As we pray for revival in Strathroy, I do not believe we actually have full understanding of the Tsunami that is coming in answer to our prayers. We have been calling on God to pour out His Spirit among us but I think we don’t really get it. Any revival has been life changing and usually turns a community or city upside down. The more I read about revival the more I ask God for it. To be honest with you I am so sick of man made church and all the methods available but not one of them comes close to the power of revival yet so many seek man’s ways and refuse to humble themselves before the almighty King. The further I go the weaker I am getting. The attack is so strong, sometimes visible but most of the times just a heaviness that is present, but the weird part is I feel I am being strengthened in my inner most being and desire more and more of God. This quote I borrowed from a book called “By My Spirit” by Jonathan Goforth, and you need to hear it. It is probably the best explanation concerning revival and the move of the Holy Spirit I have ever heard.
“In this book we speak of results which are abnormal. If the Almighty Spirit moves in sovereign power on the hearts and consciences of men the outcome must be above the normal. In his introduction to Miss Dyer's Revival in India, Dr. A.T. Schofield says: "One thing to be borne in mind is that since the days of Pentecost there is no record of the sudden and direct work of the Spirit of God upon the souls of men that has not been accompanied by events more or less abnormal. It is, indeed, on consideration, only natural that it should be so. We cannot expect an abnormal inrush of Divine light and power, so profoundly affecting the emotions and changing the lives of men, without remarkable results. As well expect a hurricane, an earthquake, or a flood, to leave nothing abnormal in its course, as to expect a true Revival that is not accompanied by events quite out of our ordinary experience."
But though we speak of the manifestations at Pentecost as being abnormal, yet we maintain that Pentecost was normal Christianity. The results, when the Holy Spirit assumed control in Christ's stead, were according to Divine plan. Each one was strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man. Christ then did dwell in their hearts by faith, and they were rooted and grounded in love. They were filled unto all the fullness of God, and God did work in and through them above all that they had asked or thought, even unto the "exceeding abundantly." Anything short of that would have defrauded their Lord of His Calvary merits. The purpose of the Holy Spirit was to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ every day from the crowning to the coming. It is unthinkable that He should grow weary in well-doing. My conviction is that the Divine power, so manifest in the Church at Pentecost, was nothing more nor less than what should be in evidence in the Church today. Normal Christianity, as planned by our Lord, was not supposed to begin in the Spirit and continue in the flesh. In the building of His temple it never was by might nor by power, but always by His Spirit.”