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Bend the Church, and Save the World

In the early 1900s, a twenty-six-year-old college student named Evan Roberts left college to return to his home in Lougher, Wales, to preach his first sermon. Seventeen people showed up to listen to the simple sermon that Evans Roberts delivered.

That same sermon would be given everywhere he went. It was simple, straightforward, and timeless. It became known as ‘The Four Points.’ Did God’s people desire an outpouring of His Spirit? Then four conditions must be observed:

  • Confess any known sin and put away any wrong done to others.
  • Put away all doubtful habits and forgive everyone.
  • Obey the Holy Spirit promptly.
  • Publicly confess Jesus Christ as your Savior.

No one could have predicted the impact that event would have.

We have come to know it as the Welsh Revival. “Bend the Church, and save the world!’ was the cry that rang out through villages and towns, in the churches, and in the hearts of men, women, children, and young people throughout all of Wales.

Within three months, 100,000 converts were added to the churches. Five years later, of the 100,000 added to the churches, 80,000 remained.

If God did such a mighty work in the 1900s, He surely can do it again in 2020 in our nation. But just as surely there are still conditions. Do we desire an outpouring of His Spirit enough to meet them? Do I?

Bend the Church, and save the world! Lord, won’t You please bend me!!!

Wilt thou revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee? ~ Psalm 85:6

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The Shedding

There is a shedding.

It’s a stripping away of me, from me.

Not only can it not go where’s He’s leading, but the old stands out. It gets attention in ways He doesn’t desire, and so I don’t need.

There is a “putting on” of Him.

Something else that is conducive to the coming assignment and is camouflaged to all but Him.

I am on a path I knew I would travel – someday. Always someday.

But here I am.

I’ve no trail markers, maps, or a compass. I have no earthly companion to discuss the way.

But, I do have the Word, and I do have the Holy Ghost speaking and faithfully leading even as He led me to this place.

The path is overgrown with brush and thorns until it appears as no path at all.

You would think no one ever traveled this way.

They did.

The mothers and fathers of the faith.

I would be able to see their footprints had I not waited so long.

But maybe that was never His plan

There is a shedding.

And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. ~ Isaiah 30:21

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Faithfulness

Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it
Prone to leave the God I love

I love this hymn, and when I hear these words, they remind me of faithfulness.

To be faithful is to be reliable, loyal, and unwavering. The Bible speaks of faithfulness in four ways: as an attribute of God, as a positive characteristic, as a characteristic many lack, and as a gift from the Holy Ghost.

The Bible also warns us of the consequences of unfaithfulness. These warnings are necessary because, as the words of the hymn tell, our hearts are too often found fickle, despite our best intentions. Fickle to God and others.

Faithfulness affects every relationship we have, as does unfaithfulness or to disavow faithfulness. It is a gift. I am so grateful that despite the fickleness of all of us, God is always faithful. Bind my heart to Thee, Jesus!!!

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O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. ~ Isaiah 25:1

But the fruit of the Sprit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentlesness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance; against such there is no law. ~ Galatians 5:22-23

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  ~ 1 John 1:9

And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faitful, putting me into the ministry. ~ 1 Timothy 1:12

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Come, Thou Fount of every blessing
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace
Streams of mercy, never ceasing
Call for songs of loudest praise
Teach me some melodious sonnet
Sung by flaming tongues above
Praise the mount, I’m fixed upon it
Mount of Thy redeeming love

Here I raise my Ebenezer
Here there by Thy great help I’ve come
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure
Safely to arrive at home
Jesus sought me when a stranger
Wandering from the fold of God
He, to rescue me from danger
Interposed His precious blood

Oh, that day when freed from sinning
I shall see Thy lovely face
Clothed then in the blood washed linen
How I’ll sing Thy wondrous grace
Come, my Lord, no longer tarry
Take my ransomed soul away
Send Thine angels now to carry
Me to realms of endless day

Oh, to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be
Let that goodness like a fetter
Bind my wandering heart to Thee
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it
Prone to leave the God I love
Here’s my heart, oh, take and seal it
Seal it for Thy courts above

Here’s my heart, oh, take and seal it
Seal it for Thy courts above

~ Robert Robinson (from Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing -1758)