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“If Christianity is to receive a rejuvenation, it must be by other means than any now being used. If the Church in the second half of this century is to recover from the injuries she suffered in the first half, there must appear a new type of leader. The proper, ruler-of-the-synagogue type will never do. Neither will the priestly type of man who carries out his duties, takes his pay and asks no questions, nor the smooth-talking pastoral type who knows how to make the Christian religion acceptable to everyone. All these have been tried and found wanting.

Another kind of religious leader must arise among us. He must be of the old prophet type, a man who has seen visions of God and has heard a voice from the Throne. When he comes (and I pray God there will be not one but many), he will stand in flat contradiction to everything our smirking, smooth civilization holds dear. He will contradict, denounce and protest in the name of God and will earn the hatred and opposition of a large segment of Christendom. Such a man is likely to be lean, rugged, blunt-spoken and a little bit angry with the world. He will love Christ and the souls of men to the point of willingness to die for the glory of the One and the salvation of the other. But he will fear nothing that breathes with mortal breath.”

~A.W. Tozer, The Size of the Soul, 128-129.

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“Prayer is the way you defeat the devil, reach the lost, restore a backslider, strengthen the saints, send missionaries out, cure the sick, accomplish the impossible, and know the will of God.”

~ David Jeremiah

“When Holy God draws near in true revival, people come under terrible conviction of sin. The outstanding feature of spiritual awakening has been the profound consciousness of the Presence and holiness of God.”

~ Henry Blackaby

“When Holy God draws near in true revival, people come under terrible conviction of sin. The outstanding feature of spiritual awakening has been the profound consciousness of the Presence and holiness of God.”

~ Henry Blackaby

“Revival awakens in our hearts an increased awareness of the presence of God, a new love for God, a new hatred for sin, and a hunger for His Word.”

~ Del Fehsenfeld Jr.

“Revival is when God gets so sick and tired of being misrepresented that He shows Himself.”

~ Leonard Ravenhill

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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Fellowship With God

A Teaching Article On Effective Prayer

Why don’t we see the will of God on earth? Does God want you to be healed? Yes. Does God want you to prosper, in every sense? Yes. Does God have good things for you? Yes! Does God have solutions to the problems you face? Yes. Then why don’t we see more of the will of God on earth? The answer varies – but one thing is sure: we can “download” heaven to earth through prayer. God put eternity in the heart of man, and the kingdom of God is within you. How do we make the kingdom of God manifest? The answer is prayer. Prayer is a key to the kingdom of God.

God is a relational being; He desires your companionship. Only He can give you the wisdom and discernment necessary to walk in the fullness of His plan. There are “defining moments” in your life that push you into His plan. You won’t see these moments unless you are in prayer and have the discernment to recognize them. You need to be in prayer so you don’t miss your moment!

God can change your situation in a second, but if we don’t recognize or discern the moment, we may miss it – and have to go around the mountain again! Don’t keep going around the same mountain…you have dwelled there long enough! Don’t settle for less than your “covenant privileges.” Get into your prayer closet and spend some time with God!

The kingdom of God is on the inside of you, because of Jesus Christ dwelling in your heart by faith and because of His Spirit living on the inside of you. Only by being a person of prayer and having fellowship with God do we activate the treasure God has placed within each of us. His presence activates the eternity He placed inside of you! That’s why you must have fellowship with the Father through prayer to know what you need to do next. When you step into your prayer closet and fellowship with Father God, you tap into His supernatural power and wisdom. You will be able to see your God-moment if you have God’s wisdom!

One of the best definitions of “fellowship” is “the state of sharing mutual interests, experiences, and activities.” Even though this is a secular definition from the World English Dictionary, it gives us a clear picture of what we are doing while in prayer with Father God – we are sharing mutual interests, experiences and activities. Let me digress for a moment: God is interested in everything that is affecting you in any way! He long for us to come to Him with every request big, or small. When we are in our prayer closet, He is adjusting our desires and attitudes by His Spirit, making us stronger and more fruitful in the kingdom.

“I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”
(John 16:23-24-NIV).

While in prayer, we make specific requests of God that only He can make happen. As long as we are not asking amiss, you can rest assured that He will give you the things you’ve asked according to John 14:13: “And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”

Spending time with God gives you an overflow of supernatural provision. Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) When we fellowship with God, we share our interests with Him and release the burdens of our needs. His supernatural presence activates the kingdom of God within you.

Accepting Jesus Christ is the only way to communicate with God the Father. If we can meditate on His nature, we will be drawn to Him to pray. God is not like people – we don’t have to shrink back from Him. You can crawl up in His lap, and He will wrap His arms of love around you. He will never violate you. He will never hurt you. He will never leave you or forsake you. He doesn’t have a back door or a trap door or a booby trap. God is safe. God is secure. God is a rock, a refuge and a friend. God is our Savior.

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The condition of the church may be very accurately gauged by its prayer meetings. So is the prayer meeting a grace-ometer, and from it we may judge the amount of divine working among the people. If God be near a church, it must pray. And if He be not there, one of first tokens of His absence will be slothfulness in prayer!” (Charles Spurgeon)

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Andrew Murray said, “What joy it will be to seek God’s face until the earth is full of His glory!”

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