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    THE LUKEWARM
    by Leonard Ravenhill

    Elijah made it as difficult as he could for the Lord. He wanted fire,
    but yet he soaked the sacrifice with water! God loves such holy
    boldness in our prayers. "Ask of Me, and I shall give thee the
    heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth
    for thy possession." (Psalm 2:8)


    Oh, my ministering brethren! Much of our praying is but giving God
    advice.
    Our praying is discolored with ambition, either for ourselves
    or for our denomination. Perish the thought! Our goal must be God
    alone. It is His honor that is defiled, His blessed Son who is ignored,
    His laws broken, His name profaned, His book forgotten, His house
    made a circus of social efforts.

    Does God ever need more patience with His people than when
    they are "praying"? We tell Him what to do and then how to do it.
    We pass judgments and make appreciations in our prayers. In
    short, we do everything except pray! No Bible school can teach
    us this art. What Bible school has "prayer" on its curriculum? The
    most important thing a man can study is the prayer part of the
    book. But where is this taught? Let us strip off the last bandage
    and declare that many of our presidents and teachers do not pray,
    shed no tears, know no travail. Can they teach what they do not
    know?

    The man who can get believers to praying would, under God,
    usher in the greatest revival that the world has ever known. There
    is no fault in God. He is able. God "is able to do according to the
    power that worketh in us." God's problem today is not communism,
    nor yet Romanism, nor liberalism, nor modernism. God's problem
    is - dead fundamentalism!

    "So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will
    spew you out of my mouth." - Rev. 3:16...


    Sin today is both glamorized and popularized, thrown into the ear
    by radio, thrown into the eye by television, and splashed on popular
    magazine covers. Churchgoers, sermon-sick and teaching-tired,
    leave the meeting as they entered it - visionless and passionless!
    Oh God, give this perishing generation ten thousand John the Baptists!

    Just as Moses could not mistake the sight of the burning bush,
    so a nation could not mistake the sight of a burning man!
    God
    meets fire with fire. John the Baptist was a new man with a new
    message. As a man accused of murder hears the dread cry of
    the judge, "Guilty!" and pales at it, so the crowd heard John's cry,
    "Repent!" until it rang down the corridors of their minds, stirred
    memory, bowed the conscience and brought them terror-stricken
    to repentance and baptism! After Pentecost, the onslaught of
    Peter, fresh from his fiery baptism of the Spirit, shook the crowd
    until as one man they cried out: "Men and brethren, what shall
    we do?" Imagine someone telling these sin-stricken men, "Just
    sign a card! Attend church regularly! Pay your tithes!" No! A
    thousand times no!


    "... If in our cultivated unbelief and our theological twilight and our
    spiritual powerlessness, we have grieved and are continuing to
    grieve Thy Holy Spirit, then in mercy spew us out of Thy mouth!
    If Thou cannot do something with us and through us, then please
    God, do something without us!"

    -From Leonard Ravenhill's classic book, 'Why Revival Tarries'.

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    Ravenhill has such poignant writing. This is truth, it is like gold. Ravenhill saw this in his day, yet the church at large cannot see it today even though we have waxed much worse. Woe is me, I recognize this in myself as well: cultivated unbelief and our theological twilight and our spiritual powerlessness. I believe...yet I am so hindered. Lord, help us!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Baruch View Post
      Ravenhill has such poignant writing. This is truth, it is like gold. Ravenhill saw this in his day, yet the church at large cannot see it today even though we have waxed much worse. Woe is me, I recognize this in myself as well: cultivated unbelief and our theological twilight and our spiritual powerlessness. I believe...yet I am so hindered. Lord, help us!

      You are a man who God has shined His grace upon. For very few indeed are aware of their powerlessness and how they are hindered by their own selves.

      Here is another man who had this awareness:
      King James Version
      Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.

      His name was Isaiah and he wrote this in Isaiah 6:5


      New International Version
      He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”

      His name was Ezekiel and he wrote this in
      Ezekiel 37:3

      It is this awareness that most of those, who claim to be servants of The Lord Jesus, lack.

      Notice when we read the Holy Scriptures, how few have this awareness in the scriptures.
      Zechariah 4:7
      • Living Bible
        Therefore no mountain, however high, can stand before Zerubbabel! For it will flatten out before him! And Zerubbabel will finish building this Temple with mighty shouts of thanksgiving for God’s mercy, declaring that all was done by grace alone.”*
      Of course we are the temples that are built by God alone and still exist today after the destruction of the temple built with human hands.
      Last edited by Lou Newton; February 12, 2016, 01:16 PM.

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