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“History confirms the truth that wherever evangelical and vital religion flourish, there lives
the earnest gatherings for social prayer.”

~ J. B. Johnston, The Prayer Meeting and Its History

“Revivals begin with God’s own people; the Holy Spirit touches their heart anew, and gives them new fervor and compassion, and zeal, new light and life, and when He has thus come to you, He next goes forth to the valley of dry bones… Oh, what responsibility this lays on the Church of God! If you grieve Him away from yourselves, or hinder His visit, then the poor perishing world suffers sorely!”

~Andrew Bonar

Revivals That Run Deep

Author: Randy Hekman Date: Aug. 5, 2014

Some of us were around in the late 1960s when sex, drugs, and rebellion impacted college campuses and so many urban areas.

As the chaos grew, God’s people began to cry out to Him in desperation. The result, in the late 60s and early 70s, was a burst of spiritual revival in America, often called the “Jesus Movement.”

While some of this activity was undoubtedly more emotion than substance, God was still at work, and thousands were genuinely converted to Christ. As part of this movement, many of us college students joyously spent our spring vacations sharing our faith in places like Daytona Beach, Florida, where we saw Jesus touch many lives with His gospel.

But the spiritual awakening of that era was relatively short-lived and, in many ways, limited to personal—“me and Jesus, Jesus and me”—connections to Christ, along with the rise of new flavors of Christian music rather than a more vibrant faith that impacted all of culture.

So while many were becoming followers of Christ, culture continued its secular slide. As evidence of that, in 1969 California became the first state to officially weaken the legal status of marriage by enacting no-fault divorce, signed into law by none other than Governor Ronald Reagan.

More tragically, in 1973 the Supreme Court’s infamous decision in Roe v. Wade legalized abortion for all fifty states. And our general culture, evidenced by our motion pictures, television programs, and other forms of entertainment grew even more crass, obsessed as it was with self, sex, and “stuff.”

Sadly, even much of the church of that day bought the lie that we can pursue Jesus alongside the gods of comfort, materialism, and pleasure.

What we forgot was that unless we are daily taking deliberate steps to grow in our faith in and love of God, we will spiritually drift, and our walk with Him will be shallow, impacting very little of the world around us.

Fast forward to today. American culture is even more secularized than it was in the 70s, and the church is now viewed as either irrelevant (at best) or bigoted and hateful (at worst). So what can we do?

Some Christians feel that things are so bad, our only hope is to wait and pray for Christ’s second coming. Let me be clear: I hope He comes today. But let’s face it, He may not return for many years. That date is up to the Father.

But this is no time to despair! Let us never forget Jesus’ challenge to His followers:

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20 NIV).

Jesus is Lord of ALL! His followers are not to play defense, but offense! Following Him should impact everything we do, 24/7/365.

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“You never have to advertise a fire. Everyone comes running when there’s a fire. Likewise, if your church is on fire, you will not have to advertise it. The community will already know it.”

Leonard Ravenhill

“In every revival there is a re-emphasis of the Church’s missionary character. Men return to Calvary, and the world is seen afresh through the eyes of Christ. The infinite compassion of Christ fills the heart, and the passion evoked by Calvary demands the whole wide world as the fruit of His sacrifice.”

~John Shearer

 

“Revival is a divinely initiated work in which God’s people pray, repent of their sin, and return to a holy, Spirit-filled, obedient love relationship with God.”

~ Henry Blackaby

 

“Revival is torrents of living water flowing out of the individual believer.”

~ James A. Stewart

A revival does two things.
First, it returns the Church from her backsliding and second,
it causes the conversion of men and women;
and it always includes the conviction of sin on the part of the Church.
What a spell the devil seems to cast over the Church today!

~ Billy Sunday

“In every revival there is a reemphasis of the Church’s missionary character. Men return to Calvary, and the world is seen afresh through the eyes of Christ. The infinite compassion of Christ fills the heart, and the passion evoked by Calvary demands the whole wide world as the fruit of His sacrifice.” 

~ John Shearer 

by  • JANUARY 16, 2014

The Shantung Revival by C.L. Culpepper

The Shantung Revival
by C.L. Culpepper

It’s Throwback Thursday where I review a book from the past on either prayer or revival and spiritual awakening. Today I will review a book, which might be difficult to get a hold of, but you can listen to Dr. Culpepper’s testimony online. Dr. Culpepper was one of the key Southern Baptist missionaries during the Shantung Revival (pronounced Shandong) in China during the 1930′s. The key to the widespread movement of God was prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit working through the missionaries. We have many people praying for revival in America today, but I believe one of the keys to revival is missing. This key is the working power of the Holy Spirit through the individuals. I hope you will listen to Dr. Culpepper tell of his reluctance to accept the filling of the Holy Spirit , but what happened in China when he was filled. We need more Spirit filled Christians praying for revival, if we are to move the hand of God in America.

Words from Dr. Culpepper:
“Most of the things that took place in Shantung are as foreign as Chinese in America churches today, mainly because of resistance to the Holy Spirit. This same resistance may seek to influence readers of this book. Many things in this book will be hard for some to understand. Only those who have seen the unusual working of the Holy Spirit can comprehend the revolutionary change which took place in the lives of those who witnessed the Great Awakening during the Shantung Revival. To others the terminology may be strange. For instance, the use of ‘the baptism of the Hoy Spirit’ and the ‘fullness of the Holy Spirit’ are understood in different ways by many people…This terminology is not used in a technical or theological way in this book. The writer has used these expressions to designate the experience of total surrender to the Holy Spirit, resulting in a dramatic experience of Christian joy” (p.9).

When Christians in America learn to walk in total surrender to the Holy Spirit and stop resisting His power, we will see revival.

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