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A Mississippi Squirrel Didn't Start This Revival!
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Jonah 3: 5-10
In one of his most famous songs, Ray Stevens tells us a time when a Mississippi squirrel caused a great comotion in a local church, that many thought to be revival. Stevens sang of the squirrel and said:
"The day the squirrel went berserk
In the First Self-Righteous Church
In the sleepy little town of Pascagoula
It was a fight for survival
That broke out in revival
They were jumpin' pews and shoutin' Hallelujah!
It was D. Martyn Lloyd Jones who said of revival:
"Revival means days of heaven on earth!"
I love how Stephen Olford described revival:
"Revival is an invasion from heaven that brings a conscious awareness of God!"
I think of New Year's Eve 1739, when John Wesley, George Whitfield and some of their friends held a "love feast," which became a watchnight of prayer to see in the New Year. At about 3 a. m. something unusual happened, and Wesley wrote later that:
"The power of God came mightily upon us, insomuch that many cried for exceeding joy, and many fell to the ground. We, without a doubt, received AN invasion from the heavenlies."
During the mid-1700's God came down mightily and paid a visit to a young America, and all of New England stood in reverance as God made His presence known. On one occasion, in Enfield, Connecticut, Jonathan Edwards preached a message entitled, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." Edwards' eyesight was so poor that he had to hold his sermon so close that people could not see his face, and he was forced to read it verbatim. Yet, as he preached such conviction of the Spirit came that people were moved almost beyond control.
One man sprang up, rushed down the aisle and cried, "Mr. Edwards, have mercy! Mr. Edwards, have mercy!" Others caught hold of the backs of pews for fear that they might slip off into the pit of hell. Many thought that the Day ...
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