139 days until the Greenock, Scotland Revival Conference
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance (Acts 2:14).
We can pray all night and all day throughout the coming weeks, and appear outwardly enthusiastic, but if there is no expectancy in our hearts there will be no blessing. A man said to me some time ago that he believed that God could stem the tide of evil, but he didnt have the faith to expect it. It never occurred to him that this was a contradiction of terms.
True expectation calls for a faith that believes. Jesus had said to His disciples, I send the promise of My Father upon you (Luke 24:49). They believed the promise. Indeed, one can sense the spirit of expectancy which characterized them as they knelt in prayer in that upper room. We also must exercise the faith which believes. Jesus said, All things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive (Matthew 21:22).
James reminds us that we are to ask in faith, nothing wavering: for he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord (James 1:6,7). Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God, declares the Apostle Paul (Romans 10:17).
There are a multitude of promises in the Old and New Testaments that give us the confidence to believe that God is waiting to send revival. One example is: Be patient, says the Apostle James, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain (James 5:7). -Stephen F. Olford
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