DAY 20 WHAT A NATIONAL REVIVAL LOOKS LIKE

RevivalDAY 20 WHAT A NATIONAL REVIVAL LOOKS LIKE                              

Prayerfully read 2 Chronicles 20:1-20.

“Come down to make your name known…and cause the nations to quake before you!” (Isaiah 64:2)

We lift our voices with multitudes across our own land for a powerful visitation of the Holy Spirit. This is what a national awakening looked like a century and a half ago in the days of Charles Spurgeon—

Spurgeon wrote, “The times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord have at last dawned upon our land. A spirit of prayer is visiting our churches. The rushing mighty wind is already discerned, while on rising evangelists the tongues of fire have already descended.”

Spurgeon’s godly wisdom concerning revival was reflected in his words: “Observe how sovereign the operations of God are…He may, in one district, work a revival and persons may be stricken down and made to cry aloud; then there may be crowds and all may be still and quiet, as though no deep excitement existed at all…He can bless as He wills and He will bless as He wills. Let us not dictate to God. Many a blessing has been lost by Christians not believing it to be a blessing because it did not come in the particular shape that they conceived to be proper and right.”

Spurgeon had earnestly prayed: “O God, send us the Holy Ghost! Give us both the breath of spiritual life and the fire of unconquerable zeal. O thou art our God, answer us by fire, we pray thee! Answer us both by wind and fire…Oh that thou wouldst send the wind and the fire!…God, send us a season of glorious disorder…Oh, for the fire to fall again!…Give us now both hearts of flame and tongues of fire to preach Thy reconciling word, for Jesus’ sake! Amen!” And God answered! In those years a million people were converted to Christ in the United Kingdom!

We pray with Charles Spurgeon— Oh God, send us the Holy Ghost! Answer us by wind and fire! God send us a season of glorious disorder! O, for the fire to fall! For Jesus’ sake! Amen!

PRAYER FOCUS

  • Lord, today I take additional time to seek Your face in prayer, fasting, worship, and adoration.
  • As I am still in Your presence, speak deeply into my soul, all that is on Your heart for personal, national and world-wide revival. (Journal what you are hearing.)

By Pastor Charles P. Schmitt

Advertisements

DAY 8 CANE RIDGE REVIVAL

img_111315DAY 8 CANE RIDGE REVIVAL

Prayerfully read Jeremiah 31:3; Joshua 4:21-24.

“The noise was like the roar of Niagara,” wrote a participant.

“The vast sea of human beings seemed to be agitated as if by a storm.”

On August 6, 1801, 25,000 people gathered at Cane Ridge, Kentucky, for a “communion” meeting. Led by Presbyterian minister Barton Stone and many others, the meeting became what is known as the greatest “religious” movement in the history of the United States. In actuality, the roots of the revival began several years before 1801, with the fiery preaching of evangelist James McCready. But the consummation came in August of 1801.

The second great awakening had begun. Black, white, slave and free, all came together for a movement that defied imagination. Barton Stone writes:

“The scene to me was new and passing strange. … Many, very many fell down, as men slain in battle, and continued for hours together in an apparently breathless and motionless state—sometimes for a few moments reviving, and exhibiting symptoms of life by a deep groan, or piercing shriek, or by a prayer for mercy most fervently uttered…With astonishment did I hear men, women and children declaring the wonderful works of God.”

After the Revolutionary war, America had been in decline. To the preachers of that day, it was known as the “Egyptian Darkness.” Francis Asbury wrote the following:

“When I reflect that not one in a hundred came here to get religion, but rather to get plenty of good land, I think it will be well if some or many do not eventually lose their souls.”

Many believe that the United States is in the same condition today. “An Egyptian Darkness.” Conditions are ripe for a new great awakening. In 1798, days of prayer and fasting were set aside to redeem the frontier from this darkness. So, we do the same. As was said at camp meetings all over the country, “Lord, do it again, like Cane Ridge.”

What part do you believe you can play in helping to bring about a new great awakening?

PRAYER FOCUS

  • Pray for a revelation that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. “Send us a great awakening, Lord!” • Pray for repentance to grip the church and the government officials – “Send the light of Your Word.”

By Pastor Jamie Dixson

“AMERICA! AMERICA! GOD SHED HIS GRACE ON THEE!”

—thoughts by Pastor Charles P. Schmitt

America is in trouble. The cause of much of this lies with those who are committed to overturning the biblical foundations of America as a nation. They want to make America a purely secular nation; perhaps so that they can more easily further their unbiblical social agenda.

The elections of 2016 are therefore critical. As the dust settles and the candidates become more clearly defined, every true Christian will be given their greatest God-given responsibility—to vote into office those candidates—whether Democrat or Republican—who are most committed to restoring America to its original biblical foundations that we again may be a God-fearing nation. And obviously, our greatest need is to see yet another national heaven-sent Great Awakening that will turn the hearts of the people of America back to God!

America’s clear biblical roots and godly foundations are borne witness to in these amazing random historical statements—

  1. “Preserve me, O God, for in Thee do I put my trust.” —Psalm 16:1, etched on the stained glass window featuring George Washington in earnest prayer; in the Capitol Building
  2. “Search the Scriptures…Holiness to the LORD…May Heaven to this Union continue its beneficence” —Inscriptions on the carved tribute blocks of the Washington Monument
  3. Laus Deo (Praise be to God) —Engraving on the aluminum capstone of the Washington Monument
  4. “…the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth – that God governs in the affairs of men…We have been assured in the sacred Writings that “except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this, and I also believe that, without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel…I therefore beg to move that, henceforth, prayers imploring the assistance of heaven and its blessings on our deliberations be held in this assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the clergy of this city be requested to officiate in that service…As the Scriptures are given for our reproof, instruction and warning may we make a due use of this example before it is too late…” —Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
  5. “…The God who gave us life, gave us liberty…Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.”…”The light shineth in darkness and the darkness comprehended it not.” —Inscription from John 1:5 in the Great Hall of the Jefferson Building, the Library of Congress
  6. “Thou hast put all things under His feet…The Truth shall make you free” —Scriptures engraved on the front facade of Union Station in New York City
  7. “Not until I went to the churches in America, and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness, did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great” —Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America
  8. “I will insist that the Hebrews have done more to civilize man than any other nation…your Jehovah is our Jehovah and your God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is our God” —John Adams (1735-1826), 2nd President of the United States (1797-1801)
  9. “…The Bible is a book of faith, and a book of doctrine, and a book of morals, and a book of religion, of especial revelation from God; but it is also a book which teaches man his own individual responsibility, his own dignity, and his equality with his fellow-man” —Daniel Webster (1782-1852), leading American statesman, Senator from Massachusetts, and hailed as the leading constitutional scholar of his generation.
  10. “The Bible is the Rock upon which our Republic rests” —President Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States (1829-37)
  11. “The great vital element in our system is the belief of our people in the pure doctrines and Divine truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ” —Resolution, House of Representatives (1854)
  12. “Our society is illuminated by the spiritual insights of the Hebrew prophets.” —Lyndon B Johnson, 36th President of the United States

—Quotes courtesy of tzurshua@lantic.net

“AMERICA! AMERICA! GOD SHED HIS GRACE ON THEE!”

The Southern Baptist Convention, the Largest Protestant Denomination in the US, calls for prayer for a Great Awakening

southern-baptist-conventionThousands at the 2015 Southern Baptist Convention knelt in prayer and raised their hands to heaven July 16 as they prayed for revival in the church and a great awakening across the United States. Spiritual leaders from Southern Baptist churches across America—including Hispanic, Korean, Native American, and African American pastors—prayed for an end to racism and prejudice as they pledged to work together “as one family.”

“The only thing that can ultimately reshape America is a spiritual awakening and the next move of God,” Ronnie Floyd, president of the SBC, stated “When you look at it historically, there is no great movement of God that is not first preceded by the extraordinary prayer of God’s people.  Floyd, said he had participated in prayer a few days ago with a group of spiritual leaders in Ohio’s capitol building. Underneath the seal of the state of Ohio that appears in front of the building are the words, “With God, all things are possible,” he noted. “It is providential we’re here, because with God . . . all things are possible,” he said. “We pray that this will become a generational moment. Lord, open up the heavens and come down.” Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, called Southern Baptists to personal repentance.

“God is calling us to brokenness and humility,” he said. The greatest sin is the sin of pride.” Citing Nehemiah, who prayed for his own city when the walls were in ruins and the city was left unprotected, Graham said that is the spiritual condition of the United States: “God’s people, without protection.” Nehemiah’s response was to pray for his nation, but to start with himself and his own family. He prayed and fasted to get right with God. Graham challenged Southern Baptists to pray in brokenness, humility, and repentance.

Recalling the Haystack Prayer Meeting in the nineteenth century that launched a great awakening, Pastor Paul Ron of Cambridge, Mass asked “Why can we not experience another spiritual awakening today?” Reading Psalm 126:4, Pastor J.D. Greear from Raleigh, Durham urged Southern Baptists to reach the world through the hard work of evangelism, prayer, and patience, yearning for the heavens to open up to send a spiritual awakening. Don’t always look back at what God has done, Greear said. He not only “moved yesterday”; He “will move today and tomorrow.” Borrowing from A. W. Tozer, James Merritt, pastor of Cross Pointe Church in Duluth, Georgia, said too many American churches are so busy doing church that if the Holy Spirit left their fellowship they would not realize it.

Christians today, he admonished, are not too different than the Pharisees and Sadducees that Jesus condemns in Scripture. He described Jesus’s words against them as one of the most “damning rebukes” because they misinterpreted Scripture and failed to believe in the power of God. He said Christians need God’s power to work in them, witness through them, and walk before them. Pastor Vance Pitman from Las Vegas said he was not content just to read about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit but wants the nation to experience it like never before. And the reason for God’s lack of activity in the church is not due to the lostness of the nation, but “the lack of desperation of the people of God.”

Steve Gaines, senior pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tennessee, called on the church to seek revival as a body. He spoke from Acts 4, when the early church prayed, sought after the Holy Spirit, and then proclaimed the Gospel. “In three centuries, these Christians conquered the world’s greatest empire, the Roman Empire,” he said. “How in the world could a group of ragtag fisherman, tax collectors, zealots, commoners turn their world upside down in such a short time? They had a holy fire” burning in their souls “and they could not be extinguished.”

SBC President Ronnie Floyd reminded participants that “The heart of God is for His people to walk in light. That’s why the church needs revival. It’s time for revival in the church,” he said.

—Adapted from SBC Life, Summer 2015

Read the complete article.

WINNING THE ABORTION BATTLE

Some thoughts by Pastor Charles Schmitt16-week-unborn-baby

The High Court of our land – I use that term because there is only one Supreme Court, and that Court is the Supreme Court of Heaven; and there is only one Chief Justice and His name is Jesus Christ! – the High Court of our land has made at least three major moral blunders in its history.

The first was the Dred Scott Decision, declaring that those of African descent could not be citizens of the United States of America. Thank God that erroneous decree has been reversed, and the recent election of our first African-American President was the ultimate undoing of this grievous miscarriage of justice.

The second moral evil of the High Court was its 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling endorsing abortion and thereby consigning 61 million pre-born boys and girls to a painful death for the crime of simply being “inconvenient” (but that is changing!) The third moral blunder was when a panel of unelected officials recently created legislation redefining marriage (instead of fulfilling their purpose to clarify existing legislation).

In all of this we are reminded of the stern warning that comes to a corrupt judicial system: “Can a corrupt throne be allied with you, O Lord, one that brings on misery by its decrees? They band together against the righteous [as in the Dred Scott decision and now the recent Marriage decision] and condemn the innocent to death [as in the Roe v. Wade decision]…. The Lord … will repay them for their sins and destroy them for their wickedness…” (Psalm 94:20-23). Sobering words! If I were a High Court Justice I would take these words seriously to heart!

AMAZING GAINS ON THE ABORTION ISSUE

  1. The U.S. abortion rate hit its lowest level since 1973, the year of the Roe v. Wade ruling! A tide is turning! Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life, writes— “This generation of young people is the most pro-life since the Supreme Court handed down Roe v. Wade in 1973. Abortion facilities are at their lowest numbers in the past 20 years. State legislation restricting abortion is at an all-time high. And public opinion clearly shows that the majority is morally opposed to abortion and would ban abortion in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters in favor of common-sense restrictions.”
  2. Righteous lawmakers in the U.S. Congress are also poised to introduce the “Life at Conception Act,” declaring unborn children “persons” as defined by the 14th Amendment to the Constitution and thereby entitled to legal protection. In the original 1973 High Court decision of Roe v. Wade, the Court made this admission: “If [the] suggestion of personhood [for the preborn] is established, the [case for abortion] collapses, for the fetus’ right to life is then guaranteed specifically by the 14th Amendment,” which prohibits depriving “any person of life [and] the equal protection of the law.” We need to support this bill by prayer and by encouraging our legislators to pass it!
  3. Another bill being put forward by righteous law makers in Congress is the “Pain Capable Abortion Ban Bill,” which would end the abortion of fully-formed, viable babies at the 20th week of pregnancy, at which point every study shows the pre-born are capable of feeling excruciating pain. (The U.S. is one of only seven countries in the world that does not protect unborn babies at this stage!) We must also prayerfully stand with our lawmakers in encouraging this bill!
    • Kermit Gosnell, who regularly delivered babies alive at his abortion facility in Philadelphia, only to snip their spinal cords with scissors before discarding their limp, dead bodies, is now serving two life sentences for infanticide. Justice has come to him!
    • The wisdom of one of our truly great U.S. presidents, Ronald Reagan, sheds clear light on our pathway – “Every legislator, every doctor, and every citizen needs to recognize that the real issue is whether to affirm and protect the sanctity of all human life, or to embrace a social ethic where some human lives are valued and others are not.”
    • And our God Himself declares, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I set you apart…” (Jeremiah 1:5). King David also testifies to this truth: “Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:16). Life is sacred to God and sacred to godly people. Regardless of one’s past mistakes in this dilemma, we must rise up in the We are winning the battle for life!

Holy Week Devotional: April 1- Wednesday – Mark 14: 1-11

Image

israelbethanyWednesday, April 1 – Mark 14: 1-11
Jesus Anointed at Bethany

1 Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him.

2 “But not during the festival,” they said, “or the people may riot.”  3 While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.

4 Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? 5 It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.

6 “Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7 The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. 8 She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. 9 Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

10 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. 11 They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over.


Holy Week Devotional: March 30- Monday – Mark 11:12-19

figtreeMarch 30 – Monday – Mark 11:12-19
Jesus Curses a Fig Tree and Clears the Temple Courts

12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit.

When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs.
14 Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it. 15 On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. 17 And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’[a]? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’[b]

18 The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.

19 When evening came, Jesus and his disciples[c] went out of the city.

Footnotes:

  1. Mark 11:17 Isaiah 56:7
  2. Mark 11:17 Jer. 7:11
  3. Mark 11:19 Some early manuscripts came, Jesus