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D. L. Moody (1837-1899) was probably the most well-known and respected evangelist in the late 1800’s. He preached to thousands on both sides of the Atlantic, started schools and established what is now Moody Bible Institute.

This collection contains TWENTY-FIVE works – his life and most famous books, packed full of Scripture, passion and timeless truth:

  1. Why God Used D. L. Moody (7 chapters)
  2. The Life and Work of Dwight L. Moody (34 chapters)
  3. The Overcoming Life (9 chapters)
  4. Secret Power in Christian Life and Service (5 chapters)
  5. Men of the Bible (7 chapters)
  6. The Way to God and How to Find it (9 chapters)
  7. Heaven – Where it is and how to Get There (9 chapters)
  8. Prevailing Prayer – What Hinders It? (11 chapters)
  9. Sowing and Reaping (8 chapters)
  10. Weighed and Wanting – Addresses on the Ten Commandments (13 chapters)
  11. To the Work! To the Work! (9 chapters)
  12. Sovereign Grace (11 chapters)
  13. Pleasure and Profit in Bible Study (16 chapters)
  14. Wondrous Love and other Gospel Addresses (10 chapters)
  15. That Gospel Sermon on the Blessed Hope
  16. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour (365 – daily readings)
  17. Moody’s Latest Sermons (7 sermons)
  18. Where Art Thou? (12 select sermons)
  19. Thou Fool! (and other sermons)
  20. The Way Home (and other sermons)
  21. Bible Characters (11 chapters)
  22. Life Words
  23. Moody’s Anecdotes and Illustrations
  24. Moody’s Stories
  25. The Home Work of D. L. Moody (9 chapters)

 

 


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Andrew Murray on Prayer and Revival

Andrew Murray on Prayer and Revival

 

A century ago Andrew Murray wrote a powerful little book called “The State of the Church” where he called believers back to a life of prayer and reliance on the Spirit.  In this portion (chapter 5 of “The State of the Church”) he points out the dire need in our churches for prayer and evangelism – a need that others such as D. L. Moody and F. B. Meyer also called for.  You can buy the full book here.

 


 

“THE disciples felt ashamed at their not being able to cast out the evil spirit. When Christ had sent them out to do the work, they had come back rejoicing that the evil spirits were subject to them. And here, in presence of the Pharisees, they had been brought to confusion by their impotence. They felt it deeply, and asked the Master to tell them what the cause of failure was. He answered with one word, Unbelief; they had not been living in communion with God and separation from the world; they had neglected prayer and fasting.

 

It is when the Church begins to feel the shame of the decline in membership as the loss of a power that she had in time past, and confesses that it is beyond her reach to find the cause and the cure, that she will learn to bow in penitent prayer for the Master to reveal to her the depth of the trouble, and the only way out of it.

 

In this chapter I want to call up three witnesses among the servants of Christ, to give evidence as to what they think of the state of affairs. Let the first be D. L. Moody. In the Christian of 24th December 1897, there appeared a letter to the New York Independent on the subject. He refers to a statement in a previous issue of that paper, “that there were over three thousand churches in the Congregational and Presbyterian bodies in the United States that did not report a single member added by profession of faith during the year.” Mr. Moody then adds, “Can this be true? The thought has taken such hold of me that I cannot get it out of my mind. It is enough almost to send a thrill of horror through the soul of every true Christian. Are we all going to sit still and let this thing continue? Shall we not lift up our voice like a trumpet about this matter? What must the Son of God think of such a result of our labour as this?”

 

In answer to Mr. Moody, the Independent explains that some allowance must be made for the new churches founded within the year, for small churches without a pastor, and for others that have failed to send up any report. The editor expresses his disagreement with what Mr. Moody had said in his letter about modern criticism and other causes of the evil. And then he proceeds: “But with all this true, Mr. Moody does well to be astonished and pained at the thousands of churches which reported not a single member added by profession of the faith last year. It is enough to send a thrill of pain through the soul of every true Christian.”

 

Let us pause ere we read on and say, What ought all this to mean to the Church?

 

Let Dr. Forsyth be the second witness. In his book, The Cruciality of the Cross, he writes thus: “It is reported from most quarters in England that there is a serious decline in Church membership. For this several explanations are given. But it is well to face the situation, and to avoid extenuation, and if we do we may discover that the real cause is the decay, not in religious interests or sympathies, but in personal religion of a positive and experienced kind, and often in the pulpit. Religious sympathies or energies are not Christian faith. We have become familiar with the statement that there is as good Christianity outside the Churches as in. This is not quite false, but it is much more false than true. It would be true enough if Christianity meant decent living, nice ways, precious kindness, business honour, ardent philanthropy and public righteousness. But all these fine and worthy things are quite compatible with the absence of personal communion with God, personal faith as Christ claims it; in the sense of personal experience of God in Jesus Christ, personal repentance, and personal peace in Christ as our eternal life. Yet that is God’s first charge on us, if Christianity be true. And it is this kind of Christianity which alone makes for a Church and its membership. Decay in membership of the Church is due to a decay of membership in Christ. Even among those who remain in active membership of our Churches, the type of religion has changed, the sense of sin can hardly be appealed to by preachers now, and to preach grace is in many (even orthodox quarters) regarded as theological obsession, and the wrong language for the hour, while justification by faith is practically obsolete.

 

“The grace of God cannot return to our preaching, or to our faith, till we recover from what has almost clean gone from our general, familiar, and current religion, what liberalism has quite lost I mean a due sense of the holiness of God. This holiness of God is the real foundation it is certainly the ruling interest of the Christian religion. Have our Churches lost that seal? Are we producing reform, social or theological, faster than we are producing faith? We are not seeking first the kingdom of God and His holiness, but only carrying on with very expensive and noisy machinery a kingdom-of-God’s industry. We are merely running the kingdom, and running it without the Cross. We have the old trade-mark, but what does that matter in a dry and thirsty land where no water is, if the artesian well on our premises is growing dry?”

 

Let us take to heart the lesson: It is the lack of positive personal religion, sometimes even in the pulpit, that explains the decline of membership.

 

Our third witness is the Rev. F. B. Meyer.  In an address on Acts 19 and the anointing power of the Holy Ghost, he says:

 

“There are four different planes of power the lowest is the physical, above that is the mental, above that is the moral, and above all is the spiritual. It is only when the man moves on the spiritual level that he has power with God, and has power over unclean spirits.

 

“It is because too many ministers and too many Christian workers to-day are content to live upon the intellectual level, or upon the moral plane, that their work is impotent to touch the mighty stronghold of Satan.

 

“The first question, therefore, to put to every Christian worker is: On what level are you working, on what level are you living? For if you are speaking on anything less than the Spirit level, know that your life will be largely a failure.”

 

He then tells the story of how the sons of Sceva had tried to cast out evil spirits in the name of Jesus whom Paul preached, of the answer that the evil spirit gave, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know, but who are ye?” and of the evil spirit leaping upon them, and mastering them so that they fled naked and wounded, and then proceeds: “Oh, where are we? We have been praying that God would send converts to the Churches, and stop this awful ebb; still the people are leaving our Churches, and the pews are empty. We have no additions, or few, to our Churches, and, pray as we may, we cannot avert it. Why? why? because the devil does not fear us. We have no power. The devil masters the Church and masters the world, and here are all we powerless, and he says, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; who are ye?

 

“You remember the words of our Lord: How can you enter into a strong man’s house until you have bound the strong man? We cannot spoil the house, because we have not bound the strong man. We have not bound the strong man in our own house. We do not know what it is to master the power of evil in our own hearts. How then can we rescue the men who are led captive at his will? It seems to me we have got to get back to prayer. O God, forgive us for our prayerlessness! God knows what a prayerless people we are. I do not wonder at things being as they are.”

 

Let us learn the lesson. The decline in membership is nothing but what may be most naturally expected where the work is not done in the power of the Spirit and in prayer. The spirit of darkness that rules in the world, and with its mighty attraction draws men from Christ and His Church, is too strong for us. Nothing and none can give the victory but the Spirit of God working in us. Would not one imagine that God’s servants would be delighted to think that they have such a Divine power working in them, and with their whole heart yield to its influence? Oh, let us turn to the Master to give us, into the very depth of our hearts, the answer to the question, Why could we not cast this evil spirit out? Because of your Unbelief. You did not believe in Me and in the power of My Spirit, and with prayer and fasting seek for it.

END OF CHAPTER 5 of “THE STATE OF THE CHURCH” by ANDREW MURRAY

 


 

Andrew Murray Books:

TITLE: THE WORKS OF ANDREW MURRAY  (50-in-1)

AUTHOR: Andrew Murray
CATEGORY: CHRISTIAN LIVING, PRAYER, REVIVAL
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Unlike other collections, this includes the full text of 50 works of Andrew Murray. This is a very LARGE collection, carefully edited and put together and includes an active Table of Contents, as well as a Quick Table of Contents at the beginning for easy navigation.

 


 

Andrew Murray’s classic “WITH CHRIST IN THE SCHOOL OF PRAYER” is included in:

TITLE: 7 CLASSICS ON PRAYER

AUTHOR: Bounds, Moody, Muller, Guyon, Goforth, Torrey, Murray
CATEGORY: PRAYER
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This fantastic compilation brings you 7 Christian classics on PRAYER. Ever struggled with how to pray, what to pray for, or just needed encouragement to keep praying? These powerful writings will stir your heart and strengthen your faith, helping you grow in communion with God.
These 7 have been chosen because they are practical, Biblical and have helped thousands throughout the centuries to grow in intimacy with God and in power in their prayer lives. Note: these aren’t just excerpts, these are the ENTIRE book of each classic.

SEVEN CLASSICS ON PRAYER:
• How To Pray – by R. A. Torrey [12 chapters]
• With Christ in the School of Prayer – by Andrew Murray [32 chapters]
• Prevailing Prayer – by D. L. Moody [11 chapters]
• How I Know God Answers Prayer – by Rosalind Goforth [10 chapters]
• Answers to Prayer – from George Muller’s Narratives [6 chapters]
• Power Through Prayer – by E. M. Bounds [20 chapters]
• A Short and Easy Method of Prayer – by Madame Jeanne Guyon [24 chapters]

 

 


Andrew Murray’s book “THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST” also included in:

TITLE: 5 GREAT CLASSICS ON THE HOLY SPIRIT  (5-in-1)

AUTHOR: Edwards, Murray, Torrey, Brengle, Bonar, Simpson
CATEGORY: HOLY SPIRIT
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This fantastic compilation brings you 5 of the greatest Christian classics on the Holy Spirit. Do you want to understand what the Scripture teaches about the Holy Spirit and get to know Him better in your own life? Are you interested in how the Holy Spirit has worked in revivals?
If so, then this collection is for you! Each book in this volume contains the full text of powerful and life-changing writings by men of God who saw the Holy Spirit work powerfully in their ministries. Their writings are practical, Biblical and have helped thousands throughout the centuries to know the Holy Spirit more.

5 GREAT CLASSICS ON THE HOLY SPIRIT contains:
• Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit of God – by Jonathan Edwards (1741).
• The Spirit of Christ – by Andrew Murray (1888) [31 chapters]
• Walking in the Spirit – by A. B. Simpson (1890′s) [14 chapters]
• When the Holy Ghost is Come – by Samuel Logan Brengle (1909) [23 chapters]
• The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit – by R. A. Torrey (1910) [22 chapters]

 


 

 

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Why God Used D. L. Moody (pt 3)

Why God Used D. L. Moody – pt 3: Freedom from Love of Money, Passion for the Lost & Enduement with Power

The fifth reason why God used D. L. Moody so powerfully – and something that is incredibly relevant for today – is that he was free from the love of money.  Torrey writes,

Mr. Moody might have been a wealthy man, but money had no charms for him.  He loved to gather money for God’s work; he refused to accumulate money for himself.  He told me during the World’s Fair that if he had taken, for himself, the royalties on the hymnbooks which he had published, they would have amounted, at that time, to a million dollars.  But Mr Moody refused to touch the money…Millions of dollars passed into Mr. Moody’s hands, but they passed through; they did not stick to his fingers.
This is the point at which many an evangelist makes shipwreck, and his great work comes to an untimely end.  The love of money on the part of some evangelists has done more to discredit evangelistic work in our day, and to lay many an evangelist on the shelf, than almost any other cause.

Sixth was his Consuming passion for the salvation of the lost.  Moody was so full of passion for the lost that he “made the resolution, shortly after he himself was saved, that he would never let twenty-four hours pass over his head without speaking to at least one person about his soul.”
Torrey tells the story:

Once, when walking down a certain street in Chicago, Mr. Moody stepped up to a man, a perfect stranger to him, and said: “Sir, are you a Christian?”  “You mind your own business,” was the reply.  Mr. Moody replied: “This is my business.”  The man said, “Well, then, you must be Moody.”  Out in Chicago they used to call him in those early days “Crazy Moody,” because day and night he was speaking to everybody he got a chance to speak to about being saved…

Oh, young men and women and all Christian workers, if you and I were on fire for souls like that, how long would it be before we had a revival?  Suppose that tonight the fire of God falls and fills our hearts, a burning fire that will send us out all over the country, and across the water to China, Japan, India and Africa, to tell lost souls the way of salvation!
The seventh and final reason given is that D. L. Moody was definitely endued with Power from on High.
Torrey states that Moody had “a very clear and definite baptism with the Holy Ghost…he had no doubt about it.  In his early days he was a very busy man; he had a tremendous desire to do something, but he had no real power.  He worked largely in the energy of the flesh.

But after “seeking the baptism of the Holy Ghost,” Torrey states,

The power of God fell upon him as he walked up the street and he had to hurry off to the house of a friend and asked that he might have a room by himself, and in that room he stayed alone for hours; and the Holy Ghost came upon him, filling his soul with such hoy that at last he had to ask God to withhold his hand, lest he die on the spot from very joy.  He went out from that place with the power of the Holy Ghost upon him…

Moody would get discouraged when others squabbled about not needing a definite baptism of the Holy Ghost, saying:

Why don’t they see that this is just the one thing that they themselves need?  They are good teachers, they are wonderful teachers…but why will they not see that the baptism with the Holy Ghost is just the one touch that they themselves need?

Oh, if we could recapture and put into practice these 7 areas, imagine how the Lord might move among us!  But this isn’t easy – it requires a death to self, a putting away of distraction, a holy focus and fervor that the world will mock and oppose and attempt to quench.
Yet may Moody’s life stir us to action and zeal in these seven areas and may we would follow him as he followed Christ!

Why God Used D. L. Moody:

  1. A fully surrendered man
  2. A man of prayer
  3. A deep and practical student of the Bible
  4. A humble man
  5. Freedom from the love of money
  6. Passion for the lost
  7. Definite enduement of power from on high.

 

You can find the full book “WHY GOD USED D. L. MOODY” (as well as many others) on our MOODY and TORREY pages.

 
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Why God Used D. L. Moody (2)

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Why God Used D. L. Moody, pt 2: he was a Student of the Bible and a Humble man

 

The third reason Torrey gives as to why God so mightily used D. L. Moody was that he was a “deep and practical student of the Bible.”  Torrey writes,

“Every day of his life, I have reason for believing, he arose very early in the morning to study the Word of God, way down to the close of his life.  Mr Moody used to rise about four o’clock in the morning to study the Bible.  He would say to me: ‘If I am going to get in any study, I have got to get up before the other folks get up’; and he would shut himself up in a remote room in his house, alone with his God and his Bible.”

Wow…four o’clock in the morning!  As I read those words I’m convicted, realizing the level of commitment
Moody had compared with my own.  How much of my time is taken up by
trivial matters?

Torrey then continues,

Oh, you may talk about power; but, if you neglect the one Book that God has given you as the one instrument through which He imparts and exercises His power, you will not have it…

Oh, men and women, if you wish to get an audience and wish to do that audience some good after you get them, study, study, STUDY the one Book, and preach, preach, PREACH the one Book, and teach, teach, TEACH the one Book, the Bible, the only Book that is God’s Word, and the only Book that has power to gather and hold and bless the crowds for any great length of time.

The Fourth reason God used D. L. Moody so powerfully was his humility.  Even though he spoke to some of the largest crowds in the biggest buildings of his day and though his name was known throughout the land and overseas he remained humble before God and people.  Moody used to say,

“Faith gets the most; love works the most; but humility keeps the most”

Torrey aptly concludes,

Oh, how many a man has been full of promise and God has used him, and then the man thought that he was the whole thing and God was compelled to set him aside!

I can look back for forty years, or more, and think of many men who are now wrecks or derelicts who at one time the world though were going to be something great.  But they have disappeared entirely from the public view.  Why?  Because of overestimation of self.  Oh, the men and women who have been put aside because they began to think that they were somebody…and therefore God was compelled to set them aside.

The entire shore of the history of Christian workers is strewn with the wrecks of gallant vessels that were full of promise a few years ago, but these men became puffed up and were driven on the rocks by the wild winds of their own raging self-esteem.

This is as true today as it was 100 years ago – the unfortunate truth is that pride continues to make wreck of many a life and ministry.  Let’s learn from these men of God and “humble ourselves before the Lord” (James 4:10) that He may use us for His glory!

 

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Why God Used D. L. Moody

Why God Used D. L. Moody, pt 1 – Surrender and Prayer

The first reason Torrey gives for D. L. Moody’s power and usefulness is that he was a “fully surrendered man”. Not that he was perfect, but that he had intentionally endeavoured to submit his entire life to Christ.  He tells the story:

Henry Varley, a very intimate friend of Mr. Moody in the earlier days of his work, loved to tell how he once said to him: ‘It remains to be seen what God will do with a man who gives himself up wholly to Him.’  I am told that when Mr. Henry Varley said that, Mr. Moody said to himself: ‘Well, I will be that man.’…

If you and I are to be used in our sphere as D. L. Moody was used in his, we must put all that we have and all that we are in the hands of God, for Him to use as He will, to send us where He will, for God to do with us what He will, and we, on our part, to do everything God bids us do.”

Torrey concludes that

“There are thousands and tens of thousands of men and women in Christian work, brilliant men and women, rarely gifted men and women, men and women who are making great sacrifices, men and women who have put all conscious sin out of their lives, yet who, nevertheless, have stopped short of absolute surrender to God, and therefore have stopped sort of fullness of power.”

The second reason Torrey gives is that Moody was a man of prayer, even stating that he was “a far greater pray-er than he was a preacher.”

“Time and time again he was confronted by obstacles that seemed insurmountable, but he always knew the way to surmount and to overcome all difficulties.  He knew the way to bring to pass anything that needed to be brought to pass.  he knew and believed in the deepest depths of his soul that ‘nothing was too hard for the Lord’ and that prayer could do anything that God could do…

Often times Mr. Moody would write me when he was about to undertake some new work, saying: ‘I am beginning work in such and such a place on such and such a day; I wish you would get the students together for a day of fasting and prayer’…

Often we were gathered in the lecture room far into the night — sometimes till one, two, three, four or even five o’clock in the morning, crying to God, just because Mr. Moody urged us to wait upon God until we received His blessing.  How many men and women I have known whose lives and characters have been transformed by those night of prayer and who have wrought mighty things in many lands because of those night of prayer!”

It is no wonder the Lord moved so powerfully in Moody’s ministry – and it is not surprising why we often see so little fruit in ours.  Oh, that we today would recapture that same passion for prayer – that would lead us to forsake sleep, even food, for the sake of the work of God and the salvation of the lost!

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