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- Resist Islam.
- Rescue Muslims from Islam.
- Revival in North America
This week we are going to be focused on the third objective, revival. Having lived in Great Britain for 29 years I was privileged to meet some people who were alive during some of the great revivals there. The first of these was in Wales, the Evan Roberts revival. I met two elderly men who, as young men, were alive at that time. They told me of the mighty moving of God they witnessed.
I also met a lady who, as a child, lived on Lewis Island just off the Scottish coast. She told me of the great moving of God in the Lewis Island Revival.
Since I will be doing a lot of traveling this week I going to play a recording of Duncan Campbell’s testimony. This recording has had a profound effect on my life and I want you to listen to this Scottish preacher. In 1949 God used him in a great way in the revival of Lewis Island. This was the most recent wide scale moving of God in our time.
I want your heart to burn as mine does for that kind of revival here in North America.
Here is the transcript of Duncan Campbell’s testimony:
Now before I begin this story I would like to say one thing. And that is that I did not bring revival to Lewis. It has grieved my heart again and again to read articles about theman that brought revival to Lewis. Notices on church boards: “Come and hear the man that brought revival to Lewis.”
My dear people, it is not true. I don’t carry revival about with me in my pocket. Revival broke out in Lewis some time before I went to the island. I thank God for the privilege of being in its midst for over three years. I went at the invitation of one parish minister for 10 days, but God kept me there for three years. And I am thankful to God for the privilege of—perhaps in some small way—leading that movement and teaching the young converts in the deep things of God…..
Now, how did it happen? This, to me, is an interesting story and I want to tell it in full. One evening an old woman 84 years of age and blind had a vision. Now, don’t ask me to explain this vision because I cannot. But strange things happen when God begins to move. And this dear old lady in the vision saw the church of her fathers crowded with young people, crowded with young people. And she saw a strange minister in the pulpit. And she was so impressed by this revelation—because a revelation it was—she sent for the minister and told her story.
The parish minister was a God fearing man, a man that longed to see God working. Oh, he had tried ever so many things to get the youth of the parish interested, but not one single teenager attended the church. That was the situation.
Well, what did this dear old lady to say to him? I’ll tell you she said. “I am sure, Mr. McKay that you are longing to see God working. What about calling your office bearers together and suggest to them that you spend two nights a week waiting upon God. You have tried missions. You have tried special evangelists. Mr. McKay, have you tried God?” Oh, I tell you. This was a wonderful old woman.
So he meekly obeyed and said, “Yes, I will call the session together and I will suggest that we meet on Tuesday night and Friday night and we will spend the whole night in prayer.”
I tell you, dear people, here were men that meant business. The dear old lady said, “Well, if you do that my sister and I will get on our knees at 10 o’clock on Tuesday, 10 o’clock on Friday and we will wait on our knees until four o’clock in the morning.” I tell you this puts us to shame.
So they went to prayer and I want to mention that they had but one promise from God and that promise they plead. “I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground.” That is God’s promise.
And in their prayers, according to the minister, they would say again and again, “God, you are a covenant keeping God and you must be true to your covenant engagements.” And the praying and the meetings continued for several nights until one night a very remarkable thing happened. There kneeling amongst straw in the barn, in the barn of a farm house when suddenly one young man rose and read part of Psalm 24. Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD!
And he shut his Bible. And then looking down at the minister and at the other men who were kneeling there he said this. Rather crude words, not so crude in Gaelic, but this is what he said. “Brethren, it seems to me just so much humbug to be praying as we are praying, to be waiting as we are waiting, if we ourselves are not rightly related to God.” Oh, my dear brethren, let’s take that to heart.
He began to pray. “God, are my hands clean? Is my heart pure?” And that dear man got no farther. He fell on his knees…..
The moment that that happened in the barn a power was let lose in Barvas that shook the whole of Lewis. I say shook Lewis. God stepped down. The Holy Spirit began to move among the people. And the minister
writing about what happened on the following morning said this, “You met God on meadow and moorland. You met him in the homes of the people. God seemed to be everywhere.” What of that? Revival? Revival? Not an evangelist. Not a special effort, not anything at all organized on the basis of human endeavor, but an awareness of God that gripped the whole community so much so that work stopped.
What was happening?
And the people were meeting in groups. Young men would gather in a field and begin to talk about the strange consciousness of God that had gripped the community.
Folks, I hope your hearts are starting to be moved by this testimony. Do you see what happened here. First we had a preacher that was humbled. Preachers, you have tried everything, have you considered trying God? God can use anyone, even elderly women like Peggy. Will you let Him use you?