Evan Roberts

Evan Roberts

Early life

Born in Loughor, Wales, Evan Roberts was the younger of two sons born to Henry and Hannah Roberts. Raised in a Calvinistic Methodist home, he was a devout child who attended church regularly and memorised scripture at night. From the ages of 11 to 23, he worked in the coal mines with his father. Reports indicate that an explosion occurred as he assisted his father in the mine, scorching the Bible he diligently read. Evan then spent time working for his uncle as a blacksmith’s apprentice in Pontarddulais.

Roberts was widely known as a young man who spent many hours praying each week both personally and at group prayer meetings. Several character studies have noted his unusual zeal and warmth of character. His prominent involvement in the Welsh revival followed a period of religious awakening across the region, but most biographies assert that its spark seemed to fly from Roberts. He reported having experienced visitations from the Holy Spirit depicting “all Wales being lifted up to Heaven,” at one time asking his roommate (and later brother-in-law) if he believed that God could then “give us 100,000 souls.” Within a few months of October 1904 this was indeed the case. The numbers of conversions were chronicled daily in the Western Mail, the National newspaper of Wales. Famous journalists, preachers, and even the future Prime Minister Lloyd George, vouched for the genuineness of the revival and of Evan Roberts.

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In 1904, Roberts began studying for the ministry at Newcastle Emlyn. Attendance at a service held by evangelist Seth Joshua in Blaenanerch, Cardigan led to an experience that formed Roberts’ belief in the “Baptism of the Spirit”. In October of that year, Roberts began speaking at a series of small meetings. These appearances led to his involvement in the Revival. He was soon attracting congregations numbering thousands. Within two weeks the Welsh Revival was national news and before long, Evan Roberts and his brother Dan and his best friend Sidney Evans were travelling the country conducting Revival Meetings.

The four “points” of his message were:

  1. Confess all known sin, receiving forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
  2. Remove anything in your life that you are in doubt or feel unsure about.
  3. Be ready to obey the Holy Spirit instantly.
  4. Publicly confess the Lord Jesus Christ.

In one of the most carefully chronicled of all revivals there are common themes. People gathered in large numbers with a sense of expectancy. Meetings lasted hours but from the beginning there was a sense of conviction of sin. Wrongdoing was confessed and lifestyles were affected. The pubs went from full to empty.

There were thousands of conversions that brought tremendous joy. Some of the toughest characters in the valleys were converted. It was a revival that especially was begun and sustained by the young. It is said that thousands of these men died in World War I, 10 years later.

Despite the success of the Welsh Rugby team in their most successful year so far, Evan became perhaps the most famous man in the world, at the time because of worldwide excitement about his preaching. Prayer meetings gathered huge crowds. Sporting events became less important. In Trecynon, Evan would walk from one packed church to another all within a few yards of each other. This pattern became the norm. Yet he refused celebrity status and gave away his money. He refused the evangelistic effort to be about him. By now revival was all over Wales and was not reliant on Evan’s being present. One of the most famous stories is of the pit-ponies not understanding the miners’ commands as their language was cleaned up!

He brought a youthfulness with new songs being sung especially by the “singing sisters”. He preached more than is sometimes reported though not always the case. He would sometimes agonise for hours before saying anything. He certainly carried an intensity to all he did whilst remaining beloved in Wales. He would often stay with the worship services into the early hours and still wake early to pray and invite men at the pit-head to the meetings.

Collapse

Roberts soon succumbed to the pressure of his rigorous schedule, and, in 1906, suffered a physical and emotional collapse. Evan retained his faith though clearly suffered from depression. He found some solace in writing poetry. A number of letters reflect that he retained his deep faith. He developed a discipline to his life as he turned to prayer as his main ministry.

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False Teachers & Their Destruction

Pastor John and Ruth MacyOn Sunday, 28th of July we were honoured to have Pastor John Macey  preach the Word of God to us.  He spoke upon the current state of the global Church being invaded by Apostasy just as it is described in God’s Word.

The Hyper Grace Movement as well as Chrislam are just two types of the apostasy currently being preached around the world. Many churches spend most or all of their time occupied with seeking “signs, wonders and financial prosperity” that they neglect the true preaching of the message of the gospel of Christ – which is the power of God unto salvation for all who believe…. see Romans 1:16 – and the teaching of the true doctrines of scripture.

False Teachers and Their Destruction
But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.
2 Peter 2 (NIV)

To avoid the false teachings and becoming a part of those that turn away from the Truth in these latter days, we must draw closer to God. We must invest more time in growing in our relationship with Him. Let’s ask ourselves the question, where are we in our personal walk, worship and quiet time with Christ? Let us commit, let us Study the Word, talk to Him, and take the time to listen and be filled with the Spirit. In this we will find true spiritual nourishment and life. God loves it when He is at the center of our lives because then we spend quality time with Him instead of giving Him the left overs. Remember we must test everything against God’s word, if God is really speaking to us what He is communicating will always align up perfectly and agree with scripture.

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world
1 John 4:1 (ESV)

But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;
1 Thessalonians 5:21 (NASB)

Article author: Peter T.

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The Joy of Dining at the Masters Table

The Joy of Dining at the Masters Table

To leave behind the repetitive sin in your life and stop returning to it you need a complete life style change, this is a choice only you can make. What you eat and drink, your daily spiritual manna from God’s Word. ¹  What we put in is what we get out.

Daily making time to be with God is essential for a healthy relationship with the Lord. Jesus often spent the night in prayer, ² He also got up early and found a solitary place to talk with the Father. ³

First spending time in worship followed by an inner self searching with a repentant heart, ⁴ giving thanks to the Lord for his many blessings. Learning the art of being still, before God and listening more than speaking. Praying and reading the Word and then listening for Gods voice.

God communicates with His children in various ways. Visions, dreams, pictures or images. Others can actually hear his voice audibly, some hear his quiet voice within themselves. Some a clear check or inner knowledge in their spirit. Do not take another persons experience as standard.

Let the Holy Spirit guide you that is why Christ sent Him.

God will work and communicate with us where we are most receptive if we take the time to build a daily relationship of intimate fellowship with Him.

To daily dine with the Master at His table is a joy to look forward to. As with most things in life to get the results you want you have to be prepared to put in the time. If you want a closer relationship with your spouse or children then you need to invest the time in them, it is the same in getting a closer relationship with the Lord.

Pursue a relationship with God rather than an experience with Him.

Start making Prayer your lifestyle choice by praying that it would be a desire of your heart to spend more time daily with Jesus tasting the delicacies of the His table, eating heartily his manna and drinking deep from His living waters. ⁵ You will not regret it.

Behold, I stand at the door and knock.
If anyone hears My voice and opens the door,
I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.
Revelation 3:20 New King James Version (NKJV)

Scriptures Used

¹John 6:35 (ESV)

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.

²Luke 6:12 New International Version (NIV)

One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.

³Mark 1:35 New International Version (NIV)

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

Psalm 139:23-24 New International Version (NIV)

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Matthew 6:33 ESV

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

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Forgiveness

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Over the years walking with the Lord He has taught me the importance of Forgiveness. As Christ has forgiven us our sins how can we not forgive others their sin against us? Are we greater than God? Often we forget that the Word commands us to forgive.

Conditions to receive forgiveness.

First we need to forgive others.

Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13 New King James Version

In the Lord’s prayer we ask for our sins to be forgiven as we forgive others. But do we always forgive others their sin against us? Do we stubbornly hold onto grudges against others for days, weeks or sometimes years? As we read the bible we will find that scripture often contains an “if, but or then” condition. Let’s have a look at verse 14-15 of Matthew.

“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matthew 6:14-15 New King James Version

In Mark we also find the command to forgive others.

“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.” Mark 11:25-26 New King James Version

It is very clear that in order for God to forgive us our sins we must also forgive others their sins against us.

The way we forgive others is the way God will forgive us.

Second we must ask God to forgive us of our sins. It is important that we daily confess our sins to the Lord. Notice the next verse starts with that If condition.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9  New King James Version

 Spend time in meditation and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any hidden sins in your heart. Ask God to show you your sins and to test your thoughts this is exploratory surgery for sin. That is what David prayed and we should follow his example.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties. Psalm 139:23 New King James Version

When the Spirit shows us our sins it is time for us to confess it and repent that we may be forgiven and get back into a right relationship with God.

He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy. Proverbs 28:13 New King James Version

If we choose not to confess our sins and to forgive ourselves then we are not forgiven. Likewise if we don’t forgive others we are also unforgiven and in sin. Then we can open the door of our lives to the enemy to which he and his demons are more than happy to access. As Christians we need to always remember that we live in a fallen world that has a constant spiritual battle going on between Good versus Evil. We have to make a daily choice of whom we will serve God or Satan.

Holding on to unforgiveness against others or ourselves means God cannot forgive us.

His word is clear we are living in sin.

We can choose to nurture our heart with God’s word and His love, or we can allow Satan to encourage those roots of bitterness, anger, envy, jealousy, fear, hatred or rejection. We have a choice. In the Word we also discover the fruits of Satan’s kingdom.

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21 New King James Version

Scripture also shows us the difference of fruit in God’s kingdom.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 New King James Version

In order to daily walk in close fellowship with the Lord we need to take time to search our hearts, confess our sins and repent.

Repentance prayer:

  • Call upon the Lord, name your sin and ask for His forgiveness.
  • Then forgive yourself of that sin.
  • Now cancel Satan’s authority over you in that sin.
  • Say it out loud that you are forgiven for that sin and ask the Holy Spirit to heal your heart and talk to you about that situation.

Forgiving others:

  • Tell the Lord that you choose to forgive the person of that sin against you.
  • Release them of any debt against you and in the name of Christ cancel all Satan’s authority over you in the memory of this as it is forgiven.
  • Say it out loud that you have forgiven them for that sin and ask the Holy Spirit to heal your heart and talk to you about that situation.

Our relationship with God is just that a relationship and like any other relationship we must work on it. That means making time daily to be with and to listen to God. For us to draw close to Him we need to spend time in adoration, repentance, praise, thanksgiving and supplication. God desires to have intimate communication and relationship with each of His children. May the blessings of God be with you and your loved ones.

Author – Peter

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