In the beginning of the Book of Nehemiah, Nehemiah had been concerned about both the physical condition of the Jews in Jerusalem, with the wall being broken down, as well as their spiritual condition. After much hard work, they finished rebuilding the wall, and they could focus on a different type of rebuilding – spiritual revival.
1. They opened the Word of God. "And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel." (Nehemiah 8:1)
We must get back to the Bible. If we want revival, we have to open up the preserved Word of God. Revival doesn’t come from other people’s opinions about the Word of God, or cute religious says, but from read the Word of God itself.
2. They studied and sought to understand and apply what they read. "So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading." (Nehemiah 8:8)
It’s not enough to simply read a few verses, and “check off a box” that we did our reading and go on with the day. No, what started the revival in Nehemiah is that they carefully handled the Word of God and studied, and sought to understand it and apply it in their lives. We, too, need to dig into the Word of God with the illuminating power of the Holy Spirit to help us understand it and change us.
3. They acted on what they understood.
In Nehemiah 8, they started acting as they understood. Nehemiah 8:16 starts out, "So the people went forth…." And describes how they began to do everything that they read in the Word of God, and then we find in the beginning of chapter 9 that they are fasting and confessing sin, and reading the Word of God, and worshipping the Lord together. Revival had broken out!
If you need to be revived spiritually, follow the pattern from Nehemiah. Open the Bible. Study it, seeking to understand with the Holy Spirit’s help. Then, take action. Small or big, act on whatever the Lord reveals to you as you study His Word. Keep up this pattern, and revival is sure to come in your life.