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FEBRUARY 12 – LET ME


FEBRUARY 12 – LET ME

Ruth 2:7  And she said, I pray you, let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves: so she came, and hath continued even from the morning until now, that she tarried a little in the house. 

Let me work. Is this not what Ruth said here? Let me work. Ruth was looking to provide for her and Naomi. She is asking to be able to work. All too often one has to beg people to work. In our day and age and society, welfare comes to easy and too cheaply. When abundance is given without requirements of work, then people become lazy. Ruth was saying, let me sweat. Sweat equity is a saying that shows the value of something. It is worth sweating for. Ruth was not looking for a handout.

In our Churches today, this often is the problem. They consider they have done enough when they simply come to Church. They are often more concerned about what they can get than what they can give God. They are looking for gratification instead justification. They are looking for approval rather than worshiping God and giving unto Him what is His due.

We have members of our Churches that have great talent, yet do not use that talent for the Lord. The most hypocritical reason is, I don’t have time. So many abilities go to waste today. I am reminded of the time that the President of the Seminary I went to related a story. If memory serves me correct, the President was pastor of that Church. Every Sunday morning a dog would find its way into the Church building and would have to be chased out. At the invitation of a revival, an old man under conviction of service walked the aisle and said: pastor, I can’t read or write, I can’t teach, I don’t know what I can do but I am ready to serve. The pastor said you know that old dog that sneaks in every Sunday morning? Yes, sir, I do. You can get here early and be the doorman and keep that dog out. For the rest of that old man’s life, he was the first to Church and that old dog never got in again.

DO something for God. If you have the gift of gab, gab for God. If you can create and maintain the sound system, do it for God. If you can create web pages for the Church, do it for God. If you can mow grass, do it for God. If you can be a doorkeeper, DO IT FOR GOD.

1Cor. 10:31  Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SIN GOES FROM SHOCKING TO AMUSING?


Weekend News Today – Nov 12, 2015

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SIN GOES FROM SHOCKING TO AMUSING?

“Remember ever, and always, that your country was founded by the stern old Puritans whose first act on touching the soil of the new world was to offer on bended knees thanksgiving to Almighty God” (paraphrase of Henry Wilson; 18th U.S. Vice President).

Weekend News Today – Nov 12, 2015 — Unlike today, many early political leaders were not ashamed to admit the true source of America’s strength—they were biblically correct, rather than politically correct. They were statesmen, not politicians. A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman thinks of the next generation.
You may say, “Times change.” And you are correct, but God’s standards do not. The sin that once amazed us now amuses us; just look at what is considered “entertainment” today. When sin begins to amuse us, we are dangerously close to the edge—”Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil” (Isaiah 5:20).
Darwin is praised and curriculum that removes God is applauded. Boys can be girls, and girls boys. Men can marry men—women marry women. Chaplains can no longer look to the true source of truth and comfort. Up is down and down is up. America, wake up—we are a nation void of understanding … void of truth.
No matter how many laws are passed in favor of same-sex marriage or how many Facebook users update their profiles to self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (800,000 in the last year), it will not change God’s mind. “I am the Lord thy God—I change not” (Malachi 3:6).
We must extend compassion but without compromise. Warning, confronting, challenging, advising, and admonishing are all characteristic of speaking the truth in love, not hate. Parents warn, confront, challenge, and admonish daily. Truly misled or self-serving individuals would wrongly attribute these traits to “hate-speech.”
The culture around us simply reflects who and what we value. As things stand, the future of America will be an atmosphere of even greater intolerance toward those committed to God’s ways, absolute truth, and traditional values. Ironically, groups that promote “tolerance” often lack tolerance for those who hold opposing views.
With a culture saturated by political correctness and relativism, we are inclined to ask if there is any hope for America. If we continue down this slippery slope, there is little hope. Apart from a national spiritual awakening, it will be difficult to turn the Titanic around—the vessel has been struck; what’s inside is spilling out. But if God brings revival—if we once again set our hearts and minds on Him—there is tremendous hope.
In churches across America, crowd appeal and pleasing the masses tends to be the goal rather than calling out destructive lifestyles, which can result in revival and renewal. If judgment will start in the house of God, so must revival.
A deathlike, deep slumber, has overtaken the church: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead” (Revelation 3:1). The beacon of light has faded, the salt has lost its savor, and the message of the cross has been edited out of most sermons. We have lost our fervor for the truth. Have we considered that we may have offended God?
Let us not forget: America did not produce the blessings of liberty and freedom—God produced the blessings of America. Nearly 400 years ago, many sacrificed their lives and their families to promote religious freedom, and America was born. Many of those early Americans understood God’s design for a prosperous life—they were not found in government, but in God alone—it was on this foundation that America was built. Some may be offended by America’s Christian heritage, but that does not give them the right to remove God from America’s history.
Fortunately, God will continue to call from each generation those who will support His principles. I believe that many today are called to support these truths. John Chalfant, a member of the Council for National Policy, said, “If we participate in dragging down our country by refusing to become involved when we are commanded to be virtuous and to let our convictions be known, do we deserve to be free?” The price of freedom is never free. The moral state of our nation cannot be left to chance. We must keep the roots alive. I vote for God!
I make no apologies for the controversial content of this article. When we fail to confront, we confirm. When we fail to confront destructive ideas and philosophies, we are, in essence, confirming them. To state the obvious, we become part of the problem … we cannot change what we will not confront.
A large majority of the churches in America have been desensitized one generation at a time, one court decision at a time, one compromise at a time, and we are drowning in a cesspool of relativism. “The wicked freely parade and prance about while evil is praised throughout the land” (Psalm 12:8). I vote for God—He is our only hope. “Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?” (Psalm 85:6).

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Jonathan Edwards, born October 5, 1703


Jonathan Edwards, born October 5, 1703

Jonathan Edwards

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He entered Yale College at age 13 and graduated with honors.

He became a pastor, and his sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God,” started The Great Awakening Revival.

His name was Jonathan Edwards, born OCTOBER 5, 1703.

The Great Awakening Revival can be traced back to earlier revivals in Scotland, and to Scottish Rev. William Tennent’s Log College in Pennsylvania.

The fiery Dutch Reformed minister Theodore Frelinghuysen preached divine outpourings of the Holy Spirit and conversion.

The revival spread across America through the preaching of George Whitefield, Gilbert Tennent, Samuel Finley and others, inadvertently uniting the Colonies prior to the Revolutionary War.

Calvinist denominations split between traditionalist “Old Lights” emphasizing ritual, and revivalist “New Lights” emphasizing personal commitment.

The Great Awakening Revival was part of the Pietist movement in Lutheran Churches, it reshaped Presbyterian and Dutch Reformed Churches, and it strengthened evangelical Baptist and Methodist Anglican Churches.

The Revival inspired the founding of universities, such as: Princeton, Brown, Dartmouth, Rutgers and Columbia.

The Revival brought large numbers of African slaves to Christianity, being led by Presbyterian preacher Samuel Davies, who later became Princeton’s fourth president.

Blacks were welcomed into active roles in white congregations, even as preachers.

The first black Baptist churches were founded in Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia.

The Great Awakening Revival had a profound effect, as noted by Sarah Pierrepont Edwards, wife of Jonathan Edwards, who wrote to her brother in New Haven of George Whitefield’s preaching:

“It is wonderful to see what a spell he casts over an audience by proclaiming the simplest truths of the Bible…

Our mechanics shut up their shops, and the day laborers throw down their tools to go and hear him preach, and few return unaffected.”

Ben Franklin wrote of Whitefield:

“Multitudes of all denominations attended his sermons…

It was wonderful to see the change soon made in the manners of our inhabitants.

From being thoughtless or indifferent about religion, it seemed as if all the world were growing religious, so that one could not walk thro’ the town in an evening without hearing psalms sung in different families of every street.”

In his “Narrative of the Surprizing Word of God in the Conversion of Many Hundred Souls,” Jonathan Edwards wrote:

“And then it was, in the latter part of December, that the Spirit of God began extraordinarily to…work amongst us.

There were, very suddenly, one after another, five or six persons who were, to all appearance, savingly converted, and some of them wrought upon in a very remarkable manner.

Particularly I was surprised with the relation of a young woman, who had been one of the greatest company-keepers in the whole town.

When she came to me, I had never heard that she was become in any ways serious, but by the conversation I had with her, it appeared to me that what she gave an account of was a glorious work of God’s infinite power and sovereign grace, and that God had given her a new heart, truly broken and sanctified….

God made it, I suppose, the greatest occasion of awakening to others, of anything that ever came to pass in the town…”

Jonathan Edwards continued:

“I have had abundant opportunity to know the effect it had, by my private conversation with many.

The news of it seemed to be almost like a flash of lighting upon the hearts of young people all over the town, and upon many others….

Presently upon this, a great and earnest concern about the great things of religion and the eternal world became universal in all parts of the town and among persons of all degrees and all ages.

The noise of the dry bones waxed louder and louder….

Those that were wont to be the vainest and loosest, and those that had been the most disposed to think and speak slightly of vital and experimental religion, were not generally subject to great awakenings…”

Jonathan Edwards added:

“And the work of conversion was carried on in a most astonishing manner and increased more and more; souls did, as it were, come by flocks to Jesus Christ….

This work of God, as it was carried on and the number of true saints multiplied, soon made a glorious alteration in the town, so that in the spring and summer following, Anno 1735, the town seemed to be full of the presence of God.

It never was so full of love, nor so full of joy…there were remarkable tokens of God’s presence in almost every house.

It was a time of joy in families on the account of salvation’s being brought unto them, parents rejoicing over their children as new born, and husbands over their wives, and wives over their husbands.

The goings of God were then seen in His sanctuary, God’s day was a delight and His tabernacles were amiable…”

Jonathan Edwards went on:

“Our public assembles were then beautiful; the congregation was alive in God’s service, everyone earnestly intent on the public worship, every hearer eager to drink the words of the minister as they came from his mouth.

The assembly in general were, from time to time, in tears while the word was preached, some weeping with sorrow and distress, others with joy and love, others with pity and concern for their neighbors.

There were many instances of persons that came from abroad, on visits or on business…that partook of that shower of divine blessing that God rained down here and went home rejoicing.

Till at length the same work began to appear and prevail in several other towns in the country…”

Jonathan Edwards concluded:

“In the month of March, the people of South Hadley began to be seized with a deep concern about the things of religion, which very soon became universal…

About the same time, it began to break forth in the west part of Suffield… and it soon spread into all parts of the town. It next appeared at Sunderland…

About the same time it began to appear in a part of Deerfield… Hatfield… West Springfield… Long Meadow… Endfield… Westfield… Northfield…

In every place, God brought His saving blessings with Him, and His Word, attended with Spirit…returned not void.”

Jonathan Edwards stated:

“There is no leveler like Christianity, but it levels by lifting all who receive it to the lofty table-land of a true character and of undying hope both for this world and the next.”

Jonathan and Sarah Edwards’ emphasis on training their children in godly values had a ripple effect. A.E. Winship’s A Study in Education and Heredity (1900) listed among their descendants:

1 U.S. Vice-President,
3 U.S. Senators,
3 governors,
3 mayors,
13 college presidents,
30 judges,
65 professors,
80 public office holders,
100 lawyers and
100 missionaries.

A.E. Winship’s study also examined a family known as “Jukes.”

In 1877, while visiting New York’s prisons, Richard Dugdale found inmates with 42 different last names all descending from one man, called “Max.”

Born around 1720 of Dutch stock, Max was a hard drinker, idle, irreverent and uneducated.

Max’s descendants included:

7 murderers,
60 thieves,
50 women of debauchery,
130 other convicts.
310 paupers, who, combined spent 2,300 years in poorhouses, and
400 physically wrecked by indulgent living.

The “Jukes” descendants cost the state more than $1,250,000.

Jonathan Edwards stated:

“I have reason to hope that my parents’ prayers for me have been, in many things, very powerful and prevalent, that God has…taken me under His care and guidance, provision and direction, in answer to their prayers.”

In A History of the Work of Redemption, 1739, Jonathan Edwards wrote:

“Those mighty kingdoms of Antichrist and Mohammed…have trampled the world under foot..(and) swallowed up the Ancient Roman Empire…

Satan’s Mohometan kingdom swallowing up the Eastern Empire.”

In his work, The Latter-Day Glory Is Probably to Begin in America, Jonathan Edwards proposed that the since the Old World had hosted Christ’s first coming, the New World would be given the honor of preparing the earth for His second coming.

The thought that the “Sun of Righteousness” traveled from East to West contributed to the concept that America had a “Manifest Destiny”:

“When the time comes of the church’s deliverance from her enemies, so often typified by the Assyrians, the light will rise in the west, till it shines through the world like the sun in its meridian brightness…

And if we may suppose that this glorious work of God shall begin in any part of America, I think, if we consider the circumstances of the settlement of New England, it must needs appear the most likely, of all American colonies, to be the place whence this work shall principally take its rise.”

Jonathan Edwards, who became President of Princeton College, resolved:

“Never to do anything which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life.”


Bill FedererThe Moral Liberal contributing editor, William J. Federer, is the bestselling author of “Backfired: A Nation Born for Religious Tolerance no Longer Tolerates Religion,” and numerous other books. A frequent radio and television guest, his daily American Minute is broadcast nationally via radio, television, and Internet. Check out all of Bill’s books here.

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235 – August 23 – This Day in Baptist History Past


 

Oh that God would do it again”

On August 23, 1802, David Lilly writes about a great work of God that is going on in the upper part of South Carolina. Multitudes are made to cry out, “What shall we do to be saved?” A few days ago, I returned from our Association…A vast concourse of people assembled on Saturday, and considerable appearances of solemnity soon took place; but no uncommon effect till Sunday, later in the evening. Then the Lord was pleased to manifest his power to many hearts. On Monday the work increased. The hearts of many were made to melt; and several men, noted for their impiety, were stricken and lay among the prostrate…such a degree of brotherly affection as appeared among the ministers and messengers of the churches, I scarcely ever saw. It was enough to melt the heart of the greatest infidel living…Be assured, my brother, the Lord is doing great things for this people in this country.” If a traveler had passed through the settled portions of North America, in 1799, he would have heard the songs of the drunkard, the loud swearing and the obscenity of crowds around taverns, and the bold blasphemous vaunting of infidels, in every village and hamlet. If he had returned in 1801, he would have heard instead, the proclamation of the Gospel to awed multitudes, earnest prayers in the groves and forests, and songs of praise to God, along all the public thoroughfares. Virginia had experienced seasons of revival during the middle of the eighteenth century, but west of the Allegheny Mountains a great spiritual dearth existed. A revival began among the Presbyterians and Methodists. Great revivals were also known among the Baptists as reflected by the letter by Rev. Lilly above. Oh that God would do it again.

Dr. Greg J. Dixon: From: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins/Thompson, pp. 347-48.

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10 – January 10 – THIS DAY IN BAPTIST HISTORY PAST


 

She literally gave of herself

 

1886 – Louise (Lulu) Celestia Fleming was appointed by the Woman’s American Baptist Foreign Missionary Society of the West. Lulu Fleming had heard the story of her grandfather’s capture in Africa and enslavement in Florida. After she was brought to a saving faith in Jesus Christ and baptized in 1877, while in her teens, she had dreamed of returning to “her people”, and began to plan her life with that reality in mind. She was educated at Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C. Then with the encouragement of Dr. Kellsey of the Sixth Av. Church in Brooklyn, N.Y., and the financial assistance of the “Young Ladies Home Mission Society,” she enrolled in Estey Seminary Course, graduating as the class valedictorian in 1885. After a great revival had broken out in the Congo, she answered the call for young women to come to assist in the training of new converts. She set sail in March of 1887 and arrived on the field in May. She served in Palabala as a matron for the station girls and a teacher in the schools. She wrote on Jan. 10, 1891, “…More people have been reached this past year, and some have turned from sin and darkness into light.” Her health failed and she had to return to the states in 1891. While there she enrolled in the full medical course at the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1895. Having united with the Grace Baptist Church of Philadelphia, she returned to the Congo the same year with full support from her home church. She literally gave herself for her “own people” and contracted the dreaded African Sleeping Sickness and died. Miss Fleming was buried in Philadelphia on June 14, 1899.
Dr. Greg J. Dixon; adapted from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins Thompson /, pp. 13-14.

 

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365 – Dec. 31 – This Day in Baptist History Past


 

First Revival in Kentucky

 

1783 – John Taylor found his wife in a very helpless state, in that she was within one month of delivering their son Ben. He and Mrs. Taylor had arrived at Craig’s Creek in Upper Kentucky a little before Christmas. They had made the trip from Virginia with great difficulty without a friend or acquaintance to accompany their young family. Taylor said that they took an ill fixed boat of strangers down the Ohio and that not a soul was settled from Wheeling to Louisville at that time. Also according to Taylor, “Not a soul in all of Bear Grass settlement was in safety, but by being in a fort”  Though it was winter they set out to go the eighty miles to their destination on Gilberts Creek. They had three horses, two packed with all they owned and the other was ridden by his wife. The trail was narrow and difficult as they waded through mud and forded creeks and rivers up to their waists, often in bitter, cold weather. It was in Taylor’s own cabin, that a revival commenced in the winter of 1784-85. Taylor performed hard physical labor during the day and preached at night. The revival at Clear Creek settlement resulted in the founding of a Regular Baptist church. Many of those first thirty members had migrated from Virginia under the ministry and leadership of Elder Lewis Craig. That summer Taylor baptized some sixty of his neighbors. This was considered the first revival in the commonwealth of Ky. Taylor Organized a church at Bullitsburg where he baptized 113 persons. He also founded churches in Trimble County, Franklin County (Frankfort), and Buck Run in Franklin County. He was a true, hard working, pioneer church-planter.   [This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: 2000 A.D. pp. 717-19. John Taylor, A History of Ten Baptist Churches (Bloomfield, Ky.: Will H. Holmes, 1827), pp. 54-55.]   Prepared by Dr. Greg J. Dixon

 

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327 – Nov. 23 – This Day in Baptist History Past


 

Revival in France

 

1853 – The publication Progres de L’Oie of France gave an account of an exhumation that took place when Napoleon III was emperor, and the Roman Catholic cMlergy had full control over the government. The event took place in the little village of Chelles near the city of Campiegne where the well-to-do Andru family lived. J.B. Cretin, a Baptist pastor, witnessed to them and seeing the errors of Romanism they received Christ, which produced a small gathering every Lord’s Day for worship and study. The group increased and people began to come from neighboring villages to hear the gospel. This brought about the anger of the local priest who did all in his power to stop the meetings. The only child of the Andru family was driven from the school; and Mr. Andru couldn’t get reapers at harvest time, for the priest threatened excommunication to anyone who helped. When grandfather Andru died, who had also been saved, Pastor Cretin was asked to bury him. Permission was granted by the mayor, in that this was the first non-catholic to be buried there, and more than 400 came to the funeral where they heard the gospel preached. The priest was livid, so he hired town drunks to dig up the body and rebury it in an area with suicides. The Bishop came and cleansed the ground. The mayor found a loophole to allow it and was found some months later hanged at his home and was buried with the suicides, private scandals led another official who had helped in the cover-up to shoot himself, and the priest was convicted of immorality and had to leave the parish. Henri Andru was called to preach and a great Revival broke out in that area.
[.Dean R. Kirkwood, European Baptists: A Magnificent Minority (Valley Forge, Pa.: American Baptist Churches USA, 1981), p. 14. This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. pp. 641-42.]
Prepared by Dr. Greg J. Dixon

 

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Bearing Precious Seed


 

He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him,” Psalm 126:6.

 

 

When we cross the waters of chilly Jordan to the Promised Land, will there be a group of people waiting to welcome us home, thanking us for sharing the gospel for the Lord’s sake? If we know no lost people, it is doubtful they will get saved. We all have someone hanging on our shirttail, hoping we are going the right direction.

 

In this passage, Israel had been let out of captivity; they sang for joy because they were going back home.  They were in revival.  However, first they had to sow in tears.

 

Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up” (James 4:9, 10). Jesus said, “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted” (Matt. 5:4).

 

Real revival never comes from apathy. One has to be seeking it.  Real revival is not a series of protracted meetings. Real revival occurs when Christians are weeping and mourning over their sins and lost loved ones, pouring their hearts out to God, begging forgiveness for pride and insincerity.  Only when God does the lifting up does one experience revival and lost people get saved.

 

Jesus taught His disciples in John 4 and Luke 15, if Christians have no lost friends for whom they are praying and weeping, they can forget about bringing in the sheaves at harvest time. First comes the weeping, then comes the harvest.  Winning souls is hard on the flesh. Seeing a lost soul saved is worth all the sorrow we must endure to get there. Jesus said, “I send you forth as lambs among wolves” (Luke 10:3). No mourning, no joy.  If we know no lost people, it is a given, they will not get saved.

 

 

JUST A THOUGHT – We have a responsibility to lead the lost to Jesus.  

 

Robert A. Brock

 

 

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282 – Oct. 09 – This Day in Baptist History Past


 

Three “Mighty Men” of Evangelism

 

 1843 – Robert Compton, Pastor of the Beulah Baptist Church in Russellville, Penn. wrote to fellow pastors, “[We are] now enjoying a precious revival-the effects of a protracted season…which commenced Oct. 9…We held the meeting every afternoon and night for three weeks…Last Lord’s day…the house was crowded to excess-the aisles, pulpit and every corner. The preaching has been pleasing, pointed, and powerful, being…attended with the convicting and converting Spirit of Almighty God.” Compton was commending the evangelistic ministry of Emerson Andrews who was born in Mansfield, Mass., on Nov. 24, 1806, the eldest son of James and Mercy Andrews, a very religious family with the family altar as the center of the home. The family moved to New Hampshire where tragedy struck in the form of typhoid. Emerson’s father, both brothers, and two sisters were lost in death. Emerson and his sisters lingered for weeks and finally lived. He entered Union College in N.Y. and heard a sermon by the Congregational Revivalist Ashael Nettleton and trusted Christ as Savior. He became persuaded of immersion and A.D. Gillette, pastor of the Baptist Church in Schenectady, N.Y. baptized him. His meetings were beyond supernatural. In 1843 a Baptist church in reading Penn. with 60 members saw 500 saved in an eight week protracted meeting with daily baptisms morning and night. Along with Jacob Knapp, Jabez Swann, Emerson Andrews would qualify as one of “David’s Mighty Men” of evangelism in 19th Century New England. [Emerson Andrews, Living Life (Boston: James H. Earle, 1872, pp. 198-99. This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. 553-55.] Prepared by Dr. Greg J. Dixon

 

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Revival


To many contemporary preachers and pastors, the word revival is anathama. Their mis-understanding of the word has caused them to revile the practice of old time Landmark Missionary Baptists and dis-continue the practice of having revivals. Bro. W.A. Dillard has nobly and exquisitely considered the the scriptures relating to, and the meaning of the word “revive.”

There is a true need for revival in this nation. It will come by prayer, passionate preaching, and repentance. The following is the article written so ably by Brother W.A. Dillard.

 

THINKING OF REVIVAL

Psalm 85:6: “Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?”
Isaiah 57:15: “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”
Hosea 14:7: “They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.”
Habakkuk 3:2: “O Lord, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.

Please notice and ponder the word “revive” as it appears in the context of the several verses above. The English word “revive” is a composite of “re” plus “vive” literally meaning “again to live.” It does not convey a loss of life then acquiring it all over again, but the stirring of that which one already possesses to produce such joy, peace, and appreciation of it as to make it the number one priority of one’s days.
The one Hebrew word translated “revive” in each of the verses above is “Chayah.” It means to possess life in all its awareness and attendant activities; to know life in zeal, and a high level of awareness, especially in spiritual things. This is the same root word that God used in the Hebrew language to reveal his name to Moses which is translated “I am.” Exo. 3:14. He is the source of life; and where there is life, there is activity.
The churches of the Lord Jesus Christ stand in need of a revival of proper activity! They do not need a revival of socialism or of bigger, more comfortable facilities, but a revival of joy, hope, and peace that flows from the Holy Word. I do not mean an acquiescence to the Word, rather a personal acquaintance with it, and agreement with its contents. From this flows all things right and holy in human life; hence, in the churches.
So, what shall we say of “revival” meetings? They are not just an intensification of formal worship services, but a dedication of life to the will of God, and to the working of the Holy Spirit within. That dedication is absolutely individual. It does not come from the will or decisions of the pastor; nor of the will or the majority vote of the congregation. It must be within the heart of each of us. It is true repentance toward God, and from the indifference of a backslidden condition. It is to allow ourselves to be enveloped without reservation in the teachings and work God has given to us that will produce the type of person He wants here on earth now as well as to rule with Him in the age that is about to happen. God, please give us unreserved submission to you that we may indeed know revival!!!

 

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