Thursday, February 22, 2007
"This whole thing rings with reality. I had a man in my office, he had been to Africa - West Africa, East Africa, all sorts of places a few months ago. He just laid back, I have a couch now, (laughing) it sounds like a psychiatrist's office, he just leaned back on the couch I had there, and he said, 'Brother, tell me one thing, tell me one thing:', he's in tears almost.I said, 'I will if I can.'He said, 'Brother Ravenhill, is there ANY reality in the church of God anywhere today? Is there reality? Is it all professionalism?'These TV things are productions now. There's no instantaneous breathing of the Holy Ghost. If you turn the knob, its exaclty a group that's there last week. It starts there, it finishes there, and in between there's quote 'Bop up and down.'You don't get that in revival. When God the Holy Ghost moves, there's no pattern. There's no blueprint to revival, but there's one thing that's always there, and it's what the apostle Paul said, 'My little children, of whom I travail in birth...' For what? For you to become an evangelist? For you to become a missionary? No it's until Christ be formed in you! (Gal 4:19)I ask you again tonight, I don't ask you if you're saved - EVERYBODY'S SAVED! I say that facetiously - from the White House to the Beer House to the Jail House. My question is: ...DOES CHRIST LIVE IN YOU? Oh you say, 'Well I got saved...' I didn't ask if you got saved on a certain night and who the preacher was, I ask you does Christ live in you? If he doesn't you're not saved. (Rom 8:9) You may be good... you know lots of people turn over a new leaf, but what they want is a new life. Eh, you can change your own life - radically, psychologically, you can cancel your habits and so forth. But Paul, battle-scarred, is saying to this young man, 'Well, maybe I stoop and I limp and my face is pleated. I've endured hardness, a nightly day in the deep, a weariness in fastings, and painfulness. Once I was stoned, thrice I was shipwrecked, in perils in the deep, in perils of my own countrymen...' He goes on, but he says, 'Listen, I want to tell you, there's an excellency in Jesus Christ.' He found life! Through all his batterings and persecutions and sufferings (Paul can say), 'I got life!' "
- Leonard Ravenhill