The Great Revival - Smith Wigglesworth

Friday, July 13, 2007
I've just been reading through a few blogs and came accross a prophecy that I'd read a few years ago by one of my 'spiritual' heros Smith Wigglesworth. For no other reason than that it has excited me this morning, I've added it to the blog.


“During the next few decades there will be two distinct moves of the Holy Spirit across the Church in Great Britain. The first move will affect every church that is open to receive it and will be characterised by a restoration of the baptism and gifts of the Holy Spirit.

The second move of the Holy Spirit will result in people leaving historic churches and planting new churches.

In the duration of each of these moves, the people who are involved will say, ‘This is the great revival.’ But the Lord says, ‘No, neither is this the great revival, but both are steps towards it.’

When the new church phase is on the wane, there will be evidenced in the churches something that has not been seen before: a coming together of those with an emphasis on the Word and those with an emphasis on the Spirit. When the Word and the Spirit come together, there will be the biggest movement of the Holy Spirit that the nation, and indeed, the world, has ever seen. It will mark the beginning of a revival that will eclipse anything that has been witnessed within these shores, even the Wesleyan and the Welsh revivals of former years. The outpouring of God’s Spirit will flow over from the United Kingdom to the mainland of Europe, and from there, will begin a missionary move to the ends of the earth.”

— Smith Wigglesworth, 1947

How encouraging is this! We've seen a "restoration of the baptism and gifts of the Holy Spirit" to those who received it and the rise of the "new" church. Now we are starting to see the coming together of "those with an emphasis on the Word and those with an emphasis on the Spirit". Indeed the family of churches (New Frontiers) I belong to have an ever increasing hunger for more truth and more spirit and have been in relationship with such diverse organistions as UCCF/New Word Alive and a variety of charasmatic church streams.

Worship is good for you!

Wednesday, July 11, 2007
It's been proved (well, suggested atleast)! A life of worship is good for your health. Recent studies in America have shown that certain personalities are more proneto health issues. Read below an extract from BBC article.

Decades of research suggest there is only one personality type which is not linked to an increase risk of serious disease.

Easy going people - so-called type "B" personalities - appear to be the healthiest.

Type "A" personalities - driven workaholics prone to stress and anger, are more likely to suffer high blood pressure and heart disease, while Type "C" people, who suppress their feelings, have been connected to an increased risk of cancer.

Other research projects have connected Type "D" people, pessimists with low self-confidence, with heart attack or stroke.

Ok, we are all born with a certain personality that are more prone to some of these behaviours than others which makes it easy for us to fall into type A,B,C,D.

So where does my reasoning come from?

Type A - Misplaced identities and wrong goals that have been frustrated versus a Worshippers identity being a child of God and goals are to worship Him in our everday life. A grace filled life of relationship with Creator God.

Type C - Self sufficiency and pride versus a loving God who wants all our life given to Him and to be shared with the local community of believers

Type D - distrust and insecurity versus a trust in the rock, the God who knows every hair on our head, yet created the vast heavens

So do you think a Christian is (or should be) a type B?