COMING TO TERMS

COMING TO TERMS
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Let none interfere with that most holy of work called repentance.
Repentance is the seedbed for revival, both personally and corporately,
 and until the heart is summoned there,
there only remains a seedbed of unturned, hardened soil.
Until the heart is "turned over and tilled " by the Husbandman, Himself, there is no hope for  life, growth, or vitality within the soul.
There is no hope for revival apart from repentance;
There is no need for redemption apart from repentance.
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How many times, throughout my life, revival was sincerely prayed for without an understanding of its personal implications:
-I didn't expect to be such an active participant.
-I didn't anticipate the involvement of my own sin decrepit life as the frontrunner to revival.
-I simply didn't understand the realities that made ripe, the soul, for revival.
I am changing and coming into the realization of very different and wondrous realities:
 I believe that the Holy Spirit must permeate and puncture the cowardice that canopies the soul and glorifies the role of self-preservation and self-glorification, in order to produce that God glorifying movement called Revival.
Great and godly men like Jonathan Edwards, George Whitfield, and Charles Finney witnessed revivals because they bore witness, first, to an awareness of their own vileness ... their own sinfulness.
Men who bare witness to their sin derelict lives afford a glimpse into the Spirit's supernatural empowerment.
No wonder revivals are so slow in coming;
What men desire to be laid bare before others?
It can only be a divine work of God.
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Revival does not generally have its roots in unbelievers getting saved but in godly individuals coming to terms with their own ungodliness;
This appears to be the springboard of men falling like dominoes on their knees.
I think I've had it all wrong and a "jarring" of soul has had to occur in me in order for me to see rightly that which has always been.
Perhaps I am one of those "late bloomers" that comes to terms with the most glorious of spiritual realities later in life. In any event, I have been brought here and I will report it is a secure and sacred place, for which I now pray many more will come.
Revival begins with repentance:
In your own soul,
In your own soil,
With your own sin.
God be praised when He gets to the root and tills up the soil.
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"Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till He come and rain righteousness upon you."
Hosea 10:12