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“At a time like this there are two things that Christians ought to be doing. First, we should be studying our Bibles to find out what God has to say on the subject of revival and, second, we should be searching into our history to discover what God has done in the past. I believe the result of those two things must drive us to prayer.”

~ Brian H. EdwardsRevival! A People Saturated With God, 17-18. 

“There can be nothing better on earth than a true Holy Spirit revival…”

~ Brian H. EdwardsRevival! A People Saturated With God, 15. 

“We often have a tinted view of revival as a time of glory and joy and swelling numbers queuing to enter the churches. That is only part of the story. Before the glory and joy, there is conviction; and that begins with the people of God. There are tears of godly sorrow. There are wrongs to put right, secret things…to be thrown out, and bad relationships, hidden for years, to be repaired openly. If we are not prepared for this, we had better not pray for revival.”

~ Brian Edwards

“A true Holy Spirit revival is a remarkable increase in the spiritual life of a large number of God’s people, accompanied by an awesome awareness of the presence of God, intensity of prayer and praise, a deep conviction of sin with a passionate longing for holiness and unusual effectiveness in evangelism, leading to the salvation of many unbelievers. Revival is remarkable, large, effective and, above all, it is something that God brings about”

~ Brian Edwards

A true revival begins always with those who are believers  in New Testament Christianity and, as Edwin Orr wisely reminds us. “more particularly those who had enjoyed the New Testament experience of conversion and regeneration”. Revival is therefore an evangelical experience; it is an “evangelical awakening”.

Douglas Brown experienced revival in 1921 in Scotland. He defined revival as:

Revival is a church word; it has to do with God’s people. You cannot revive the world; the world is dead in trespasses and sins; you cannot revive a corpse. But you can revitalize where there is life…

One of the best definitions of revival is by Duncan Campbell. Revival is…

“a community saturated with God!”

(quoted in Revival: A People Saturated With God by Brian H. Edwards, 26).

Revival is…

“God’s major means of extending his kingdom” (quoted in Revival: A People Saturated With God by Brian H. Edwards, 26).

James Buchanan defined revival as…

…the imparting of life to those who are dead, and the imparting of health to those who are dying (quoted in Revival: A People Saturated With God by Brian H. Edwards, 26).

We often have a tinted view of revival as a time of glory and joy and swelling numbers queuing to enter the churches. That is only part of the story. Before the glory and joy, there is conviction; and that begins with the people of God. There are tears of godly sorrow. There are wrongs to put right, secret things…to be thrown out, and bad relationships, hidden for years, to be repaired openly. If we are not prepared for this, we had better not pray for revival.

Brian Edwards
April 2017
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