In what’s happening in Asbury revival started two weeks ago and across the nation now, the joy in the celebration in the hope of restoration and revival is palpable in the air. It has spread from Asberry to Lee University to a lot of other campuses, including Yale University, and coming to New York City now in NYU, I believe.
Asbury Revival Report
Asbury revival? David Ro, Director of Mission in Gordon Conwell College., as well as involved in Mission in China for last 10 years, shared important aspects of this aspire revival as follows. #1. It’s not the Pentecostal or charismatic type. Where it gets very emotional and to the point of people crying or weeping or wailing. #2. It is neither of the Reformed doctrine type with gospel centered theology. What it is, is just the Gen. Z population rising up to grab hold of God in their hunger to find God in their authentic relationship with God. America’s Gen. Z population has been the most distant from God. And this time round? This revival is about them, and started by them. And spreading around the country for all demographics. This is very exciting. And I’m full praying for it and believing for the outpouring of the Spirit of God continue to spread across the United States and all over the world. What happened in Asbury is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, is not. manufactured emotionalism. There is no celebrity preacher., is no. pride and arrogance of any sort. It is a movement of the Holy Spirit. In the hearts of young people of the Gen Z population, and they have come in with such humility in their hearts I’ve heard . Much repentance happened. Many were restored and healed emotionally. And a lot of wounds were healed and a lot of cleansing and forgiveness have happened. This is not exactly like the physical healing that we have seen so much in the Bible and during the Pentecostal rallies, healing rallies. But it is more of the emotional and mental and spiritual. And some of them come to Christ as a result, too.
Outpouring of the Holy Spirit and that is a revival
Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones, gives a spectacular series of preaching in revival, and here I will attach you here next line what are the main things like?
Lloyd Jones said a major element in a revival is the person and the doctrine of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said “I will send you a helper, a comforter (John 14:16), after I have left this world, and that is the Holy Spirit.” Jesus promised in numerous places just before his death on the cross, and the resurrection from death, about the Holy Spirit. He’s told us that the Holy Spirit will renew all things and will glorify him and the Father, and will bring to all things of remembrance of what Jesus has taught us.
John 16: 4 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
The Holy Spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost and resulted in 3000 men and women repented and believe in Christ as the Son of God and Savior, the promised Messiah of the world. Now that’s the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and that it’s a revival.
Acts 2: 2 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Many people today believe that week we should be filled with the Holy Spirit, however, they don’t believe in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, like in the book of Acts two. They argue that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is once in a lifetime event that occurred on Pentecost, and it would never repeat again. But if you read an Acts 4, when the apostles, pray together the place was shaken by the Holy Spirit.
Acts 4: 29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is a second experience to the believers’ baptism in water as strongly defended by Martin Lloyd Jones. He has argued that speaking in tongues is not necessarily the automatic expression of being baptized in the Holy Spirit, though we do see very frequently accompanied the baptism in the Holy Spirit in the book of Acts. However, he’s of the opinion that, there are occasions, I agree, that there were no speaking tongues after the baptism of the Holy Spirit. However, that does not remove the doctrine of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I agree with him that baptism in the Holy Spirit does not always result to speak in tongues, however, baptism of the Holy Spirit is a second experience I would rather argue as the empowerment for courage, strength, revelation to do the work of God just like Acts 4, the place where they met was shaken by the Holy Spirit.
You can call the steps and the Holy Spirit. Acts 10 Cornelius’s household was filled with the Holy Spirit and was baptized in the Holy Spirit.
Acts 10:44–46. 44 While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. 45 And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. 46 For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared,
There are many occasions baptism in the Holy Spirit happened. In Acts 19, Peter ask them have they received the Holy Spirit? These guys were disciples, and the fact that Peter asked a question this question have you received the Holy Spirit to a bunch of believers in Christ, makes you think, Peter is looking for a second experience of baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 19:3–7 3 And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John’s baptism.” 4 And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying. 7 There were about twelve men in all.
Now granted, I know there are big names, theologians, preachers, and pastors who don’t speak in tongues. They actually. In my opinion., on. Baptized in the Holy Spirit without necessarily speaking tongues, clearly have the baptism of the Holy Spirit to have the insight and anointing to effectively spread the word of the gospel of grace in Christ Jesus. They don’t necessarily have to speak in tongues, therefore, it all flows in right now.
Be filled with the Holy Spirit or the Outpouring of the Holy Spirit
Martin Lloyd Jones says it correctly those folks say the outpouring of the Holy Spirit only happened once in the day of Pentecost, and that’s why churches have stopped praying for revival. And there’s why hardly any revivals to the last hundred years because people stopped praying for it, asking for it in England and conceivably America too. However, of course you have seen the Holy Spirit poured out in Africa, and other places for the last hundred years.
And he said something if you call that work of the Spirit of God, as just gibberish human emotional experience you’re really come in pretty darn close to blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. I agree.
Quenching the Spirit of God
Now that’s also another thing. It’s called quenching the Spirit of God. That is less severe than blasphemy against the Spirit of God, which is an unforgivable sin. Actually, the question of the quenching of the Spirit happens when you call the baptism of the Holy Spirit, as nothing. The outpouring of the Spirit happened just once, and that in a sense you just stopped the hunger and thirst of men and women to cry out for the baptism the Holy Spirit, essentially the outpouring, the Spirit of God, which translated into revival.
Look at those videos in YouTube Asbury, revival, thousands I mean, thousands of college students flocking to gather in the hours 24 hours daily running about 15 days in a row now spreading across the nation to Memphis to Alabama, etc. enter New York to Yale, etc., that is the empowerment of the Spirit of God. The manifestation of the power of the spirit of God is part of the story, the narrative of baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Regardless, it’s time for us to move on to cry out for the outpouring of the Spirit of God for a revival in our city ,in our town ,in our state, in our country, in our colleges everywhere. It’s time to cry out to believe. God is really just started! Somebody and a lot of people must’ve been praying real hard is in Asbury University in the first revival is broken up in the 21st-century in America.
Return all people of God ,to the altar of God and cry out to our Lord of harvest to bring in the harvest, to reap the harvest, to set the captives, free, to heal the brokenhearted, Amen.