Seeking The Mighty Working Of The Spirit
The ministry of Herald of His Coming is blessed to have a number of dear brothers and sisters in Christ, passionate for revival, working with the various language editions. One of these brothers is D. S. Spurgeon who is responsible for the English Indian edition, along with other ministries he conducts in India. Brother Spurgeon’s passion for revival is expressed in his book, We Need Revival. Following are two excerpts from the book, the first describing how the Lord gave him a heart for revival, and the second calling us to wholeheartedly seek the Lord for the revival that is so desperately needed today:
…My father [Rev. S. Devadason] taught us the importance of the Word of God and the value of prayer through his preaching and practice. So studying the Word of God systematically and praying regularly became a part of my life.
Later the responsibility of publishing Herald of His Coming in English and other Indian languages came to me through the kindness of the American board in 1979. The articles in the magazine impressed in my heart the importance of revival and hence I started studying the history of revivals. I was deeply touched by the startling stories of wonderful revivals in various countries at various times. That created a hunger and passion in my heart to see a mighty movement of the Spirit of God in our land.
Further, the Lord gave me the opportunity of attending the International Prayer Assembly that was held in Seoul, Korea in 1984 as well as the International Fasting Prayer Conference that was held simultaneously in that city. To see thousands of people joining together and crying out for the outpouring of the Spirit of God in their respective lands was an unforgettable scene! That moved my heart very much and as soon as I returned to India, I started organizing prayer conferences in different parts of our country and taught the means, method and motive of prayer and fasting. Even now that is a major phase of our ministry….
…We are living in the last days. Abounding incidents of natural calamities, national catastrophes and political turmoil around the world point towards the imminent return of our Lord, for whose appearance the whole universe is anxiously awaiting.
The words of St. Paul to his spiritual son Timothy as recorded in his second Epistle are more appropriate and pertinent for this generation than ever before: "There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power" (2 Tim. 3:1-5).
Apostasy is permeating the church, atrocity is prevalent in society and animosity is playing havoc in politics. Man’s nature seems to be so depraved and corrupt, it is incorrigible; mankind is soaked to the core in sin and filth; social evils are at their zenith; tension between nations is stretched to the strain. There can be no two opinions as to the fact that we are living in the perilous times of the last days.
Yes, we are living in the crucial moment of history, the darkest hour of man’s era. It is true that man has made longer strides in the fields of technology, medicine, science, aeronautics and such others than one can conceive of. Man has succeeded in stepping on the moon and now he is aiming at the planets. But he has miserably failed to tranquilize the political turbulence and to smother the turmoil in nations. He has utterly failed to restore the breakdown in moral standards. He has hopelessly failed to eradicate or at least to arrest the social evils. Utterly distraught, man throws up his hands in despair.
Does it mean that there is no hope? No, there is hope and only one hope – the intervention of God in the lives of men. When God rends His heaven and comes down with His might and power into human history, there is remedy for man’s malady. And that is revival.
Are we craving for such a revival? Are we agonizing and travailing for such an outbreak in human history? "No sooner is Zion in labor than she gives birth to her children" (Isa. 66:8). Yes, labor pain is necessary for bringing out a mighty revival. Let us examine ourselves to see whether we are guilty of indifference to the needs and woes of the people of our time because of our lack of compassion for them and a genuine concern for the revival.
Are we aware of the bleakness and the barrenness in our ministry? Many times we are satisfied with our weak efforts with very little effect. A few drops of blessings here and there, a few conversions in certain meetings, a few hands raised in some gospel campaigns fill us with self-complacency. Oh, you servants of God! Never be satisfied until you witness the outpouring of the Spirit of God as promised in His words, "I will pour out My Spirit on all people" (Joel 2:28). Let this stream flow freely from the Throne of God drenching millions of people all around the world.
Do we desire for such a mighty working of the Holy Spirit in our days? An old miner, who was transformed during the Welsh Revival in 1859, said, "When I was a boy we dug our coal with chisels, after that came dynamite, and with this we mined a much bigger quantity of coal. Till this week I have seen nothing but chisel work in our churches, but now here is God’s dynamite at work!"
Does this not teach us a lesson? Can we ever be satisfied with anything less than the work of the dynamite? When we believe that "the gospel...is the power (dynamite) of God for the salvation of everyone who believes" (Rom.1:16), should we not use it with maximum effect? As somebody has put it, "The days are upon us when nothing will avail to break through the overwhelming power of the enemy except supernatural power beyond anything most Christians have yet known."
My dear fellow worker! This is the critical hour. Stop using chisels, start using dynamite....
The passion expressed in Brother Spurgeon’s book is the passion for revival that Herald of His Coming desires to share through the Herald International editions. Praise the Lord with us for all the language editions in various countries and join us in praying for the Lord to work through them to ignite revival. Pray also for wisdom, strength and protection for each of the editors and other workers, and for the Lord’s anointing and provision for each of the editions.