Leonard Ravenhill (1907 ¬Ė 1994)
View images and photos of the speaker Leonard Ravenhill. A revivalist and man of God who sought God's will above all else. He was a man of prayer who practiced what he preached. He wrote the book: 'Why Revival Tarries' which has become a classic on revival. His prophetic edge and burden made him to be respected by some and disliked by others. Yet he stayed true to God's call on his life prayed and pleading for true heaven sent revival.
"Those who know of Leonard Ravenhill recognize in him the religious specialist, the man sent from God to battle the priests of Baal on their own mountain top, to shame the careless priest at the altar, to face the false prophet, and to warn the people who are being led astray by him. " - Tozer | "Leonard Ravenhill was one of the few men I have ever known who was a true prophet." - David Wilkerson
SermonIndex Recommends these books by Leonard Ravenhill:
Why Revival Tarries by Leonard Ravenhill
Sodom Had No Bible by Leonard Ravenhill
In Light of Eternity: The Life of Leonard Ravenhill by Mack Tomlinson
Dog Food or MissionsDescription: Today's Christians spend more on dog food then missions - Leonard Ravenhill.
Holiness Trekkers. Leonard RavenhillDescription: nil
Illustration from Why Revival TarriesDescription: Luke 3 verse 16: "John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost" and in this version, "and with fire:" but the original says: "Holy Ghost fire." Because God is a consuming fire. The Holy Spirit is a Spirit of fire. And Jesus said, "I¬íve come to bring fire on earth." There is no escaping fire. This is a kind of a clich√© of mine, but I still get a lift out of saying it, I believe that tonight the world is going to hell fire because the church has lost Holy Ghost fire, it¬ís as simple as that.
Leonard and Martha RavenhillDescription: There's one thing we need above everything else; it's something we don't talk about these days. We need a mighty avalanche of conviction of sin.
Leonard Ravenhill 1Description: I¬íll never forget that night of prayer. There were surgings of blessings. There were times when God so came in power, I was afraid to open my eyes. We started praying at nine o¬íclock. Between one and two in the morning we were going out. There was an old lady at the back, sitting in a wheel-chair; a white-haired lady. "Oh, brother," she said, (she didn¬ít know any of our names,) "Wasn¬ít it wonderful!" I said, "It was." "One of the best... I¬íve been in many prayer meetings, this was one of the greatest, most powerful. Wasn¬ít it wonderful?" I said, "Sure, I said that." "Did you feel anything different about one o¬íclock?" I said, "Yes, I felt a hand or something came¬Ö I felt a quickening in my spirit." "It was just then." "Just then what?" "You didn¬ít see it?" "No, no, I was with my head down praying." She said, "A tongue of fire came down on the head of the first, went to the next, went to the next, went to the next, right to the end. It was awesome." No wonder everyone of us felt a wonderful insurge of the Life of God... Or the power of God, define it as you will.
Leonard Ravenhill 10Description: Leonard Ravenhill was one of Britain¬ís foremost outdoor evangelists of the 20th century. God used him to help bring thousands of people to Christ throughout Britain. Unlike the case with many of today¬ís evangelists, the conversions that Leonard helped to bring about were generally lasting conversions. That¬ís because he did not water down the Gospel when he preached it. Later in life, Leonard and his family moved to the United States, where he worked with Bethany House Publishers. In the 1980s, Leonard and his family moved to a home near Lindale, Texas, a short distance from Last Days Ministries. Leonard regularly taught classes at Last Days Ministries, and he was a mentor to the late Keith Green.
Leonard Ravenhill 11Description: A. W. Tozer, who was a friend of Leonard, said this about Leonard: ¬ďTo such men as this the church owes a debt too heavy to pay. The curious thing is that she seldom tries to pay him while he lives. Rather, the next generation builds his sepulcher and writes his biography¬óas if instinctively and awkwardly to discharge an obligation the previous generation to a large extent ignored.
Leonard Ravenhill 12Description: ¬ďThose who know Leonard Ravenhill will recognize in him the religious specialist, the man sent from God not to carry on the conventional work of the church, but to beard the priests of Baal on their own mountain-top, to shame the careless priest at the altar, to face the false prophet and to warn the people who are being led astray by him. ¬ďSuch a man as this is not an easy companion. He is not the professional evangelist who leaves the wrought-up meeting as soon as it is over to hurry to the most expensive restaurant to feast and crack jokes with his retainers. Such evangelists will find this man something of an embarrassment, for he cannot turn off the burden of the Holy Ghost as one would turn off a faucet. He insists upon being a Christian all the time, everywhere. And again, that marks him out as different.¬Ē
Leonard Ravenhill 13Description: I first met Leonard in 1989, when he was eighty-two years old and in frail health. At first glance, I would not have thought that God could still use this fragile, white-haired man. He walked slowly and unsteadily, and he sometimes needed help to get up and down from his chair. Yet, as soon as he opened his mouth, I immediately realized that my initial impression was wrong. At eighty-two, Leonard still spoke with fire and conviction, and it felt like his eyes were piercing right through to my soul.
Leonard Ravenhill 14Description: During the last few years of his life, Leonard moderated a prayer meeting held once a week (later once a month), which was attended primarily by pastors and evangelists. Some of these men made a four-hour round trip to attend those prayer meetings. I attended those prayer meetings from 1989 until they ended in the summer of 1994, a few months before Leonard¬ís death. During the years that I attended those prayer meetings, I never once left without being deeply challenged by what Leonard had said. One of Leonard¬ís gifts was his ability to spontaneously create insightful spiritual maxims as he spoke. These were short, memorable observations about God, the church, and the world.
Leonard Ravenhill 15Description: Leonard Ravenhill became one of the twentieth century's greatest authorities on revival. His message is drastic, fearless, and often radical. Appalled by the disparity between the New Testament Church and what passes for the Church today, Ravenhill gives a no-compromise call to the principles of biblical revival.
Leonard Ravenhill 2Description: ¬ďAmericas living on borrowed time. We¬íve passed the safety line years ago. We¬íre heading for hell as quick as any nation on earth. But if we saw the glory of God on Sunday in every church in America, we¬íd shake the country for God the next week.¬Ē Revival is when God gets so sick and tired of being misrepresented that He shows Himself.
Leonard Ravenhill 3Description: "There are people who think that God is only around to help us. We have a great utility God, they think. You pray, and He does this! You pray, and He does that! You pray, and He sends you money. You pray, and He gets you out of a jam. He¬ís not somebody you worship in speechless adoration, but He¬ís a utility God! And some on TV are exploiting that to the maximum."
Leonard Ravenhill 4Description: "We¬íre preaching an acceptable Gospel today, making it as painless as we can. And all we do is give people a shot to put them to sleep so they get to hell quicker. We need some hellfire preaching on repentance" God himself says in the Bible: "If a liar and deceiver comes and says, 'I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,' he would be just the prophet for this people!" (Micah 2:11)
Leonard Ravenhill 5Description: You know what we're doing with our modern methods for effective evangelism? We're grieving God, we're making a fool out of Him! We think the Bible isn't good enough. We need examples! The Holy Ghost is history. We need entertainment. And now we got two problems. First of all, the Church fully relies on these methods (instead of relying on God) and they seem to work. The second problem is that Christianity receives new strength. But not the strength from God. In Isaiah it says: "You were wearied by all your ways, but you would not say, 'It is hopeless.' You found renewal of your strength, and so you did not faint." (Isaiah 57:10). This chapter is directed to the sons of a sorceress, offspring of adulterers and prostitutes! This is the spiritual state of the Church of Christ today! But in spite of her terrible state, she gains new strength...power from this world.
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