“There were 120 men and women in the Upper Room, and (without electronic media…printing houses, 100,000 preachers, Bible schools, etc.) they “turned the world upside down”! Now, with millions of Spirit-filled people…plus all the main-line denominations…why do we have the greatest mass of sin within our nation (and the churches) that we have ever known? Where is the “salt” and “light”? (1)
This question by Leonard Ravenhill caused me to stop reading his book and do some prayerful thinking. It was only twenty-five to thirty years after most of the apostles were martyred or died that Jesus writes a stunning letter to one of the strongest churches Paul planted. “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent” (Revelation 2:5). Why was there such a rapid decline? Was the problem with Paul and the way he planted this church? NO! It was in their hearts; “you have abandoned the love you had at first” (2:4). The word “abandoned” means “to stop doing something with the implication of complete cessation – to give up, to quit”. That is very serious and hard to admit.
The church at Ephesus had stopped loving the Lord as they had at the first and He was about to come and remove their light because their salt had almost completely lost its taste and was no longer good for anything (Matthew 5:13). Turning to the latest program, attending another conference, or even reading another book, will never solve our ‘lack of power’ problem! WE MUST REPENT and start doing and being the people God planned and purposed us to be at the beginning.
Revival God’s Way – A Message for the Church, Bethany House Publishers, 2006, page 58.
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