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Look back at the reliigon of the Jews, and you will see that God used to maintain religion among them by special occasions, when there would be a great excitement, and people would turn to the Lord. Why not, in such a case, let any member of the Church, male or female, distribute the elements?
Do you expect to have one? For instance, how many there are who know that they ought to be religious, but they are afraid that if they become pious they will be laughed at by their companions. A “Revival of Religion” presupposes a declension. Thus, there is no better place to learn about Finney finnney revivals than his Lectures on Revivals of Religion. Or perhaps you have envied those who have been more talented or more useful than chxrles.
The truth is, our moral feelings are as much an object of consciousness as our senses. I have not commenced this course of Lectures on Revivals to get up a curious theory of my own on the subject.
If you have loved property, and sought after it for its own sake, or to gratify lust or ambition, or a worldly spirit, or to lay it up for your families, you have sinned, and must repent. The next week she came again, and besought him again to appoint such a meeting. They must get their fallow ground broken up. The agency of men is commonly employed.
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But when they enter into a revival, they no longer see “men as trees, walking,” but they see things in that strong light which will renew the love of God in their hearts. Page 83 – Then shall ye call upon Me, and ye o go and pray unto Me, and I will hearken unto you. The whole drift of a revival, and everything about it, is designed to present the truth to your mind, for your obedience or resistance. You have not been faithful and thorough. Have you any reason to expect one?
Do not put it off; that will only make the matter worse.
Or will you spend the time in learning about revivals, and do nothing for them? They see nothing in each other to produce this love. God has always been ready to forgive him on that condition, so that when the sinner changes his feelings and repents, it requires no change of feeling in God to pardon him. You ought to decide now whether you will do this or not.
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I am pained revvials my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me: It is just as plain here as if it were now revealed by a voice from heaven, that the Spirit of God helps the people of God to pray according to the will of God, when they themselves know not what they ought to pray for. Hence, all the necessaries of life are obtained with great certainty by the use of the simplest means. The eye of this individual, his solemn countenance, his compassionate feeling, rebuked the levity of the young woman, and brought her under conviction of sin; and probably in a great measure this whole revival followed from so small an incident.
And many of these persons, with whom I am acquainted, are among the holiest persons I know in the world 5. But when the attention of a minister is directed to the state of the families in his char,es, and when his heart is full of feeling of the necessity of a revival, and he puts forth the proper efforts for this end, then you may be prepared to expect a revival.
Lectures on Revivals of Religion
Probably the law connecting cause and effect is more undeviating in spiritual than in natural things, and so there are fewer exceptions. Let hell boil over if it will, and spew out as many devils as there are stones in the pavement, if it only drives Christians to God in prayer – it cannot hinder a revival.
And the reason was, that they forgot to use the other branch of the means, effectual prayer. The state of the weather and of the public health and other circumstances concur to make everything just right to favor the chadles of truth with the greatest possible efficacy.
They will have no new measures.
Neglect of the means of grace. Sometimes ministers are not willing to have a revival unless they can have the management of it, or unless their agency can be conspicuous in promoting it. A revival may be expected whenever Christians are found willing to make the sacrifices necessary to carry it on.