Is there anyone here that can say, “I’m as good as I wish to be.”?
The longing for revival comes while on that narrow and difficult path. Like many, I hear people talk about revival but I wonder if we know what revival even implies.
If the church really wants revival, then church, pursue it biblically. I don’t know of a place in the land where revival is not needed.
I live in a land where rain is rare. It has been raining for the past several days, but it won’t be long and everyone in southern Idaho will be talking about how long it has been since it last rained.
There may have been a day in the past when the church enjoyed the ‘raining’ of the Holy Spirit, but perhaps you are in a region where it has been a long season since the refreshing rain of the Holy Spirit has touched the hearts of man.
The following is not an exact quote of Richard Owen Roberts, but close.
Not so many years ago, in Wales, there were enough seats in church houses for every inhabitant in the land and not so many years ago every seat was occupied. But now, you go into a typical community of 8,000 residents. Of the fifteen church houses in the city and the farming community and you’ll find eleven of those churches with roofs caved in, the windows broken out, turned into bingo halls, or converted into auto garages.
Of the other four church buildings that remain open: One is the Anglican church, there are five elderly women over the age of 80 who attend services there once a month. One is the Presbyterian church that lost all track to the gospel over forty years ago. Another is the Evangelical Church, maybe the largest church, but is being split by Pentecostals. And the last church is the Baptist Church, and it’s being controlled, not by God, but by the Masonic Lodge.
taken from “Revival Theology” Richard Owen Roberts 45min mark
Obviously this is not true of every community, but his observation is of the overall spiritual landscape of a land where once an outpouring of the Holy Spirit was far reaching.
Oh for the rain from heaven once again!
the full message from Richard Owen Roberts