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    Glen sent me this email

    Glen B Smith
    To:lou newton

    Thu, May 28 at 10:24 PM

    What we desire to know that we do not want to know.

    What is it that we desire to know?

    This depends on our priorities.

    My answer is applicable only to those who are yearning for the closer presence of LORD, yearning to be among a Holy Spirit immersed revival, yearning to be part of the inexplainable power of the Divine Spirit when believers travel from afar just to be in the Divine Presence. The answer is for those yearning for a time and place where only the Lord matters.

    Answer: We want to know how to bring such an enduring, Holy Spirit immersed revival; that is, a closeness to the LORD that actually changes us.

    How can this be accomplished?

    We have tried around the clock prayer vigils, confessions, rededications, and joint efforts for planning, preparations, and meetings. Congregations have adopted worldly rock style music to manufacture feelings of spirituality. We have straight forwardly asked God to send revival. At last, we are resigned to the realization that we cannot make that which we desire to happen if it is spiritual. How come?

    Answer: It has to do with priorities, those things which is our main concern, our urgent desire, and the only thing that matters.

    Simply stated, there are things in our lives more important than a fully blown spiritual revival and closeness to the LORD.

    What then? What are we to do? The LORD has not left us without guidance. It is found in Acts 1.

    Verses 8 & 9 are the last recorded words of the Lord Jesus that are heard audible to all who were present.

    8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

    These words are followed by the ascension of the Lord Jesus.

    9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.

    Those who heard these last words and watched the ascension learned something else. The Lord Jesus "will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven" (verse 11).

    10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

    How does this supply us with the knowledge we desire? Well, after ten days these and others were present when what was uttered by the Prophet Joel was fulfilled with coming of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, it is common for believers to focus upon this coming of the Holy Spirit to explain the power and rapid growth of the Jerusalem congregation and in the preceding years the spread of early Christianity. And without any doubt, if the Holy Spirit had not come the events that followed would not have happened.

    However, is there something that opened the way among the apostles that made them ready for the Divine Spirit in Acts 2? It seems from the biblical record the information that made the apostles ready to submit completely to the LORD and allow the Holy Spirit to rule their lives was Acts 1:11. They were told by two "men" in "white robes," apparently divine messengers, that the Lord Jesus will return in the same way as they saw Him ascend into heaven. After this, the apostles lived with the expectation of the return of the Lord Jesus.

    So, if the desire is how to bring an enduring, Holy Spirit immersed revival that we wish to know, here is the answer.

    We are to make decisions, behave, and live as if the Lord Jesus returns tomorrow. This immediate expectation must be applied to all that we own, to our finances, housing, transportation, cloths, food, employment, family, and time. If the Lord Jesus returns tomorrow, what would be important? What would be our priorities? What would we be doing today if we knew for sure the Lord Jesus will return tomorrow?

    This is what we desire to know that we do not want to know; that is, to live as if the Lord Jesus returns tomorrow.

    Consider this encounter between the Lord Jesus and a "certain ruler."

    Luke 18:18-27 18A certain ruler asked him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" 19"Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good-except God alone. 20You know the commandments: 'You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.'" 21"All these I have kept since I was a boy," he said. 22When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." 23When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy. 24Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! 25Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." 26Those who heard this asked, "Who then can be saved?" 27Jesus replied, "What is impossible with man is possible with God."

    The Lord Jesus has clearly placed the knowledge for an enduring, Holy Spirit immersed revival at our feet – the feet of Americans who go away very sad, because even those Americans living at the poverty level are very wealthy by worldly standards.

    What the "certain ruler" was told to do is what we do not want to know and will not allow ourselves to know; that is, to know in the sense of doing. So how strong is our yearning for a time and place where only the Lord matters? Apparently, such is not at the top of our priorities. No affluent American wants to hear such a radical demand. Therefore, Holy Spirit immersed revival waits on us.

    Our excuse is to blame the spiritual condition of the American Church. We accuse the failure for true revival is the fault of the spiritual condition of the American Church. However, American believers in the Lord Jesus are the Church in America. With whom does the Holy Spirit immersed revival begin, now that we know what we desire to know but do not want to know?

    This article provides information received through a dream in the afternoon of 28 May 2020.

    the old scribe