The Precursor to Revival

"Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." - Acts 2:38

In 1935, Blasio Kigozi, a schoolteacher in Rwanda, Central Africa, was deeply discouraged by the lack of life in the church and the powerlessness of his own experience.

He followed the example of the first Christians and closed himself in for a week of prayer and fasting in his little cottage. He emerged a changed man. He confessed his sins to those he had wronged, including his wife and children. He proclaimed the gospel in the school where he taught, and revival broke out there, resulting in students and teachers being saved. They were called abaka, meaning "people on fire."

Shortly after that, Blasio was invited to Uganda to share with the Anglican Church there. During the 10 day Anglican meeting in Kabale, he called the leaders to repentance and many responded to his message. A few weeks later, Kigozi was called back to Uganda to attend the church's synod in Kampala, but on the way he contracted tick fever. Shortly thereafter, revival swept through the Church of Uganda throughout 1937 and then across the entire country. Hundreds of thousands of lives have been transformed over the decades through this mighty East African revival. It all began with a discouraged Christian setting himself apart to seek the fullness of God's Spirit.

Is there a sin in your life stopping the outpouring of God's Spirit? Today in prayer, repent from any and every sin in your life and let Jesus Christ fill you with His Spirit.

"The first time Jesus appears, in the first Gospel, the first instruction he gives is 'Repent.' From then on, it's his most consistent message. In all times and every situation, his advice is to repent. Not just the scribes and Pharisees, not just the powerful-he tells even the poor and oppressed that repentance is the key to eternal life." - Frederica Mathewes-Green

God's Word: "'The time has come,' he said. 'The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!'" - Mark 1:15

By Peter Kennedy, Copyright 2005, Devotional E-Mail DEVOTIONS IN ACTS

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