Saturday, 14 September 2019

Quotes on Revival

"Revival and change are almost synonymous terms and both clearly cut across traditionalism. There is no way true revival can occur without major changes disrupting and reordering the life of the Church... God is no traditionalist. 
While God is orderly, He is always fresh and vital. If a church can run according to forms and traditions of men, it will run without the presence and power of God...
Is it any wonder the love of tradition is an enemy to revival? Revival and new life go hand in hand "
- Richard Owen Roberts

"I believe there is one thing for which God is very angry with our land, and for which His Holy Spirit is so little among us, and that is the neglect of united prayer; the appointed means of bringing down the Holy Spirit." 
- Brownlow North

"From the day of Pentecost, there has been not one great spiritual awakening in any land which has not begun in a union of prayer, though only among two or three. And no such outward, upward movement has continued after such prayer meetings have
- A. T. Pierson

"There is no question that God works, often powerfully, in the old structures. But it is inevitable that those very structures put serious limitations on His working. It is all too easy for the ground gained to be lost, for the situation to revert, and for the whole process to need repeating within a short space of time. 

Take the 1950, Lewis Awakening. Though confined to certain Presbyterian churches in the Outer Hebrides, this was a powerful movement of the Spirit that deeply affected those communities at the time.
Many found faith in Christ, and some of these are now in full-time service. 

But the fact remains that in less than a decade you could visit those very churches where God had worked so powerfully and never suspect that they had ever tasted revival. Without a change of structure it is virtually Impossible to conserve the fruits of revival."
- Arthur Wallis

"If our GOAL is Revival, we will be quite unbalanced when it comes. If our goal is God, we will be able to walk with Him calmly and steadfastly through years of waiting and through the joys and victories of a season of refreshing. Christ crucified and risen is not only the Door, and the Way, but the End also. 

It is our personal relationship to Him which counts more than anything else. Oh, the need for men and women who know their God! The Church of Christ will only arise militant, triumphant, an 'exceeding great army', when individuals get rightly related to God."
- Nancy B. Morris

"Perhaps the greatest barrier to revival on a large scale is the fact that we are too interested in a great display. We want an exhibition; God is looking for a man who will throw himself entirely on God. 

Whenever self-effort, self-glory, self-seeking or self-
promotion enters into the work of revival, then God leaves us to ourselves."
- Ted S. Rendall

"The disappearance of the 'prayer meeting' from the life of many churches is something which occasions widespread regret, even among many who would not normally attend. 

Indeed, the prayer meeting in which the laity participated freely is a legacy from the 1859 (Ulster) Revival...These prayer meetings were not in many
cases in existence before the revival set in. The very establishment of them in the first instance, was an evidence that it was spring-time again in the Church of Christ, and the restoration of them today would be for her reviving once more." 
- John T. Carson

"I am tired of hearing the words 'I can't'. Jeremiah said, 'I am a child'; but the Lord didn't pat him on the back and say, Jeremiah, that is very good, I like that in you; your humility is beautiful.' Oh no! God didn't want any such mock humility. He reproved and
rebuked it. 

I do not like the humility that is too humble to do as it is bid. When my children are too humble to do as they are bid, I pretty soon find a way to make them. I say, 'Go and do it!' The Lord wants us to 'go and do it'." 
- Catherine Booth

"All practical power over sin and over men depends on maintaining closet communion. Those who abide in the secret place with God show themselves mighty to conquer evil, and strong to work and to war for God. 

They are seers who read His secrets; they know
His will; they are the meek whom He guides in judgment and teaches His way. They are His prophets who speak for Him to others, and even forecast things to come. They watch the signs
of the times and discern His tokens and read His signals."
- A. T. Pierson