Articles by Leonard Ravenhill
Luke 12:49, 50 "I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it is already kindled? But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it is accomplished!" I've been going to meetings for over seventy years all over the world - Pentecostal conferences, Methodist conferences, all kinds of conferences.
If you attend church at all, you will undoubtedly hear a thousand sermons on "Be filled with the Spirit" (Eph. 5:18) for every one sermon you hear preached on "Be ye angry, and sin not" (Eph.4:26). This is a command! It is not a defence for a bad temper.
Philippians 1:20, "According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body..." I used to think that in the second letter to the Corinthians, chapter 5, Paul gives a summary of his theology. He believes that:
If we are absent from the body, we are present with the Lord.
Knowing the terror of the Lord we persuade men.
We must all appear at the judgment seat of Christ.
You can have a blast from Hell and not be moved if you're in the will of God. They'll hurt. How can you get the victory if there's no battle? He said "We are more than conquerors through him that loved us. What are you conquering?
Peter in prison! What a jolt! We are too far removed from the actual scene to catch the atmosphere of dismay the Christians of that day felt.
Romans 8:37: "Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us."
"For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ." Romans 14:10 (KJV)
Philippians the third chapter and verse ten: "That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;"
There are obviously four statements in this verse:
Until recently, we were pretty much in the dark about the human body. But then came the X-ray with its peeping eye...a marvellous instrument which has saved us much human misery. It was able to show us the human heart, but it couldn't show us the soul or it could show us the throat, but not the voice.
I'm not really going to preach a sermon this morning, but I want to have a launching pad... Joel 1:13 "Gird yourselves, and lament ye priests, howl ye ministers of the altar. Come, lay all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God. For the meat offering and the drink, offering is withholding from the house of your God. Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly."
In the city of Leeds, where I lived in England, the revival came. It came because there was a little man there, he was unlettered, he had no degree, but boy, did he have a burning heart. And he laboured, and he had three breakdowns, not mentally, but physically. You know why? Because he fasted so much. But he had authority.
What percentage of responsibility for my spiritual maturity is the Lord's, and how much of it is mine? To say that I alone am responsible for my soul's development is conceit. To say that all the responsibility is the Lord's is impudence.
Enoch had prophesied, saying, "Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones." If Jesus had entered history like that or had come on a dark night over Jerusalem in a blazing chariot of fire (like Elijah went up to heaven), then the clamouring crowds would have accepted and adored Him. But as the poet once said, "They were looking for a king, to bring salvation nigh, He came a little infant thing, that made a woman cry."