Needed: power from on high

The disciples at Jerusalem continued in prayer about 10 days, before they received the promised power from on high. It does not appear that the meeting attracted much attention, until the disciples were fully anointed, and filled with the Holy Spirit. They could have accomplished little had they preached and laboured without this preparation.

But as soon as the anointing was received, the multitude were drawn to the place in great numbers, and were confounded when they saw the power that rested on those Galileans. A new power attended their preaching.

This work commenced with those believers, and spread with great rapidity all over the country. So it must be with all who would labour successfully in leading souls to Christ. They must wait at Jesus' feet until they have power with God. Then they will have power with men. The gift they received will be with them wherever they go, diffusing its sweet and holy influence, and God's work will be revived, and sinners converted.

I have observed, for nearly 40 years, that the secret of success in promoting revivals is in having our own hearts filled with the Holy Spirit. It is not enough for those of us who preach, that our sermons be able, sound, and well delivered, or that we preach what are sometimes called revival sermons, and that we also visit and converse with men about their souls' interest.

It is not enough that the church be aroused and go to work actively for a revival. All this can be done with a few souls saved. Nothing can be a substitute for real "power from on high." No amount of study or talent, no effort, however untiring, can take the place of the fullness of Christ's love.

"Not by might, nor by power [human], but by my Spirit, saith the Lord." I have known ministers to preach, and their churches to unite with them, day after day, for weeks together, for a revival, and yet very little is accomplished. The failure was not because the Spirit was unwilling to work with them and bless their efforts, nor because a continued meeting is not of divine appointment, but because they had not the needed power with God.

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