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When Will Revival Come, by A.W.Tozer
 

 “Awake, Awake! Put on your strength… Put on your beautiful garments…

Shake yourself from the dust, arise..loose yourself from the bonds of your neck…” Isaiah 52:1,2

 

“Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light ”Ephesians 5:14

 

 The Revival Hymn:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ec5dJHtMTSg&feature=youtube_gdata_player

 

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 discerning 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 yold 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, except 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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