Nurturing Spirituality

Anyabwile hiAt FBC Grand Cayman we've spent the bulk of the year so far thinking about and praying for revival. A real spiritual revival.

A fresh outpouring of God's Spirit, enlarging the work of conversion and invigorating Christians, congregations and our entire nation. So I was edified when my sister Crystal sent to me the following excerpt printed in her church's e-newsletter:

Horatius Bonar, writing the preface to John Gillies' Accounts of Revival regarding the leaders of the First Great Awakening, proposed that men useful to the Holy Spirit for revival stand out in these nine ways:

1. They are in earnest: "They lived and labored and preached like men on whose lips the immortality of thousands hung."

2. They are bent on success: "As warriors, they set their hearts on victory and fought with the believing anticipation of triumph, under the guidance of such a Captain as their head."

3. They are men of faith: "They knew that in due season they should reap, if they fainted not."

4. They are men of labor: "Their lives are the annals of incessant, unwearied toil of body and soul; time, strength, substance, health, all they were and possessed they freely offered to the Lord, keeping back nothing, grudging nothing."

5. They are men of patience: "Day after day they pursued what, to the eye of the world, appeared a thankless and fruitless round of toil."

6. They are men of boldness: "Timidity shuts many a door of usefulness and loses many a precious opportunity; it wins no friends, while it strengthens every enemy. Nothing is lost by boldness, nor gained by fear."

7. They are men of prayer: "They were much alone with God, replenishing their own souls out of the living fountain, that out of them might flow to their people rivers of living water."

8. They are men of strong doctrine: "Their preaching seems to have been of the most masculine and fearless kind, falling on the audience with tremendous power. It was not vehement, it was not fierce, it was not noisy; it was far too solemn to be such; it was massive, weighty, cutting, piercing, sharper than a two-edged sword."

9. They are men of deep spirituality: "No frivolity, no flippancy . . . . The world could not point to them as being but slightly dissimilar from itself."

This was a gift. Now I'm left to ponder whether I am this kind of man. What about you?

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/thabitianyabwile/2013/07/23/are-you-the-kind-of-person-god-uses-for-revival/

 

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