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GOD In The Midst Of His People

  By Richard Owen Roberts

    A number of years ago in a book entitled Revival, I gave the following definition of that term:  “Revival is an extraordinary work of the Holy Spirit producing extraordinary results.”  While that phrase conveys the fundamental concept of revival, over the intervening years I have come to the conviction that one single word describes revival better than any other – that word is “GOD.”

    There is a very precious sense in which revival is literally “GOD in the midst of His people.”  His manifest presence produces all that is desirable in revival.  The absence of His manifest presence accounts for all that is undesirable during the seasons of moral and spiritual decline that precede revivals.

    Revival is a time when heaven comes closer to earth than at any other time in the lives of men and women.  If one considers the greatest attraction of heaven, is it golden streets?  Is it the Tree of Life?  Is it the presence of angels?  Is it fellowship with other redeemed?  NO!  The greatest allure of heaven is the absolutely unbroken presence of God.

    So too, the most fearful aspect of hell is not the fire that is never quenched, the worm that never dies, the agonies that never cease, the evil that reigns unbridled – the most awful aspect of hell is that God is never there.  Think of it!  After a billion years in hell the sinner still has no hope that God will ever come, even for a moment.

    – Excerpted and used with permission from “Revival Commentary.”