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Friday, July 12, 2013

What Revival Looks Like

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOur gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. 1 Thes 1:5-6

The word revival has become devalued in the church today.

Perhaps that is not surprising given that it has been so long since we experienced a genuine revival. However there do seem to be some stirrings in Wales at the moment. At Ffald-y-Brenin remarkable things are happening as people learn the meaning of God's blessing and His grace. And at Victory Church in Cwmbran the Holy Spirit seems to be moving.

What's happening in these places is very far from the self-styled revival, artificially planned and hyped-up meetings that have become popular in some places where prominent individuals are glorified before God.

What is happening in Wales seems more like the events when Paul visited Thessalonica - the true gospel of sin and repentance was preached, the Holy Spirit worked on people and they experienced deep conviction. Consequently souls were saved. This was not just a worship party for Christians to enjoy.

Please don't settle for rock-concert-style church. Seek the face of God, ask Him to raise up preachers empowered by the Holy Spirit who will declare the true gospel of Jesus.

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