With no disrespect to many missionaries who have given their lives to share the gospel across the world, one of the things I look for and rarely see, is evidence of a spontaneous movement of God. Paul certainly saw this kind of movement. When he went to Jerusalem against the pleading of his brothers, he found a keen interest in the Jerusalem church with what God was doing. “After greeting them, he related one by one the things that God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry. And when they heard it, they glorified God” (Acts 21: 19-20).
The heart for the gospel was still very much alive in the place where it began by the Holy Spirit nearly twenty eight years later (Gene Edwards, Revolutionary Bible Study, page 243). In that time there had been severe persecutions, imprisonments, and murder of some saints. This in no way stopped the movement of God! In fact, the brothers at Jerusalem said to Paul, “You see, brother, how many thousands there are among the Jews of those who have believed” (21:20). There was need for clarification in teaching, but that did not change the truth about the movement of God.
The more I study the Book of Acts the more I am convinced the church needs powerful revival by the Holy Spirit. This will only take place as we put off old ways and RETURN TO THE SCRIPTURES! Leonard Ravenhill says that we need revival “because we have tried every other way…instead of healing the cripple at the gate of the church…the church is now crippled and asking for alms of the world to carry on the Lord’s work. I am often asked to pray for the healing of the nation. NO! I am praying for the healing of the church.” Are you still counting on old ways and money to do the Lord’s work?
Leonard Ravenhill, Revival God’s Way, A Message for the Church, Bethany House, 2006 Page 32.
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