Revival And Reformation Quotations

A Revival Of True Godliness Is Our Greatest Need

"A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs.  To see this should be our first work.  There must be earnest effort to obtain the blessing of the Lord, not because god is not willing to bestow His blessing upon us, but because we are unprepared to receive it.  Our heavenly Father is more willing to give His Holy Spirit to them that ask Him , than are earthly parents to give good gifts to their children.  but it is our work, by confession, humiliation, repentance, and earnest prayer, to fulfill the conditions upon which God has promised to grant us His blessings.  A revival need be expected only in answer to prayer."  {1SM 121}

When The Way Is Prepared The Spirit Will Come

"There is nothing Satan fears so much as that the people of God shall clear the way by removing every hindrance, so that the Lord can pour out His Spirit upon a languishing church and an impenitent congregation.  If Satan had his way there would never be another awakening, great or small, to the end of time.  but we are not ignorant of his devices.  It is possible to resist his power. When the way is prepared for the Spirit of God, the blessing will come.  Satan can no more hinder a shower of blessing from descending upon God's people than he can close the windows of heaven that rain cannot come upon the earth.  Wicked men and devils cannot hinder the work of God, or shut out His presence from the assemblies of His people, if they will, with subdued, contrite hearts, confess and put away their sins, and in faith claim His promises.  Every temptation, every opposing influence, whether open or secret, my be successfully resisted, 'not by might, not by power, but by my spirit, saith the WLord of hosts.'" (Zech 4: 6) {1SM 124}

Must We Wait Any Longer?

“Another year has now passed into eternity with its burden of record; and the light which shone from heaven upon you was to prepare you to arise and shine, to show forth the praises of God to the world as His commandment-keeping people. You were to be living witnesses; but if no special endeavor of a high and holy character bears testimony before the world, if no higher effort has been made than that which is seen in the popular churches of the day, then the name of God has not been honored, and His truth has not been magnified before the world, by presenting divine credentials in the people who have received great light. If they have had no greater appreciation of the manifest power of God than to eat and drink, and rise up to play, as did ancient Israel, then how can the Lord trust His people with rich and gracious manifestations? If they act directly contrary in almost every respect to the known will of God, and are found in carelessness, in levity, in selfishness, in ambition and pride, corrupting their way before the Lord how can He give them another outpouring of the Holy Spirit? God has the richest blessing for His people; but He cannot bestow it until they know how to treat the precious gift in showing forth the praises of Him who has called them out of darkness into His marvelous light.” {1SM 140}

God Will Fill Every Soul That Is Cleansed From Defilement

"Today you are to give yourselves to God, that He may make of you vessels unto honor, and meet for His service.  Today you are to give yourself to God, that you may be emptied of self, emptied of envy, jealousy, evil surmising, strife, everything that shall be dishonoring to God.  Today you are to have your vessel purified that it may be ready for the heavenly dew, ready for the showers of the latter rain; for the latter rain will come and the blessing of God will fill every soul that is purified from every defilement.  It is our work today to yield our soul to Christ, that we may be fitted for the time of refreshing from the presence of the Lord, fitted for the baptism of the Holy Spirit." {1SM 191}

An Awakening Is Needed

Jonah 1:7 "O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not."

"When the church is awakened, decided changes will be made. Men and women will be converted, and so filled will they be by the Spirit of God that they will pass from country to country, from city to city, proclaiming the message of truth. With hearts filled with earnest love for souls, they will open their Bibles and present the Word—“It is written.” Wherever they go a people will be raised up to stand in the day of the Lord. The simplicity of these humble workers will be their strength, for angels of God work with those who are humble and obedient. Learned, eloquent men will not see the results from their work that are seen by these humble, zealous, praying men. {Ms2-1900.15}

Be Filled ... By The Spirit

2 Chronicles 7:14 "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

"The Lord calls for a reformation all through our ranks.... When the church is awakened, decided changes will be made. Men and women will be converted, and so filled will they be by the Spirit of God that they will pass from country to country, from city to city, proclaiming the message of truth. With hearts filled with earnest love for souls, they will open their Bibles and present the Word."—Manuscript 2, January 2, 1900, “The Need of a Reformation.” {UL 16.7}

We Must Humble Self, Today, Tomorrow, And Constantly.

Chron. 29:5 "and said to them: “Hear me, Levites! Now sanctify yourselves, sanctify the house of the Lord God of your fathers, and carry out the rubbish from the holy place."

"We must humble self, today, tomorrow, and constantly. With a willing, sanctified heart, we must cooperate with God. We are living in the time when Satan has come down in great power. He is walking about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. But the Lord is ready to take away the sin that hinders us from yoking up with Christ. If we wear the yoke of Christ, he will be our Immanuel, - "God with us" supplying every weakness with his strength, every inefficiency with his power and success. But if we take glory to ourselves, he removes his excellency from us, and we no longer ride prosperously." {SpM 89.1} 

Obedience To Light Brings More Light

"In every age seasons of spiritual revival and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit have been followed by spiritual darkness and prevailing corruptions....  God's blessing will not rest upon the church in advancing still more light until they use the light as God has directed in His Word." Selected Messages, Vol. 1, p. 129, 130

We Must Not Neglect Present Duties

"On the other hand, there are some who, instead of wisely improving present opportunities, are idly waiting for some special season of spiritual refreshing by which their ability to enlighten others will be greatly increased. They neglect present duties and privileges, and allow their light to burn dim, while they look forward to a time when, without any effort on their part, they will be made the recipients of special blessing, by which they will be transformed and fitted for service." The Acts of the Apostles, p. 54.  {ChS 43.4}

Like A Door Upon Its Hinges

"Today a large part of those who compose our congregations are dead in trespasses and sins. They come and go like the door upon its hinges. For years they have complacently listened to the most solemn, soul-stirring truths, but they have not put them in practice. Therefore they are less and less sensible of the preciousness of truth. . . . While making a profession, they deny the power of godliness. If they continue in this state, God will reject them. They are unfitting themselves to be members of His family." Testimonies, vol. 6, pp. 426, 427. 

Unless otherwise stated, quotations come from the writings of Mrs. E. G. White.