The GOSPEL TRUTH
LECTURES ON REVIVALS OF RELIGION
by The Rev. CHARLES G. FINNEY
TEXT. --The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.--JAMES V. 16.
THE last lecture referred principally to the confession of sin. To-night my remarks will be chiefly confined to the subject of intercession, or prayer. There are two kinds of means requisite to promote a revival; one to influence men, the other to influence God. The truth is employed to influence men, and prayer to move God. When I speak of moving God, I do not mean that God's mind is changed by prayer, or that his disposition or character is changed. But prayer produces such a change in us and fulfils such conditions as renders it consistent for God to do as it would not be consistent for him to do otherwise. When a sinner repents, that state of mind makes it proper for God to forgive him. God has always been ready to forgive him on that condition, so that when the sinner changes his mind towards God, it requires no change of feeling in God to pardon him. It is the sinner's repentance that renders his forgiveness proper, and is the occasion of God's acting as he does. So when Christians offer effectual prayer, their state of mind renders it proper for God to answer them. He was always ready to bestow the blessing, on the condition that they felt right, and offered the right kind of prayer. Whenever this change takes place in them, and they offer the right kind of prayer, then God, without any change in himself, can answer them. When we offer effectual fervent prayer for others, the fact that we offer such prayer renders it consistent for him to do what we pray for, when otherwise it would not have been consistent.
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By Vic Stinemetze
Recently, I keep running into that word, “submit”. Maybe you are too. It seems to be everywhere. I hear it in messages on Sunday morning. I hear it in Leadership Meetings. I was hearing it at a Conference a couple of weeks ago. Today, I attended my nephew's wedding and there it was again. Indeed, it does seem to be everywhere. We, as Christians know that we are to submit to those that are in authority over us. We are to submit to those God has set up as Church and Ministry Leaders. We are to submit to those who enforce the laws of the land. We are to submit to those who have been elected to govern the land (whether we voted for them or not!). Yes, even if I don’t agree with him, didn’t vote for him, don’t like him; we are still to submit to him. Yes, that’s what Scripture tells us. We are to submit unless man’s law violates God’s law.
By Nancy Leigh DeMoss
Late one evening, along with millions of other stargazers around the globe, I watched as, in a matter of
minutes, a brilliant full moon "disappeared" behind a dark shadow.Of course, we know that the moon didn’t really disappear. The moon has no light of its own; it merely reflects the light of the sun. But when the moon ceased to shine, it wasn’t because the sun’s light was no longer shining.
David Wilkerson on the Need of Anguish among God's people. Let cry out in anguish and trevail for our state and nation!
|Corporate Repentance||Spiritual Strongholds|
|Perseverance/Prevailing Prayer||Lack of Stamina/Compromise|