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For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is  of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. Isa 57:15

To raise a revival by suppressing truth, is dealing deceitfully; it is a pious fraud, and our Lord wants no profit which might be supposed to come by such a transaction.  2cor 2;17

Perhaps we imagine that if we could only get up a revival, we should easily secure large additions to the church? Is it worthwhile to get up a revival? Are not all true revivals to be got down? Ps 138:7- Acts 1:8

Revivals, if they are genuine, do not always come the moment we whistle for them. Try and whistle for the wind, and see if it will come. Prov 30;4

Now one sign of a true revival, and indeed an essential part of it, is the increased activity of God’s labourers. Luke 10:2

“The wind bloweth where it listeth,” is a truth well calculated to hide pride from man. John 3 :1-8

That was a very good remark from Dr. McDonald, the apostle of the North. He said, in reference to his experience of revivals, that the real success, he always found, was in inverse proportion to the excitement; that is to say, that the more permanent the revival was the less of noise there was about it, and the more there was of mere carnal stir, the less there was of God and his grace.

“Lord, if this is our work, end it; if it is man’s work, break it down; but if it be thy work, revive it.”  C.H Spurgeon

“I have been to enough man made revivals to know that the above is true. Religion has failed to recognize three necessary components to any possibility of revival . First there must be a divine mandate. God must do it! He must will to do it! Secondly there must be the God aided preaching of the Gospel of the glory of God. Christ must be exalted in His total Lordship. Third there must be broken hearts and spirits, confessing utter disgust with it’s condition and a desperate need of GOD HIMSELF!  If anyone of these three is absent, revival is futile!  P Jesse Gistand




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