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When Will Revival Come, by A.W. Tozer
 

*When will revival come? *
By A.W.Tozer

"Is it possible that the Christian church is now satisfied to accept God as
simply the God of history? Does it feel no need for individuals to meet God
in living, personal experience ?
We do have God in history and Christ in history. But where is the emphasis
on the need for a tranforming encounter with the living God who transcends
history?... We are not consciuosly aware of God in our midst. We do not seem
to sense the tragedy of having almost completely lost the awareness of His
presence.
I pray that the churches in this day may reap the joys and fruits of
graciuos revival and the deep inward awareness of God's presence.
Revival and blessing comes to the church when we stop looking at a picture
of God and look at God Himself. Revival comes when, no longer satisfied to
know about a God in history, we meet the conditions of finding Him in
living, personal experience.
Conversley. revival cannot come if we are far removed from God. It cannot
come, if instead of hearing His voice, we are content with only an echo..
I hold fast to the opinion that our God is ever trying to reveal Himself to
us. There is no way for us sinful men and women to find our way into God's
presence unless He reveals Himself and appears to us. When I say "unless He
appears to us," I do not mean that God is trying to appear to our physical
eyesight. Rather, He is trying to appear to the eye of our soul through our
inner conciousness. I think you will agree that this is not a new concept
for serious-minded believers.

Christians are generally comitted to the perception that it is possible to
see more clearly with the heart than with the eyes. It is possible to feel
more tenderly with the heart-our innermost being-than to feel with the tips
of our fingers. Never apologize for your inner eyes! They are the real eyes
for diserning the nature of issues most important to God. Your physical eyes
can fool you, but the eyes of your inner being will give you true guidance.
The apostle Paul wrote about his experience of being caught up into the
third heaven. He told us of his vision-the things he was shown.If he had
seen those things with his physical eyes, his eyes would have been burned
away!
When we see God with the eyes of our hearts, God is fulfilling His purpose
to appear to us....
In the Old Testament, the writer of the Proverbs taught that true spiritual
knowledge is the result of a visitation of heavenly wisdom...We need to
learn and to declare again the mystery of wisdom from above. Truth consists
not mereley in correct doctrine, but in correct doctrine to which is added
the inward enlightment of the Holy Spirit.

It is apparent that we cannot know God by the logic of reason. Through
reason we can only know about God. Through the light of nature, our moral
reason may be enlightened, but the deeper mysteries of God remain hidden to
us until we have received illumination from above. " A man can receive
nothing, excpet it be given him from heaven" John 3: 27. He was not
referring to men's gifts. He was speaking of spiritual truth.Divine truth is
of the nature of the Holy Spirit, and for that reason it can be received
only by spiritual revelation.
God made us in His own image. he placed within us a capacity for
God-knowledge, a capacity to know spiritual things. When our foreparents,
Adam and Eve, sinned, that potential died. Thus, "dead in sin" is a
description of that part of our being in which we should be able to know God
in conscious awareness.
And what have we done to compensate for the loss? We have been forced to
depend upon our minds-the seat of our powers of reason and understanding. In
his New Testament letters, the apostle Paul declares again and again, the
inability of human reason to discover or comprehend divine truth. In that
inability we see human despair.
John the Baptist said, "except it be given him from heaven." We are men and
women born into this world, and this is our hope. These words do certainly
mean that there is such a thing as a gift of knowing, a gift that comes from
heaven. Jesus promised His disciples that the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of
truth, would come and teach them all things. He explained Peter's knowledge
of His Saviour as being a direct revelation from the Father in heaven. In
one of Jesus' prayers He said, "I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and
earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and
hast revealed them unto babes" Mathew 11:25"

From A.W. Tozer's book " Men who met God", Chapter 12 "When will revival
come?"


 


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