Holy Spirit renewal for the repentant
James 4:8–10 (ASV 1901)
8Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye doubleminded. 9Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall exalt you.
James 5:16 (ASV 1901)
16Confess therefore your sins one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The supplication of a righteous man availeth much in its working.
1 John 1:9 (ASV 1901)
9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
A church elder confessed his sin to Jonathan Goforth. That started a series of confessions and repentance that engulfed the entire church, bringing about forgiveness and restoration in their lives.
Revival overflowed from a single village to several others within the country. Revived Christians went everywhere preaching the Gospel with remarkable results. Most remarkable is the story of a man who was a notorious gambler, who journeyed on his donkey intending to collect his gambling debts. But God clearly directed the donkey to a revival meeting instead!
Mr. Tung was a Christian who had backslidden and returned to a life of drinking, opium consumption, gambling, etc. But after attending a revival meeting and staying with the Goforths, Mr. Tung was convicted and returned to Christ. He didn’t stop there, he went back home and dedicated his life and resources to winning souls for Christ Jesus.
Missionaries in Changtefu joined together for a special prayer with great expectation. God answered, poured the blessing of His Spirit upon them and several confessions were recorded. The most astonishing of all was that of a pastor who confessed that he never believed in the previous revival meetings organized by Jonathan Goforth, but now had himself been moved by the Spirit to repentance.
God uses a plane crash tragedy to remind workers at the Wycliffe Bible Translators in Peru of the need for righteousness, humility, peace, love and patience. Through much repentance for self-reliance, they were filled anew with the Holy Spirit.
Three miracles showed the manifestation of the spirit of God and endeared many to give glory to God.
When the time for the Shanghai Bible Conference arrived, the prospects were not bright. However, as the days went by and the word of God was preached to the people, they entered into serious prayer. On the last day, the spirit of God broke out leading to confessions, commitment to God's work, and evangelism.
During a visit to Amoy, China, Dr. Sung spoke powerfully about the love of God to crowds of people gathered to hear His word. Many who were unsaved and lukewarm came under conviction and were transformed, then returned to their homes to witness the new life they had found in Christ Jesus.
Brother Yun was used by the Holy Spirit to challenge fellow prisoners to confess their sins and seek God's forgiveness. And as these hardened criminals obeyed God's call, they were broken by the gospel's power and all witnessed a renewal and transformation that was evident to even the guards.
Corrie Ten Boom is convicted about her falling off and turning away from her first love - Christ. Here she describes the great joy and renewed strength she obtained upon confessing her sins and seeking God's forgiveness.
By confessing to each other the secret sins they were both battling, Art and Ellen Sanborn wept in heartbroken repentance and were able to finally experience the victorious Christian life of freedom and great joy.