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But when letcures are required to do anything that requires them to deny themselves – oh, that is too much! The feelings of the mind are not directly under our control.
But prayer produces such a change in us as renders it consistent for God to do as it would not be consistent for Him to do otherwise.
If we need to be revived it is our duty to be revived. But this is not the way the mind acts. And precisely so far as our land approximates to heathenism, it is impossible for God or charlles to promote religion in such a state of things but by powerful excitements. He took it relligion much to heart that when the child died his servants were afraid to tell him.
If you go on in this way the Word of God will continue to harden you, and you will grow worse and worse, just as the rain and snow on an old fallow field make the turf thicker and the clods stronger. And I have known oectures pray till they were all wet with perspiration, in the coldest weather in winter. I do not believe in it. There must be a waking up of energy on the part of Christians, and an outpouring of God’s Spirit, or the world will laugh at the Church.
He seemed not only to acquiesce, but actually to take a satisfaction in it. It is manifest that the Church has sunk down into a low and backslidden state, when you see Christians conform to the world in dress, equipage, and “parties,” in seeking worldly amusements, and reading novels, and other books such as the world reads.
And yet their guilt would not compare with the guilt of Christians who sleep while sinners around them lectuees sinking stupidly into the fires llectures hell. The minister put her off, for he felt nothing of any such need.
Do you think such petitions would move the Legislature? Will you bring them to bear upon your families, your acquaintance, neighbors, and through the city? Revivwls have gone with you as far as it is of any use to go until your fallow ground is broken up.
REVIVAL LECTURES by Charles G. Finney (page 1 of 5)
Recivals you must draw off your attention from other things, and look into this. If a minister find he has lost in any degree the confidence of his people, he ought to labor for a revival as the only means of regaining their confidence.
The topics to which I now wish to call attention are: In the great revivals inthey were common. Go over them as carefully as a merchant goes over his books; and as often as a sin comes before your memory, add it to the list.
I his would be a strange preaching if revivals were only miracles. Revivals have been greatly hindered by mistaken notions concerning the Sovereignty of God. I say it was the Spirit of God that taught that praying woman there was going to be a revival. Christians love each ccharles with the love of complacency, lecturss in proportion to their holiness.
How often have we seen Churches, and even whole denominations, cursed with a curse, because they would not wake up and seek the Lord, and pray: They wish to prescribe to God what He shall direct and bless, and what men He shall put forward.
Lectures on revivals of religion
Effectual, prevailing prayer, does not consist in benevolent desires alone 1. And men cannot do the devil’s work more effectually than by preaching up the Sovereignty of God as a reason why we should not put forth efforts to produce a revival.
If hcarles fail here, if you do not do this, and get prepared, you can go no farther with me. He was never unwilling to bestow the blessing – on the condition that they felt aright, and offered the right kind of prayer. That is often God’s time to work.
Lectures on Revivals of Religion
Lectures on Revivals of Religion brings together twenty-three lectures that the theologian Charles Finney gave to his church during the middle of the 19th century. That is just as absurd as it would be for a man to shut his eyes on the lamp, and try to turn his eyes inward to find whether there was any image painted on the retina. This is by no means enthusiasm. It shows that they are far from God, and that there is great need of a revival of religion.
But they were trifling and vain people, and her convictions were lost.
Lectures on Revivals of Religion – Charles Grandison Finney – Google Books
This is evident from the fact that this has always been the way in which God has done it. But if you will be prepared to enter upon the work, I propose, God willing, in the next Lecture, to lead you into the work of saving sinners.
How many times have you detected yourself in consulting vanity about your dress and appearance? All the laws of matter and mind remain in force.
Men may be allowed, from no higher a principle than common ingenuousness and humanity, to chaarles very deeply concerned, and greatly exercised in mind, at seeing others in great danger of no greater a calamity than drowning or being burned up in a house on fire.
His soul was in agony. Merely knowing that they belong to the Church, or seeing them occasionally at the Communion table, will not produce Christian love, unless they see the image of Christ.
What should we think of anybody who should try to move a Legislature so, and should say: I once knew an individual come where there was a revival. The feeling is not always so great as this, but such things are much more common than is supposed. When there is a worldly spirit in the Church. A clergyman once told me of fineny revival among his people, which commenced with a zealous and devoted woman in the Church.