by Ernest Easley

Lord... Open up the Heavens
The Road to Revival
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Luke 3:1-6
January 28, 2007

We are praying these days what the prophet Isaiah prayed in Isaiah 64.1, "Oh that You would tear open the heavens! That You would come down." Lord, open up the heavens ... open up the heavens .. open up the heavens and take control!

And this morning we are continuing our series of messages .. which are really more than messages .. they are the heart-cry of this pastor .. our staff .. our deacons .. and the leadership and much of the membership our church today:

Lord .. open up the heavens .. open up the heavens .. open up the heavens and take control! Last Sunday from Psalm 85 we heard David's heart-cry for revival. Today from Luke 3 .. we are going to discover The Road to Revival.

So take your Bible and join me in Luke 3. I was again reading this week about the great revival that took place in Wales in the early 1900's. Here is how Dr. Oswald Smith described it: "It was in 1904. All Wales was aflame. The nation had drifted far from God. Spiritual conditions were low indeed. Church attendance was poor and sin abounded on every side. Suddenly, like an unexpected tornado, the Spirit of God swept over the land. The churches were filled to capacity; the meetings ran day and night. Evan Roberts was the human instrument, but there was very little preaching. Prayer. Testimony and singing would sweep over the congregations and hundreds of souls would surrender to God. Everywhere the Spirit of the Lord was felt: in the streets, in the stores, in the trains."

"Infidels were converted, drunkards, thieves and gamblers were saved, and thousands were reclaimed to respectability. Confessions of awful sins were heard on every side. Police courts were idle. In five weeks 20,000 conversions were recorded. The Welsh Revival was a Divine Visitation."

I have to tell you that when I read of how God has visited His people in days gone by .. it c ...

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