3 Keys to Take You from Survival to Revival

You wake and feel blank. Happy but not inspired. Content yet not thriving.

You make the kids lunch and should be having quiet time – but don’t.

You eat quietly during your break at work. You should read the Bible, but check Facebook instead.  

You go to bed and should read your nightly devotional. But God understands, right? You’re so tired. You can skip tonight. He won’t hold it against you.

Then you wake up and it happens all over again. 

Isn’t there more to life than survival?

The solution is revival. 

Revival is a strong word with strong emotions and commitments. Revival is very different to survival. You cannot go through the motions and be in revival.  

This is what it takes.

You’ve got to want it

Many pray for revival. Many know revival is the solution. But few really want revival. You have to go after it; pursue a soul awakening.

Revelation 3:20 Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.

It’s gonna cost

Survival is easy. It is comfortable. It is what you’re used to. But revival requires a higher gear. There will be more commitment, but it’s worth it.

Matthew 11:12 And from the time John the Baptist began preaching until now, the Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing, and violent people are attacking it.


Revival is an act of turning from sin to God – repentance. Repentance is not just for those intrenched in sin. Repentance is also about transforming a good life into a great one.  

Ezekiel 36:25-26 “Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.

A soul in survival is happy to stay the same, but one in revival is ever pushing the boundaries, never satisfied.

Get out of survival and into revival.

This post was adapted from a Crosswalk article titled, Do You Need to Know How to Go from Survival to Revival? To read an extended version, click here.

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Sarah Coleman is wife, mother of two boys, writer, pastor, teacher and friend. She loves Jesus with a passion and the feel of Australian sand beneath her toes.

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