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Spread the good news in power!

Friday, May 10, 2013 (8:47 am)

by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions

Act 2:38-39 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

One of the greatest moves of God took place in 1727 on the estate of Count Zinzendorf. Count Zinzendorf was a strong believer who was deeply influenced by the faith of his grandmother and aunt. At the tender age of 22, he opened a portion of his estate to refugees seeking asylum from the religious persecution throughout Europe.

After five years, this fledgling settlement of three hundred was growing; but in the midst of their growth, divisions were arising among the brethren over doctrinal issues. Then on May 22, 1727, the Moravians made a covenant with Zinzendorf whereby they committed themselves to the Lord, confessed the sin of religious quarreling, and "sincerely renounced self-love, self-will, and disobedience…deciding, each one, to be led by the Holy Spirit in all things."

Later that same year, on August 13th, after a week of fasting and prayer, the Moravians whose average age was around 30, were gathered, when an outpouring of the Holy Spirit took place. Count Zinzendorf called it the Moravian Pentecost. This led to over one hundred years of continuous prayer, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, which supplied spiritual power to one of the longest sustained outreaches the world has ever known. The revivals led by the Wesley brothers that took place in the United States and England was a direct result of the Moravians. In 1867, one of the earliest missions established in the Modern State of Israel was also fruit of this move of God.

So what can we learn from this amazing revival? First, it began when the brethren laid down their differences and came together in prayer, determined also, to lay down their lives for the Gospel's sake. Secondly, the outpouring of the Spirit is always connected to spreading the Gospel in power, which leads to widespread radical change in the world of that generation.

As we approach the festival of Shavuot (Pentecost), let's be stirred with a sense of urgency, also….to lay down our differences as believers, and then lay down our lives for the Gospel, so we can be eagerly expecting to be renewed with the power of God — not only for our own spiritual quickening, but for all the souls who have yet to receive this awesome gift! With so much work to be done — let's do it in His Power!

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5 Responses to “Spread the good news in power!”

  1. Rev. Bergman Says:

    Be careful what differences you are willing to lay down! Unity at the expense of truth is the doorway to heresy. The truths of scripture cannot be sacrificed at the alter of religious unity.

    As a side note, it was two Calvinists, Jonathon Edwards and George Whitfield, that were the leaders of the Great Awakening in America, not the Wesley Brothers.

  2. George Says:

    "Jonathon Edwards and George Whitfield, that were the leaders of the Great Awakening in America, not the Wesley Brothers." — Absolutely correct, and I've corrected the devotional. Thanks for keeping me on my toes!

  3. Victor Says:

    "The revivals led by the Wesley brothers that took place in the United States and England was a direct result of the Moravians. "
    It seems it's not corrected yet.

  4. George Says:

    The Wesley brothers were not the leaders of the "Great Awakening", but they were revivalists, and led revivals throughout America and England in the 1800's.

  5. FresnoJoe Says:

    Jesus Is The Leader Of The Great Awakening

    "I Jesus have sent
    mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the
    root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. And
    the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come.
    And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the
    water of life freely." Revelation 22:16-17

    And Jesus Alone Gets All The Credit

    "I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images." Isaiah 42:8

    And That Beloved Is No Heresy

    Love, Your Brother Joe

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