DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT TUESDAY – GENUINE REVIVAL!
Revival is an invasion from heaven that brings a conscious awareness of God. - Stephen Olford.
Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? - Psalm 85:6.
I have been thinking a lot about revival lately, and about all the rubbish that passes for revival. I hope and pray that you will receive this post the way that it is intended... to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.
"I myself, for instance, am not especially gifted, and am shy by nature, but my gracious and merciful God and Father inclined Himself to me, and when I was weak in faith He strengthened me while I was still young. He taught me in my helplessness to rest on Him, and to pray even about little things in which another might have felt able to help himself."
"Do we give sufficient attention to the theme of gaining Christ? It is our joy and privilege to know Him as God's unspeakable gift, but none knew this more fully than the apostle Paul. But was he satisfied with this knowledge? Or was Paul's soul-consuming desire, at all possible cost, to gain Christ; and thus to know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings?
Oh! that Christ may be so known by us as a 'living, bright reality' that our one desire-our one absorbing heart-passion may be that we personally gain Christ-that we personally know Him as the apostle longed to do."
"I have seen many men work without praying, though I have never seen any good come out of it; but I have never seen a man pray without working."
"Perhaps if there were more of that intense distress for souls that leads to tears, we should more frequently see the results we desire. Sometimes it may be that while we are complaining of the hardness of the hearts of those we are seeking to benefit, the hardness of our own hearts and our feeble apprehension of the solemn reality of eternal things may be the true cause of our want of success." - Hudson Taylor.
Revival is the people of God living in the power of an ungrieved, unquenched Spirit. - James A. Stewart.
The kingdom of God is not going to advance by our churches becoming filled with men, but by men in our churches becoming filled with God. - Howard Spring.
A genuine revival without joy in the Lord is as impossible as spring without flowers, or day-dawn without light. - C.H. Spurgeon.
A true revival means nothing less than a revolution, casting out the spirit of worldliness, making God's love triumph in the heart. - Andrew Murray.
A revival means days of heaven on earth. - D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones.
Revival is the church falling in love with Jesus all over again. - Vance Havner.
All of the above know what genuine revival means, and I pray that we can learn from them and begin to show the supremacy of Jesus Christ in our lives.
Loving Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit, cause revival in me, that the beauty, majesty and supremacy of Jesus may be shown forth in my life, toward others. I ask this in the wonderful and mighty name of Jesus, my Lord and Saviour. Amen.