Devotion of the Day

Revive Us Again-But Not Now!

Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance.
Matthew 3:8

John the Baptist demanded real evidence of a change of heart. We live in an “epidemic” of so-called revivals the year round, but most church members weather them without repentance or the fruits thereof, renunciation and restitution. Most revivals begin with two or three sermons to the church and pass quickly into a drive for “prospects” and new church members, leaving the church quite unscathed.

We need a new John the Baptist putting the ax to the root, not the fruit, of the tree; calling for conviction-born repentance among Christians, a change of mind, godly sorrow, and confession and renunciation of sin, for he that “confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy”; and for restitution wherever possible-a straightening out of old accounts such as Zacchaeus made.

This is revival-not just singing, “Revive Us Again”, with no intention whatever of paying the price now!

Devotion of the Day

Crisis and Continuance

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost. And they continued stedfastly.
Acts 2:2, 42

The same chapter records both Crisis and Continuance. Some of us major on one, some on the other. We need a synthesis of both. Ecstasies, high days, lofty experiences-some go in for these but cannot maintain such a high-strung pitch and often run into excesses. Others major on the daily walk and growth in grace but tend to get into a rut.

Why not “a sea of glass mingled with fire,” a combination of both Crisis and Continuance? “Tasks in hours of insight willed can be in hours of gloom fulfilled.” “After he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go” (Acts 16:10). The Vision and the Venture!

The best evidence of being truly filled with the Spirit is that one so filled “continues daily.” The Glory shows up in the Grind! As important as the Grandeur of Getting Started is the Grace of Going On!