Posted by Jerry White on Aug 30, 2015
And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Acts 2:2 (ESV)
“The year, 1904, stands out in the history of WALES, as a year that will never be forgotten, and those who were privileged to live in those days still speak of its heaven-sent scenes with the greatest awe !
LIKE A MIGHTY TORNADO THE SPIRIT OF GOD SWEPT ACROSS THE LAND UNTIL MOUNTAINS AND VALLEYS, CITIES AND VILLAGES WERE FILLED WITH THE MIGHTY MANIFESTATIONS OF GOD. CHURCHES WERE CROWDED AND MEETINGS WENT ON DAY AND NIGHT. PRAYER, SINGING, AND TESTIMONY WOULD SWEEP OVER CONGREGATIONS IN TORRENTS, AND HUNDREDS TURNED TO CHRIST, NEVER. NEVER IN THE HISTORY OF WALES HAD SUCH INDESCRIBABLE SCENES BEEN WITNESSED.
DR. CAMPBELL MORGAN, PREACHING ON THIS GREAT REVIVAL, IN THE WESTMINSTER CHAPEL, IN 1904 DECLARED:
‘Here is REVIVAL, that comes from heaven; There is no PREACHING, no ORDER, no HYMNBOOKS, no CHOIRS, no ORGANS, no COLLECTIONS, and finally no ADVERTISING! Now think of THAT for a moment! There were organs, but they were SILENT; there were ministers but no preaching—-they were among the people praising God! Yet the Welsh Revival is a ‘revival’ of preaching’ for EVERYBODY is preaching! No order, yet it moves from day to day, county to county, with matchless precision, with the order of an attacking force. No songbooks, but ah, me, I nearly wept tonight over the singing! When the Welsh sing they abandon themselves to their singing. We sing as if we thought it wouldn’t be respectable to be heard by the one next to us! No choir, did I say? It was all choir!’”
Rev. Owen Murphy
When God Stepped Down From Heaven, 6-7
Posted by Jerry White on Aug 23, 2015
“Octavius Winslow (1808-1878) wrote, ’There are three steps in the Christian’s life. The first is humility; the second is humility; the third is humility.’ (Morning Thoughts, 381)
Jesus looks for humble vessels He can use to display His glory, and we are commanded to humble ourselves, clothe ourselves with humility, walk in humility (1 Peter 5:6; Colossians 3:12; Ephesians 4:1-2). Only as you have a clear view of Christ in His perfect beauty, do you gain true knowledge of yourself. True heart-knowledge of the Lord and of yourself leads to humility.
Could pride be preventing us from seeing more of His glory than we do? Pastor Murray points out, ‘Let us consider how far the disciples were advanced while this grace (humility) was still lacking, and let us pray that other gifts may not so satisfy us that we never grasp the fact that the absence of humility is no doubt the reason why the power of God cannot do its mighty work.’ (Andrew Murray, Humility, 49) We must come to the place where we despise the pride of our own flesh and are repulsed by it. Then holy desperation will propel us to bow humbly before the Lord in our dire neediness. Does any spiritual blessing ever come to us that we do not receive as a gift from our heavenly Father? The Father gives His wondrous gifts to humble ones for His own pleasure and praise.
Whenever the Lord is pleased to use you, and people come to you with various encouragements and compliments, accept their kind words graciously and gratefully as if they had given you flowers. Then take all of the flowers together as a bouquet and lay them at the feet of Jesus for His pleasure and honor. After all, it is for Him.”
The Spirit and Presence of Christ, 146
One ‘s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.
Proverbs 29:23 (ESV)
Posted by Jerry White on Aug 16, 2015
“Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”
John 14:21 (ESV)
“Sometimes the revealed presence of Jesus Christ by His Spirit can be so felt that it affects your physical being. His presence brushes against you. His hand is upon you. A revelation of Him passes right through your soul. You know that the King of Heaven has come and visited you and you feel the lingering embrace of this Holy Being whom you cannot see.
During these times, conviction of sin and failure is accompanied by a profoundly deep awareness of being loved by this Holy One from heaven. A window of heaven opens and a measure of its rarified atmosphere falls upon earth in a particular place at a particular time yielding moments that are indescribable, unexplainable, and unforgettable. And you respond to the Holy One of heaven with hushed reverence, a sober humility, and a more pure worship.
Sometimes stunned silence is the only appropriate response. At other times ‘joy inexpressible…full of glory’ is one’s experience (1 Peter 1:8). In either case, we become aware that we are finite, created beings who have been visited by an infinite, invisible and eternal Creator, Redeemer, and exalted Lord. The sovereign God who is always present everywhere has drawn inexplicably and breathtakingly near in the Person of Jesus Christ by His Spirit.”
The Spirit and Presence of Christ, 168
Seeking spiritual experience selfishly can be dangerous. Seeking God for Himself and for His honor is what His Word commands. We should seek His face (Psalm 27:8). We should thirst for Him (Psalm 63:1; 42:1-2). We should draw near to Him (James 4:8; Jeremiah 29:13). Finite human beings can never manipulate Divine Sovereignty. He reigns and does as He pleases (Psalm 115:3). For the sincere soul that seeks God just for Himself, He draws near, and this is the highest blessing this side of heaven. His promises are steadfast and sure, Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you (James 4:8).
Posted by Jerry White on Aug 8, 2015
But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ.
(1 Corinthians 3:1, ESV)
“The difference St. Paul makes between the two kinds of Christians is of great importance. Man’s natural life is altogether carnal. The Christian at his new birth receives the Holy Spirit, and immediately there begins a struggle between the flesh and the Spirit. So long as the Christian allows the Spirit to conquer, and is led by the Spirit, the power of the Spirit over him increases, and he becomes a spiritual man. The flesh is still there, and in the flesh is no good thing, but he learns that it means that his flesh is crucified as something that deserves the accursed death, and he becomes the spiritual man, of whom it may be said: ‘The spiritual man discerneth all things.’
When on the other hand, the Christian is ignorant about the Spirit, or if informed, disobedient, then the flesh obtains the mastery, and the Christian remains weak; and as there is no spiritual growth, he remains a babe. He may try in his own strength to do better, and what was begun in the Spirit is continued in the flesh—-a carnal attempt to become holy (cf. Gal. 3:3). By degrees the flesh triumphs, so that he has no power to resist the works of the flesh or the spirit of the world.
This is the sad condition of the Church, that the majority of her members remain carnal. They constantly fall under the power of the flesh, and, and as a result, are overcome by envy and anger and uncharitableness. Such Christians have no insight into spiritual truth. If their life in Christ, daily fellowship with Him, and what God promises to do for His children is mentioned, they can hardly understand what is meant.
How earnestly we should pray God to reveal to us what is carnal and what [is] spiritual, and enable us to yield ourselves completely to the guidance of His Spirit.”
The Secret of Christ Our Life, 18-19
Posted by Jerry White on Aug 2, 2015
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