Somebody who reads my blogs sent me this quote from Duncan Campbell. It brought back memories of a time when I had made a long journey to go to a meeting where I believed genuine healing was happening through a visiting evangelist. Perhaps it was, I cannot say one way or the other, but there was so much hype that I felt deeply grieved in the core of my being. It left me so so hungry for the Living God by comparison. Fortunately there was a Christian bookshop nearby where I found some tapes by Duncan Campbell, tapes which include the words quoted below. It was like Manna to my soul and I wept with relief and joy as I listened to them back in my B and B. The disappointment of the meeting was entirely undone. I was reminded of God.. not man…God. I hope these words create a spiritual thirst in you for true revival as compared to revivalism or renewal. Have we any idea what it would be like to be where “God came down”? Are we praying for a day when we will say in the words of Scripture, “This is our God and we have waited for Him”?
Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones mentioned in a recorded sermon I listened to once that the “Oh God” note needs to come back into our praying. I think I know what he meant. I hope this creates an “Oh God” longing in your heart. Let’s not settle for smoke which does at least show something is happening, but go after the fire!
“There are two things that I would like to say in speaking about the revival in the Hebrides. First, I would like to make it perfectly clear that I did not bring revival to the Hebrides. It has grieved me beyond words to hear people talk and write about “the man who brought revival to the Hebrides.” My dear people, I didn’t do that. Revival was there before I ever set foot on the island. It began in a gracious awareness of God sweeping through the parish of Barvas.
Then I would like to make it perfectly clear what I understand of revival. When I speak of revival, I am not thinking of high-pressure evangelism. I am not thinking of crusades, or of special efforts convened and organized by man. That is not in my mind at all. Revival is something altogether different from evangelism on its highest level. Revival is a moving of God in the community, and suddenly the community becomes God-conscious, before a word is said by any man representing any special effort.”