of worship.

In my greatest hurt, God allowed me to find this song on Youtube, and it’s literally transformational. 

When you truly allow God to be the writer of your story and He’s the Potter, I am the clay, you will learn that this life isn’t about me at all. Paul said that the things that have happened to me were for the furtherance of the Gospel. 

When you really desire transformation, life will begin to crush you or rebuild you completely- that’s revival.

Revival is where the only thing I really care about is to speak the name of Jesus- speaking Jesus into the lives of my family and others.  

Revival isn't about all the things you don't do anymore. Revival is about giving God your heart, and however He sees fit to use you for the Gospel's sake. 

1. Lydia's revived heart brought her worship

It’s always interesting that so many Christians fuss and have so much controversy over music- is it Spiritual or worldly? Should it be 50 years older to sing in church? 😳 (Psalms says to sing a new song to the Lord, but anywho…) 

For Lydia’s worship, it spurred her to action. My music should point me to a loving Savior Who gave everything for me. Worship is love music to the One Who loved you enough to go to a cross for you. By, the way He had to stoop down to lift you up. 

After worshipping, Lydia then reached her entire household for Christ. (Acts 16:15)

And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.” (Acts 16:25-26)

 

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Big things happen when our worship is about the One Who CAN move mountains.

When is the last time you’ve seen God do something incredible because you started prayer with worship? Really worship is an acknowledging and a giving of thanks of what God has already done for you and Who He is. 

True worship is about aligning our hearts to the One Who made them.

I always think back to the story of David when the ark of God was entering the city again, He was dancing and worshipping God in the streets. His wife was not pleased with his form of worship. 

The Bible says that she despised David in her heart. (II Samuel 6:16)

We can become so judgmental in our attitudes of music that we miss the entire point of worship. 

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2. Lydia's revived heart gave her a passion for God's Word.

We already talked about this, but Scripture says that she “heard us,” (Acts 16:14) and “she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.” What did Paul teach? Well, I think we would have a good idea from his epistles. It’s simple, he preached Christ crucified.

I’m so incredibly thankful to be in a church that centers around the preaching of God’s Word. Have you found a church that teaches and preaches the truth of God’s Word? I hope you will, because this is essential in keeping your heart in the spirit of revival. 

3. Lydia's revival of the heart gave her a burden for the Gospel and lost souls.

When is the last time you shared the Gospel with someone? Have you ever? This is what was said about Paul and Barnabas- “Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Acts 15:26

This is also said of the early Christians, “These that have turned the world upside down are come hither.” (Acts 17:6)

This is so convicting to me! Everything we do should be pointing people to Christ. Lydia was a seller of purple, yet you find her bringing her entire family to Christ. 

Finally, Lydia's revival of the heart caused her to serve.

“If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.” (Acts 16:15)

“And they went out of the prison, and entered into the house of Lydia: and when they had seen the brethren, they comforted them, and departed.” (Acts 16:40)

Lydia’s revival so moved on her heart that she opened up her home for Paul and the others who had just escaped prison.

And you know what? The Bible says that they were comforted. What if they had not received that encouragement? Would it still have been said in Acts 17:6 that they turned the world upside down for the cause of Christ?

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There’s so many great women in the Bible, but Lydia, I can relate with her. Just an ordinary, but not so ordinary woman that used what she was given and gave it all for Christ. Another reason I believed that she had to be wealthy because she was able to have all these people in her home. 

So many times we can allow our boxed in traditional way of thinking that God has to work in our lives “this specific way” to be a good Christian, and that’s just not always the case. God can use a business woman to do BIG things for Him just as He can anyone else. God can use women with a bad past with a bad reputation- see Rahab.

Never put limits on a God Who brings transformation to normal people who give Him their hearts.

What is a regenerated heart?

At the moment of salvation, Christ makes us new creatures in Christ Jesus. If you’ve never given Christ your heart for salvation, I pray that you would do that now. I’d love for you to know 100% sure that Heaven will be your home one day. If you do not know, please message me on Instagram and I will gladly share that with you. 

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This blog post was all about how you can have a revival of the heart.

If you enjoyed this devotional, check out this one, “Joy of the Lord- A Devotion for Women” HERE!