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When you sign up to receive our newsletters (see sign-up form on the right), not only do you get an awesome free sign-up gift, but you’ll also receive an email each month with deals and a free Christian book of the month.  Our book in January 2017 is “Prevailing Prayer: What Hinders it?” by Dwight Moody.

 

 

 

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AUTHOR: D. L. Moody
CATEGORY: CHRISTIAN LIVING, PRAYER
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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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F B Meyer on Revival

F B Meyer on Revival

The following excerpt is from chapter 2 of “Back to Bethel” by F.B.Meyer:

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You are eagerly desirous of a revival of undefiled religion, that your hearts and homes should be full of praise to God. I call on the elders and deacons and leaders in our churches to come into the inner courts that they may be thoroughly cleansed from the filthiness that has accumulated there. Nobody brought it into the temple it just accumulated. And the dust and filthiness of the world has accumulated in our souls, and you and I must deal with it.

Some years ago I met a gray-haired minister who told me the following story from his own life. Said he:

“I was brought up under Finney, and after my seminary course was sent to carry on a decayed work in a distant country district. There had been no revival, no stirring up of the Holy Ghost in those parts for years. I gathered some godly people in the vestry every Friday night to pray for a revival. We kept this up for fifteen months, but the heavens were as brass above us.

“When fall came on, I set apart a day for united prayer. My heart rejoiced as I saw the farmers driving in with their families, until the schoolhouse behind the chapel was filled.

“I explained that we had gathered to pray for a revival. After the opening hymns and prayers the meeting was thrown open.

“The silence of death settled upon the audience. Every one waited. “Presently a leading old elder rose in a front seat, and said:

“‘Pastor, I don’t think there is going to be a revival of the Holy Ghost here so long as Brother Jones and I don’t speak to each other.’

“He left his pew, walked down the aisle and found Brother Jones, and said:

“‘Brother Jones, you and I have not spoken for five years. Let’s bury the hatchet. Here’s my hand!’

“The old man returned to his pew, and sat down. A sob broke from the audience, and then there was silence again.

“Soon another elder rose, and said:

“‘Pastor, I think there will be no revival here while I say fair things to your face and mean things behind your back. I want you to forgive me.”
“We shook hands, and the audience relapsed into stillness again.”

The minister told me that he then witnessed the strangest scene of his life. For ten minutes men and women crept noiselessly about the house, squaring old scores. And God began to visit them. The operatives in a factory nearby heard what was going on in the school-house, and at the lunch hour they came over in such numbers that they were diverted into the church. The pastor preached to them the simple gospel, and within five minutes four of the ringleaders in sin in that community were crying to God for mercy. A revival broke out that swept to and fro over the district for three years.

I told this story at Wandsworth, England, once. A few weeks later, when addressing a gathering of ministers in London, I told it again, and a brother minister rose and said that after I had preached at Wandsworth, as he was going out, a man who owed him twenty-five dollars took his hand, and said: “Forgive my delay in settling that debt. You shall have the money tomorrow.”

We must get back to first principles. We are right with God in the exact proportion that we are right with the men and women around us. Let us test ourselves, not by what we are on Sundays at church, but by what we are to the man whom we like least. That is the true gauge.

 

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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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THE MILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE!

THE MILLION DOLLAR CHALLENGE!

I’d really love to pray more,” he said to me, “but I just don’t have the time!

Many of us have heard – or said – something similar to the above statement.  It seems to be a common excuse for the prayerless life.  However, I firmly believe that it’s not that we don’t have the time to pray – it’s that we don’t have the desire.  We haven’t made prayer a priority in our lives.

Imagine with me, if you will.  A representative of Coca-Cola comes to your door with an amazing offer.  He says, “If you can get up at 6:30am every day for a month without missing a day, and watch a half-hour presentation on our company, we’ll give you a million dollars!  Wow, what a deal!  What do you think you’d do?  Would you say, “Sorry, I’m not a morning person, I don’t have time for you or your million bucks!”  No!  With great excitement you’d tell your family about the offer and get them pumped up about the prize money.  Perhaps you’d encourage them to get up and watch with you.  You’d tell your friends and remind them not to call you after 10pm as you had to get to sleep early; you would cancel your late-night hockey games; you would put your kids to bed early; you would set 5 alarm clocks instead of just one.  In short, you would do whatever it takes to reorder your lifestyle for that one month in order to get up early for that presentation!  That prize of a million dollars would spur you on!

The truth of the illustration is this: we make time for what is important to us.  If socializing is important to you, you’ll prioritize that over prayer.  If entertainment grabs your heart, you’ll stay up late for that.  Whether its money, sports, internet, shopping, work, golf…if you’re passionate about it, you’ll make time for it.

So we see that, except for those very rare occasions, it’s not that we don’t have time for prayer, it’s that we don’t have desire.  Unfortunately most of us wait for moments of crisis to pray…as that’s when desperation and desire kick in!  In crisis we suddenly become aware that we need to shuffle our schedule and priorities to pray.

The men and women of God who have made a difference throughout history knew and prized and treasured Jesus more than anything – even more than their sleep.  They didn’t wait for crisis.  They made prayer a priority, despite busy schedules, heavy workloads and crowds of children.  They rearranged their schedules and learned to say no to things that would have taken away their time and attention from the priority of prayer.

People often ask me, why don’t we see God move here in North America like you say He is moving around the world?  Part of the answer is that they have desire and desperation – while we are content for life to keep on going as it’s always gone.  Poverty or persecution spurs them on.  Affluence and ease lull us to sleep.

What we need is a God-given passion.  The Kingdom of God and the salvation of the lost are worth more than a million bucks…Are you up to the challenge?

Below are a few ideas to help us practically grow our desire for God

  1. Ask the Holy Spirit for a renewed passion for Jesus and for prayer (“You have not because you ask not” – James 4:2)
  2. Set a schedule…and an alarm clock if necessary!  (You schedule everything else that’s important to you, why not prayer?)
  3. Get friends together and pray.  (That’s what the early disciples did in Acts – gathered daily and from house-to-house.  It helps keep us accountable…and helps spur each other on).
  4. Fast and pray – as you learn to fast and say “no” to earthly appetites, you’ll be surprised how your spiritual appetite will grow!  When you unplug from the world, it’s easier to plug-in to God!
  5. Read and/or listen to those that were passionate about the things of God.  Their fire can help ignite yours!  I’d suggest pretty much anything by Keith Green, Leonard Ravenhill, Charles Finney or John Wesley…or pretty much any one of these men of God.
  6. Meditate on eternity.  Once you grasp the reality of hell and the necessity to reach the lost, you’ll find a new fire and passion kindling in your heart!  You’ll begin to agree with Charles Spurgeon who said:“If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies.  And if they perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees…let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.”

 “Could a mariner sit idle if he heard a drowning cry?
Could a doctor sit in comfort and just let his patients die?
Could a fireman sit idle, let men burn and give no hand?
Can you sit at ease in Zion with the world around you damned?”
– Leonard Ravenhill –

George Muller Bible Reading and Prayer

George Muller’s Advice on Bible Reading and Prayer (pt 1)

In his narrative, on May 7, 1841 George Muller took some time to explain his habit of prayer and Scripture reading which proved of such great help that he felt it necessary to share with others:

It has recently pleased the Lord to teach me a truth…the benefit of which I have not lost, though now, while preparing the fifth edition for the press, more than fourteen years have since passed away. The point is this: I saw more clearly than ever that the first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day was, to have my soul happy in the Lord. The first thing to be concerned about was not how much I might serve the Lord, how I might glorify the Lord; but how I might get my soul into a happy state, and how my inner man might be nourished. For I might seek to set the truth before the unconverted, I might seek to benefit believers, I might seek to relieve the distressed, I might in other ways seek to behave myself as it becomes a child of God in this world; and yet, not being happy in the Lord, and not being nourished and strengthened in my inner man day by day, all this might not be attended to in a right spirit. Before this time my practice had been, at least for ten years previously, as an habitual thing to give myself to prayer, after having dressed myself in the morning. Now, I saw that the most important thing I had to do was to give myself to the reading of the word of God, and to meditation on it, that thus my heart might be comforted, encouraged, warned, reproved, instructed; and that thus, by means of the word of God, whilst meditating on it, my heart might be brought into experimental communion with the Lord…

For more on George Muller’s life and George Muller Bible Reading insights, see our best-selling “George Muller Collection

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George Muller Answers to Prayer

George Muller, Answers to Prayer

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Over a lifetime of ministry George Muller saw God answer prayer in amazing ways.  Through faith and prayer alone he established schools, orphanages and supported missionaries and Bible distribution that impacted countless thousands of lives.
     His book “Answers to Prayer” (compiled by A. C. Brooks from the Narratives of George Muller) highlights some of those dramatic answers as well as some very practical advice on growing in the Christian life.
At the end of the books Muller gives five conditions for prevailing in prayer:

MULLER’S FIVE CONDITIONS OF PREVAILING PRAYER

1.—Entire dependence upon the merits and mediation of the Lord Jesus Christ, as the only ground of any claim for blessing. (See John xiv. 13, 14; xv. 16, etc.)
2.—Separation from all known sin. If we regard iniquity in our hearts, the Lord will not hear us, for it would be sanctioning sin. (Psalm lxvi. 18.)
3.—Faith in God’s word of promise as confirmed by His oath. Not to believe Him is to make Him both a liar and a perjurer. (Hebrews xi. 6; vi. 13-20.)
4.—Asking in accordance with His will. Our motives must be godly: we must not seek any gift of God to consume it upon our lusts. (1 John v. 14; James iv. 3.)
5.—Importunity in supplication. There must be waiting on God and waiting for God, as the husbandman has long patience to wait for the harvest. (James v. 7; Luke xviii. 1-8.)
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George Muller Answers to Prayer is available in:
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AUTHOR: Bounds, Moody, Muller, Guyon, Goforth, Torrey, Murray
CATEGORY: PRAYER
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CATEGORY: BIOGRAPHY, HISTORY, MISSIONS
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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.

 

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WWJD – What Would Jordan Do?

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What Would Jordan Do?

Reflections on personal discipline…

A while ago it was vogue in Christian circles to ask WWJD: What Would Jesus Do?  But it got a little over-hyped and largely under-practiced (which often happens) and has since received its fair share of criticism.

While I agree that asking WWJD is biblical – Jesus, after all, told his followers to follow him – I think it has inherent problems.  The main one is this: we can’t do what Jesus did just by asking that question.  For even if we think we know what Jesus would do the reality is that we often don’t have the spiritual reserves to follow through.

By itself asking WWJD is just as unreasonable as asking “What Would JORDAN Do?

I enjoy basketball and always held Jordan’s abilities in high esteem…but I’d never ask that kind of question.  Why?  Because even if I knew the answer, I still wouldn’t be able to do what Jordan did!  I can’t jump like him, shoot like him, or stick out my tongue like him.

And here’s the key point: Unless I practiced the way Jordan did in private, I’d never be able to do what he did in public.   It’s not enough to know what he’d do in a given situation – I must have the strength and ability to do it as well.

The same is very true in our Christian walk.  We’ll never do what Jesus did in public until we learn to do what he did in private.  Unfortunately, a lot of us wear the Jesus-jersey, skip out of practice, then wonder why we’re so lousy when it comes to game time!

Jesus’ life of prayer, sensitivity to the Spirit and obedience to the Father laid the foundation for his amazing ministry.  He knew Scripture inside out and walked in intimacy with the Father.  Doing what Jesus did without his focus and prayer life is like me getting up off the couch and doing a 360 slam dunk from the free throw line.  Ain’t likely that’ll happen!

Dallas Willard puts it this way: “As Jesus’ disciple..I am learning from him how to lead my life in the Kingdom of the Heavens as he would lead my life if he were I.”

So this is a call back to the basics – a call to do things that Jesus did and that his early followers put into practice.  If we want to see even the beginnings of a Jesus-kind-of-life we’ll need to get back to the core practices of fasting and prayer, simplicity of life, memorizing Scripture, self denial and intimacy with God.  Once we begin to do these things not only will we be able to discern what Jesus would do, we would – by His grace – have the power to be able to imitate him as well.  So while it wouldn’t fit a lot of bracelets or make a lot of sales, I would suggest this question is much more appropriate: “What Did Jesus Do in order to Do What He Did?

I’m never going to be Michael Jordan, but it’s my prayer that each day you and I will grow to be more like Christ!

 

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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