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EVAN ROBERTS and the SAINTS AT NEW HOPE

November 18, 2009
This post must begin with the following passage from a chapter that we should visit on a regular basis:
I Corinthians 13:4-7 “Charith suffereth long and is kind; charity envieth not; charith vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.”
This is being brought up because of the phrase “hopeth all things.” Whenever I visit a new fellowship for the first time, there’s always a “hoping” that this will be the final stop in a quest that has gone on for years. That perhaps I have finally found a place,whose phone number and address can be confidently rubber stamped on the back of gospel tracts, distributed throughout the communities, and any seekers will have a solid point of contact. (Lately, out of frustration with shallow sounding church answering machines, I’ve been stamping tracts with my cell phone number.) That this place will put Jesus first in all things, (everyone professes to be doing this, but few are actually doing it) where there’s a real burden for the lost and that the rest of my household will consistantly hear truth and come to faith in the Lord Jesus.
Any first visit to a new fellowship is made with such hopes; despite knowing that there is a profound famine in the land today. These hopes may cause one to unwittingly not use discernment as they should, do to the almost overwhelming hunger for fellowship in heavenly places. And yet, despite an acknowledging of this danger, I think that we may finally have a church home; that is, until conditions reach a point in which the remnant must go underground. (This is another aspect that requires prayerful monitoring. When the real persecution begins, the hearts of all will become manifest and the lines of demarkation will run through the local fellowship. We may well see supposed pillars of the faith seek to save their lives in this world) One thing that I noticed right away was that the pastor, Steve Miller has a real heart for souls. It’s a small church, and while, at this point, I don’t really know anyone I’m looking forward to returning.
Pastor Miller was preached a message about serving God because we love him and not just to get things. (Although he wasn’t exactly aiming to do so, he thoroughly exposed the error of the prosperity gospel)  Later on while addressing the need for repentance from dead works and the need for a relationship with Christ I could tell that my wife was under conviction; a truth that she relayed to me later on. I think that she’s almost persueded and yesterday we had a conversation that probably wouldn’t have been possible a month ago. It’s a most critical time and I find myself all but walking on egg shells. I do not want to scatter at such a critical juncture. Such moments cause us to really grasp what’s at stake and where the true battles lie. As David Meyers often writes in his newsletters, “eternity is just ahead.”
And yet while we had an awesome time Sunday, the thing which produced the most reflective pondering didn’t take place at the church. During our visit, we picked up a magazine that’s offered to anyone who comes in. In this magazine was an article about Evan Roberts, an evangelist who was mightily used of God during the Welsh revival of 1904-1905. I have since read this article over and over. Evan Roberts was only on the scene publicly for about a year, before going into seclusion to spend all of his time in intercession. (More on this later) But during those few months, roughly 100,000 souls in Wales came to Jesus. He also met with Pastor Smale from Los Angeles who, later on,  was used mightily of God in the Azuza street revival. (I remember reading Frank Bartlemans account of this revival and how he had put together many publications about the Welsh revival prior to the outpouring at Azuza street.)
One thing that really struck me was the refusal of Evan to accept any form of honor. He insisted on giving all glory to the Lord Jesus and oftentimes, if he perceived that a gathering was more to see him than to seek the Lord, he would not show up. As the revival progressed, Evans messages became increasingly brief; sometimes only seven minutes or so. He would often simply find an empty seat and pray while folks were seeking the Lord. (How often does this happen in todays climate of celebrity preachers and mega-churches?) It was a most increible time, and just as when one reflects upon the scriptural accounts of the early church, when we think of the mighty outpourings at the turn of the 20th century, it’s heartbreaking to see what the church has been reduced to these days.
Acts 2:44-47 “And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple and breaking of bread from houe to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”
This was a very critical time as later on these saints would be scattered by persecution and would carry the gospel of Jesus Christ into the nations of the world.
In early 1906, Evan Roberts went into seclusion to spend the bulk of his remaining time in intercession; with a few exceptions. During one such exception he offered the following reply to the charge that a great part of his life was wasted. He stated “I work as hard at prayer as if I had undertaken any other form of religious work…By preaching, I would reach a limited few – by and through prayer I can reach the whole of mankind for God.” This is something that’s been a cogitation as of late. When we go into prayer; letting go of our agenda and just seeking the Lord, we are in the presence of the King of glory who knows the hearts of all and has the very hairs of their heads numbered. It’s the perfect time to bring up the people in our ambiernce. Folks at work, people on the street, the Jehovahs Witness guy who keeps stopping at CRs house; each time with one of his new proselytes, and what have you.
In our secret chamber, away from the intrusions of this place, we can literally alter the course of lives and change the world (not us but the Lord Jesus) by spending time in his presence. I fear that very few of us truly understand the power of interceeding for others. Being in the presence of the Lord Jesus and assaulting the kingdom of darkness where the captives cry out for deliverance. We are so easily distracted in this age that offers up so much in the way of distraction. The souls around us, who, if they don’t awaken tomorrow morning will be in everlasting despair (it’s amazing how we often use friendlier sounding words in the place of “hell”) are in need of deliverance. The saints must remain close to the Lord Jesus and be in a place to offer up the words of life to any who ask “what must I do to be saved?”
One thing that I gathered from last Sundays visit to New Hope is that Pastor Steve Miller understands the seriousness of this. I haven’t had a chance to really talk with him, but this will come about in time. Well I must be going shortly. First, however, here’s a somewhat humorous thing that I read in the article about Evan Roberts. Humorous and yet another reason to give glory to the Lord Jesus:
“Roberts’ world was not one of privelege. He was accustomed to the dark confines of the Welsh coal mines. It was a hard life, and the atmosphere was profane. But God changed that. It was said that as miners were saved, the pit ponies became confused. Accustomed to hearing coarse commands laced with profanity, they did not at first respond to the elevated speech of the recently saved drivers.”
II Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.”
The following is a detailed account of Evan Roberets ministry and the Welsh revival.
EVAN ROBERTS AND THE WELSH REVIVAL
And now for a completely unrelated link; although it really is relevant when one considers the times in which we live. The Tuesday, Nov 17 broadcast of Coast to Coast AM featured William Thomas who investigates the dangers associated with RF frequencies, chemtrails, and what have you. This danger is present whenever we use our cell phones, microwaves, portable land lione phones, wireless laptops, and other things that most of us “simply couldn’t do without.” (or so we have convinced ourselves) Here’s a link to his web site in case anyone is interested in this:
WILL THOMAS ONLINE
It’s another topic in which coverage overseas (primarily in Europe) is much more extensive than in the U.S. It’s not really a new topic, but one that most of us, including myself, have not looked into seriously.
Blessings always in Jesus name.
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