Great Sermon! Dear Pastor Alan, Thank you for sharing not just the gospel but your life as well. I hear your heart as you speak. I feel your pain and that blessed burden given by God to carry. Many have droped it to the ground and went 'free' to do easier ministry, like you said. I have learned to appreciate the fellowship with this exquisite burden, the taste of the Word of God in my mouth and heart. I made a covenant with God when I first got saved that He should use any means to keep me on the narrow way of the cross. That if I refuse and try to backslide, He should please take me to heaven. I am still on earth as I write you this letter. I am in full time ministry as a missionary in Nigeria. I thank God for you and for your ministry. You are a blessing to me. Love in Christ alone, Lia Leigh.
Devastated and shattered? Take my hand. You look broken and tangled up. Still searching for that which will pick you up and carry you? That road you're on, is it narrow or wide? Narrow and all bad road. Then search no more. Come on in and sit here, and listen with your broken heart. This is John Wagner, a friend of God, and 1 of the chief sinners, just like you. John was once like you. Lost, devastated, and spiraling out-of-control in utter darkness straight toward the gates of hell. Then it happened. Christ shined His light, and threw His lifeline to John. He had just enough strength to grasp it and hold on. He was pulled safely on the banks of Jordon, and the promised lands. Had enough of emptiness and lies from every direction? Then dry those bright eyes and listen while John tells you an old story, and 1 that will turn your head and heart around to strong arms that will pick you up, keep you safe, and carry you all the way to paradise, and home. What story you ask? The story of a Cross. The high Cost, and the innocent Blood that washes whiter than any snow all who come. Ever flown on blessed wings? Then prepare for heavenly skies. John will tell you of Spurgeon, but Christ will tell you of His friend John Wagner and hear him, for he speaks of me, thy Lord, and the only rescuer of helpless wandering souls, like you.
Great ignorance. Saul learns the lesson that God knows everything about him. At the same time, he was a young man who knew nothing about God's prophet, Samuel, nor about the revival described in chapter 7!
Dealing with sin. Revival starts with dealing with the foe within, with sin. When you have dealt with the foe within, Satan will start to attack you from outside. But the Church must not be worried about the foe without, because God will give her victory. We must be afraid of the foe within and deal with it.