Day: November 20, 2011

Revive Us Again-But Not Now!

Vance Havner 90x115by Vance Havner

“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!

by Vance Havner

The Kernel Inside The Rough Shell

A.B. Simpson 90 x115by A.B. Simpson

We would see Jesus—John 12:21

When any great blessing is awaiting us, the devil is sure to try to make it so disagreeable to us that we shall miss it. it is a good thing to know Satan as a liar and to remember, when he is trying to prejudice us strongly against any cause, that very likely the greatest blessing of our lives lies there. Spurgeon once said that the best evidence that God was on our side is the devil’s growl, and we are generally pretty safe in following a thing according to Satan’s dislike for it.

Take care lest, in the very line where your prejudices are setting you apart from God’s people and God’s truth, you are missing the treasures of your life. Take the treasures of heaven no matter how they come to you, even if, as earthly treasures generally are, they are like the kernel inside the rough shell or the gem in the center of the hard rock.