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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 precious souls.
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 Lord.
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 Presence.)
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 sleeper? Arise and call upon THY God, if so be that God will think upon us that we perish not.'' And they said ever ...
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