Why Revival Tarries: 'By Invitation Only'
- Wednesday, May 12, 2004
Birth spiritual children. Don't be content just to enjoy being born again yourself. Instead, do all you can to help other people experience the new birth of saving relationships with Christ.
Make yourself nothing so God can use you for anything. Give up your own ambitions, possessions, and concern for your rights and reputation so these things won't stand in the way of you accomplishing far greater things for God.
Don't underestimate prayer's power. Know that prayer is as vast and powerful as God because it's His idea and He has committed to answer it. Pray often - especially when you're alone and free of distractions.
Realize that the stakes are high. Understand that the world is watching the church, and as goes the church, so goes the world.
Don't settle for less than everything. Don't settle for a lukewarm faith, or live your life halfway. Decide to become fully surrendered to God, wholly sanctified, and completely fulfilled in Christ.
Adapted from Why Revival Tarries, copyright 1959, 2004 by Leonard Ravenhill. Published by Bethany House Publishers, Bloomington, MN., www.bethanyhouse.com.
Leonard Ravenhill was born in 1907 in England. He became one of England's foremost evangelists, preaching with vigor and power. He emigrated with his family to the United States in midlife, where he continued his ministry. He and his wife, Martha, raised three sons. The author of several books, including Revival God's Way and Revival Praying, Ravenhill went home to be with the Lord in 1994.
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