“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7 These words are from Lisa Baughn who traveled far to be an eye witness at Lee University. “We opened the chapel doors and walked in, facing two beautiful wooden doors with “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God” carved above them. How appropriate. We heard voices lifted in praise, singing Holy Spirit you are welcome here, Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere, Your Glory God is what our hearts long for To be overcome by Your Presence Lord….. We walked in to a full chapel, and some students graciously moved over and allowed us to sit. I will always be a skeptic. I will always have that forming and fashioning of having spent many years as a liberal, atheist, feminist. And I will always have the eyes of someone who has long studied the WORD of God, someone who watches and observes and who thinks long and hard. I did not know what to expect, and ALL of my defenses were up – and yet I prayed that this was indeed that long prayed prayer that fills my journals – for TRUE abiding repentance to come to this beautiful nation of ours.
As we sat there, we quietly observed a student led worship, songs of praise, hymns and our voices raised as a complete choir. Words flooded back, some I did not know, but they came to me sitting there. It was quiet. Abiding. Heart felt. There was a unity. Some got up to read a passage of scripture. There was prayer. People went up to the altar, baring their very souls before a holy and righteous God, asking for forgiveness. Some had attended who desired to control what the Spirit was doing and bring themselves attention. In one moment, one was singing with the voice of an angel and walked through the sanctuary and it went from a beautiful voice to knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that that person meant GREAT harm and sought personal glory.
Never steal the glory of God. Ever. Especially when the Holy Spirit is working. We prayed against that person where we were – and they quieted down. Overall, anyone that tried to take the moment, stopped. I have no doubt there were many prayer warriors in that room! As Daniel says – But the people who know their God will display strength and take action, 11:32 It is a time of warfare in the world, and Satan seeks to steal, kill and destroy, I came that they might have life and have LIFE abundantly (John 10:10). Some of you won’t like to read these last two paragraphs and that is okay. We must be aware, Ephesians 6 is definitely at hand. Pray for revival at Lee, at Asbury and all the other universities taking place. Pray for purity of heart toward the Lord. Pray for the students. Pray for the families going. Pray for the lost. And pray for the souls who have weathered much and prayed for this moment! Pray for TRUE, abiding, soul changing, SOLID heart changing repentance and REVIVAL!” Lisa Baughn shared this on Facebook. These words and pictures were taken by Lisa as one soul in attendance at Lee University to document.
6 thoughts on “Authentic Revival”
Lee University is a private Christian university in Cleveland, Tennessee. It was originally the Church of God Bible Training School, a small Bible institute founded in 1918 with twelve students and one teacher.
The below documentary link is about what happened 53 years ago in 1970 at Asbury University in Kentucky. It will give you insight as to what is now happening on several college campus in 2023. The reality of what God accomplishes by His Holy Spirit baffled the wise then and now. Watch to the end. https://youtu.be/OSkzQD74hEs
Pastor Jimmy Evans “Because I’m not there personally. I don’t ever want to make assumptions about what the Holy Spirit is doing. Sometimes, I think patience is important. But what began at Asbury University, a small, private Christian university in Wilmore, Kentucky, seems to be a legitimate move of the Spirit. There are around 1,800 students who attend this college, which is named for Francis Asbury, an early American Methodist bishop who encouraged and celebrated revivals across the southeast United States. The students at Asbury are required to attend three chapel services per week. In the middle of the first week of February, at a routine chapel service before the Super Bowl, a man named Zach Meerkreebs preached and ordinary sermon from Romans 12 about love in action and forgiveness. Meerkreebs is Asbury’s assistant soccer coach. He is also the leadership development coordinator for a missions organization called Envision. Meerkreebs told students he wasn’t interested in entertaining them: “I hope you guys forget me but anything from the Holy Spirit and God’s Word would find fertile ground in your hearts and produce fruit,” he said. “Romans 12. That’s the star, okay? God’s Word and Jesus and the Holy Spirit moving in our midst, that’s what we’re hoping for.” Meerkreebs also talked to them about the experience of God’s love, in contrast to the “radically poor love” that’s narcissistic, abusive, manipulative, and selfish. “Some of you guys have experienced that love in the church,” he said. “Maybe it’s not violent, maybe it’s not molestation, it’s not taken advantage of—but it feels like someone has pulled a fast one on you.” No one came forward at the end of the service, and Meerkreeb was convinced he “totally whiffed.” He texted his wife: “Latest stinker. I’ll be home soon.” That service closed with a Black gospel trio singing one more song. Around 18 or 19 students stayed when it was over, though, with several clusters praying in their seats and at the foot of the stage.
That’s when something started to change: Zeke Atha, a junior, told a documentarian a few days later that he was one of the ones who remained in the chapel. He left after an hour to go to a class, but then when he got out, he heard singing. “I said, ‘Okay, that’s weird, and it was surreal. The peace that was in the room was unexplainable.” He and a few friends immediately left, sprinting around campus, bursting into classrooms with an announcement: “Revival is happening.” The Revival Spreads: Word spread. Students stayed in the chapel, worshiping and praying. Some stayed all night. People started coming to the chapel from Asbury Seminary across the street. Then people from outside the school—from Wilmore and the greater Lexington area—started coming. Then groups of students were showing up from nearby states like Tennessee and Indiana. By Friday night, there were 3,000 people at the chapel and the university had set up overflow rooms. Leaders at the school quickly gathered to figure out how to respond: “We began getting reports from people seeing stuff on social media about people who were coming, not just from our region, but pretty significant distances,”
An AUTHENTIC REVIVAL was protected by Asbury administrators by not allowing Fox News or big named celebrity folks enter to rob, steal or destroy the sacred work of the Holy Spirit. How shall I pray? James 4:1-3 “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” Ten Commands from God. 1) Do not spend more of your time seeking pleasure and hobbies than you spend time with God 2) Do not curse or collect idols 3) Attend church to remain accountable 4) “Honor your dad and mom. 5) Do not murder. 6) Be loyal to God, do not commit adultery. 7) Do not steal. 8) Do not lie, gossip or slander. 9) Do not envy, be content with what God gives. 10) Do not put possessions before God. ❤️ Search your heart and confess any broken command. Exodus 20:1-17 ❤️
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PSALM 115: 12 “The Lord remembers us and will bless us:
He will bless His people Israel,
He will bless the house of Aaron,
13 He will bless those who fear the Lord—
small and great alike.
14 May the Lord cause you to flourish,
both you and your children.
15 May you be blessed by the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
16 The highest heavens belong to the Lord,
but the earth He has given to mankind.
17 It is not the dead who praise the Lord,
those who go down to the place of silence;
18 it is we who extol the Lord,
both now and forevermore.” AMEN
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Isaiah 21:8 And the proud lookout shouted, “Day after day, my lord, I stand on the watchtower; every night I stay at my post. Look, here comes a man in a chariot with a team of horses. And he gives back the answer: ‘Babylon has fallen, has fallen! All the images of its god lie shattered on the ground!’” My people who are crushed on the threshing floor, I tell you what I have heard the Lord Almighty, from the God of Israel….Isaiah 22:19 I will depose you from your office, and you will be ousted from your position. “In that day I will summon my servant, Eliakim son of Hilkiah. 21 I will clothe him with your robe and fasten your sash around him and hand your authority over to him. He will be a father to those who live in Jerusalem and to the people of Judah. 22 I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. 23 I will drive him like a peg into a firm place; he will become a seat[a] of honor for the house of his father. 24 All the glory of his family will hang on him: its offspring and offshoots—all its lesser vessels, from the bowls to all the jars. 25 “In that day,” declares the Lord Almighty, “the peg driven into the firm place will give way; it will be sheared off and will fall, and the load hanging on it will be cut down.” The Lord has spoken. Isaiah 24 The Lord’s Devastation of the Earth. See, the Lord is going to lay waste the earth and devastate it; He will ruin its face and scatter its inhabitants—
2 it will be the same
for priest as for people,
for the master as for his servant,
for the mistress as for her servant,
for seller as for buyer,
for borrower as for lender,
for debtor as for creditor.
3 The earth will be completely laid waste
and totally plundered.
The Lord has spoken this word.
4 The earth dries up and withers,
the world languishes and withers,
the heavens languish with the earth.
5 The earth is defiled by its people;
they have disobeyed the laws,
violated the statutes
and broken the everlasting covenant.
6 Therefore a curse consumes the earth;
its people must bear their guilt.
Therefore earth’s inhabitants are burned up,
and very few are left.
7 The new wine dries up and the vine withers;
all the merrymakers groan.
8 The joyful timbrels are stilled,
the noise of the revelers has stopped,
the joyful harp is silent.
9 No longer do they drink wine with a song;
the beer is bitter to its drinkers.
10 The ruined city lies desolate;
the entrance to every house is barred.
11 In the streets they cry out for wine;
all joy turns to gloom,
all joyful sounds are banished from the earth.
12 The city is left in ruins,
its gate is battered to pieces.
13 So will it be on the earth
and among the nations,
as when an olive tree is beaten,
or as when gleanings are left after the grape harvest.
14 They raise their voices, they shout for joy;
from the west they acclaim the Lord’s majesty.
15 Therefore in the east give glory to the Lord;
exalt the name of the Lord, the God of Israel,
in the islands of the sea.
16 From the ends of the earth we hear singing:
“Glory to the Righteous One.”
But I said, “I waste away, I waste away!
Woe to me!
The treacherous betray!
With treachery the treacherous betray!”
17 Terror and pit and snare await you,
people of the earth.
18 Whoever flees at the sound of terror
will fall into a pit;
whoever climbs out of the pit
will be caught in a snare.
The floodgates of the heavens are opened,
the foundations of the earth shake.
19 The earth is broken up,
the earth is split asunder,
the earth is violently shaken.
20 The earth reels like a drunkard,
it sways like a hut in the wind;
so heavy upon it is the guilt of its rebellion
that it falls—never to rise again.
21 In that day the Lord will punish
the powers in the heavens above
and the kings on the earth below.
22 They will be herded together
like prisoners bound in a dungeon;
they will be shut up in prison
and be punished[a] after many days.
23 The moon will be dismayed,
the sun ashamed;
for the Lord Almighty will reign
on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem,
and before its elders—with great glory.
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The pastor’s closing prayer from the day one that led to revival. His sermon was his confession of unforgivness towards those who molested him. We must forgive, repent, our failures and love our enemied. mehttps://youtu.be/zzxn9MebGMg