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The Great Business of Life

The great business of life is practical oneness and total dependence on Jesus. We don’t learn our way into this gospel. Repentance is the only way in. But, like Martha, many Christians bustle through the duties of life–or even the duties of the church. They never take time to sit with Jesus and give him their full attention. But, this is the one thing needful for their own personal salvation and for general revival to come in the culture. Until…

The Intercession of the Spirit

What does the apostle Paul mean when talks about the unutterable groanings of the Holy Spirit? This intercession of the Spirit occurs when we set aside time to think, meditate, and pray. The Holy Spirit leads the mind to consider the church, sinners, and one’s own soul in light of the Bible. This excites deep feelings. If we will follow through, God will excite a spirit of prevailing prayer in us. However, the American norm is to be too busy…

When You Don’t Want to Pray

What do you do when you don’t want to pray (but you know you should)? Charles Finney lays out how we are to come into the state of mind to offer the prayer of faith. First, we search the Scriptures and find evidence that God will answer. Simultaneously, we cherish the good desires from the Holy Spirit. Entire consecration to God, living a holy life, and walking every day with God are equally indispensable. Provided we meet these conditions, God…

Will You Pray?

Will you pray? The first baby step of following Jesus is really the only step in the entire Christian life. It is simply doing what Jesus tells you to do. Once you make this commitment, you’re in a place to offer the prayer of faith. God has pledged himself to always answer the prayer of faith provided we meet the conditions. From our end, we must have evidence in order to pray in faith. Pastor Ray lays out the first…

Perfectly Trustful, Perfectly Calm

In his memoir, Holy Spirit Revivals, Charles Finney describes how revival broke through fierce opposition in Auburn, New York. Finney brought the opposition before the Lord. After several days of prayer, he was lifted into a perfectly trustful, perfectly calm state of mind. Kindness for those who opposed the revival filled Finney’s heart. He determined to go straight ahead in the work of revival and trust Jesus with those who were hostile. This same determination is needed today for those…

Will You, or Will You Not, Follow Jesus?

At Evans’ Mills, Charles Finney confronted the congregation in this manner: “You admit that what I preach is the Gospel. You profess to believe it. Now, do you intend to receive it or reject it?” We are asking you this same question. You have listened to Pilgrim’s Progress day by day. You believe you are a Christian. You admit that God requires you to renounce all sin and to walk clean and holy before him. But have you presently met…

Breaking Out of the Straitjacket

Are you caught in a straitjacket of opinions about doctrine and practice that make you defective for the work of the gospel? This condition, described by Charles Finney in his memoir, Holy Spirit Revivals, can be diagnosed by casualness, lack of concern about holiness, or hardness of heart. The lack of Holy Spirit power in the American church ought to be driving all Christians to loud, unashamed prayer and childlike weeping–but only repentance will bring us to that place. Will…

Experiencing the Holy Spirit

Have you wondered, “What does entire sanctification look like?” Pastor Ray finishes this week’s doctrinal teachings on this subject with a reading from Charles Finney’s “Conversion to Christ,” found in the memoir Holy Spirit Revivals. In the same day, this dear brother was first born again, then baptized in the Holy Spirit of liquid love and soul-winning power. God’s heart is to do this work in each of his children, including you. As in the apostles’ days, this experience of the…

What Must I Do to Be Saved? (January 2017)

In this sobering message, Pastor Ray identifies that salvation consists in a state of mind that is supremely happy in (and resigned to) God’s will. To be saved, we must recognize that we’ve stolen ourselves from God, return to Him, and make restitution to all we’ve injured. Doubtful actions will block us from hearing the Holy Spirit, sear our hearts, dull our fear of God, and ultimately ruin our souls. Is Christ’s yoke an iron collar of duty to you,…

Nothing Is Hidden from God

When Achan stole and hid gold, silver, and fine clothing from God, the Lord withdrew from Israel, and thirty-six people died in battle. The Lord exposed Achan’s sin to all Israel, who stoned and burned Achan and his family. Just as the fire of judgment consumed Achan, the fires of hell will consume us if we do not allow the Holy Spirit to probe us and uncover the worst parts of our hearts. And just as Achan’s brothers died because…

Jesus Waits for Your Decision

The parable of the prodigal son shows two responses to the gospel. In the first, the lost son comes to his senses and cries, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son!” In the second, the elder son holds onto a hard, angry heart and refuses to go in to his brother, in spite of his father’s pleading. It is easy and dangerous to think that we are…
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