“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.” Habakkuk 3:2
Today, churches will place a sign along the road advertising a “revival”. But in the truest sense of the word the western world has not seen a true regional revival since the revival on the Island of Lewis over 60 years ago.
Please consider the following statements by Leonard Ravenhill concerning Revival.
“Whatever else we say about revival we have to recognize this, that revival is an act of mercy in the sovereignty of God.”
‘There is a vast difference between revival and evangelism. When we speak of revival in America we think of church advertising, “Our revival will begin next Sunday night at a certain time and it is going to finish the next Sunday night at a certain time.” Obviously this is something purely mechanical; it is something which men have engineered.”
“I think that one of the offenses of revival, in the historic sense, is that it cannot be organized. As Doctor Tozer said, “When revival comes it changes the moral climate of a community.”
You can have revival that covers a church — Spurgeon had that.
You can have a revival that covers a city.
You can have a revival that covers the whole nation — and I am thinking in this context more than in the other contexts (though sometimes revival spreads from here to there — like fire spreads.)”
“Revival cannot be organized”
“Revival cannot be subsidized”
“Revival cannot be advertised”
Although we often throw the word “revival” around… most, if not all of my readers have never experienced true revival, not even at the local church level.
In the upcoming weeks I would like to write several articles concerning the First Great Awakening. I know people have a short attention span and do not like to read too much so I will try to keep them short and sweet.
The Surprising Work of God by Jonathan Edwards
Why Revival Tarries by Leonard Ravenhill
Revival Gods Way by Leonard Ravenhill
Disclaimer – The books and messages I recommend have both meat and bones…you’ll have to spit out the bones.