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We have been talking about the subject of revival and some months ago I shared with you the testimony of Duncan Campbell concerning the revival on Lewis Island. You will remember that there was a great revival on the Island led by Mr. Campbell. He arrived on the island in 1949 intending to stay for 10 days and ended up staying for three years because of the movement of God among the people.
Sometime in the 1970’s he was in Canada and gave his testimony concerning this revival. When I played this audio for you I received a lot of positive comments from you.
I want to use a portion of that testimony to makes some points concerning true revival. Remember, we have three major goals at Fortress of Faith. The first is resisting Islam. I see Islam as a tool being used of God to bring judgment on the west. Just look at what has happened in Europe.
Our second goal is reaching Muslims with the Gospel. We don’t hate Muslims, we see them as victims of Islam that need to know the truth.
The third part of our ministry is revival. I believe that revival is the solution to Islam problem that is facing North America. I believe that God is allowing the rise of Islam as an instrument of judgment and if we will repent and turn back to Him He will lift His hand of judgment and return us to a state of blessing just as He did Israel of old.
We are a young nation. The United States has only been a country for a little over 200 years. In that short time we have seen some revivals (awakenings) and I am praying that we will see revival again.
I believe God may have to break our back before revival can come. All the ingredients for this are coming about. We see an administration that seems bent on destroying our economy. We see the enemy (Islam) being allowed to come in and sow its seeds of sedition. We see the morality of our country beginning to destroy the family.
I pray that when we come to ourselves and we become a broken nation, that we will realize that all of this is happening because of our rejection of God and His precepts. I pray that we will repent, turn from our wicked ways, and turn to God for mercy.
Let me get back to the part of the testimony of Duncan Campbell that I want to use to make some points.
Let me give you some background on this part of his testimony. There was one farmer who had been invited to the services and he said he might come one day. True to his word, he showed up at one of the services and he fell under great conviction. He returned home in such a state of remorse and contrition over his sin that he went to one of the rooms of his house and could be heard crying out to God.
There were others in the house who were praying for this man. They were afraid that he might go “mental.”
They were standing at the door listening to this man. We will pick up the testimony at this point.
There is the farmer on the knees and again he kept repeating, “God, can you have mercy on me? Can you have mercy on me? I seem to feel that hell is too good for me.”
And there he is and we are standing at the door. He is quite unconscious of us being there. And then the wife spoke.
“There is the mighty sinner and may he take his tummy full of it.”
What did she mean? Oh, she was crying to God that God would so shake him out of his sin that his experience of God would be real. Let him stew in his sin conviction.
Oh how often I heard her say that during the Lewis revival. “Leave them there. Let God deal with them.” And though I sometimes feel, dear people, that we take things out of the hand of God by our counseling. Oh that we might get to the place where with confidence in God we leave the work therein.
I wanted you to read that because I wanted to try to get you to understand the cost of revival. I have never met a Christian that said he did not want revival, but how many are willing to pay the price? I guarantee that when revival visits you, it will disrupt your plans. Your goals, your schedule. The things on your agenda are going to change. The things for which you have a passion for today will pass away because other things will occupy your mind and your time.
I wonder if we really understand what revival will cost us. It will cost us our way of life.
I don’t say this to discourage you in any way. I pray that it will encourage you and give you a passion for the things of God.
Folks, we are so wrapped up in our worldly ways, yes even those of us who call ourselves the Children of God. We have given our minds and our occupations to the things of this world. If we have a Holy Ghost revival God will change all that.
Many who thought they were the born again children of God will discover that they have never truly been born again. There are many who I call “false converts.” They are converts to “Christianity,” to the religion, but they have not become God’s children yet.
The difference is, in whose righteousness are they trusting. If they are trusting in their own righteousness they are false converts. They are following the form of Christianity, but they are not truly God’s children. If they are trusting in God’s righteousness they are truly saved.
We are going to find that when God comes and there is a movement of the Spirit of God, He will reveal to each of us our sin. We will be like the farmer above. He didn’t claim to be a Christian beforehand.
The reaction of the farmer should be the normal reaction of someone coming to salvation. There should be the realization that I am a sinner and deserve God’s judgment. Read again the farmer’s words, “God, can you have mercy on me? Can you have mercy on me? I seem to feel that hell is too good for me.” When he saw his wretchedness he felt that even Hell was not punishment enough.
When there is an awakening, a movement of God, we are going to realize that our sin so wretched and so filthy that God has every justification to throw is into Hell, but that we probably even deserve more.
So many people claim to be children of God and have no change in their lives. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” you will note that it is not that you get something new, you become something new. God changes those who are truly saved. What you were and what you did will pass away and all things will become new. If there has not been this kind of change in your life you need to check up on your salvation.
When one realizes the depth their wretchedness then the depth of God’s mercy and grace will be understood.
One of the greatest passages on repentance is Psalm 51. Take some time to read this Psalm. David is repenting over his sin with Bath Sheba and he cries out to God for mercy. When you read this you will see a truly broken heart and contrite spirit.
Let me leave you with a couple of verses:
Psalm 34:18 “The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. “
The one that has a truly broken heart and whose spirit is truly contrite is the one that God saves.
2 Corinthians 7:10 “For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.”
It is godly sorrow that God uses to work salvation in the lives of those with a repentant heart. One thing we see when there is true revival is people getting saved. Revival will not produce empty professions, it produces changed lives.
True revival makes us realize that there is nothing in us that merits salvation. All of our righteousness is as filthy rags in the sight of God (Isaiah 64:6). Revival makes us aware of our wretchedness and causes us to cry out to God for mercy. True revival changes people, it changes church, it changes communities.
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