"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
Basic Characteristics of a True Revival
This is a short note about revival. We hear this word being abuse so much. We call a little one-week conference, a charismatic service where the Spirit move some and an unusual service, REVIVAL. But I want you to know that revival is so much bigger and that even as we all should believe God for a great revival, we need to stop over-exaggerating stuff that is not even close to what a true revival is. When we do that we not only fool ourselves, but we also deceive God’s people. So here are some basic characteristics I have seen concerning this topic. In a true revival we see,
An overwhelming spirit of repentance.
An unusual hunger for God’s glory.
Personal long times of prayer. People actually develop a prayer life.
Personal transformations and Community impact; it brings about personal, social and cultural change.
Different denominations coming together.
Great number of people getting save.
Physical and emotional healing.
Signs and wonders.
10. No room for racism. (Everybody see each other by the Spirit)
11. A true family of believers; they have close relationships outside of the Sundays services.
12. A place where the doors of the church are constantly open for gatherings. In Azusa they had three services every single day for over three years. That is because the demand for spiritual and physical healing was great. You can’t claim to have a revival and all you have going is your regular Sunday Service and your Mid-Week Bible Study.
13. A place where the Holy Spirit has total control; no agendas of men are able to stand.
14. Persecution from the world and man-made religion. The devil hates revival and it will come against it!
I hope these characteristics help you so that you don’t be fooled by false claims of revival.
An independent thinker with a profound call to see the orthodoxy of the church and passion for Christ manifesting together. Angel was born in Brooklyn, New York in April of 1968, he was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where he earned his B.S. degree in Sociology with a minor in Education from the Inter American University in San Germán in 1991. That same year he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. After working construction jobs for a year and learning the English language, his first job working with foster-care children in the capacity of youth care worker was with Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary in September of 1992. With JYS he was promoted several times as group home supervisor, legal caseworker, and program director.
While in Jacksonville, Angel studied a couple of martial arts styles. After earning his black belt, he became the founder of Good Fight Ministries as he used martial arts as an instrument to preach the gospel. In 2004 Angel was selected Martial Arts Instructor of the Year for the State of Florida and in 2005 Angel was inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame where he also received the Christian Spirit Award. In July of 2005 Angel accepted his call to pastor a bilingual church in Winton, NC where he served for a couple of years. Five months later he lost his first wife to cancer in December of that same year. This initiated a deep valley of suffering in his life, a mountain of costly mistakes and the embracing of lifestyles of sin that are well documented through this blog.
In August of 2012 Angel moved to Fairbanks Alaska with his wife Rayette Casiano and six children who are now adults. In Alaska, Angel continued his social work-related career and his ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. Angel is the author of two books, Hope for the divorcee: Forgiving and Moving Forward and 7 Banderas de Esperanza: La Bendición de Yokdzonot. In January 8th of 2020 Angel and his wife moved to Arizona.
View all posts by angelcasiano