which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and
counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
Charles Finney once said that revival should come as no surprise. It is
certain, just as a crop of wheat will come after the farmer has tilled
the land and sown the seed. When we seek the face of God and are
willing to pay the price of revival, it will come. The words of the
missionary statesman, Jonathan Goforth, shed new light on the price of
Our reading of the Word of God makes it inconceivable to us that the Holy Spirit should be willing, even for a day, to delay His work. We may be sure that, where there is a lack of the fullness of God, it is ever due to man’s lack of faith and obedience. If God the Holy Spirit is not glorifying Jesus Christ in the world today, as at Pentecost, it is we who are to blame. After all, what is revival but simply the Spirit of God fully controlling in the surrendered life? It must always be possible, then, when man yields. The sin of unyieldedness, alone, can keep us from revival.
But are we ready to receive Him? Do we value the giver and the gift sufficiently? Are we ready to pay the price of Holy Ghost revival? Take prayer for example. The history of revival shows plainly that all movements of the Spirit have started in prayer. Yet is it not right there that many of us wilt and falter at the cost?
“What is the secret of revival?” a great evangelist was once asked. “There is no secret,” he replied. “Revival always comes in answer to prayer.”
2 Samuel 12; 2 Corinthians 5
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