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    WHERE are THE ELIJAHS OF GOD?

    by Leonard Ravenhill


    To the question, "Where is the Lord God of Elijah?" we answer,

    "Where He has always been-on the throne!" But where are the

    Elijahs of God? We know Elijah was "a man of like passions as

    we are," but alas! we are not men of like prayer as he was. One

    praying man stands as a majority with God! Today God is

    bypassing men - not because they are too ignorant, but because

    they are too self-sufficient. Brethren, our abilities are our

    handicaps, and our talents our stumbling blocks!


    Out of obscurity, Elijah came on to the Old Testament stage,

    a full-grown man. Queen Jezebel, that daughter of hell, had

    routed the priests of God and replaced them with groves to

    false deities. Darkness covered the land and gross darkness

    the people, and they were drinking iniquity like water. Every

    day the land, fouled with heathen temples and idolatrous rites,

    saw smoke curling from a thousand cruel altars.


    Elijah lived with God. He thought about the nation's sin like

    God; he grieved over sin like God; he spoke against sin like

    God. He was all passion in his prayers and passionate in his

    denunciation of evil in the land. He had no smooth preaching.

    Passion fired his preaching, and his words were on the hearts

    of men as molten metal on their flesh.


    Brethren, if we will do God's work in God's way, at God's time,

    with God's power, we shall have God's blessing and the devil's

    curses. When God opens the windows of heaven to bless us,

    the devil will open the doors of hell to blast us. God's smile

    means the devil's frown! Mere preachers may help anybody

    and hurt nobody; but prophets will stir everybody and madden

    somebody. The preacher may go with the crowd; the prophet

    goes against it.
    A man freed, fired, and filled with God will be

    branded unpatriotic because he speaks against his nation's

    sins; unkind because his tongue is a two-edged sword;

    unbalanced because the weight of preaching opinion is against

    him. Preachers make pulpits famous; prophets make prisons

    famous. The preacher will be heralded; the prophet hounded.


    Ah! brother preachers, we love the old saints, missionaries,

    martyrs, reformers: our Luthers, Bunyans, Wesleys, Asburys,

    etc. We will write their biographies, reverence their memories,

    frame their epitaphs, and build their monuments. We will do

    anything except imitate them. We cherish the last drop of

    their blood, but watch carefully the first drop of our own!


    -From "Why Revival Tarries" by Leonard Ravenhill - one of the

    best Revival books ever written.

  • #2
    Originally posted by Lou Newton View Post
    WHERE are THE ELIJAHS OF GOD?

    by Leonard Ravenhill


    To the question, "Where is the Lord God of Elijah?" we answer,

    "Where He has always been-on the throne!" But where are the

    Elijahs of God? We know Elijah was "a man of like passions as

    we are," but alas! we are not men of like prayer as he was. One

    praying man stands as a majority with God! Today God is

    bypassing men - not because they are too ignorant, but because

    they are too self-sufficient. Brethren, our abilities are our

    handicaps, and our talents our stumbling blocks!


    Out of obscurity, Elijah came on to the Old Testament stage,

    a full-grown man. Queen Jezebel, that daughter of hell, had

    routed the priests of God and replaced them with groves to

    false deities. Darkness covered the land and gross darkness

    the people, and they were drinking iniquity like water. Every

    day the land, fouled with heathen temples and idolatrous rites,

    saw smoke curling from a thousand cruel altars.


    Elijah lived with God. He thought about the nation's sin like

    God; he grieved over sin like God; he spoke against sin like

    God. He was all passion in his prayers and passionate in his

    denunciation of evil in the land. He had no smooth preaching.

    Passion fired his preaching, and his words were on the hearts

    of men as molten metal on their flesh.


    Brethren, if we will do God's work in God's way, at God's time,

    with God's power, we shall have God's blessing and the devil's

    curses. When God opens the windows of heaven to bless us,

    the devil will open the doors of hell to blast us. God's smile

    means the devil's frown! Mere preachers may help anybody

    and hurt nobody; but prophets will stir everybody and madden

    somebody. The preacher may go with the crowd; the prophet

    goes against it.
    A man freed, fired, and filled with God will be

    branded unpatriotic because he speaks against his nation's

    sins; unkind because his tongue is a two-edged sword;

    unbalanced because the weight of preaching opinion is against

    him. Preachers make pulpits famous; prophets make prisons

    famous. The preacher will be heralded; the prophet hounded.


    Ah! brother preachers, we love the old saints, missionaries,

    martyrs, reformers: our Luthers, Bunyans, Wesleys, Asburys,

    etc. We will write their biographies, reverence their memories,

    frame their epitaphs, and build their monuments. We will do

    anything except imitate them. We cherish the last drop of

    their blood, but watch carefully the first drop of our own!


    -From "Why Revival Tarries" by Leonard Ravenhill - one of the

    best Revival books ever written.
    That's a great post. We want all the glory and credit, but none of the work, or unpopularity that goes with it.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by redsoxmaloney View Post

      That's a great post. We want all the glory and credit, but none of the work, or unpopularity that goes with it.
      Thanks for the reply Tom.

      I attended a sermon given by Leonard Ravenhill once and it was one of the best sermons I have ever heard:

      Leonard went into great detail how he applied to be part of a Christian organization's missionary outreach when he was a young man. He was turned down because of some of the things he preached. They offered to accept him if he would agree to preach only their doctrines. He refused because he could only preach what The Lord Jesus had told him to preach. He told them he would go into these foreign nations on his own and preach what The Lord had told him to preach. They told him he would perish, in those foreign nations, if he went without their support.

      He replied, that if he trusted in Christ alone, instead of trusting in their organization, and perished, they could put this marker on his grave if they dared:

      Here lies Leonard Ravenhill
      ruined because he trusted
      in Christ alone


      Leonard went into these foreign nations and did not perish. That was obvious to all who attended that night because Leonard was alive and was an had become an elderly man by that time.

      I will never forget that sermon of Leonard's that night.

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