by David Legge
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I want you to turn with me in your Bibles this morning to the book of Ephesians and chapter 5 please, Ephesians chapter 5. Now in the past week I was taking a series of meetings on the subject of revival, and I have to say to you that revival is very much in my heart having spent seven messages preaching on the subject. I think the Lord has it in my heart to bring to you today – now this is not the message that I preached at any of the evenings in the last week, so it’s fresh, I believe, from the Lord to you – but I want you to get it, and understand what God has to say to all of our hearts, God’s believing people, with regards to this great subject of revival. I want to entitle it specifically: ‘Holy Spirit Revival’.
“Next year will mark the 150th anniversary of the 1859 revival here in our province of Ulster..”.
So Ephesians chapter 5 please, and we’ll begin reading at verse 14. Paul says, therefore God says: “Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light”. Now we’re not accustomed – just to comment on this for a moment or two – we’re not accustomed as evangelical believers to thinking about ourselves when we are saved as ‘dead’. We tend to apply that, as chapter 2, indeed, of this book applies it, to the unregenerate, the unsaved sinner – dead in trespasses and sins. Whilst that is definitely referring to unsaved people, chapter 5 is not referring to those folk. Chapter 5 is addressing people who are Christians, professing believers who have been born again of the Spirit of God – that means they have been gifted the Spirit of God, God’s Holy Spirit resides in them, they have become the Temple of the Holy Ghost – and Paul says you can be dead! There’s a lot of us, and we’re dead right! We’ve got all the doctrine, but we don’t, it seems, have the fullness of the life of the Holy Spirit of the Living God controlling everything that we are, everything that we have.