In every awakening, there is someone who prepares their heart and desires that others do the same. The element of heart preparation is crucial to any move of God.
A mid-century example is found in the Awakening which took place on the Ile of Lewis in 1949.
When Christine and Peggy (elderly Presbyterians in the 1950’s) began praying for a sovereign move of God over their town of Barvis, on the Ile of Lewis, in Scotland, they sanctified themselves and pledged to pray every evening from 9pm to 3am. Soon, a group of men, led by her pastor, began a prayer meeting at the same times in a Barn. Several months went by while the purging of all spiritual dross was taking place. Finally, one young man stood and cried out to God saying, “My heart is pure, my hands are clean, it is time for you Lord to keep your promise and answer our prayers.” When they opened the barn doors, approximately 300 souls were prostrate in the adjacent field, under conviction of their sins. No preacher had preached, no music had been sung, no appeal had been given—just the power of the Holy Ghost brought conviction and conversion.
“Somehow, the modern church must grasp the power of these verses and move into the place of Paul’s and Peter’s vision. How different things would be if the Spirit was able to direct a symphony of blessings through the church.
Instead of multiple “little kingdoms” being formed across the globe, there would be one glorious body led by Christ and to His honor. Supernatural power would be channeled through it to meet the needs of every saint. Extraordinary miracles would be the order of the day and the Sunday meetings would be given over to the Word and the testimonies of believers”
– C.R. Oliver (Newsletter on Ephesians 4)
Close friend, spiritual father and good brother
“Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind”
“Standing fast in the Lord” constitutes a stance and a commitment. A stance, in that one must maintain Biblical inerrancy (against all the intrusions, like the ones discussed in the previous chapters). It is also a commitment, in that one must maintain an “in the Lord” relationship. (It is one thing to cling to doctrinal purity and quite another to hear and do the will of God.)”
– C.R. Oliver
“Paul emptied his soul and spirit in a flood of passion, ripping aside any self-aggrandizement and revealing his inner person as he stood spiritually naked before God and man. Rare are these occasions among modern churchmen. His self-appraisal was not a review of his achievements, but of sincere revelation of his goal in life.”
– C.R. Oliver