The Revival We Need – Part 1

The Revival We Need by A.C. DixonPart 1″My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.”—Ps. 119:25. “I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O Lord, according unto thy word.”—Ps. 119:107. “Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word.”—Ps. 119:154. These Scriptures give us the definition of a true revival, the dire need of such a revival, and a simple description of how to get it.I. THE TRUE REVIVAL DEFINEDA true revival is a quickening according to God’s Word, not according to some man’s magnetism or eccentricity.A talented evangelist may swoop down upon a community and make a stir by sharp, striking sayings, draw large crowds and quicken a kind of interest; but such a quickening may be according to the evangelist, not according to the Word of God.Now, what we need is an increase of spiritual life which is in line with scriptural teaching. A revival means a giving of more life. David had life; what he wished for was life more abundant.We have love for God and men; what we need is more of the same quality; but be sure that it is love according to the Word of God. ‘This is the love of God, that we keep His commandments.’ Obedience, not sentimentalism or unctuous joy, is love.Such obedience to God will be linked with unselfish ministry to man. A missionary by the name of Crossett died years ago in China. He was greatly loved by the Chinese people. He chose a life of poverty, because he did not have time to make money.He spent his days and nights with the sick, the poor, the anxious. He led many of them to Christ. He thought not of himself, but of others. He loved men, not because of the ties of kinship or nationality, but because they were men with immortal souls precious in the sight of God.Such love we need in abundance: a love producing a zeal that consumes us. A love that burdens us for the salvation of men

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