people think that ‘repentance’ (as in confession of sins) is a sign of revival. i say no. repentance is often a human response to revival.
when there’s an outbreak of favour, people respond in a natural way, which is to ‘repent’… that’s what they know.
i propose that the response of ‘repentance’ is not actually a god-given response. it is a valid human response, fair enough. but there is a better way.
…when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?
when there’s an outbreak of god stuff happening, jesus is actually intending for us to respond with faith.
look at peter, when jesus says to throw your net over the other side…
the first time this happens (luke 5), peter is like… depart from me lord, i am a sinful man.
the second time this happens (john 21), the response is totally different. it’s a joyful response… the boss is here! peter puts his clothes on… he’s ready to walk on water again!
notice the difference in the fruit…
first catch, the nets were breaking, the boats were sinking. this sounds just like the wine/wineskin story. you can’t pour favour into a wineskin that says ‘we are not worthy’.
peter had a mindset where you need to fast & pray & do stuff to get a breakthrough. (remember he was a follower of john the baptist) when favour was given freely to him, he couldn’t handle it.
second catch… no breaking nets, no sinking boats, & peter pulls the whole catch in. this is like the new wine/wineskin…
receive the favour with joy! respond with faith!