Sunday, June 30, 2013

"And many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt.  And those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever."  Daniel 12:2-3

People get radical when their faith is suppressed.  Many, including some of my relatives, were persecuted and fled to the new country.  One relative on my father's side supported the colonists concerning taxation without representation in the Parliament which did not go over very well; he was ousted and had to do geographics.  Others were fined for not attending the Church of England until they lost their homes.  Captain John Harper of Alexandria, Virginia, my many greats-grandfather ago, was a Puritan and did not fight in the Revolutionary War but offered George Washington to use his ships to provide for the troops.  His son fought beside the General even in the crossing of the Delaware.  Yes, Americans have clung to their guns and their Bibles since our nation was just a twinkle in God's eye.  Unfortunately, persecution is on the horizon for practicing our biblical faith.  We must prepare and pray for revival. 

Notes in my Bible...

Revival is inevitable for
1.  those who are willing to get thoroughly right with God,
2.  people willing to enthrone Jesus as first love,
3.  persevere in prayer until the heavens open and God comes.

The door to Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia

After the Haberdy Island's only church closed in the British Isles, a brother and sister committed to  pray and did so for thirteen years.  Evan Roberts was getting ready to preach to one of the largest churches when he heard God say in his heart, "Go right now to preach..."  He left and asked a boy for directions.  "They can tell you," and sent him to these two siblings.  When he arrived, they simply said, "The table is set for three."  Revival came.

Pre-signs of Revival:
1.  Deep hunger for God in His people.
2.  A spirit of prayer.

1.  Beginning of conviction and brokenness for sin.
2.  Overwhelming sense of the Holiness of God.
3.  Great joy over sins forgiven.
4.  Actual sense of presence of Jesus.

The greatest enemy comes from within the church with pride, division, and dissention.

The Washingtons, Lees, and  Harpers, my relatives, attended here at Christ Church.  Though Captain Harper and many others in the family are buried here, several of the family later changed churches in Alexandria because of differences of opinion in what collar the clergy should wear. Sad.

Window of church in Jamestown
Results of Revival: 
1. Scriptural knowledge.
2. Vital piety, holiness.
3.  Practical obedience.

"Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness..."
Daniel 9:24

We need to set the table for revival otherwise...
"And he will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One..."
Daniel 7:25

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