zondag 17 november 2013

Revival On Battlefield WOI (1918)

'Trooper, cannot you speaks English, we seek Jesus'..... This happened when Duncan Campbell was praising his Lord. He laid in a causality station in the midst of the battle of Amiens in France (WOI 1918). He was bleeding almost to death but in meantime God came down in that station. The Holy Spirit convinced wounded and bleeding soldiers of their sins, of righteousness and of judgement. That was revival!

Duncan who was converted on a young age in Scotland and was enlisted in the armed forces in the First World War. He was trained as a machine-gunner in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and then sent to France. His regiment was involved in many battles, including the attack at Passchendaele in 1917 when massive casualties were suffered. The brutality of army life and the senseless slaughter on the battlefield sickened Duncan until he could hardly
bear any more, and it was only his faith in Christ that sustained him through the horrors of those months. 


Eventually, he was transferred to the Cavalry Corps and took part in the battle of Amiens in April 1918 where he was seriously wounded. As he lay on the ground, he prepared to commit his soul into God's hands when he was struck by the hoof of a charging horse whose rider heard Duncan give a loud groan. After the attack, the rider returned to recover Duncan and carry him to safety in a Casualty Station. During the journey, Duncan believing himself to be dying, uttered M'Cheyne's prayer, "Lord, make me as holy as a saved sinner can be", and he was promptly aware of a sense of great power bearing him up. 

While being treated for his wounds, a nurse began to sing in Gaelic, "There is a fountain filled with blood", and Duncan responded by repeating Psalm 103 also in Gaelic. A strange stillness and peace came upon the whole Casualty Station and several of the wounded soldiers were deeply convicted of their
sin and trusted in Christ. In his weakness, Duncan praised God for His wonderful goodness and felt an overwhelming desire to see His power displayed in such glorious acts of mercy.

This is revival. No ..... this has nothing to do with a songbook, no ...... this has also nothing to do with a festival. But it has every thing to do with what Paul said in his letter to the Ephesians: 'Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead and Christ shalle give thee light'. 

Many born-again Christians are longing for revival. The question is, are we willing to pay the price for revival? Are we longing for revival in our own lives and/or in the lives of huge crowds on the broad way? Are the precious souls, created for eternity, burdened us? What is the prices God asked from us to get revival? 

The price? Look at Jesus Who spent much nighttime to be with His Father in prayer. Look at Him at Calvary where He paid the prices! Are we willing to die from our self live, to sacrifices our lives? Look at the apostles the 10 days before before the outpouring of the Holy Spirit; they were in deep prayer. The price has to do whether we are on the highway of holiness, it has to do with our prayer life and it certainly has to do with passion for the lost in the world. 

Have we already paid the price for the lost souls on our knees and received the power form His Holy Spirit to see people come to Christ by obeying the great commission of Jesus? Pay the price and God will use you bringing souls to Jesus!

Written by Cees van Beek. When you have any questions, don't hesitate and mail.