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​Flame-hearted Men Are The Crying Need Of The Hour!( adapted from HERALD OF HIS COMING) 

By Leonard Ravenhill

Men aflame are needed for this midnight hour. The Flame of the living God became the Flame of the human heart to the glorious company in the upper room on the day of Pentecost. The church began with men in the upper room – agonizing, and is ending with them in the supper room – organizing. The church began in revival, it is ending in ritual. It started virile, it is ending sterile. The charter members of the church were men of heat and no degrees, the church ends with many holding degrees, but no heat!

Ah, brethren, Flame-hearted men are the crying need of the hour! Men to be a pillar of fire. God-guided men to lead a misguided people. Passionate Pauls to stir timid Timothies. Men of Flame to outshine and outburn men of name. We need knights of prayer to lead nights of prayer. We need true prophets to warn of false profits. “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36).

The cry is, “Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly…Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep…” (Joel 2:15-17).

Inspired men are desperately needed! Believers with Spirit-generated souls are indispensable to this degenerate generation. The gale of end-time iniquity will blow out mere human flame.

The wise will understand. Be alarmed! The conflict gets stiffer! This is the night of blight and plight. Was there ever such an evil hour? Reiterated effort is the price we have to pay for progress. As the church goes, so goes the world!

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We are in the last days,  no question about this. We are living at a very challenging time in the body of Christ. Wickedness has increased tremendously. The church is slowly losing relevance as it has compromised. Many of God’s servants are walking defeated lives. Our children, families, governments,  courts, politics and economy are threatened. We are crossing fingers because we fear the worst will happen,  yet are doing nothing about it. We are in bondage and captivity,  in chains and darkness. We have fought and are now tired. We have given up or are giving up. 

This scenario can be compared with one that happened during prophet Habakkuk’s time.  There was idolatry, immorality,  injustice,  treachery, and general oppression to the people.  His heart was sick at what he experienced in his everyday life. 

When battles are at fever pitch, we need to move a notch higher and use better weaponry. We also need seasoned fighters.  Habakkuk sat down and it his memory rekindled God’s great happenings in the past.  Habakkuk 3 is a story reminiscing God’s great deeds in the past. Take note that God responded by doing battle in three places: the waters,  heavens and the land.  That is where battles are done even in our physical world. After reading carefully this I identify with its relevance to our generation and see the importance of crying out with habakkuk “..do it again lord in our generation”. for who is better equipped to fight for us than the lord of Hosts?  He says that the battle belongs to him. 

Let the watchmen and prayer warriors in our generation repent on behalf of the church,  then arise and make this cry: “O LORD our God,  rend the heavens and come down,  deliver us,  save us,  revive us for we are down,  restore us back to you and your purposes for us.” He will tear down the mountains,  gates, chains,  captivity and all wickedness released upon us.  Let us keenly read the verses below and pray them out until they are part of us,  let us celebrate as we receive by faith god’s judgement upon our enemies in spiritual places. 

Habakkuk 3:2-19 LORD, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, LORD. Repeat them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy. God came from Teman, the Holy One from Mount Paran. His glory covered the heavens and his praise filled the earth. His splendor was like the sunrise; rays flashed from his hand, where his power was hidden. Plague went before him; pestilence followed his steps. He stood, and shook the earth; he looked, and made the nations tremble. The ancient mountains crumbled and the age-old hills collapsed— but he marches on forever. I saw the tents of Cushan in distress, the dwellings of Midian in anguish. Were you angry with the rivers, LORD? Was your wrath against the streams? Did you rage against the sea when you rode your horses and your chariots to victory? You uncovered your bow, you called for many arrows. You split the earth with rivers; the mountains saw you and writhed. Torrents of water swept by; the deep roared and lifted its waves on high. Sun and moon stood still in the heavens at the glint of your flying arrows, at the lightning of your flashing spear. In wrath you strode through the earth and in anger you threshed the nations. You came out to deliver your people, to save your anointed one. You crushed the leader of the land of wickedness, you stripped him from head to foot. With his own spear you pierced his head when his warriors stormed out to scatter us, gloating as though about to devour the wretched who were in hiding. You trampled the sea with your horses, churning the great waters. I heard and my heart pounded, my lips quivered at the sound; decay crept into my bones, and my legs trembled. Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity to come on the nation invading us. Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. 

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Ps 85:6 Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?
Luke 18: 8b …nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
Today we are living at a time when there are myriad problems in the church, the nation and the nations of the earth. The church that is supposed to be the salt of the world has become saltless and has been engrossed in the ways of the world. Idolatry, immorality, sexual pervasion, grand corruption in political spheres, nepotism, tribalism, racism, crime, pleasure- worship, crime, worship of mammon and many other evils are the order of the day. We need God in our times. The answer lies with the church. God’s people must return to him in humility and turn away from wickedness. We need God to bend us to save the World, and what great joy this will bring. Desire to be revived. Seek God to revive you, the church, your city, your nation and the nations of the earth. Let us hate sin and thirst for this move of God. Seek it, even if it tarries, it will come. I came across the article below by Sarah Foulkes Moore from Herald of His Coming. I believe her article will charge you to seek the Lord. You can always get such inspiring articles from http://www.heraldofhiscoming.com.
“It was in 1904. All Wales was aflame. The nation had drifted far from God. The spiritual conditions were low indeed. Church attendance was poor, and sin abounded on every side,” writes Oswald J. Smith.
“Suddenly, like an unexpected tornado, the Spirit of God swept over the land. The churches were crowded. Multitudes were unable to get in. The meetings ran day and night. Evan Roberts was the human instrument God was using. Singing, testimony and prayer were the chief features. Nothing had ever come over Wales with such far-reaching results. Infidels were converted, drunkards, thieves and gamblers saved, and thousands reclaimed to respectability. Confessions of awful sins were heard on every side. Old debts were paid. The theater had to close for want of patronage. In five weeks 20,000 conversions were recorded.”
A correspondent of an English paper writing of the revival says: “If I had been asked a month ago whether a revival was probable in Wales, I should have answered, ‘No.’ It seemed to me that higher criticism had wrecked the ordinary machinery of revival and nothing could be done to disturb the prevailing apathy.”
The Fire of God Breaking Out
Years before, God had breathed in the heart of a collier lad in the coal mines of Loughor, a prayer for a spiritual awakening. For thirteen unwearying, unflagging years Evan Roberts prayed and pleaded for the Spirit’s outpouring, alone and with others, until his petitions became a consuming flame. Then it was the fire of God broke out at Loughor and spread like a blazing prairie fire the world around. The revival began among Christians confessing to their lack of assurance of salvation, powerlessness, etc. In one week seventy Christians sought the Lord for the removal of hindrances in their Christian life and made a full surrender of themselves to Christ.
After this the fire of the Holy Ghost fell upon the meetings. The congregations grew until places of worship were unable to accommodate all who wanted to attend. Thousands were eager to testify to what the Lord had done for them. The revival for which Evan Roberts and others had prayed for years, had come!
Papers reporting the awakening wrote, “The whole district is in the grip of an extraordinary spiritual awakening which shows no signs of relaxing.”
Day and night the meetings went on. From the lips of the humblest and lowliest poured forth passionate appeals in prayer which quickened the whole being. Men and women rose more than one at a time and prayed with a fervor which was inspired. Everywhere the Spirit of the Lord was felt – in the street, in the stores, in the trains….
Visitors came from far and near and the prayer meetings were attended by crowds. Prizefighters and the most besotted of drunkards were lifted from the depths of degradation and their hearts set aflame with the Savior’s love of souls.
Seth Joshua relates that many years before the revival broke out in Evan Roberts’ meetings, that he had it laid on his heart to ask the Lord definitely to take a lad from the coal mines or from the field even as He took Elisha, to revive His work in Wales. He asked the Lord to raise up an instrument whereby human pride might be humbled – not one from Cambridge, lest it minister to people’s pride, nor one from Oxford lest it feed the intellectuals in the church….
Under the constraint of the Holy Spirit, people thronged to hear the Spirit-baptized young miner. Churches were filled all hours of the day. “Ye are My witnesses,” was the burden of the message as in the days of Pentecost. Prayer, testimony and singing would sweep over the congregation in torrents and hundreds of souls would surrender to God, the congregations bursting into joyous thanksgiving and hymns of gladness. The Holy Spirit bore witness by “signs and wonders” wrought amongst the thronging multitudes. Indescribable scenes took place.
At certain times in the services Evan Roberts would “test” the meeting and give four definite steps necessary to full salvation:
1. The past must be made clear by sin being confessed to God, and everything wrong to man put right.
2. Every doubtful thing in the life must be put away.
3. There must be prompt and implicit obedience to the Holy Spirit.
4. There must be public confession of Christ.
Bend the Church, Save the World!
The burden of Evan Roberts was for the church. His cry was, “Bend the church and save the world!” In the Welsh, the word “bend” conveys the meaning of submission to God and removing resistance to His will. Roberts’ one aim was to get Christians right with God so that the Spirit might come with converting power upon the unsaved.
CALVARY was his theme. He would break down in heart-anguish when he spoke of Calvary. “You would not be cold toward God,” he would sob, “if you come to Calvary.”
Many prayers were simply thanksgiving to God for Calvary. The hymns rang with Calvary, one of the favorites being, “The Mount of Calvary,” an exultant song of triumph, recording Christ’s victory over death and hell at the Cross. Souls were sung to Christ, and exulted over in song when won. The spirit of joy and gladness filled all hearts as thousands rejoiced in the salvation wrought by Calvary’s Lamb.
The world bore testimony to the practical, ethical and spiritual fruit of the revival. Students were known to return their medals because unfairly won. The post office’s supply of money order blanks was exhausted as people sought to pay their debts and make restitution. People such as harlots and gamblers – rarely touched by ordinary means – were won to Christ. Magistrates were presented with “white gloves” because there were no court cases. Saloons and theaters closed. Oaths were not heard. Shops were sold out of Bibles and Testaments. Bible reading became the order of the day. Prayer meetings were held in the mines underground, in trains and in all kinds of places.
Far and wide the influence spread. Heads of industry bore witness that the amount of work turned out by their men since the revival began, had been greater than they had known for years. Members of Parliament, busy attending revival services, postponed their political meetings. Theatrical companies coming into the district, found no audiences. It seemed to some that “All the world was praying!” Football teams disbanded because their members became converted and Christ became the only attraction. Young and old put away “drink” and temperance workers saw the Spirit of God accomplish more in three months than they had accomplished in forty years.
A tidal wave of revival rolled over the cities of Wales. Two months after the revival broke, 70,000 names of converts were recorded. Visitors flocked from all parts of the world to see God breaking forth on the sons of men.



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Would you wish to experience and maintain a personal revival? I know every Christian would wish to have such. Bill Bright in The Coming Revival: America’s Call to Fast, Pray, and “Seek God’s Face” suggests the following
1. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any unconfessed sin in your life.
2. Seek forgiveness from all whom you have offended, and forgive all who have hurt you. Make restitution where God leads.
3. Examine your motives in every word and deed. Ask the Lord to search and cleanse your heart daily.
4. Ask the Holy Spirit to guard your walk against complacency and mediocrity.
5. Praise and give thanks to God continually and in all ways on all days, regardless of the circumstances.
6. Refuse to obey your carnal (worldly) nature (Galatians 5:16,17).
7. Surrender your life to Jesus Christ as your savior and Lord. Develop utter dependence on Him with total submission and humility.
8. Study the attributes of God.
9. Hunger and thirst after righteousness (Matthew 5:6).
10. Love God with all of your heart, soul and mind (Deut 6:5).
11. Appropriate the continual fullness and control of the Holy Spirit by faith on the basis of God’s command (Eph 5:18) and promise (1 John 5:14,15).
12. Read, study, meditate on, and memorize God’s holy, inspired, inerrant Word daily (Colossians 3:16)
13. Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
14. Fast and pray one 24-hour period each week. Fasting reduces the power of self so that the Holy Spirit can do a more intense work within us. Fasting brings yieldedness, even a holy brokenness, resulting in inner calm and self-control. It renews spiritual vision and inspires determination to follow God’s revealed plan for your life.
15. Seek to share Christ daily as a way of life.
16. Determine to live a holy, godly life of obedience and faith.
17. Start or join a home or church Bible study group that emphasizes revival and a holy life.

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Lord, revive us again

Ps 80

  • Hear us, O Shepherd of Israel. You who lead Joseph as a flock, you who are enthroned between the cherubim, shine forth before us our God and Saviour v.1
  • Awaken your might, come and save us v.2
  • Restore us, O God; make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved v.3
  • Forgive us our iniquities, come and save us, and have mercy on us
  • Return to us, O God almighty! Look down from heaven and see. Watch over this vine v.14
  • The root your right hand has planted, the son (people) you have raised up for yourself v.15
  • Establish our walls, repair our broken walls v.12
  • Cause us not to turn away from you. Revive us, and we will call upon your name v.18
  • Restore justice, love, mercy, grace, compassion, and a hunger and thirst for you in me and in your people
  • Restore us, o Lord God almighty; make your face shine upon us. That we may be saved v.19
  • We wait on you LORD

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Let us hold fast and pray through. Let’s pray for a revival in our days. The Bible says: “And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh ….” Acts 2:17. If Peter declares those to have been the last days, then we are living in the last hours. We need to pray for a revival. What followed the out pouring?

  • Supernatural boldness and power – You will become bold. People will see the difference
  • Amazement – And they were all amazed (Acts2:12). God comes in such a way that everyone gets amazed
  • Conviction of sin – Men asked “what shall we do? (Acts 2:37)
  • These were Holy Spirit conversions – Conviction is not conversion, but it leads to conversions. We shall experience the saving power of God through his pouring of the Holy Spirit

Join me as we ask the Lord to revive us. Let us cry

@ O Lord, revive me

@ Revive your church and your people in our times

@ Let your revival fires blaze in our families, across our community, cities, nations and the earth

@ Let you glory fall in our times as you soak us in your presence and power

@ May your fire lead us to a prophetic prayer revival, a birth of a people who will seek you in truth and in the spirit

@ May many see you Jesus, King of kings and Lord of lords exalted on high, in Jeus name

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Lord, make me a channel of thy peace,

That where there is hatred I may bring peace;

That where there is wrong I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;

That where there is discord I may bring harmony;

That where there is error I may bring truth;

That where there is doubt I may bring faith;

That where there is despair I may bring hope;

And where there are shadows I may bring Thy light;

That where there is sadness I may bring joy;

Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted,

To understand than to be understood,

To love than to be loved;

For if it is by giving that one receives,

It is by self-forgetting  that one finds,

It is by forgiving that one is forgiven,

It is by dying to self, and believing on Jesus, that one awakens to eternal life.

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Stir Me, O Lord!

Stir me, O stir me, Lord, I care not how;
But stir my heart in passion for the world:
Stir me to give, to go, but most to pray;
Stir, till the blood-red banner be unfurled
O’er lands that still in heathen darkness lie,
O’er deserts where no cross is lifted high.

Stir me, O stir me, Lord, till all my heart
Is filled with strong compassion for these souls,
Till Thy compelling “must” drives me to prayer;
Till Thy constraining love reach to the poles,
Far North and South, in burning deep desire;
Till East and West are caught in love’s great fire.

Stir me, O Lord! Thy heart was stirred
By love’s intensest fire, till Thou did’st give
Thine only Son, Thy best-loved One,
E’en to the dreadful Cross that I might live;
Stir me to give myself so back to Thee
That Thou can’st give Thyself again through me.

Stir me, O stir me, Lord; for I can see
Thy glorious triumph day begin to break;
The dawn already gilds the Eastern sky!
O Church of Christ, awake! Awake!
O stir us, Lord, as heralds of that day!
The night is past, our King is on His way!

– Author Unknown

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  • Ask the holy spirit to reveal any unconfessed sin in your life
  • Seek forgiveness from all whom you have offended, and forgive all who have hurt you. Make restitution where God leads
  • Examine your motives in every word and deed. Ask the lord to search and cleanse your heart daily
  • Ask the holy spirit to guard your walk against complacency and mediocrity
  • Praise and give thanks to God continually in all ways on all days, regardless of your circumstances
  • Refuse to obey your carnal(worldly) nature
  • Surrender your life to Jesus Christ as your Saviour and Lord. Develop utter dependence on Him with total submission and humility
  • Study the attributes of God
  •  Hunger and thirst after righteousness
  • Love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. (Deut 6:5)
  • Allow the continuous fullness and control of the Holy Spirit in your life
  • Read, study, meditate on and memorize God’s word (Col 3:16)
  • Pray without ceasing (1 Thes 5:17)
  • Fast and pray at least once per week
  • Seek to share Christ daily as a way of life
  • Determine to live a holy, Godly life of obedience and faith
  • Join a home or bible study group, and pray for revival

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  • Repent of sins you have committed. Repent on behalf of the body of Christ and his servants.
  • Ask the lord to revive you, to visit you in a new way, to pour his spirit upon you, to break harness of sin in your life and to take over your life
  • Ask the lord to forgive you for disobeying his commands, first being not loving Him with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.
  • Ask the lord to heal our land
  • Pray for a spirit of repentance upon God’s people
  • Ask the lord to send the purging fire of revival in your heart, then to the church of Jesus Christ in your area/city/nation(s)
  • Labour as you pray for God’s revival fire to sweep over the land
  • Pray that God will establish righteousness
  • Ask the lord to uproot and burn the bad roots that produce bad fruits in our lives
  • Pray for Godly leaders to be elected in public offices at every level. Ask the lord to root out those who use wicked powers to sustain themselves in power
  • Ask God to remove wicked rulers
  • Ask the lord to break Satan’s hold on government and that righteous rule shall be established
  • Pray that God’s will shall be established in our generation
  • Ask the lord to visit the ancient gates that have stood against his decrees in the land and destroy them
  • Ask the lord to pour his spirit upon the young, the old and even the maid servants as per his word in Joel 2:28
  • Ask God to shake every desert and wilderness facing the church
  • That the gates of our cities, towns, nations etc shall be opened for the king of glory to enter. Ask the lord to repair the gates of the church by his holy spirit:

The valley gate

The gate of the fountain (representing flow of the Holy Spirit)

Sheep gate (representing apostolic ministry)

Fish gate (representing evangelism ministry)

Old gate (moves of the past)

Dung gate (deliverance ministry)

Water gate (preaching and teaching)

East gate (representing the glory of God)

  • Pray that these gates shall be opened continually to receive his blessings
  • Ask the lord to destroy demonic foundations laid in our villages, families, towns, cities and nations
  • That the lord shall silence altars that speak against his children day and night
  • For the lord to crush powers, authorities, principalities, rulers and wicked spirits in the heavenlies, earth and the sea which wage war against the church
  • Pray that many shall receive Christ as lord
  • Ask the lord to raise a victorious army to stand in the gap in our generation, a people who shall call upon him day and night

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