Judges 7:20 King James Version (KJV)
And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.
An Independent Christian Publication, Standing for the Verbal Inspiration of the Bible, the Deity of Christ, His Blood Atonement, Salvation by Faith, New Testament Soul Winning and the Premillennial Return of Christ; Opposing Modernism (Liberalism), Worldliness and Formalism.
If Revival Comes!
If true, biblical, Heaven-sent revival comes, it will not be wildfire, but real fire! It will not be a laughing revival, people barking uncontrollably as dogs, gibberish utterances and other such nonsense.
It will not be empty professions and shallow emotionalism!
If revival comes, Jesus will be promoted and exalted. Since the Holy Spirit always magnifies Jesus (not Himself), human instruments will not be the main focus; Jesus will.
If revival comes, the Bible will be center stage. Full attention will be accorded to every word on every page. Doctrine will be important because no biblical truth will be sacrificed to appease human opinion.
If revival comes, the local church will be at the center of it (Matt. 16:18; Eph. 3:21). The church is the Lord’s. He will use His vehicle to do His will and pleasure.
If revival comes, Christians will be soul winners! The mandate of Christ to every believer is to get sinners saved. While revival tarries, little attention is given to salvation and soul winning.
Revival will get God’s people working, serving and doing the real business of the Gospel!
If revival comes, right and righteousness will be highly valued and devotedly practiced. Carnalities will be shelved. Real spiritual values will be in vogue. Worldly, wicked behavior will be abandoned.
If revival comes, prayer will be natural and without hindrances, We will ask and receive.
If revival comes, going to church will become more than a habit. You’ll be there and you’ll love it.
If revival comes, the song in your heart will bubble like a fountain. You’ll sing the Lord’s song (not the world’s music). Joy will be abundant! Rejoicing will fill your heart to overflowing.
If revival comes, preaching will be a priority! Bold, dynamic, aggressive Bible preaching will be the hunger of the soul. You’ll want it as much as your body craves food.
If revival comes, strong Christians will emerge. The flash-in-the-pan will not be pawned off as genuine. Converts will grow, mature and give testimony.
Oh, dear ones, we so need the breath of God to blow upon us with the sweet refreshings of revival! We need it and I do believe many of us want it.
Let’s not content ourselves with worldly husks when we could have a heavenly feast. Let’s not give in to the pressure of a world gone mad! Let’s not acquiesce to superficial, silly, second-rate religious counterfeiting. Let’s not be fooled by noisemakers with self-serving agendas!
Let’s do trust God for what we need. Let’s pray and ask Him to give it. Let’s walk by faith and in full obedience every step. Amen!
-Dr. Shelton Smith
Doing leads more surely to talking than talking to doing. -Vance Havner
An act that is inherently evil does not become moral simply because there’s a majority consensus. -Walter Williams
It ought to be said of every preacher, every Sunday school teacher, every soul winner, as it was said of John the Baptist, “There was a man sent from God, whose name was ____.” -John R. Rice
His integrity was most pure, his justice the most inflexible I have ever known, no motives of interest or consanguinity, of friendship or hatred, being able to bias his decision. He was, indeed, in every sense of the words, a wise, a good and a great man.
Perhaps the strongest feature in his character was prudence, never acting until every circumstance, every consideration, was maturely weighed; refraining if he saw a doubt but when once decided, going through with his purpose whatever obstacles opposed. -Thomas Jefferson (speaking of George Washington)
We can sing high praises to ourselves when all is joyful, but we cannot sing praise to any save our God when circumstances are unfavorable and providence appears adverse. -Charles Spurgeon
The world has no room for cowards. We must all be ready somehow to toil, to suffer, to die. And yours is not the less noble because no drum beats before you when you go out into your daily battlefields and no crowds shout about your coming when you return from your daily victory or defeat. -Robert Louis Stevenson
The Lordship of Jesus Christ is not quite forgotten among Christians, but it has been relegated to the hymnal where all responsibility toward it may be comfortably discharged in a glow of religious emotion. Or if it is taught as a theory in the classroom, it is rarely applied to practical living. The idea that the Man Christ Jesus has absolute final authority over the whole church and over its members in every detail of their lives is simply not now accepted as true by the rank and file of evangelical Christians. -A. W. Tozer
The principle of free speech is no new doctrine born of the Constitution of the United States. It is a heritage of English-speaking peoples, which has been won by incalculable sacrifice, and which they must preserve so long as they hope to live as free men. -Robert Lafollette, Sr.
Never raise your voice when your heart is dry. -Christmas Evans (to a young preacher)
It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once. -David Hume
Educate children without religion and you make a race of clever devils. -Duke of Wellington