MESSAGE TO MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL – by Brother Gbile Akanni

IF WE ARE DEPENDING ON THIS BABYLONIAN TRANSACTIONS GOING ON ON OUR PULPITS TODAY, IT MEANS THAT BEFORE OUR EYES , WE WILL LOSE AFRICA TO ISLAM IN OUR TIME…

Source: MESSAGE TO MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL – by Brother Gbile Akanni

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MESSAGE TO MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL – by Brother Gbile Akanni

IF WE ARE DEPENDING ON THIS BABYLONIAN TRANSACTIONS GOING ON ON OUR PULPITS TODAY, IT MEANS THAT BEFORE OUR EYES , WE WILL LOSE AFRICA TO ISLAM IN OUR TIME…

IF WE ARE DEPENDING ON THIS BABYLONIAN TRANSACTIONS GOING ON ON OUR PULPITS TODAY, IT MEANS THAT BEFORE OUR EYES , WE WILL LOSE AFRICA TO ISLAM IN OUR TIME…

In one of the Assemblies of God churches, in Aba District, where my late dad pastored in the 1980s, I remember when a young man came very early in the morning and told my father:

“Pastor, what did I do to you? Why do you hate me so much? I have been born again for almost 1 year and I have won many people to Christ, but why have you not recommended me to join others to go for missions work in the northern States of the country… ”

His singlet was torn… And with his zeal, he was crying profusely…

My father did not know what to say…
The young man kept crying:” Pastor, why are you doing this to me… Why are you doing this to me? ”

My father told him: “Nna, I know very well that you want to serve God… But you are the only son of your mother and your father is late… If anything happens to you, who will look after your mother and younger ones?…

The boy started crying the more…
“Pastor, I am the only son and yet I was an arm robber… I am the only son, yet, I was attending meetings in the midnight with native doctors, where many of friends could not wake up alive after diabolically fortifying ourselves against police bullets… ”

” Pastor, what would have happened to my mother if I had died in one of those armed robbery attacks? Who would have taken care of her? If I risked my life when I was serving Satan, why will I not risk it now that I am serving Jesus Christ? ”

My father was speechless for almost 30minutes… And it was not long, we saw tears rolling down his eyes…
He held the young man and both of them were crying together…
How can I forget such scenes that God allowed to play out before my eyes? …

My father recommended him to join some missionaries that came in the area for missions work…
The day he was leaving with them, the mother and his younger ones were crying… Knowing that they might not see him again, both live or dead… But I can still remember that excitement on his face…

Lord, how can I forget?

Brother, let us go to our Bible schools and listen to the conversation of those young men and women who have joined ministry and you will know that many of them have no single passion for the lost…

They are just getting ready to rent halls in the city where they will be rolling out posters and handbills, laying greedy hands on people, collecting offering and tithe…
That’s all in their hearts…

Congratulations for your big auditorium…
I am happy for your 10th time services…
But if heaven cannot find such men in your church,…

Young men and women who will say: “Lets go to that village and tell them that Jesus is no more in the grave… Even If we don’t have to come back alive… Let it be so…”

If you don’t have such calibre of members among your congregation, then, sir, with due respect, it’s a big shame! .. This end time agenda has no need of you and your kind!

A Muslim suicide bomber doesn’t need tithe and offering to carry out a bloody assignment, in defence of a powerless prophet Mohammed …
They don’t need adverts or media stunts..

But here, we have young men who are in the pulpit, being driven by tithe, offering and honorarium…. If there is no 5star hotel reservation, they will not honour the invitation to preach …

And yet, they are General Overseers…
Overseeing passionless men and women who are like them…

Where as, their mates in Islam has burnt their school certificates, refused juicy contracts, abandoned wonderful jobs and everyday they are sleeping in the bush and starving for months, receiving trainings, how to carry out terrorist attacks, all in defence of Mohammed…

And we are here looking for churches where they will use convoy to come and pick us up from the airport…
And you wonder why people feel like vomiting when they hear them calling you a voice in the land…

A voice because you gather people every Sunday, threatening them with their dead relatives… Turning them against their parents and everybody around them becomes a witch suspect…
Is that what made you a voice?

A voice because you went to a program and stole committed members from your host church and you came back and gave them positions in the choir, sowing different uniforms for them every Sunday…

None of them can quote any scripture…
They have not gone for evangelism for any day, after many years of following you…
All of them were members you stole and now you are using juju to keep them from running away…
And they are calling you a voice in the land! … What a ridicule! What a noise!

Brother, if this is the generation that will usher in a move of God in our days, then, those who have not forgotten what they saw in the church in the 80s and 90s must not keep quiet in a time like this…

The greatest hindrance of revival in our time is not Islam…
The pulpit in our time is the greatest enemy of the expected move of God in our days…

If not for the decline of truth on the pulpits in our time, long ago, we would have seen what we saw in the days of our fathers…
And now we are blaming Muslim fanatics, who are defending with their lives what they believe in…

When else are we going to see young men from our churches, after hearing our messages, getting so angry in the spirit that they make up their minds to convert 10 Muslims to Christianity every month month?
And the next place you will see them will be in camps or mountains, preparing, praying for Power?

But how can we hear such when the only thing we teach them is about how to be rich and how to suspect detect enemies?

I am tired of hearing testimonies of miracle jobs some of our ladies slept with company directors to get…
I am tired of seeing car dedications my brothers used fraudulent businesses to buy…
When are we going to start dedicating converted souls on our Sunday mornings?
Lord, where are all the men that saw what we saw in the days of our fathers?
This is not the time to keep quiet…
This is not the time to care about who likes or hates you…
If there is a time to beg for pulpit, soldier, it is not in a time like this!

No pulpit hosted John the Baptist…
They preached against him… That He was old fashioned… And that he was envying them who were running 10 times services…

That because he doesn’t get any like or comment on his Facebook wall, that he is jealous of them that have huge online followership…
That because he is not anointed and that is why nobody was hosting him in their churches…

But brother, when his time came and he began to roar from the wilderness, those demonic General Overseers who were using marine powers to run ministry knew that indeed, in every generation, God has a breed He is preparing …

Yes, they knew that “there was a man sent from God”…

Man of God, if you were sent from God, why are you allowing yourself to be influenced by men who were ‘sent from Bible schools’ ?

Some of the men you are competing with in ministry were ‘sent from demonic covens in some parts of Africa’ … If we came from God, let us look more for God… He will soon show up…

You are almost getting to the time when members of many ‘mega’ churches will be secretly and openly coming to you, to hear this gospel from your mouth… Because they would have gotten tired of fake testimonies that leaves them powerless and very vulnerable…

Men who have not bowed to baal are very few in our days…
Men who have not sold out their souls for mammon are rare to find now that we are here…
God depends on you for this end time work… Why are you bothered because someone somewhere is calling you names online? …

Churches are everywhere around us, yet, there is a spiritual famine in Africa…
The power of the gospel is suffering bankruptcy in our time…
This is not the same gospel the apostles preached…
Something has happened to the Word of God in our mouths…

We are only showing the form of godliness, but hell has hijacked the power thereof…
And in our carnality, we are celebrating strange Fires…
Polluted Fire!
Moribund Fire!

But brother, I know that God will never leave Africa this way!
If the pulpit has failed, then,, He will bypass us and go down to the pews…
And raise people for Himself…

If our pews have become so frozen, He will go outside… He will look for drunkards and prostitutes….
He will get hold of witches and wizards…
And those arm robbers on the highways,
He will Clean them up and fill them up with Himself and use them mightily in this end time…

Yes, if those who came out from Bible schools are now using their certificates to raise only funds, God will bypass them and use those who has not gone to Bible schools…

This is the most critical time since the world began…
Islam is preparing to take over nations,…
They are putting funds together which they will use to buy churches and pay their staff off…

Brother, in few years from now, if there is no genuine revival, many of our members today would have become Muslims…
You will see many pastors who will convert their churches into mosques, for a huge financial reward…

That time is not far…
Has it not even started?
When a pastor is collecting powers to grow his church from a Muslim native doctor, is that not handing over the Fire to the children of the bond woman?

The days we are in is terrible…
God knows and that is why He is raising an army that will stand to defend the gospel that was handed over to us, even if they have to lose everything for it…

That young man came back from the missions field, after a year, and later joined the Bible school… Became a pastor and God used him to win communities for Jesus…

Before my eyes, I saw God using him to sack evil spirits out from villages…
His name became a terror in that area, to the point that deities began to complain about how his presence in the community had rendered them powerless… Halaluya !

Those are the kind of testimonies we were hearing everyday in the days of our fathers that we want to be hearing again in our time…
But alas, here is Ichabod !

Imagine if every church in every community can boast of 10 of such members!
Imagine when many of our followers would have gotten broken enough, by God, that they don’t mind what they lose again for God’s sake…

Terrorists will no more be bombing our churches.. Because they would have known that already our churches are filled with people who are ready to die, anytime for the gospel …

You don’t have to waste your bomb on a man who is already dead!

But, why they will keep threatening to kill us is because they know that we love our cars and landed properties more than the CHRIST we say that died for us…

Prophet Mohammed was not killed on the Cross shamefully, yet, they can die for him publicly… What would have happened if their prophet Mohammed was crucified on the cross?

But where are the men and women who claims that Jesus died for them?

Oh Sister, it is time to take our Christian life to another level….
It is time to get ‘fanatical’ about this Kingdom thing…

Enough of the prayer topics of: “God give me this and do that for me!”
This weekend, take your friends to the next Street and preach the gospel…
Next week, continue with it…

Why are we ashamed to tell people about the Man that conquered the grave?
Why can’t we preach about the man that created the heaven and the earth?…

Mohammed did not do any single miracle, but his followers are dying for him…
He did not raise anybody from the dead…
He died and that was his end…
Yet, they can give everything to spread his belief…

How can we be ashamed of Jesus that spoke to the storm and their was peace?
He opened the blind eyes…
He interrupted funerals and raised the dead back to life…

Is He not enough to tell people about?
Did He not do enough to make you let everybody that knows you know that you are not ashamed of the gospel?

When will you be done with hiding from your friends when you want to speak in tongues, so that they will not laugh at you?
Brother, why are you ashamed of identifying with the Man who is the hope of the whole world?
As for me, I am done with religion, till I die..
I cannot stand Christianity by church sticker alone any more …
Jesus did not die for you to only be attending choir rehearsals and changing uniforms every Sunday….

I hope God is not looking at you from heaven now and regretting why He did not let those people that died of accident to replace you since you are useless to Him on earth…

Many in the hospital now, with few days to live are begging and crying, if God can give them a little more time, that they will preach this gospel under the rain and sun… And they mean it…

Brother, you that is healthy, what will God be saying about you when He sees that they are begging you to go to church?
The time is early enough to ask God for mercy and for Him to revive His walk in your life. ..

God is looking for people that will risk their lives for Him in our time…
Let it not be that He is preparing someone who is at the point of death in the hospital bed to come and replace you….
This is scary… But it is a serious matter!

Have you not played so much with the opportunities God has given you?
How much longer do we have to be in sin for grace to abound?

The Holy Spirit is speaking to you now…
He is reminding you of your distance from God…
Imagine if you had died in your sins yesterday morning…

You would have gone to hell, and stay there, from now till the next 2billion years… And yet, that will be just the beginning…

Sister, don’t be locked out of grace further… Don’t postpone any longer the hour of your salvation…

Right now, hearken to the voice of mercy …
And where you are sitting is good enough to kneel down and ask God for a revival … I am very sure that He will clean you up and give you a new….

Lord, let there be revival of true soul winning and genuine christian living In Jesus Mighty Name.

THE LIGHT OF HIS LOVING-KINDNESS by David Wilkerson

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“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18).

If Jesus Christ is your Lord, He has commanded the light of His loving-kindness to shine in your soul.

This glory of Christ — this tender loving-kindness that shines in our hearts as we pray and search His Word — changes us, “from glory to glory,” into the likeness of Christ. And the revelation of love, compassion and caring we receive from Him must shine out of us to others.

This revelation is increased daily within us “by the Spirit of the Lord.” Indeed, it is the Holy Spirit who leads us into the glory of Christ. The Spirit shines in us and changes us through every circumstance. Finally, He shows us how to shine His caring, loving-kindness to others who are in need.

I ask you: What are your present circumstances doing to you and in you? Is there a sweetness of Christ shining out of you? Do you ask the Holy Spirit to give you eyes to see the pains and needs of others? That is the changing that Paul says takes place in us by the Spirit of God.

Only those who are at rest in the perfect will of God can trust that “all things are working together for good” in the worst of circumstances. So, dear saint, lift up your head and testify to yourself, to heaven and to your circumstances: “I am living in the perfect will of God, come what may.”

Still I press on – Watchman Nee

Let me love and not be respected;
Let me serve and not be rewarded;
Let me labor and not be remembered;
Let me suffer and not be regarded.

Let me love and not be respected;
Let me serve and not be rewarded;
Let me labor and not be remembered;
Let me suffer and not be regarded.

’Tis the pouring, not the drinking;
’Tis the breaking, not the keeping—
A life suff’ring to seek others’ blessing,
A life loving and true comfort giving.

Not expecting pity or concern,
Not accepting solace or praise;
Even lonely, even forgotten;
Even wordless, even forsaken.

Tears and blood for the righteous crown
My price shall be; losing all,
My cost for a faithful pilgrim’s life.
’Twas the life, O Lord, that You chose to live
In those days when on earth You walked,
Gladly suff’ring all injuries and loss
So that all might draw near and repose.
I cannot see how much farther I shall go;

Still I press on, knowing there is no return.
Let me follow Your pattern, so perfect and true,
Bearing all gratefully without complaint.

In this time of trial, O my Lord,
I pray that You would wipe my hidden tears away;
Let me learn, O Lord, You are my reward;
Let me be others’ blessing all my days.

Weeping between the porch and the altar – Part 1 Taken from a message of Leonard Ravenhill

A few years ago, Dr. Carl F. Henry, founder and editor of Christianity Today, sent out a questionnaire to what he called, “Twenty of the leading intellectual preachers in the country.” …

Source: Weeping between the porch and the altar – Part 1 Taken from a message of Leonard Ravenhill

Weeping between the porch and the altar – Part 1 Taken from a message of Leonard Ravenhill

A few years ago, Dr. Carl F. Henry, founder and editor of Christianity Today, sent out a questionnaire to what he called, “Twenty of the leading intellectual preachers in the country.” And the question that he sent out was this: “What do you see for the church of Jesus Christ by the year 2000.” I remember only one of the replies, it was given by Elton Trueblood, the Quaker philosopher. He said this amazing thing: “By the year 2000 the church will be a conscious minority surrounded by an arrogant, militant paganism.” I swallowed that hook, line and sinker, and woke up about 2 o’clock in the morning with mental and I think spiritual indigestion. Then I began to remind myself that Christianity was not served up to the world in a silver platter. Christianity was born in a sophisticated, totalitarian society.

I‘m not really going to preach a sermon this morning, but I want to have a launching pad… Joel 1:13 “Gird yourselves, and lament ye priests, howl ye ministers of the altar. Come, lay all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God. For the meat offering and the drink offering is witholden from the house of your God. Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly.”
And then to verse 17 of the next chapter, “Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare Thy people O Lord, and give not Thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them. Wherefore should they say among the people, Where is your God?”

A few years ago, Dr. Carl F. Henry, founder and editor of Christianity Today, sent out a questionnaire to what he called, “Twenty of the leading intellectual preachers in the country.” And the question that he sent out was this: “What do you see for the church of Jesus Christ by the year 2000.” I remember only one of the replies, it was given by Elton Trueblood, the Quaker philosopher. He said this amazing thing: “By the year 2000 the church will be a conscious minority surrounded by an arrogant, militant paganism.” I swallowed that hook, line and sinker, and woke up about 2 o’clock in the morning with mental and I think spiritual indigestion. Then I began to remind myself that Christianity was not served up to the world in a silver platter. Christianity was born in a sophisticated, totalitarian society.
The early church was walled in on one side with the mightiest military machine
in history, the power of Rome.
It was walled in on the other side with Greek intellectualism.
It was blocked ahead by the monopoly the Jews thought they
had on God.

Those men who turned the world upside down had
No colossal intellectual capacity.
No great financial backing.
No social standing.
They were about the most despised men in and around Jerusalem. And yet they broke out somehow – and later it was said that they turned the world upside-down.

I think at least once a week and sometimes I think once a day, what Dr. J. B. Phillips, who gave us the Phillips New Testament, said of the first chapters of Acts:
“This is the church of Jesus Christ before it became fat and out of breath by
prosperity.
This is the church of Jesus Christ before it became muscle bound by over
organization.
This is the church of Jesus Christ where they didn’t gather together a group of
intellectuals to study phycho-sematic medicine, they just healed the sick.
This is the church of Jesus Christ where they did not say prayers, but they
prayed in the Holy Ghost.” There’s a vast difference.

The tragedy in our colleges and seminaries right now is that we turn men out who know the word of God. – That is never going to turn the world.

The question is not whether they know the Word of God.
The question is:
DO THEY KNOW THE GOD OF THE WORD?

Just to give a man a license to preach because he has so much academic ability is like giving a blind man a driving license. If he doesn’t know God, why is he in this business?!

We have to make up our minds if this Book is absolute or obsolete. It’s either got the answer for our generation or forget it.
We have to make up our minds that preaching is not a profession, it’s apassion.

I remember going down High Holborne in London a few years ago… well it is a few, twenty five I guess. A little lady was going to the mail box. There she was, very, very stooped and she shakily put her mail into the box; then she turned to go into a building. Somebody asked me, “Do you know who that is?” And I said, “Not the slightest idea.” “That is the widow of Hugh Price Hughes.” At one time the king of the Methodist pulpit in England. His daughter gave us a huge biography of her father. And she said, “When he came back on a Sunday night from the service, if no one had been saved, he would be inconsolable. You couldn’t comfort him. He wouldn’t eat, he wouldn’t drink. He wouldn’t even take his long coat off. He threw himself over his bed and he sobbed and he sobbed and he sobbed and said, ‘Why? Why? Why?'”

Isn’t it staggering when you think that one sermon on the day of Pentecost produced 3000 people? And we had some cities yesterday where 3000 sermons were preached and nobody was saved. And it doesn’t even faze us.
The church used to be a lightning bolt, now it’s a cruise ship.
We are not marching to Zion – we are sailing there with ease.
In the apostolic church it says they were all amazed – And now in our
churches everybody wants to be amused.
The church began in the upper room with a bunch of men agonizing, and it’s
ending in the supper room with a bunch of people organizing.
We mistake rattle for revival, and commotion for creation, and action for
unction.
Look, I think this is a critical hour in history, the most critical hour in history; the Middle East is ready to blow up… the prestige of this nation we love has gone down … As someone said, “We live in a theater of the absurd.”

I’m old enough to remember years prior to World War I. My cousin had been to our house about a month before the war broke out, as straight as a ram-rod. He had his red jacket with its lovely gold buttons. I looked at him and thought, “My, what a marvelous thing to be a soldier.” On the 4th of August 1914 the war broke out and he went with millions of other men to fight; he came back a total physical wreck. But you see, the slogan of World War I was this: “This is the war to end wars.” War is not only unchristian, it’s uncivilized.

After that, from 1919 to 1939, we had twenty golden years of peace when the church had the greatest opportunity since Pentecost, in my judgment. Then came the second World War.

Prior to World War I we had a group of intellectuals in England called Fabian Socialists. The red bearded man who gave us plays like Pygmalion and My fair lady, George Bernard Shaw, was one of the super intellectuals. Really, the leader was a self anointed and self-appointed prophet of a new world order; his name was H. G. Wells, a cocky little man. Those men did not talk about redemption, they did not talk about sin, they were just rationalists, they were just humanists. Away back in 1912, two years before the 1914 war, H. G. Wells said, “It is possible for us to have a new race of people by intellectual and biological processes. We don’t need the Bible, we don’t need the church, we can pull down the hills of wealth, we can fill up the valleys of poverty.”
He didn’t talk about sin and redemption and wickedness.
He talked about the adequacy of materialism.
He talked about the inevitability of progress.
He talked about the sufficiency of man.
They were going to bring in a new millennium by their own genius.
And then a shadow came over the sky. We had the 1914-18 war. And at the end, H. G. Wells and the gang were not so sure about things.
In 1939 came the 2nd World War. Well, H. G. Wells had written his outline of history, but the last book he wrote, in the middle of World War II, was not this rosy optimism. His last book was Mind at the end of it’s Tether. And he said, “There is no hope for humanity.” And he said one more sensible thing, “There is a little cavity somewhere in the human breast which can be filled by God and only by God.”

We feel a little nervous these days of talking about human depravity. Well, heaven knows, there has never been as much depravity around as we have today. Look at the iniquity that was on the earth when the prophet Elijah came on the scene. The nation was in bondage to idolatry, and impurity, and infidelity, and indifference.
And it’s my contention this morning that this pulpit is no place for puppets.
In this day in which we live it’s prophets that we need.
A Jewish scholar says,

“The prophet, by the very nature of his calling, is a tragic figure. He has a fierce loyalty toward God and he has a broken heart over a lost nation.”

We miss the mark telling people who are morally good, and very excellent many of them, that Jesus Christ came into the world to make bad men good.He did not. That’s a fringe benefit.

The first argument God has with a man is not that he’s bad,
it’s that he is DEAD in trespasses and in sin.
And Christianity is the only Gospel in the world, the only message in the world, where a man’s God comes and lives inside of him.

Where’s the brooding of the Holy Ghost these days? When revival comes you don’t daringly say, “Joe Smith is coming to preach this week, and he’ll finish Sunday night.” Where in the world did we get the idea that the Holy Spirit only comes at 11 o’clock Sunday morning and you send Him home at 12 o’clock. You want Him back at 7 at night ’til 8 and we don’t need Him ’til Wednesday night. When revival comes the lights don’t go out in the sanctuary for weeks and weeks and weeks.

I spent an afternoon in Wales in 1931 or 32 with an old man who had been one of the right hand men in the Salvation Army revival back in the 1880’s. The man was eighty years of age. He told me about the amazing things that happened in their revivals. The men that would sit in the back seats, almost the scum of the earth, came in just to get warm, but they would get so worried when the old preacher William Booth was preaching one of his hell-fire messages, that they shred their hymn books. Begby, in his definitive work on William Booth, in the first volume I think, talks about the holiness meetings. And he said, “When the Holy Ghost came down and men resisted the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of God would lift people from the back of the sanctuary and carry them over the audience and drop them at the altar.” And we think we’ve seen everything because two or three people get healed.

You can not standardize revival. I am not thinking of a church revival; I’m thinking of a national revival. There is only one hope for America and that is that we have a Divine intervention in the nation. Forget your denomination, forget your empty seats.

Let’s see first of all how God grieves over the sin of the people,

and after all, when you look in the Old Testament, God’s argument was not with the Amalekites, and Hitites and all the other “ites”. God’s problem in the Old Testament was Israel. God’s problem today is not communism, Mormonism, Moonism or any other “ism.” God’s problem is His church today. We are so worldly.

A city wide crusade can cost two million dollars.
Revival doesn’t cost a red cent, except broken hearts.
You can stage your revival; you can stage a city wide crusade; you can not stage Revival.
Revival is a mysterious divine intervention.
I think one of the most awesome tasks given to man was given to John Baptist, when God said, “Prepare YE the way of the Lord.”

You know, you talk about revival in this country and everybody has got tunnel vision. They think revival must come like Finney had it. We are not living in Finney’s days. It would be nice to have him around, for sure, but we are not living in Finney’s day. It is a new day. Iniquity has never swaggered like it swaggers now. You know what has happened in the last twenty three years in England? In the last twenty three years in England the Muslims have built 300 mosques and at the same time they were building their 300 mosques the Church of England has closed 660 churches. Does it drive us to despair? There are more people lost in this world at the moment than in any period in history. And yet we go on as though we were on the edge of the millennium instead of on the edge of judgment.

I believe the key to revival is given here in Joel, “Let the priests, the ministers of God, weep between the altar and the door posts.”

I was preaching in a well known college two years ago. I was preaching on Hannah, because I think Hannah is typical of the true intercessor. The intercessor believes, “The thing will happen through me. I have to stand in the gap.” You know, when you talk about intercessors we always go back and say, “Well, America’s had some of the best intercessors.” You’re right; we had.
We had praying Payson of Portland back in the eighteen hundreds. The floor
in his room was as hard as this metal and yet there were two grooves side by
side where his knees used to rub in the floor.
What about Jonathan Goforth that went out and had revival in China?
What about John Hyde, one of the greatest men ever in prayer?
You know, the first thing that really moved me to God after I got saved? Somebody gave me an abridged edition of the life of David Brainard. I just could not believe it; I could not take it in. Could a man be so utterly selfless?
The thing that is crippling us is our prosperity. Materialism is choking the church as well as the world. We want ease and comfort.
When I read of a young man that could walk out in the snow, snow up to his
chin sometimes, wrestling in prayer from sunrise to sunset with a
tubercular body…
When I read about a man that wrestled in prayer like that, I was dumbfounded.
And since the church I went to was pretty sleepy and I was only about seventeen, I went out into Sherwood forest – I lived on the edge of it – and started praying by myself at night. We have some bracken there, and it grows seven or eight feet high, I used to creep in it and weep and groan and pray for revival. And revival came. Because I prayed? No, No. I was one of a number.
But a man called George Jefferys came. Very humble… He never stopped to meet you… never mentioned money…He just came there, they sang about one chorus, but the ministry and the authority of God was upon him, and again the Acts of the Apostles were repeated. I don’t think that a move of miracles like that is the only answer. In fact I think we could by-pass that. In the last thirty years America has had more healing crusades than all the nations of the world put together.

What we need now is
A revival of holiness.
A revival of character.
A revival of people who are utterly selfless
and prepared to lay their lives on the altar for God.

Paul Koffman went to Nagaland, India, to see what happened and expected something like Finney. When he got there saw signs and wonders and miracles, cripples were healed, blind people were seeing, every distorted, perverted thing was put right. So what? Hey, did you ever hear of a revival like this? The government has made an inquiry. Why has the drink traffic gone down? Why is it the kids are behaving in the street? Why are we not having a problem with drugs? Why is the nation convulsed? Why is the government inquirying? They were the most rebellious, lawless state in India and now they are the calmest. The crime has gone. People are civilized and gentle and loving. Well, it’s the same old story. They discovered a group of people, underground people, who had been praying twenty years for revival.

No man – I don’t care how colossal his intellect – No man is greater than his prayer life.
To stand before men on behalf of God is one thing.
To stand before God on behalf of men is something entirely different.

We’ve urged people to tithe, haven’t we? But we only mean their money. You see, we want a “revival” which is a painless Pentecost. We want something that won’t disturb our status quo. It’s “easy street” everywhere else, so why not here?

There never has been a revival that I can trace, that hasn’t been
birthed back there with true, true, true intercession.