Introspection and Revival

image I have been posting about ministry standards lately. I found this on Adrian Warnock’s blog–a quote from D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones on the importance of self-examination in Christian living and revival, a timely message for sure:

“It is one thing to believe the truth, it is a very different thing to apply it. We did listen, and apply the truth, initially, otherwise we would not be Christians at all. But it is possible for us … to go on, content with just listening to, or reading the truth, and never applying it to ourselves, or examining ourselves in the light of it. Is this not one of the most alarming possibilities in the Christian life?

… read the life of any man who has ever been used of God … in connection with revival, and you will always find that he was a man who had examined himself, and had become alarmed about himself. It has always been the thing that has led him to God and to prayer — his astonishment at himself.

But if we do not examine ourselves we will never truly pray, and our lives will be lived entirely on the surface. Now, how little we hear about self-examination! Oh, we believe in having a quiet time, a short reading of Scripture, a hurried prayer, and we have done everything. But where is self-examination? How much talk is there about mortification of the flesh? (Colossians 3:5, Romans 8:13)

… allow the truth to search you … apply it to yourself … preach to yourself … talk to yourself … meditate about these things … bring yourself under conviction …[do] not let yourself escape. But …do not stop at that … allow the Scriptures to lead you to the Lord Jesus Christ, and to the cleansing of His blood. In other words, any Christian who is depressed and morbid and introspective is really failing to apply the doctrine of justification by faith only. If you stop in your sins, if you stop in the dust and the ashes and in the sackcloth, I say, you are not scriptural.

You must go on from that and look to Him, and apply again the truth to yourself. You must be certain that you end in a condition of thanksgiving and praise, with a realisation that your sins are covered and blotted out, and that you are renewed, and that you are able to go forward.”

David Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Revival (Westchester, Illinois, Crossway Books, 1987), pp. 80-83.

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2 Responses to Introspection and Revival

  1. The main challenge to the revival culture right now is the fact that some of the heretic hunters were right on some counts. The pride of the Charismatic church is not allowing us to examine ourselves to see where we have sought signs more than Jesus.

    Jesus really did warn us about false signs. He warned us about super-apostles. He warned us about preachers who are only seeking their own gain.

    We have condemned the prosperity gospel preachers but have embraced the pleasure centered gospel preachers. It is the same thing. Some desire wealth, some desire fame, some desire control, some desire pleasure. It’s all sin. Regardless who blesses it.

  2. Shawn Wilson

    Oh the great pain that comes with examining ourselves. It’s really the only way to truly understand our own personal need for revival. This is a great post to encourage us to go deeper and desire more of Christ. Lord, examine us and help us to examine ourselves. Then revive us.

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