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HINDERERS OF REVIVAL (1 of 2)
Jesse M. Hendley
We are thinking about Hindrances to Revival today.
I'd rather change that to HINDERERS of Revival.
Don't flip off the broadcast! We need revival in
these days! How we do need REVIVAL! We are living in
days of lawlessness. We are living in days of
abounding sin. We are living in days of pressure of
demonism. The people of God are experiencing un-
precedented pressures in this hour. We need the
revival blessings of the Lord poured in our hearts
so that our lives might count for God. We are left
behind in this world for one reason, and that is to
bless the lives of others in the Name of the Lord.
So we are thinking about REVIVAL today, and what
hinders it. We should get out of the way WHATEVER
HINDERS revival, that GOD may come through to
Our text is found in the Book of Jonah, chapter 1.
You remember that God told Jonah to arise and go to
Nineveh and cry against it for the wickedness of
that city had come up before Him. But instead of
that, Jonah was disobedient to God and rose up to
flee to Tarshish, away from the Presence of the
But, my friends you cannot get away from the
Presence of the Lord. You just can't do it. God's
Presence is everywhere.
So Jonah went down to Joppa, a seaport town, and
found a ship going to Tarshish, the opposite
direction from which God wanted him to go. "And he
paid the fare thereof, and went down into it to go
with them unto Tarshish, "away from, the Presence of
the Lord." (It is interesting to notice that it is
repeated: "Away from the Presence of the Lord." And
you can't do that. You can't run away from God's
The Lord sent out a great wind into the sea and
there was a mighty tempest, and the ship was like to
be broken, and the mariners were afraid. It must
have been a great storm for these men, hardened and
knowing the Mediterranean Sea, to be afraid. This
was a MIGHTY tempest, so that the ship was like to
be broken, and the sailors were afraid and they
cried, every man, unto his god. Notice, they were
heathen men. They were idolaters. They did not know
Jehovah, the true and the living God Who created all
things and all people. They worshipped gods, and of
course demons are in back of such worship. They
didn't know THE LORD.
"And they cast forth the wares that were in the ship
to lighten it. But Jonah was gone down into the
sides of the ship and he lay fast asleep." I am
reminded of Paul's word in the Ephesian letter,
"Awake, thou that sleepest and arise from the dead."
Paul is not writing to unsaved people, but SAVED
people who are asleep. And here is a man who is
supposed to be very much awake and crying against
Nineveh, but he is asleep in a ship going in the
opposite direction in utter disobedience to God!
So the shipmaster came unto him and said unto him,
"What meanest thou, 0 slee ...
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