Choked by Thorns

He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choked the word and he became unfruitful. Matt 13:22.
On one occasion, Jesus was speaking to the multitudes and gave them a parable, often referred to as the parable of the Sower. In this parable the sower (preacher) went out and sowed his seeds (preached the word). Some of the seeds fell on the wayside, and were quickly eaten up. Others fell on the stony places, some on the thorny soil while others on the good ground.
Of interest to me is the seeds that fell among thorns. According to the master, they were those who heard the word and allowed the word to germinate and grew in them. However, because there were thorn all around them, the thorns quickly deprived them of nutrients, choked them and the word became unfruitful and died in them. All the efforts from the hearing, the nurturing, and the growing of the word in them became useless and wasted.
Jesus went ahead to explain that the thorns represents the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches. These are the worries, anxieties, distractions and the cares of this life, together with the concerns and deceitfulness of riches.

We live in a world that is full of uncertainties, where today is under threat and tomorrow is not guaranteed. There are multiplied causes of fear and anxieties that the average person can live in fear and worries paralysing the word of God in their lives. It causes you to be preoccupied with these issues that you lose sight of the greatness of God and his provisions here on earth.
Another form of thorns is the deceitfulness of riches. The pursuit of riches has taken a central position in the lives of many that the word is choked out and becomes unfruitful. When a man becomes preoccupied with getting rich, and to accommodate wealth beyond proportion, the word of God is given a second place and eventually will die.
Beloved, let us not be carried away with the care and worries of this life, the deceitfulness of riches, the pursuit of money and materialism to allow the word of God become unfruitful in us. They are all a ploy by the enemy to distract us from God. What shall a man profit if he gains the whole world and lose his soul?

Let us put our trust and future in the hands of God and he will see us through. “Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your request be made known unto God” Phil 4:6. “Casting all your cares upon him, for he careth for you” 1 Pet 5:7
God bless you.


This is the message which we have heard from Him, and declared unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all 1 John 1:5

One of the revelations of God in his word is the fact that “God is Light” He is the light of the World for ‘in Him was Life, and the Life was the light of men’ (John 1:4). Jesus said, “I am the Light of the World… (John 3: 19). He indeed is the true source of life to everything on earth.
One thing about light is the fact that it does not coexist with darkness, in whatever form, for “the light shinneth in darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not” (John 1:5). It is said plainly “God is Light and in Him IS NO DARKNESS AT ALL (1John 1:5). Sin in any form, shape and shade represents darkness. The presence of light drives away darkness “For he was manifested to take away our sins, and in him is no Sin” (1 John 3:5), again, “Thou art of PURER EYES THAN TO BEHOLD EVIL, AND CANST NOT LOOK ON INIQUITY (Hab 1:13). God CANNOT live with, play with, accommodate, condone, sanction or tolerate Sin in any form, either in the world or in his Children. The two are mutually exclusive, and are forever diametrically opposed. As children of God, God dwells in Us, for we are his temple (1 Cor 6:19). Our life is now hid in God (Col 3:3) and we are to abide in Christ (John 15:4). In other words, this Holy God, who is Light and in Him is No darkness at all, is supposed to be living in the inside of us, and we dwelling in Him.
Beloveth, there is a great aberration today in the household of God. Some church goers, including ministers and pastors, live in sin, either secretly or openly, claiming it doesn’t matter, that grace has covered their sins and God no longer inputs sin to them. Some claimed that they have eternal security in Christ, and as long as they have not denied Christ, they will make it to heaven irrespective of how they live their lives here on earth. This makes me to tremble! How can people still live in and enjoy sin and claim they know God, that God is dwelling in them, or are working for or serving him? It is NOT Possible.
It is like ‘Mr Darkness’ telling you he visited the sun and spent a whole weekend with Him. It can NEVER happen in this world or in the world to come, as darkness cannot coexist with light! Note the clear statement of the scripture “If we say we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we LIE, and do not the truth (1 John 1:6). Also, “whosoever abideth in him SINNETH NOT, whosoever sinneth hath NOT SEEN HIM, NEITHER KNOW HIM” (1John 3:6)
Are we serving a different God? has He changed? Or has He changed and altered his principles to accommodate the failings of this present age? Is He still the same God that threw Lucifer and the other angels out of heaven when iniquity was found in them; the God that destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah on account of sin; the same God that destroyed the Israelites in the wilderness after delivering them from the bondage in Egypt, gave them communion and provided and preserved them in the desert??? (1 Cor 10:1-6) Maybe we have two types of heaven, one for the one that the apostles of old, our fathers of faith, Joseph and all the others that stood their ground and suffered in the face of temptation strived to enter, while there is a second one for the people of this generation. Or else, will Joseph be in the same heaven with the young men of this age? will Paul who put his body under subjection so that he will not be a castaway sit on the same throne with some of the apostles and preachers of this generation? The answer is a BIG NO. God has not changed, or else he will need to apologized for being strict with the old generation.
Little children, let no one deceive you; he that doeth righteousness is righteous while he that committeth sin is of the devil, for the devil sinneth from the beginning. (1John 3:7,8). What shall we say then? shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God Forbid, how shall we that are dead to sin live in it any longer (Rom 6:1-2) For the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, the Lord knoweth them that are his, and let him that nameth the name of the Lord departs from iniquity (2 Timothy 2:19). Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolators, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners shall inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthian 6:9)

Beloved, God still loves you and does not desire that you perish with the world. Don’t wait until it is too late in eternity before you realized that you are on the wrong side. Examine yourself today to return to the part of righteousness. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all our unrighteousness” (1John 1:9). The blood is available and ready to cleanse you only if you will allow him, and God will give you the grace to live a victorious Christian life and live above sin. “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his Glory with exceeding joy… (Jude 24).
You can connect to this grace today by praying this prayer: “Lord Jesus, I come to you today. I believe you came and died for my sins. Today, I ask for your mercies. I have lived my life the way I wanted, but today I surrender my life to you. Please forgive me all my sins, wash me by your blood, and be my Lord and Saviour. Give me the grace to live a victorious life above sin and to follow you all the days of my life. Please restore me back to you today. Thank you for saving me. Amen!”
If you pray this prayer and you meant it, then you are now a child of God and God has restored you back to him (John 1: 12). You need to read your Bible daily, and also take time to pray to God and avoid every form of sin. Locate a Bible believing church around you to attend regularly. God Bless you

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The Six Waves of Revival (Part 2)

The Fourth Great Awakening of 1857 Onwards
This Great Awakening (often called the 3rd) was the greatest to date in its extent, effects and lasting impact. It began slowly in Canada, when 21 were saved, and grew steadily until between 25 and forty were converted each day. Slowly reports of small awakenings began to emerge from various states in America. Then, in September 1857 Jeremiah Lanphier, a businessman and convert of Finney’s (a decade before), began a noon day prayer meeting on Wednesdays in a New York church. The small but growing numbers decided to meet daily in early October. Within six months over 10,000 business men were meeting in similar meetings across America; confessing sins, being converted and praying for revival. It was a lay-led movement that harvested a million souls in two years. In 1858, from February to June, around 50,000 people a week were added to the church – in a nation whose population was only 30,000,000.
Across the Atlantic another million were won to Christ by 1865. This was in Britain’s population of 27,000,000. Ulster saw 100,000 converted, Scotland 30,000, Wales 100,000 and England 500,000.
Evangelistic, missionary and philanthropic enterprises blossomed on every hand. Moody and Sankey enjoyed their greatest success. William and Catherine Booth, converted under the ministry of James Caughey, launched the Salvation Army and attracted great crowds to Christ. Walter and Phoebe Palmer, the American evangelists, saw a remarkable work of the Spirit attend their ministry. Charles Haddon Spurgeon preached to capacity crowds each week, filling the largest halls in London. Hudson Taylor began the China Inland Mission. Gawin Kirkham started the Open Air Mission. Lord Shaftsbury championed for the cause of the young, the poor and the oppressed. Barnardo founded his famous orphanages. David Livingstone and Mary Slessor propagated missionary work in Africa. Such was the impact of this fourth great awakening.
The revival also swept around the world. Rapid growth was reported in continental Europe, western Russia, Australia, The South Seas, South Africa and India.

The Fifth Great Awakening 1880 Onwards
It would be vary easy to review this period, 1880 to 1903, as a period of unusual evangelistic effort and success, as most its documentation surrounds the ministry of Dwight L. Moody, together with a host of other ministries that were also born out of the 1857 revival. Orr regards this period also as a ‘resurgence.’ Certainly the fourth great awakening had produced some highly motivated and anointed ministries, but looking at the world situation, something more than evangelistic success was afoot. It was quite distinct in its character and effects.
It initially centred around the ministry of D L Moody, whose ministry may be described as “highly successful crusade evangelism interspersed with periodic revivalism”. Moody began his ministry in Chicago and entered full-time Christian work in 1860, concentrating on his Sunday school and YMCA work. He was God’s chosen vessel to take the sparks of the 1857-60 revival to ignite a fresh passion for God and for souls around the world. Moody traveled, with his singing evangelist companion, Ira Sankey, to England a number of times. Spurgeon spoke of the visit of 1873-1875 as “a gracious visitation” and a “very notable ingathering of converts”, especially at Newcastle and Edinburgh. Andrew Bonar, too, refers, in his diary to “the tide of real revival in Edinburgh” comparing it with his own experience of revival 35 years earlier. Similar results followed Moody and Sankey as they traversed England, Ireland and Scotland, filling the largest halls in the land.
Moody returned to England in 1881-83 and had an astounding affect on a new breed of evangelists in the U.S., Britain and across the world. His mission in Cambridge, in 1882, marked the beginning of a worldwide interdenominational student missionary movement. Though the YMCA in the States and Christian Unions in the U.K. had their inception during the former revival (1857), Moody’s influence transformed these works into powerful missionary movements. The ‘Cambridge Seven’, including C. T. Studd, were products of Moody’s visit and they went to on evangelise China in 1885. By 1912 Studd founded W.E.C., a missionary movement which had great success in parts of Africa. Wilfred Grenfell, the renowned missionary to Labrador was converted at a tent mission led by Moody in 1885.
Similar results occurred in the US. Thousands of young men volunteered for missionary work and the Anglo-American impetus spread around the world, producing the world’s Student Christian Federation, which, in turn, provided a large proportion of the outstanding Christian leaders of the early 20th Century.
Moody founded the Moody Bible Institute in 1883, with an emphasis on missions. The Christian and Missionary Alliance was formed during this time by A. B. Sampson and the Christian Endeavour Movement was born out of a revival in Portland, Maine, in 1880-1881.
Other evangelists, spurred on by Moody, threw themselves into the harvest. Sam Jones, J. Wilber Chapman and Billy Sunday had extraordinary success in North America. Andrew Murray exercised a powerful ministry in South Africa, as did John McNeil in Australia.
Revival hit Japan in the early 1880’s, increasing the adult membership from 4,000 to 30,000 in five years. The China Inland Mission experienced a large influx of new missionaries. New missions were planted in many unevangelised fields and revivals were reported in India, Africa, South Africa, Madagascar, Australia, Central and South America.
We may well describe this resurgence “a missionary revival” which took the flame of the 1859 revival even further around the world, ensuring a strong church base in all nations – just in time for the great 20th Century awakening.

The Sixth Great Awakening
The early years of the 20th century witnessed a number of revivals around the world.
It is impossible to understand these revivals apart from their roots in the Holiness Movement which had developed in the late 19th century. Of course, the issue of ‘holiness’ was not new. John Wesley advocated ‘entire sanctification’ and ‘Christian perfectionism’ in his ‘Plain Account of Christian Perfection.’ The idea that ‘sanctification’ could be instantaneously experienced subsequent to conversion was a Wesleyan norm. Testimonies to ‘experiences of sanctification,’ abounded during the 19th century. For example, James Caughey’s book entitled ‘Methodism in Earnest’ is subtitled ‘…being the history of a great revival in Great Britain; in which 20,000 souls professed faith in Christ, and ten thousand professed sanctification, in about six years, in association with the labours of Rev. James Caughey….’
Phoebe Palmer regularly held meetings for the promotion of holiness and was the first to use the phrase ‘baptism of the Holy Spirit’ to describe the experience of ‘entire sanctification.’ Charles Finney also embraced the Wesleyan doctrine of sanctification and his Oberlin presidency successor, Asa Mahan, begin to teach the baptism of the Holy Spirit as a baptism of holiness.
The Holiness Movement was nurtured and matured by a variety of ministries so that, by the turn of the century, America (especially) was awash with hundreds of holiness groups. During 1893 and 1900, twenty-three new denominations arose out of this movement. A passion for more power, more holiness, more evangelistic success and a greater outpouring of the Spirit took a hold of the church.
This was the background of the Evangelical and Pentecostal revival movements of the early 20th century.
In 1900 a revival broke out among South African Boer soldiers, who had been captured by the British and transported to various British colonies. At the conclusion of the war, in 1902, they returned to South Africa and the revival returned with them. Gypsy Smith reaped a great harvest there in 1904.
In Japan, during 1900, the church doubled in size as revival swept through many ailing churches.
In 1902, Torrey and Alexander conducted meetings in Melbourne, Australia, resulting in over 8,000 converts. This news spread like wild fire, igniting a passion for prayer and a fresh expectation for God to work in similar ways everywhere.
In 1904, Torrey and Alexandra were in Cardiff, Wales and, in the light of a minimal response to the Gospel, they called for a day of prayer and fasting. Suddenly things changed dramatically and thousands were converted during the next 12 months.
On the day of prayer and fasting (according to Torrey) Evan Roberts received an anointing of the Holy Spirit with great power, in a meeting conducted by Seth Joshua. Here the Welsh Revival began. It was Sept 22nd 1904.
However, the roots of the revival went back further. Young Evan Roberts had been praying for revival and an outpouring of the Holy Spirit for 11 years. Through a vision he received, Roberts believed that God was going to win 100,000 souls. In response to a further vision, he returned home in Loughor from Newcastle Emlyn where he had been enrolled in a Bible College.
During his first few meetings the heavens opened. God’s presence seemed to fill the air. Many were prostrated with conviction, others cried for mercy and many were so filled with the Spirit they pleaded with the Lord to stay His hand.
Soon the revival spread to other places in South Wales. Teams of young people assisted preachers like Roberts, Sydney Evans, Seth Joshua, Joseph Jenkins and R. B. Jones. The revival then took hold in North Wales. Within six months 100,000 had come to Christ!
The Welsh Revival was soon the main topic of conversation throughout the Christian world. Wherever the news went it seemed to cause passionate prayer and began to ignite revival fires everywhere. Christians across Great Britain turned to prayer and church membership increased throughout the land.
In Scandinavia a current revival was fanned into a mighty blaze, as a result of the Welsh Revival. Germany was similarly affected as the flame spread across Europe. Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, the Balkans and Russia experienced awakenings.
The United States felt the after-shock of the Welsh Revival in almost every place. Prayer, conviction and conversion spontaneously occurred, resulting in unusual church growth.
In 1906 the modern Pentecostal Movement was born in Azusa Street, in Los Angeles, after a succession of local revivals through 1905. News of the Welsh Revival encouraged more prayer and suddenly the Holy Spirit descended. Daily meetings were held for the next three years. Visitors flocked there to catch the power of the Spirit and they were not disappointed. No one could have imagined that this was the beginning of the greatest and most effective missionary movement that the world had ever seen. It marked the birth of what was once called ‘the third force in Christendom.’ Some would argue that, 100 years later, it has grown into the largest and most powerful force.
Almost no country in the world was excluded from the effects of this incredible revival. Almost every nation, on each continent, received new power from heaven, a new passion for prayer and for the lost. Hundreds of thousands came to the Lord.
One cannot help notice two things in this ‘potted’ history of revivals.
1. There is no doubt that God has used these powerful revivals as the major means of restoring the fortunes of a declining church and advancing the cause of the gospel in the world. This is how God maintains a vital church and this is how God regularly extends His kingdom, numerically and geographically.
2. There is a marked similarity to the experience of Israel during the period of the Judges in the Old Testament. The same cycle of sin and apathy, decline and defeat, desperate prayer for God’s help and, finally, His powerful intervention, characterizes every revival. Perhaps there is a clue here regarding where today’s church should be concentrating her efforts.

By Tony Cauchi, May 2006

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The Importance of Revival (Revival-Library)

In today’s world of endless wars, failing economies, corrupt politicians, rampant secularism and unbridled cultural perversions the Lord knows we need a fresh global move of the Holy Spirit. The world has a multitude of problems but God’s ultimate solution has always been to invade mankind with His grace and power through an awakened church. Revival is the cure of all man’s ills.

The church in the west is already rising from the ashes of unbelief, idolatry and theological nit-picking by restoring the New Testament pattern of faith and life. It is waking up with an eager longing for a new Pentecost. Revival is back on the agenda again. There are books on revival, prayers for revival, preachers’ revival anecdotes and special conferences devoted to revival. This is an exciting phenomenon because such an emphasis on revival has often preceded genuine spiritual awakenings…

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The six waves Revival (Part 1)

By Tony Cauchi, May 2006

The purpose of this work is to introduce the reader to each of the successive movements of the Spirit which have occurred since the Reformation. It will be clearly seen that revival has always been high on God’s agenda and is a major key to understanding Christian history. It is only an historical survey of revival. It does not dwell on issues of practice or theology. Nor does it discuss the sociological impact of spiritual awakenings. Many of these issues are addressed in other works in the Revival Library. Rather we will restrict ourselves to the bare facts of revivals that have taken place during the past 300 years.

Those who have read of revivals may not know that there have been several very distinct periods of revival history since the 16th century Reformation. Their occurrence has often appeared as spasmodic, haphazard, unpredictable and irregular, but this is far from the truth.
We are indebted to the prolific writer and scholar, Dr J Edwin Orr, for his extensive and painstaking research into the history of revivals. His work has clearly revealed several distinct and successive ‘great awakenings’ or ‘resurgences.’ These progressive periods of revival are unquestionably the means God has used to counteracts spiritual decline in the church and to promote spiritual advance in the world. There have been six of these major periods or waves from the Reformation to the turn of the 20th century, from 1727, 1792, 1830, 1857,1882 and 1904.
We have chosen to use the “wave” analogy to illustrate these six periods of time, when God poured out His Holy Spirit, reviving the church and awakening the lost. The life of a wave begins imperceptibly but there is a point when it becomes visible and the water begins to lift. Very quickly it rises to a peak, breaks and then slowly recedes. This process continues with each new wave, drawing up some water from the old one and pushing it onto the next. This is precisely what happened in revival history.
On or around each of the above dates the church enjoyed a fresh wave of God’s blessing. We call each of them “great” awakenings because, although they incorporated local revivals, their effects crossed national boundaries and were ultimately world-wide in scope.

The First Great Awakening of 1727 onwards
Commonly called “The Great Awakening” this was certainly not the greatest revival in numerical growth or geographical scope. Nevertheless, it well deserves the title because it was the first discernible occasion that God’s Spirit was outpoured simultaneously across different nations.
Historically, the beginning of this awakening can be traced to the Moravian community called “Herrnhut” (the Lord’s watch), where a visitation from God was experienced after a period of prayer, repentance and reconciliation in 1727. Nikolas Count Ludwig Von Zinzendorf, a German, was the leader of the movement that began a 24 hour-a-day prayer meeting, which lasted the next 100 years. In the next 65 years that small community sent out 300 radical missionaries. Their revived German Pietism was destined to influence two other harvest fields, which were on God’s agenda for that time – England and America.
Griffith Jones, a young Anglican clergyman, often called the ‘morning star of the revival,’ was making a mark in Britain through his revival preaching for at least 10 years before Theodore Frelinghuysen, a Dutch reformed Pietist, began to see remarkable conversions in America. He preached in 1727 with revival signs following his ministry in New Jersey. The revival spread to the Scottish-Irish Presbyterians under the ministry of Gilbert Tennant, whose father, William, founded the famous “Log College”, which later became the Princeton University. Revival then spread to the Baptists of Pennsylvania and Virginia before the extraordinary awakening that occurred on Northampton, Massachusetts, under the ministry of Jonathan Edwards in 1734. Edward’s personal experience of revivals and his sharp mind, enabled him to produce a number of revival theologies and pastoral observations which have yet to be surpassed in their wisdom and insight. Thereafter, the revival spread to England and was further advanced in America by a visit of George Whitefield in 1739.
The effects of the revival were phenomenal. Statistics are hard to find, but we know that 150 new Congregational churches began in a 20-year period and 30,000 were added to the church between 1740 and 1742, probably doubling its size. Moral results were equably noticeable. Nine university colleges were established in the colonies. The wild frontier society was thoroughly Christianised. Early missionary desire began to emerge, most notably in the ministry of David Brainerd among the Indians. His journals are essential reading for all those seeking revival.
Back in Britain a massive movement of revival had began and was bound up with the ministries of two young men, George Whitefield and John Wesley. Both had been members of the Holy Club in Oxford while they were students. Wesley went off, still unconverted, to America to preach to the Indians in 1736, returning in 1738. The only benefit of this venture was his contact with the Moravians, who he could not understand, but for whom he had a great respect. On Wesley’s return, Whitefield had been converted and was already preaching with great effect. For 34 years he exercised a most amazing preaching ministry, with revival signs often following him. His eloquence was commanding and convincing, full of vivid pictures and graphic expressions. “His hearers were taken by surprise and carried by storm” (J C Ryle).
The height of Whitefield’s ministry was at the famed Cambuslang Awakening in 1742, when 20,000 and 30,000 people gathered to hear him preach, followed by mass weeping and repentance one and a half hours.
During Whitefield’s ministry he preached in almost every town of England, Scotland and Wales, crossing the Atlantic seven times; winning countless souls in Boston, New York and Philadelphia. He publicly preached an estimated 18,000 power-packed messages, although none of his 75 recorded sermons do justice to his style and delivery.
Whitefield’s friend, John Wesley, must go down in history as the architect of the 18th century evangelical revival. Converted in 1738, at the well-known Aldersgate Street prayer meeting, he proceeded to preach whenever the opportunity afforded itself, usually in church. Then, in 1739, at Whitefield’s request, he preached in the open air at Bristol and followed Whitefield in his preaching places. There began those unusual manifestations which periodically attended his and Whitefield’s ministry; falling, crying out, fainting, shrieking, convulsions etc.
Wesley wisely began small societies designed for mutual encouragement and support. These became forerunners of the class-meetings and then of the Methodist Church. They were surely used to conserve the fruits of his revivalistic work. Wesley was an itinerant preacher for 65 years. He traveled an estimated 250,000 miles on horseback to preach 40,000 sermons! He wrote 233 books, including his voluminous journals and a complete commentary on the whole bible. He left behind him 750 preachers in England, 350 in America; 76,968 Methodists in England and 57,621 in America. With Charles, his brother, he penned 9,000 hymns. Wesley’s influence has far outrun his long life. His practices and theology has affected Holiness, Revivalist, Pentecostal and Charismatic groups right down to the present day.
Clearly, then this Awakening was truly ‘Great’ and had notable affect on the majority of countries where Evangelical Christians could be found. It affected the existing church, saw thousands converted and impacted social conditions. Historians usually refer to 1766, the year of the American revolution, as the year by which the revival had spent itself and had began to decline.

The Second Great Awakening of 1792 Onwards
This little-known ‘Great Awakening’ lasted about 30 years and its immediate effects were extraordinarily widespread. It also gave a remarkable impetus to world missions.
This awakening began as a prayer-movement in 1784, when John Erskine of Edinburgh re-published Jonathan Edward’s earnest plea for revival prayer. It was entitled, ‘An Humble Attempt to Promote Explicit Agreement and Visible Union of God’s People in Extraordinary Prayer for the Revival of Religion and the Advancement of Christ’s Kingdom”. Denomination after denomination devoted a monthly Monday evening to prayer, first in Britain, then in the US.
The barriers were great. There was moral decline following the war of independence in America. The French Revolution, infidelity and rationalism in Europe and dwindling congregations everywhere. The beginning of the revival can be traced to the industrial towns of Yorkshire in late 1791, spreading through all areas and denominations. The Methodists alone grew from around 72,000 at Wesleys death in 1791 to almost a quarter of a million within a generation.
At the same time, the churches in Wales became packed again and thousands gathered in the open air. The Haldanes (Robert and James) and Thomas Chalmers, with a few others, saw phenomenal awakenings in Scotland. Ireland too, saw local awakenings, especially among the Methodists.
A remarkable result of these UK revivals was the founding the British and Foreign Bible Society, The Religious Tract Society, The Baptist Missionary Society, The London Missionary Society, The Church Missionary Society and a host of other evangelistic agencies. It also achieved considerable social reform; evangelical Anglicans successfully fought for the abolition of the slave trade, prisons were reformed, Sunday Schools began and a number of benevolent institutions were commenced.
In the rest of the world similar movements arose. Around 1800 Scandinavia was impacted and in Switzerland a visit of Robert Haldane sparked off revivals among the Reformed churches. Germany experienced revival and achieved lasting social reforms and missionary fervour.
In the US the concept of prayer was very widespread from 1794 and by 1798 the awakening had broken out everywhere. Every state and every evangelical denomination was affected. Timothy Dwight, grandson of Jonathan Edwards, took over Yale College in 1795 and saw over half the students converted in just one year. Other colleges enjoyed similar movements of the Spirit.
Orr reports that there were no emotional extravagances in the east coast revivals. This was far from the case in other areas. Francis Asbury was sent from England, with and other Methodist circuit-riding preachers, to preach in the Frontiers. James McGready and Barton Stone witnessed an astounding revival at Kentucky in 1800, with much trembling, shaking, tears, shouting and fainting. In 1801 Barton Stone was invited to minister at the Cambridge meeting house in Bourbon County. A second visit attracted 20,000 people to a 6-day camp-meeting, which witnessed astounding revival scenes, with hundreds falling at once, with shrieks and shouts and many conversions.
The Frontier camp meetings were often sabotaged by drunks and mockers, many of whom repented and turned to God. All denominations were blessed by this revival. An utterly lawless community was transformed into a God-fearing one. The American Bible Society, American Tract Society, American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Mission and innumerable other societies were founded at this time.
The revival of 1792 onwards lasted around 30 years until around the early 1820’s, but was soon followed by the 1830’s revival, which lasted about 12 years before a decade of decline.

The Third Great Awakening of 1830 onwards
Fast on the heels of the Second Great Awakening, the third wave of heavenly power crashed on the shores of the evangelical world, this time without the usual decline. Asahel Nettleton and Charles Finney are names which dominate the American scene, while another American, James Caughey was the most notable revival evangelist active in England.
Finney’s well documented ministry began in 1830 and netted 100,000 souls within one year! The Methodist Episcopal church steadily increased in the 1830’s, especially through camp-meetings. But their numbers doubled in 1840-1842. Other denominations flourished too.
The greatest effect of this revival was felt far beyond the boarders of North America and for centuries to come. Finney’s philosophy of revival, expressed in his autobiography and explained in his “Revivals of Religion”, has subsequently affected thousands of Christians and precipitated revivals around the world.
In the UK revivals were widespread throughout the 1830’s. Evangelists like Robert Aitkin and William Haslam held highly successful missions. Brethrenism began during this period, restoring the doctrine of the church and the doctrine of the return of Christ. Its noticeable personalities were J. N. Darby and George Müller who pioneered orphanage work, evangelism and missionary enterprise. Another restoration movement was led by Edward Irving, who strongly believed in the restoration of spiritual gifts and apostolic ministries to the church.
John Elias, Christmas Evans and William Williams stormed Wales with their powerful preaching. Scotland also boasted some great revivalists like John and Horatius Bonar, the revival veteran, Thomas Chalmers, Robert Murray McCheyne, W. H. Burns and his son, William Chalmers Burns.
On the wider international front, there were local revivals in various parts of the world, particularly in Scandinavia, central Europe, South Africa, the Pacific Islands, India, Malabar, and Ceylon.
This awakening, which began in 1830 only lasted about 12 years ending around 1842. It should be noted that this revival period is often seen as one with the former period. There were a constant stream of spasmodic revivals from 1800-1820 which petered out through the next few years and then exploded from about 1830 onwards.
Some of the evangelists, like Asahel Nettleton, played a major role in both periods and some scholars, particularly Orr, refer to this revival time as a ‘resurgence.’ Nevertheless, because of the ‘new measures’ and anti-Calvinistic Arminianism of Charles Finney and the astounding influence of this man’s ministry it should be seen as quite a separate event.


The Bible is not an amulet, a charm, a fetish, or a book that will work wonders by its very presence.

It is a book that will work wonders in every life, here and hereafter, if acted upon and obeyed in faith and sincerity. It is God’s inspired revelation of the origin and destiny of all things, written in the most simple human language possible so that the most unlearned can understand and obey its teachings. It is self-interpreting and covers every subject of human knowledge and need now and forever.
As a literally composition, the Bible is the most remarkable book ever made. It is a divine library of 66 books, some of considerable size, and others no larger than a tract. These books include various forms of literature – History, biography, poetry, proverbial sayings, hymns, letters, directions for elaborate ritualistic worship, laws, parables, riddles, allegories, prophecy, drama and others. They embrace all manner of literary styles in human expression.
It is the book that reveals the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts binding, its histories true and its decisions immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. The Bible contains light to direct you, food to support you and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s charter. Here heaven is Opened and the gates of hell disclosed. Christ is its grand subject, our good is its design and the glory of God its end. It should fill your memory, rule your heart and guide your feet in righteousness and true holiness. Read it slowly frequently, prayerfully, meditatively, searchingly, devotionally and study it constantly, perseveringly and industriously. Read it through and through until it becomes part of your being and generates faith that will move mountains. The Bible is a mine of wealth, the source of health and a world of pleasure. It is given to you in this life, will be Opened at the judgment and will stand forever. It involves the highest responsibility, will reward the least to the greatest of labor and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents

Excerpt from the Dake’s Bible


For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23
One of the major characteristics of the time we are in is the increase in sin, wickedness and iniquity 2Tim.3:1-3. This is not only happening in the world, but also in the body of Christ (the church). Many Christians are living in open sin without any form of remorse, while others engage in their sinful lifestyles in the secret. Today, there is hardly any form of sin in the world that you do not see among church goers. As you are reading this piece, you may be struggling with some form of sin, habit or attitude that does not glory God. You may have become comfortable with it because you see many people indulging in same, or you are consoling yourself that it is ‘your weakness’, or by saying ‘can a fish live in water and not drink of the water?’ Beloved, this is a dangerous assumption/attitude and you are only booking a place for yourself in eternal hell!! The Bible said “Nevertheless, the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal: The Lord knoweth them that are his. And let everyone that nameth the name of Christ departs from Iniquity” 2 Tim2:19.
Please note that the entire children of Israel were delivered from bondage in Egypt (Salvation) ‘baptized’ in the cloud and the red sea, ate the ‘Holy communion’ daily for 40 years (manna and the spiritual drink), but were all destroyed in the wilderness because of sin and un-believe. 1 Cor. 10:1-10. These things, the Bible said, were recorded to be examples and warnings for us. Even Lucifer and ⅓ of all the original Holy angels that ministered to God personally in heaven were cast down from Heaven because of Iniquity (Jud 3-8). For Judas who followed Jesus consistently for 3½ years, greed, theft and betrayal landed him in hell. Even powerful Moses could not enter the promise land because of anger and disobedience. How then can this generation escape the judgement of God, or are we planning of entering a different heaven?
Beloved, do not think that God will change his mind and lower his standards to accommodate your sin and compromise. That sin might eventually sink you in hell. REPENT AND FORSAKE YOUR SINS TODAY, and receive the grace to live a life of holiness after God, for without holiness, no man shall see the Lord. Heb 12:14. You can do so by praying this prayer: “Lord Jesus, I come to you today. I believe you came and died for my sins. Today, I surrender my life to you. Please forgive me all my sins, wash me by your blood, and be my Lord and Saviour. Thank you for saving me. Amen!”
If you pray this prayer and you meant it, then you are now a child of God (John 1: 12 and you meant it, then you are now a child of God (John 1: 12). You need to get a Bible and read it daily, and also take time to pray to God and avoid every form of sin. Locate a Bible believing church around you to attend regularly.
God bless You _____________________________________________

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