The Lack of the Times

5 06 2011

“We seek not for extraordinary excitements, those spurious attendants of genuine revivals, but we do seek for the pouring-out of the Spirit of God. There is a secret operation which we do not understand; it is like the wind, we know not whence it cometh nor whither it goeth; yet, though we understand it not, we can and do perceive its divine effect. It is this breath of Heaven which we want. The Spirit is blowing upon our churches now with his genial breath, but it is as a soft evening gale. Oh, that there would come a mighty rushing wind that should carry everything before it, so that even the dry bones of the Valley of Vision might be filled with life and be made to stand up before the Lord, an exceeding great army. This is the lack of the times, the grand want of our country. May this come as a blessing from the Most High.”


— C. H. Spurgeon, in Lectures Delivered Before The Young Men’s Christian Association in Exeter Hall From November 1858 to February 1859


Points of Departure

12 10 2010

“You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, persecutions, sufferings…while evil men and imposters will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived…”
2 Timothy 3:10,11,13

At the dawning of the twentieth century, General William Booth of the Salvation Army prophesied that the church would experience the following points of departure of revival did not occur:

  • Christianity without Christ
  • Forgiveness without Repentance
  • Salvation without Regeneration
  • Religion without the Holy Spirit
  • Politics without God
  • Heaven without Hell

–Stan Toler
“Practical Guide for Pastoral Ministry”, p151

A God To Believe In

16 08 2007

And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.
(Luke 15:20)

George Buttrick, former chaplain at Harvard, recalls that students would come into his office, plop down on a chair and declare, ‘I don’t believe in God.’ Buttrick would give this disarming reply: ‘Sit down and tell me what kind of God you don’t believe in. I probably don’t believe in that God either.’ And then he would talk about Jesus.

–Phillip Yancey, The Jesus I Never Knew


11 04 2007

“Lord, teach us to pray.”
(Luke 11:1)

Love is kindled in a flame, and ardency is its life. Flame is the air which true Christian experience breathes. It feeds on fire; it can withstand anything, rather than a feeble flame; but when the surrounding atmosphere is frigid or lukewarm, it dies, chilled and starved to its vitals. True prayer must be aflame.

–E.M. Bounds, “The Necessity of Prayer”

If Men Would Pray

2 04 2007

“If men would pray as they ought to pray, the marvels of the past would be more than reproduced. The Gospel would advance with a facility and power it has never known. Doors would be thrown open to the Gospel, and the Word of God would have a conquering force rarely if every known before.”

–E. M. Bounds

Only Through Brokenness

22 03 2007

“Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”
(John 12:24, NASB)

There are some things that you cannot bring into being by making them, but only by breaking them. An omelet would be one. You don’t technically make an omelet, you break an omelet intobrokeneggs.jpg being. An oak tree is another. You don’t make an oak tree. An oak tree is broken into existence. As an acorn falls to the ground, it dies, is destroyed, and only then does life come. An oak is broken into being.

This is a spiritual pattern that holds true in all Christian experience. As British naturalist Charles Raven said, “We must be broken into life.”

There’s something else that you can’t technically make come into being but that must be broken into existence. It’s revival. No person can make revival happen; it has to be broken into existence. We must be broken into wholeness. That’s the biblical pattern. In God’s economy, wholeness only comes through brokenness.

–John A. Kitchen, taken from Chapter 2 of “Revival In The Rubble”, 2006

Toppling Ivory

13 03 2007

“We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.
And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.
Little children, guard yourselves from idols.”

(1 John 5:19-21)

If Revival is being withheld from us it is because some idol remains still enthroned; because we still insist in placing our reliance in human schemes; because we still refuse to face the unchangeable Truth that “It is not by might, but by My Spirit.”

goforthsmrt2.jpg–Jonathan Goforth
Canadian Missionary (1859-1936)