Do you know, God desires revival? What do we know about revival?How do we get ready for revival? In this chapter we learn how to prepare and get ready for revival according to Charles Finney. Are you looking forward to what God does when revival arrives? Let’s learn more.
Author : Charles G. Finney
Taken from Chapter 3 of : “How to experience Revival”
“Break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you” — Hosea 10:12
Revival – Preparation
Because the Jews were a nation of farmers, Scripture often refers to their occupation to illustrate its points. The prophet Hosea employed this strategy to tell the Jews they were becoming a nation of backsliders. He reproved them for their idolatry and threatened them with the judgments of God.
A revival consists of two parts: that which concerns the Church and that which concerns the unsaved. Here I will speak about a revival in the Church. Fallow ground is ground which has once been tilled bout which now lies waste. It needs to be broken up and mellowed before it is again ready to receive grain.
Softening Your Heart
If you want to break up the fallow ground of your heart, you must begin by looking at yourself. Examine and note the state of your mind. See where you are. Many never seem to think about this. They pay no attention to their own hearts, and they never know whether they are doing well in their faith or not. They do not know whether they are gaining ground or going back; whether they are fruitful or going to waste.
Now is the time to divert your attention from other things and look into this. Make a point to do this. Do not be in a hurry. Thoroughly examine the state of your heart and see where you are. Check to see if you are walking with God every day or with the devil.
Self-examination is looking at your life. It is considering your actions in the past and learning its true character. Look over your personal history. Examine your individual sins one by one. I do not mean for you to glance at your past life, see that it has been full of sins, then go to God and make a general confession. That is not the way. You must look at each sin one by one. It is a good idea to take a pen and paper as you go over them and write each sin down as they occur to you.
Go over them as carefully as a merchant goes over his books. Each time a sin comes to mind, add it to the list. General confessions of sin will never do. Now, begin and review what are commonly, but improperly, called sins of omission.
Spring is the best time to start our gardening project, right? We get absolutely excited about the new vegetable garden we’ve planned for the entire winter and we are so ready to begin. Oh wow.. the spring is here, and we can’t wait to look at our vegetable plot and lo and behold, we discover the vegetable plot is totally covered and taken over by the garden weeds. Have this happened to you before? Do you like garden weeds? Removing the weeds is a painful task for most gardeners. Is it fair for me to end that most gardeners do not like weeds? Please let me know if you strongly disagree. I would love to hear from you, just send me a comment.
While I’m here to write about some interesting facts about garden weeds, I would like to also bring your attention to some spiritual truths using garden weeds which I believe God had taught me through the years I’ve been interested in gardening. I hope you will gain some important truths after reading this article. Shall we begin? Continue reading →
For the last weeks while all Americans were watching intensely at the first possible government shutdown since 1995, we were all wondering what the outcome would be. What was the issue so great that the Democratic and Republican parties were unable to agree and the Government had to resort to shut down? Democratic party insisted on their continual financial support to Planned Parenthood and the Republican party opposed the budget. The bottom-line issue is all about ABORTION. Does a woman have her right to abort her baby? Should abortion be legalized? Today, I would like to discuss about this issue as a woman myself and my perspective on our law on this topic. Continue reading →