Revival by Dotty Schmitt

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Wherever I travel nationally and internationally, the cry coming from His people and our nation is for revival and another “Great Awakening.” An awakening goes beyond the influence of a revival.

Revival brings back to life the people of God from a state of slumber and apathy. A “Great Awakening” comes to a whole nation, changing even the culture of the time.

The Psalmist exhorts us that: “What we have heard and known, what our fathers have had told us, we will not hide from our children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord…” (Psalm 78:2-7).

As it pertains to revival, a knowledge and understanding of the history of revivals is essential in our preparation for what God is planning to do on the earth.

My husband and I were brought into the Kingdom of God in 1950 and 1951 during a “season of revival.” Three different moves of the Spirit were happening at this time. The Argentine revival from 1948-1954, led by Dr. R. A. Miller and Tommy Hicks; the “Latter Rain” Revival of 1948-1951, coming out of North Battleford, Canada; and the “Hebrides Revival” on the west coast of Scotland, led by Duncan Campbell. All deep moves of God begin with those who are listening to the One “who daily lives to make intercession for us.” The Hebrides Revival was birthed as a result of two sisters, one 82 and the other 84, who were listening and received a promise from the Lord. “For I will pour water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground; I will pour upon your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants” (Isaiah 44:3 ESV). They stood in faith on this promise and faithfully interceded for those lost and wayward in their villages. Miraculous events happened as a result of the intercessions that arose from these islands. In a similar way, during this same season of revival, strong prayers and intercessions arose out of the small town of City Bell, near to Buenos Aires. This great move of God was preceded by intense travail, weeping and visitations.

A thread that runs through many accounts of revival through the centuries can be summed up in these words from Dr. Miller’s booklet, “Thy God Reigneth,” page 12: “As the war in the heavenlies progressed, intercession reached out for lost souls… The fountains of the deep were opened as tears flowed like streams down the faces of those young folk caught up in God.”

We have personally known folks who were immersed in a fresh baptism of His love in the “Latter Rain” Revival. George Warnoch, one of the leaders of this move of God, wrote in his “The Feast of Tabernacles” that, “…in the spring of 1948 God came forth in answer to the prayer and fasting of His children, poured out the gifts of the Holy Spirit and revealed the fact that now at this time He would bring His Body together….” During this same season of time, the healing revivals spread across the United States. Men such as William Branham, Oral Roberts, Jack Coe, Kenneth Hagin, Gordon Lindsey and many others helped usher in a fresh season of evangelism with signs, wonders and miracles. There were also college revivals at that time under the leadership of Henrietta Mears. Bill Bright and Billy Graham were strongly impacted. In a biography of Henrietta Mears, we read this inspiring observation about hundreds of college students: “They prayed on into the late hours of the night, confessing sin, asking God for guidance, and seeking the reality and power of the Holy Spirit. There was much weeping and crying out to the Lord… Then, the fire fell… God answered their prayer with a vision. They saw before them the college campuses of the world, teeming with unsaved students, who held in their hands the power to change the world. The college campuses — they were the key to world leadership, to world revival.”

The Church, and especially our young people, need to have a biblical, historical perspective and a personal encounter with the God of Revival! To have some grasp of the powerful moves of God under Patrick in Ireland (4th Century), Bernard of Clairvaux (11th Century), Francis of Assisi (12th Century), and then of Luther, Zwingli, Calvin and Knox from the Reformation era in the 16th Century, is essential in helping us understand our revival roots. Knowledge of the “First Great Awakening” in the 18th Century with men such as Count von Zinzendorf, John and Charles Wesley and George Whitefield, and then the “Second Great Awakening” of the 19th Century with men such as Charles Finney, William Booth, A. B. Simpson and D. L. Moody will inspire a whole new generation to cry out for the revival fires of God to fall once again.

As we end this very brief survey of revival, let me encourage you to study the Azusa Street outpouring under the leadership of William Seymour in 1906, as well as the very powerful move of God’s Spirit that ushered in the Charismatic Move and the Jesus Movement of the 1960s and the 1970s.

Read, study, worship, pray and prepare for the greatest harvest of the Holy Spirit we have ever seen. The King is coming!

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SAVED FROM A “HARD SPIRIT”

stone-heartSAVED FROM A “HARD SPIRIT”
by Pastor Charles P. Schmitt

I was recently evaluating how easy it is to develop a “hard spirit” in the process of standing for truth and opposing evil.

As I was examining my own heart along those lines, I was reminded of a familiar passage of Scripture, one of Paul’s admonitions to his spiritual son Titus. Paul began by admonishing Titus to take a firm stand for truth and morality —“these then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you” (Titus 2:15). On the issues of “ungodliness and worldly passions” and on living “self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age” (Titus 2:1,2), Titus was to be unyielding. But how does one do just that without developing a hard, judgmental spirit, especially towards those who are living wayward and sinful lives?

I believe the key lies in the next few verses. Paul wanted Titus, along with all of us, to “be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men”! (Titus 3:2) How can this be possible as we stand firmly for the truth? Paul’s next statement tells us exactly how. We must never forget that, “At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures…”! (Titus 3:3)

What saves us from a hard spirit in the process of defending the truth is to remember the pit from which we ourselves were dug! For example, when I reflect on my own life, I can never despair of any man! I am moved with compassion towards everyone, when I remember my own shortcomings and failures. And for our goodness, our boasting can never be in our own goodness, but in the goodness of Him who graciously redeemed us by His love. Consequently, Paul’s very next statement was: “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done but because of His mercy…” (Titus 3:4-5).

This passage, Titus 2:11–3:8, really has answered the quest of my heart—how to be saved from developing a “hard spirit” in the process of standing up for the truth and opposing evil! “If You, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with You there is forgiveness, therefore, You are feared” (Psalm 130:3-4). Amen!

IS GOD SPEAKING? (And are we just not listening?)

When we see the heartland of America battered by killer tornadoes and devastating floods, and when we see the death toll from these calamities rising – we need to ask ourselves the questions: “Is God speaking? And we are just not listening?”

In the woes spoken over the people of God in his day, the prophet Isaiah declares, “woe to those who call evil good and good evil…” (Isaiah 5:20). This is one of the cardinal sins of present-day America, and I sense one of the primary causes for its present woes. We have called “evil good” by legitimizing what God has clearly called unrighteous and sinful. And then we have called “good evil” by opposing those who seek to stand against this rising tide of evil.

For example, the Scriptures are clear on the sanctity of all human life and especially the life of the preborn, and yet, all too many in our government adamantly refuse to spare the preborn even from the agony and pain of a late-term abortion. We have slain over 60 million of our precious boys and girls primarily for “convenience,” and we wonder why our nation itself is wracked with pain.

The Scriptures are also clear on what godly sexuality is. “Women [who have] exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones” and “men [who have] committed indecent acts with other men” (Romans 1:26-27), should cause us deep concern, as it did Paul. Peter (as Paul in Romans 13:1-7), also clearly defines for us how a legitimate God-given and God-blest government is to function: Its officials are to “punish those who do wrong and commend those who do right” (1 Peter 2:13-14). When any government commends those who do wrong and punishes those who do right, they have lost their God-given legitimacy to govern and open the nation to judgment from the hands of a righteous God.

In all my years of adult life I have not seen a national moral crisis as grave as the one we are presently in. Our singular hope is for a national awakening from heaven that will bring us back to biblical morality and godliness. To that end we must unitedly continue to pray with faith and fervency! And in this democracy, we must also awake out of our stupor and act responsibly in unitedly voting into power in 2016 a government that will assist in restoring America to again become a nation blest by God! Only then will our borders be safe and our heartland be whole. So let us stand as the saints in Hebrews 11: “Through faith’s power they… established true justice. Their faith fastened onto God’s promises and pulled them into reality!” (Hebrews 11:33, Passion Trans.) May our merciful and gracious and forgiving God bless America with a godly government and with a godly people!

—Pastor Charles Schmitt