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"Is what you are living for worth Christ dying for?" - Leonard Ravenhill


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16/03/2017 3:33 am  

Hi there, I've been following revival library for a while now on facebook, while I have most of the books you quote from it's always encouraging to read bits of them every day in my feed. Thanks for running this service it's a great blessing! Who are you and where do you come from? Perhaps we could have an intro thread somewhere for people to say hello ūüôā


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16/03/2017 7:49 pm  

I need prayer please.

I want to be saved. I want to be born again. I grew up going to church and I thought I gave my life to the LORD then however I keep falling back into the same sins.  I have been seeking God and listening to online preaching and reading articles that would suggest that I am not truly born again. I have only been going through the motions and doing the behavior when I believe there is more to being born again.  I want to be the woman God wants me to be. I need to be cleansed of un-forgiveness, anger I have a major issue with anger, bitterness. I keep seeing "LET GO" of the pain, of what I can't change.  I don't know how.   I am being tormented in my mind about things in relationships and not knowing what to do about them. They're broken and I can't fix them. I know I need to forgive them.  I want to know forgiveness for my failures and sins and how I have hurt people. I keep trying to go back in these relationships with family and I keep walking away because I feel like I have to please them, do what they want. They will not acknowledge their faults towards me. I am the one that keeps trying to make it work. I  have isolated myself and I am weary. I really want peace, God's presence in my life. Please somebody pray for me and thank you.


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Posted by: g5095

 

Hi there, I've been following revival library for a while now on facebook, while I have most of the books you quote from it's always encouraging to read bits of them every day in my feed. Thanks for running this service it's a great blessing! Who are you and where do you come from? Perhaps we could have an intro thread somewhere for people to say hello ūüôā

   

Thanks! I'm glad you get something from them.

As for myself. I have tried to make these pages as little about me as possible. I don't want to be a distraction from the content.

My name is Nicholas. I live in Baton Rouge Louisiana. I started the revival-library pages when I was a college student. Basically I had no real intention of the pages growing to the size that they are today. Originally I had simply wanted a  place to keep quotes of old preachers that I loved to read about. After sometime the pages began to gain interest and grow... exponentially. I decided to make revival-library to just continue to archive messages and content. Preachers like Leonard Ravenhill and A.W. Tozer really impacted my walk as a Christian.

When I was growing up, my parents attended mostly Charismatic type churches. I ended up being heavily involved with a youth ministry (as a student). I even worked shortly for a church doing media graphics.
After a number of years, God began waking me up to some of the issues with the Modern Church. I began to have an intense hunger and thirst for something more than what was being provided where I was at. I could go into greater detail, but I'll just summarize and say that God brought me out of the place I was. I had a sort of personal revival, and my desire has been to see others have a similar awakening.

The name revivallibrary If I remember correctly was inspired by Winkey Pratney. I think he has a physical library in Texas somewhere that has a bunch of old writings on revival history.
Anyway God Bless!

"Is what you are living for worth Christ dying for?" - Leonard Ravenhill


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16/03/2017 8:45 pm  
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I need prayer please.

I want to be saved. I want to be born again. I grew up going to church and I thought I gave my life to the LORD then however I keep falling back into the same sins.  I have been seeking God and listening to online preaching and reading articles that would suggest that I am not truly born again. I have only been going through the motions and doing the behavior when I believe there is more to being born again.  I want to be the woman God wants me to be. I need to be cleansed of un-forgiveness, anger I have a major issue with anger, bitterness. I keep seeing "LET GO" of the pain, of what I can't change.  I don't know how.   I am being tormented in my mind about things in relationships and not knowing what to do about them. They're broken and I can't fix them. I know I need to forgive them.  I want to know forgiveness for my failures and sins and how I have hurt people. I keep trying to go back in these relationships with family and I keep walking away because I feel like I have to please them, do what they want. They will not acknowledge their faults towards me. I am the one that keeps trying to make it work. I  have isolated myself and I am weary. I really want peace, God's presence in my life. Please somebody pray for me and thank you.

   

I'm sorry to hear that. I will pray for you sister. I know it must be hard. Forgiveness can be difficult.

As far as the state of your salvation, I wont try to comfort you and say that everything is okay. Only you and the Lord know if that is true or not. What I will say is, one of the most comforting things I know is that if I feel conviction about my sins... I can know that God is still working on me.. and that He's hasn't just given up. In fact one of the evidences of salvation can simply be that I feel conviction. It's the work of the Holy Spirit, conviction of Sin. When you should be fearful, is when you no longer have a sorrow when you fail. I hope that helps. He's a merciful God.

"Is what you are living for worth Christ dying for?" - Leonard Ravenhill


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16/03/2017 9:54 pm  

Hi Godsgirl,

Here is a great little (free) audio book that I listened to some years ago that really helped me understand my salvation, it's by a man called Charles Spurgeon and he talks about some of the issues you're facing https://librivox.org/all-of-grace-by-charles-h-spurgeon/   hopefully this is ok to post here!   I'm praying for you, do you have any good Christian mentors that you know who you can meet with regularly? If not you need to find one at least.


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17/03/2017 7:10 am  
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Hi Godsgirl,

Here is a great little (free) audio book that I listened to some years ago that really helped me understand my salvation, it's by a man called Charles Spurgeon and he talks about some of the issues you're facing https://librivox.org/all-of-grace-by-charles-h-spurgeon/   hopefully this is ok to post here!   I'm praying for you, do you have any good Christian mentors that you know who you can meet with regularly? If not you need to find one at least.

   

Thank you. no I don't have any body that I can talk to right now. I am in a very hard place and I am isolated from family and I have no friends; it's a very long story.  I just keep trying to make things right with my family of origin however, with my mom I feel like I have to please her and it's up to me to keep the relationship and I have to be perfect. I am scared to tell her no and she intimidates me.  I want a relationship but not this way. I want to please God.  She gets upset and then gives me the silent treatment. So, I have isolated myself. It's such a long story.  I don't know whether to just walk away from them and if that is going to displease God. I know the Bible says to honor my father and mother. I believe I have tried. I have prayed  and prayed about it with no answers except I keep coming across things that say LET GO.  I want to do God's will  I don't know what his will is in this situation. Apart from all of this; I got caught in some false teaching for a while and I am praying against that reading and searching scriptures, listening to Charles Spurgeon and other preachers that I know taught the Word of God without mysticism and this new age twist on the Bible.    I am fighting depression and suicidal thoughts.  My family is broken.  Anyway, I really appreciate the prayers and I will most definitely start listening to the audio of that book that you sent me. God bless you.


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17/03/2017 7:17 am  

I'm sorry to hear that. I will pray for you sister. I know it must be hard. Forgiveness can be difficult.

As far as the state of your salvation, I wont try to comfort you and say that everything is okay. Only you and the Lord know if that is true or not. What I will say is, one of the most comforting things I know is that if I feel conviction about my sins... I can know that God is still working on me.. and that He's hasn't just given up. In fact one of the evidences of salvation can simply be that I feel conviction. It's the work of the Holy Spirit, conviction of Sin. When you should be fearful, is when you no longer have a sorrow when you fail. I hope that helps. He's a merciful God.

Thank you, I really do covet your prayers right now. Your reply does help me and I appreciate you taking the time to reply back to me.   He truly is a merciful God and I am so thankful for His grace and mercy. I do ask that you please keep my family in your prayers and that I will know what direction to take and to move swiftly when I hear that still small voice of God. God Bless you.


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17/03/2017 1:04 pm  

Just wanted to add that I am married and have two daughters of my own, my oldest is not speaking to us right now and we also have three granddaughters that we are not allowed to see.  I have sought forgiveness from my daughter but she will not respond at all. She is living in sin with a man, they have a one year old together. 

I thought that you needed to know that I am not a teenager. I am 44 years old. This with my mom has been going on now for years and nothing I do works.  

I have already begun the audio book and it is right on target. thank you for sharing it with me.


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27/06/2017 7:24 am  

Just checking in to see if I can do it. 


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Hi...I just wrote a lengthy response to Godsgirl and am praying I can remember most of what I wrote...It just kind of disappeared! Although our circumstances are not the same, perhaps we can relate on some levels as I testify what Jesus has brought me through. My dad was a deacon and elder in a Church of Christ growing up so we spent a lot of time there. At the age of 7, I so fondly remember Jesus tugging on my heart at that early age and made my way down that long aisle to be baptized all by myself...Just as I am was playing and all I could do was cry. I was baptized a week or so later. I think part of this happened for this very sad reason. I had been molested by my uncle at the age of 4 and another attempt at the age of 8. It goes without saying that this heinous attack provoked by none other than Satan left some horrific scars which only Jesus could heal. After I left home at the age of 18, I fell into very bad things such as alcoholism, promiscuous relationships one right after the other...and very little drug usage. By the age of 28, I had been married and divorced twice. God was not in either one of those marriages and nor was He invited. The dysfunctional relationships continued and so did the alcohol and drugs. One particular man whom I was thoroughly convinced I was madly in love with was a womanizer, messed up on drugs and alcohol as well. He taught me how to sail (which I loved) and made a new home in the Keys to live happily ever after in paradise...(pretty much the drunk and drug capital of the southern states...) after securing 2 jobs and starting to get a foothold in my new hometown, my beloved boyfriend ran back up north to marry another woman. I was crushed when this happened but another man took me in and helped me to get settled into my "new island life". If at all possible, this man was even more of a womanizer...I sure could pick them! After nearly a year, my wayward boyfriend had figured out he has married the wrong woman and asked to come back into my life. I had such intense dysfunctional feelings for him that I foolishly agreed to it. After being here for about a week, the other man decided he would throw his hat in the ring and ask me to marry him too. I was so very torn having to chose between the two as I knew I would be hurting one terribly. Nearly at the point of having a nervous breakdown, I chose the one who made more sense to me at that time and it was ironically not the one my heart wanted. (#1) He left with his heart in pieces and I was on my way to marrying a man who I thought really cared for me and wanted to marry me. Within days, my new found fiancé had changed his mind and left me standing alone. I was in search of the truth and why he made the decision to walk away knowing how difficult the choice was for me to make. Completely inebriated at noon, I decided to confront him to find out just why he had done this to me. His answer cut not only to the bone but right through the heart. He might as well have stabbed me. Being out of my mind drunk and emotionally wounded, I sat on the edge of the dock and was quite prepared to jump in...the downside to this is that I do not swim...I love sailing, being around the water...I just have no desire to get into it and might be able to save my life IF I WERE SOBER! As messed up as I was, I felt a large hand hold me back from slipping into the water. I now know exactly who that was. Making my way home, I had two wine coolers sitting in the fridge. I cracked one open, drank part of it, went and showered, and then finished the rest. I crawled into bed that night and asked Jesus to show me just how real He was...I admitted just how much of a train wreck my life was and that I needed Him to forgive and change me! I have ABSOLUTELY no doubt I felt His arms around me just like the father of the prodigal son...we talked...more like I talked to a friend who I had not seen or heard from in years. He began to guide me, deliver me, (the alcohol, drugs, and miserable relationships ended immediately) I began to watch shows like the 700 club where one day Ben Kinchlow was teaching on the power of forgiveness. After he was done speaking and prayed for the audience, I asked God to show me who I had not forgiven...I had the mindset that it was not right for me to ask that of God if I was not willing to forgive those in my life. When I asked God to show me...He pointed me to my uncle. I purposely chose to forgive him and start praying for him right then and there. Quite a few years later, I had found out that my uncle had married a Christian woman and gotten saved! He passed away several years ago from diabetes and I did not have the opportunity to go to his funeral. What did happen instead was...I was staying with my sister and her family when going up north for my father's funeral. My sister had pulled out a mirror that had belonged to my uncle. On it was etched an eagle and one of my favorite verses.  Isaiah 40:31

But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. )Supplied by BibleGateway, ) I really believe that the Lord was showing me that although my uncle and I never got to see each other on this earth...that He has connected us in the Spirit....He is forgiven and he knows I had. This is just one of the many miracles Jesus has done for me and I could easily write a book on how Good Jesus is! God bless you my sister and praying that Jesus will release and completely immerse you in His Love to where Nothing but Him matters! I work with people who have and most likely never will accept me...and I am good with that! Jesus is the only one I need to worry about pleasing...as He is the ONLY ONE who died for my sins. I fit into NO ONE'S little box of earthly expectations and that is just the way God has made me. I need not compare myself to anyone else as I am one of a kind....and so are you!! Again...God Bless you and am praying for you!

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Hi Nicholas! Your post confirms what I have been praying about! I believe God is doing the same thing in my life. At first, I thought, perhaps I was being critical, but the more I pray, the more problems I see where my husband and I have been attending. I fear I do not feel a move of the Holy Spirit there and it is pretty much all about filling seats. The church does feed people and has a coffee shop for no charge...this is all good but do not feel as though I am being fed with the WHOLE word of God. Carefully selected as well as scripted short messages which only last 20 minutes at the most...is not what I nor what the dying world needs to hear. Pastor cannot even bring himself to say the word SIN. It is a PC church with great entertainment and there in lies the problem. The tough verses God admonishes us with for our OWN GOOD is never brought to light...IE God chastises those whom He loves...There are never any warnings about the consequences of our action and while the milk of the Word may be good for some...People who have attended there for years should be ready for MEAT! My husband seems so comfortable there but I do not want to ever sit in a place where I am comfortable. If that is the case, God is not in it! He constantly wants us to draw closer to Him and live a life that glorifies Jesus and the cross He died on. I have tried to convince my husband I need to be in a church that is ALIVE with conviction, repentance, and becoming more like Christ. Decrease me Lord that You would INCREASE is my prayer. I continually pray my husband understands what I am experiencing. At this point, I am not sure if I am supposed to stay where I am at and keep them girded in prayer so the Holy Spirit is no longer hindered...or whether I am supposed to move to a church who is not PC and afraid to speak God's Truth. I know that this church has many services so everything is timed down to perfection. Every week the ending prayer is the same, there is no alter to pray at, and in short, feel it seems to be more about filling seats than salvations. Many times there is not even a call for anyone wanting a personal relationship with Jesus...just plain frustrated and want to be where God's Holy Spirit is moving in truth  and conviction...any suggestions would be appreciated!

 


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Hi...I just wrote a lengthy response to Godsgirl and am praying I can remember most of what I wrote...It just kind of disappeared! Although our circumstances are not the same, perhaps we can relate on some levels as I testify what Jesus has brought me through. My dad was a deacon and elder in a Church of Christ growing up so we spent a lot of time there. At the age of 7, I so fondly remember Jesus tugging on my heart at that early age and made my way down that long aisle to be baptized all by myself...Just as I am was playing and all I could do was cry. I was baptized a week or so later. I think part of this happened for this very sad reason. I had been molested by my uncle at the age of 4 and another attempt at the age of 8. It goes without saying that this heinous attack provoked by none other than Satan left some horrific scars which only Jesus could heal. After I left home at the age of 18, I fell into very bad things such as alcoholism, promiscuous relationships one right after the other...and very little drug usage. By the age of 28, I had been married and divorced twice. God was not in either one of those marriages and nor was He invited. The dysfunctional relationships continued and so did the alcohol and drugs. One particular man whom I was thoroughly convinced I was madly in love with was a womanizer, messed up on drugs and alcohol as well. He taught me how to sail (which I loved) and made a new home in the Keys to live happily ever after in paradise...(pretty much the drunk and drug capital of the southern states...) after securing 2 jobs and starting to get a foothold in my new hometown, my beloved boyfriend ran back up north to marry another woman. I was crushed when this happened but another man took me in and helped me to get settled into my "new island life". If at all possible, this man was even more of a womanizer...I sure could pick them! After nearly a year, my wayward boyfriend had figured out he has married the wrong woman and asked to come back into my life. I had such intense dysfunctional feelings for him that I foolishly agreed to it. After being here for about a week, the other man decided he would throw his hat in the ring and ask me to marry him too. I was so very torn having to chose between the two as I knew I would be hurting one terribly. Nearly at the point of having a nervous breakdown, I chose the one who made more sense to me at that time and it was ironically not the one my heart wanted. (#1) He left with his heart in pieces and I was on my way to marrying a man who I thought really cared for me and wanted to marry me. Within days, my new found fiancé had changed his mind and left me standing alone. I was in search of the truth and why he made the decision to walk away knowing how difficult the choice was for me to make. Completely inebriated at noon, I decided to confront him to find out just why he had done this to me. His answer cut not only to the bone but right through the heart. He might as well have stabbed me. Being out of my mind drunk and emotionally wounded, I sat on the edge of the dock and was quite prepared to jump in...the downside to this is that I do not swim...I love sailing, being around the water...I just have no desire to get into it and might be able to save my life IF I WERE SOBER! As messed up as I was, I felt a large hand hold me back from slipping into the water. I now know exactly who that was. Making my way home, I had two wine coolers sitting in the fridge. I cracked one open, drank part of it, went and showered, and then finished the rest. I crawled into bed that night and asked Jesus to show me just how real He was...I admitted just how much of a train wreck my life was and that I needed Him to forgive and change me! I have ABSOLUTELY no doubt I felt His arms around me just like the father of the prodigal son...we talked...more like I talked to a friend who I had not seen or heard from in years. He began to guide me, deliver me, (the alcohol, drugs, and miserable relationships ended immediately) I began to watch shows like the 700 club where one day Ben Kinchlow was teaching on the power of forgiveness. After he was done speaking and prayed for the audience, I asked God to show me who I had not forgiven...I had the mindset that it was not right for me to ask that of God if I was not willing to forgive those in my life. When I asked God to show me...He pointed me to my uncle. I purposely chose to forgive him and start praying for him right then and there. Quite a few years later, I had found out that my uncle had married a Christian woman and gotten saved! He passed away several years ago from diabetes and I did not have the opportunity to go to his funeral. What did happen instead was...I was staying with my sister and her family when going up north for my father's funeral. My sister had pulled out a mirror that had belonged to my uncle. On it was etched an eagle and one of my favorite verses.  Isaiah 40:31

But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. )Supplied by BibleGateway, ) I really believe that the Lord was showing me that although my uncle and I never got to see each other on this earth...that He has connected us in the Spirit....He is forgiven and he knows I had. This is just one of the many miracles Jesus has done for me and I could easily write a book on how Good Jesus is! God bless you my sister and praying that Jesus will release and completely immerse you in His Love to where Nothing but Him matters! I work with people who have and most likely never will accept me...and I am good with that! Jesus is the only one I need to worry about pleasing...as He is the ONLY ONE who died for my sins. I fit into NO ONE'S little box of earthly expectations and that is just the way God has made me. I need not compare myself to anyone else as I am one of a kind....and so are you!! Again...God Bless you and am praying for you!

Hey Cheryl,  I am sorry that you went through those things in your life. I know it is our life situations that shape us and bring us, hopefully, into a right relationship with Jesus.  I dealt with rejection most of my life and still do. I am in a very difficult trial right now. However, to update from the last post. I have begun going back to church and I am so grateful that it is a Holy Ghost, Spirit Filled church. The pastor preaches the truth of the word and does not sugar coat. Praise God!!  I lived a life similar to you I was promiscuous, was married before I graduated high school, did crack, divorced all in the same year. I am still so thankful that God seen fit to deliver me out of that marriage that was not God's will it was my stubborn ways. I had a gun pulled in my face and scared me to death and I said "God if you get me out of here I won't touch this stuff ever again"  It was because of my ex husband that I was begun doing crack. I begged him to not do it the night of my graduation. I was devastated.  I thought I was getting him back so I became very promiscuous after we divorced which only led to more heartache and trouble. I ended up getting pregnant and in God's mercy and grace he got me out of the lifestyle that I was in. I met my husband that I am married to now and another man was wanting to go out with me at the time and I knew what his intentions were same as all the others. I just believed that the man that I am married to now was God's answers and His will for me. It did not get easier from there but harder. The relationship between my mom and family is still in turmoil and it kills me. I have tried so many times to fix this. I have failed! Failed miserably!! Failed as a mother, daughter, wife, Christian, daughter n law, aunt, grandmother most of all I have failed God. I realize the choices in my life are a result of me being where I am. I have since asked God to forgive me and help me to please only Him, to walk upright before Him.   I don't mean to sound doom and gloom. I believe God is at work in my life and these relationships. I am learning to lean upon him, Trust Him, and W-A-I-T... The hardest thing but I know it will be worth it. Your comment couldn't have come at a better time. I just read that very verse this morning!! It's confirmation to me that I am headed in the right direction and God is an on time God. I pray you find a Holy Ghost filled church, where they preach the TRUTH. Don't waste time leaving, I have been there as well and I only wish I would have followed the leading of God sooner than I did. God Bless you and keep me updated. 

Grace and Peace to you

 


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 Are you also the admin of the A.W. Tozer A Man of God page? I would like to ask if I could save today's photo to my phone. I'm going through some hard struggles and I needed this reminder today, and probably always. 

I didn't see any place to leave a message there. 


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08/07/2017 12:25 am  

Sry, Just now seeing this.

Yes, I am. You can share download and reuse the photos we upload anytime.

Thanks Phyl. 

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