Surely what is needed in our modern day Christianity is a "burning" of the heart, A heaven lit flame in the mean altar of our hearts. If your devotional life has grown cold, if your discipline of prayer is non-existent then dear friend you need the fire of God to spark life into your walk with God. If worldliness exists, and carnality you need the fire of God to come and consume it. Some years ago a soldier in Poland told Dr. Harold John Ockenga: "In Poland, it's a race between Christianity and Communism. Whichever makes its message a flame of fire will win."
"The church today is full of indifference, materialism, unbelief and powerless programs that don't save lost souls. What we need is the fire of the HOLY GHOST. Oh, yes, dear Lordwith all our hearts we long to see the church of today tarry until she receives the genuine baptism and power of the Holy Ghost. We do not want anything that is foolish, unscriptural or impractical, but that which is genuine, biblical, and applicable to the business of preaching the gospel in the power and demonstration of the Holy Ghost, with the same methods and results that attended Your work in the apostolic days of old." -Aimee Semple McPherson
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Here are some stirring quotes by Leonard Ravenhilll:"Today's church wants to be raptured from responsibility."
"Everyone recognizes that Stephen was Spirit-filled when he was performing wonders. Yet, he was just as Spirit-filled when he was being stoned to death."
"Many pastors criticize me for taking the Gospel so seriously. But do they really think that on Judgment Day, Christ will chastise me, saying, 'Leonard, you took Me too seriously'?"
"A popular evangelist reaches your emotions. A true prophet reaches your conscience."
Featured Sermon - A Burning HeartRavenhill speaks from a text in Isaiah and speaks much about the role of the prophet. But really this is just him sharing his heart for revival and on the lukewarm condition of the church. You can really sense his burden as he just shares as the Spirit leads. You will be convicted as you hear this message and brought to your knees to become an agent of change in the church.
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Wanted: A Burning Heart!
by Wesley L. Duewel.
No alternative to the Holy Spirit is available for the Christian leader. He must have a heart ablaze with love to God and love for people. Dr. George W. Peters said, "God, the Church, and the world are looking for men with burning hearts hearts filled with love of God; filled with compassion for the ills of the Church and the world; filled with passion for the glory of God, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the salvation of the lost."
He adds, "God's answer to a world of indifference, materialism, coldness, and mockery is burning Christian hearts in pulpits, in pews, in Sunday schools, in Bible institutes, and in Christian colleges and seminaries."
If you as a leader lack a burning heart, few of your people will be known for their burning hearts, and they will make little impact on the world about them. Our communities are little impressed by our programs and manifold activities. It takes more than a busy church, a friendly church, or even an evangelical church to impact a community for Christ. It must be a church ablaze, led by leaders who are ablaze for God.
Samuel Chadwick, late president of Cliff College in Britain, was "a burning bush." From the time he was filled with the Spirit "miracles of grace were wrought through the influence of a life that was now on fire for God." Francis W. Dixon tells how "the power of his preaching and the moral influence of his church members were so great that the chief constable of the neighborhood publicly expressed his gratitude for the way in which the whole town had been cleaned up by the influence of men and women who had been set on fire with the love of God."
John Wesley, evangel of the burning heart, was reportedly asked by a fellow minister how to gain an audience. He replied, "If the preacher will burn, others will come to see the fire."
One of Wesley's biographers called him a man "out of breath pursuing souls." On the grave of Adam Clarke, early Methodist scholar and protege of Wesley, are the words, "In living for others, I am burned away."
A century ago T. DeWitt Talmage wrote, "We want in this age above all wants, fire - God's holy fire, burning in the hearts of men, stirring their brains, impelling their emotions, thrilling in their tongues, glowing in their countenances, vibrating in their actions, expanding their intellectual power and fusing all their knowledge, logic, and rhetoric into a burning stream. Let this baptism descend, and thousands of us who, up to this day, have been but commonplace or weak ministers, such as might easily pass from the memory of mankind, would then become mighty." This is still true.
It is also true in the world about us. Some years ago a soldier in Poland told Dr. Harold John Ockenga: "In Poland, it's a race between Christianity and Communism. Whichever makes its message a flame of fire will win."
A passionless Christianity will not put out the fires of hell. The best way to fight a raging forest fire is with fire. A passionless leader will never set the people ablaze. A passionless youth leader will never set the youth ablaze for Christ. Until we are ablaze we cannot speak to the hearts of our people. Bishop Ralph Spaulding Cushman prayed:
"Set us afire, Lord, stir us, we pray!
While the world perishes, we go
Purposeless, passionless day after day!
Set us afire, Lord, stir us, we pray!"
There is no greater need in our churches and schools today. It is not enough to be evangelical in faith and heart; we must be utterly possessed by Christ, utterly impassioned by His love and grace, utterly ablaze with His power and glory. Every earthly part of our being, in the words of the great hymn, must glow with God's fire divine. The wood is not enough, the altar is not enough, the sacrifice is not enough we need the fire! Fire of God, descend upon us anew! Set us ablaze, Lord, set us ablaze!
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Quotes on Revival - Andrew Gih
"God's time for revival is the very darkest hour, when everything seems hopeless. It is always the Lord's way to go to the very worst cases to manifest His glory."
"God's program for reviving His people is definite and clear. First Elijah "repaired the altar of Jehovah that was thrown down." That is the place to begin. All the ruin that sin has wrought must be cleared away by confession. Things must be made right with God; restitution must be made where it is due. Unless this is done definitely and thoroughly, prayer for reviving is vain... Too many are praying today without repairing the altar by confession of sin, without digging a trench of separation from the world and without a surrender that is even unto death. No wonder such prayer is fruitless."
"In the interior city of Chengchow the Bethel Evangelistic Band had a very difficult time. The meetings had gone on without noticeable results and the last day came. The Band knew that the hindrance must be with the leaders who seemed quite indifferent. Desperately we prayed, and when hope seem almost gone we were reminded that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years. He can do wonders in just one day! Our faith took hold on God for the fall of Jericho at the last. And God honored our faith. During the morning meeting one of the missionaries could not restrain his tears and confessed most humbly that he was a great sinner and hypocrite. Then the Holy Spirit fell on the whole congregation and all were convicted of sin and confessed with tears of contrition. At the closing meeting there was no opportunity for preaching. The Holy Spirit was working and people spontaneously confessed their sins and need, or gave joyous testimonies of salvation."
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