Is. 57:20 But the wicked are like the tossing sea,
For it cannot be quiet,

And its waters toss up refuse and mud.
Jesus had a tendency to get right to the point. In one of His conversations with the spiritual leaders of Israel He told them they were children of the devil! What ? Most people believe that all humans are children of God. That’s not what Paul taught in his letters and its not what Jesus said to the Pharisees. Both Paul and Jesus believed that humans are part of a fallen race and are actually children of the devil until they are born again. That’s why Jesus insisted to Nicodemus the Pharisee that you must be born again or you will never see heaven. If Jesus is right then wickedness is inside of all of us until our conversion. Jonathan Edwards spoke about this wickedness in his sermon SINNERS IN THE HAND OF AN ANGRY GOD. Check it out.

“There are in the souls of wicked men those hellish principles reigning, that would presently kindle and flame out into hellfire, if it were not for God’s restraints. There is laid in the very nature of carnal men a foundation for the torments of hell: there are those corrupt principles, in reigning power in them, and in full possession of them, that are seeds of hellfire. These principles are active and powerful, and exceeding violent in their nature, and if it were not for the restraining hand of God upon them, they would soon break out, they would flame out after the same manner as the same corruptions, the same enmity does in the hearts of “damned souls, and would beget the same torments in ’em as they do in them.”
Much of the modern preaching seems to imply that all people are good and the Bible is a book of principles teaching us how to be a better you. This is just not the case. Man is damaged, he is born damaged goods. We need forgiveness, but much more than forgiveness, we need transformation. This work of God begins with the new birth. This work of God in the soul of man begins a change. Rather than having a heart filled with the nature of hell, we have a new heart planted in us with the nature of heaven. So, have you been born again? If not now is the time to call upon the name of Jesus.


Signs of Revival-
Merry Monday by Parris Bailey

“For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive (nourish up, preserve, quicken, recover, repair, restore to life, save, be whole) the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” Is. 57:15

The month of August is always special to me. Frank and I were married in August, we both meet our precious Lord in August and our church experienced a revival in, you guessed it, the month of August in 1994 that lasted well over a decade. When revival hit us in 1994 of that summer, it wasn’t easy for me. Everything as I knew it had suddenly changed. What made matters worse, was I felt as if I was the only one in the room that felt nothing at all. I had to find my footing and fast. For me, the only recourse was to go back and study past revivals while I patiently watched others getting changed, having joy unspeakable or the many other manifestations that come with revival. It was then that I discovered Jonathan Edwards and found that I was not the only one looking on the outside in. I remember weeping as I devoured as much as I could on the struggles that Whitefield, Edwards and Wesley went through as a torrent hit England and America. Even Sarah Edwards won my heart over. I became hungry and open for God to touch me. It was then I surrendered.
C. Vulliamy, a biographer at the time of Wesley, records these sights and sounds of revival.
“Still, the more notable conversions took place among men, and it was the men who fell into ugly fits, with dreadful sweating and awful heavings, groanings and violent bodily disturbances, symptoms of this kind were rare among women. At Grantchester, seventeen people were “broken down” more or less spontaneously by the mere singing of hymns, and an innocent child of seven saw many visions.
At Everton, powerful men were seized by the hand of the Lord, shaken like clothes drying in the wind, or flung to the ground as though by the blow of a giant, or they stood gaping and staring, full of a huge dismay. In the churchyard, women fell among the graves, plucking at the turf and grass with convulsed fingers. Others burst into peals of hideous laughter.”
We are once again feeling and experiencing the winds of revival and we are letting down our sails to ride his winds. Maybe some of you are fearful or just are not used to seeing and hearing the sounds of revival. Go back into the ancient books and you will see that ‘THIS IS THAT”!
A.B. SIMPSON reminds us that the whole purpose of revival is the ushering in of the second coming; he says;
“That is the sure hope of the Gospel, and the promise of His Word. The conviction is pressing on Christians today that this advent is very near, that in the upheavals of society, in the workings of evil, in the intense unrest of the human heart, in the breaking up of nations and of social structures everywhere, in the throbbing of the world’s heart in the earnest spirit of revival that is coming forth in the Church of God, in the: love for His coming which is taking possession of the hearts of Christians, in strange manifestations of God’s hand and power today in the healing of disease and the working of divine power in every part of the world we are seeing the signs of a great crisis very near, and that yonder these spaces are teeming with chariots and with horsemen that forms unseen are gathering, that great armies are marshalling, and that the trumpet of the great procession is sounding afar, and a voice is beginning to say: “Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him.” O, it is indeed a solemn age! I have not talked with an earnest man for several years, but has said, “It is the most solemn age I ever knew of, and we are on the verge of a great and important change.” I believe that the dear Lord is coming soon, and perhaps we have come with this work and into this place to be ready for His advent to prepare others to meet Him, and to spread abroad the message of His salvation and of His kingdom to all the world before He comes.”
Come Lord Jesus! Revive us again!