I’m hungry…not for the next meal, but for the next move of God. I’ve been thinking and praying about our great revival history in America. Tania and I have a cottage in the South Seaville Campmeeting. It’s the oldest campmeeting in South Jersey. It has a rich history in revival…there was a day when thousands traveled by foot, carriage or train to worship Jesus on that sacred ground in South Seaville, NJ.
My spiritual heritage is Methodism. I am thankful that John Wesley isn’t known for establishing a systematic theology from which to practice Christianity. He is known for establishing a revival movement that literally swept over the entire island of Britain, crossed the Atlantic into America and reached people all across the globe. Methodism was born in a revival move of God…people were saved and filled with the Holy Spirit through sanctifying grace.
I attended both Asbury University and Asbury Theological Seminary. Those precious institutions have a wonderful history of revival. God moved on the campus in 1970 and classes were shut down for over a week. Hugues Auditorium was filled with passionate 20 somethings 24 hours a day seeking the Lord, confessing their sins and testifying to God’s power. The local news showed up to report the move of God and it was picked up nationally. Students traveled all over the country with accounts of God’s love and power, and everywhere they went, the revival went with them.
I’m hungry…it’s time for an awakening again in America. It’s time for a move of God that revives the Church out of her complacency and sweeps many up into grace, healing and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Dr. R. A. Torrey said,: “I have a theory…that there is not a church, chapel, or mission on earth where you cannot have revival, provided there is a little nucleus of faithful people who will hold onto God until He comes down. First, let a few Christians—there need not be many—get thoroughly right with God themselves. This is the prime essential. If this is not done, the rest, I’m sorry to say, cannot be done, and it will come to nothing. Second, let them bind themselves together to pray for revival until God opens the heavens and comes down. Third, let them put themselves at the disposal of God to use them as He sees fit in winning others to Christ. That’s all. This is sure to bring revival in any church or community. I have given this prescription around the world. It has been taken by many churches and many communities, and in no instance has it ever failed, and it cannot fail.”
Can 100 people worshipping Jesus on the beach in a South Jersy shore town make a difference? I believe that we can! Let’s hold on to God until He comes down. Let’s get thoroughly right with God. Let us bind ourselves together to pray for revival, and put ourselves at God’s disposal so that others can be won to Christ.
We hope to see you this Sunday at Avalon Beach Church – 9am on the 30th Street beach on Avalon, NJ. Bring your beach chair, some Wawa coffee and a carload of family and friends.
And come hungry…