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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Seeking the pure spiritual milk: what we can learn from the late Leonard Ravenhill (1907-1994)

The late Leonard Ravenhill (1907-1994) was a devout evangelist in the 20th century. He was born in Britain and witnessed the authentic revivals in Wales in the 40s. He had spent many hours in the prayer closet and lived what he talked. His genuine love for Jesus and for the lost souls, and his uncompromising attitude toward sin drive us to dedicate all of our lives to Christ, and Christ alone.

Now, I am going to write down one of his sermons. You can also listen to the youtube which is attached below.

   We have never seen the agonizing death of a man on a cross.
Immediately, a man was nailed to the cross, he lost all his rights. And if you ever get nailed to the cross,
you'll lose all yours, too.
Paul says, "Don't trouble me! I'm branded;
I bear the marks of a slave! I'm a bond slave of Jesus Christ."
I've no will of my own!
I've no rights of my own!
There's an old hymn established on that very theme-
Let my hands perform His bidding
Let my feet run in His ways
Let my eyes see Jesus only
Let my lips speak forth His praise.
All for Jesus!
All my being's ransomed powers
All my thoughts and words and doings
All my days and all my hours.
This man is no professional preacher-
Preaching is not a profession;
it's a passion!
If a man can't preach with passion,
he shouldn't preach at all.
There's no breath of professionalism anywhere in the ministry of Paul.
And thanks God, there's no breath of commercialism, either.
Paul has no fear;
Do you know what he did? I would to God some of you fellows would do it.
You know what he once did? He said, "I bow the knee to the Father."
And because he bowed the knee to the Father, he never bowed the knee to anybody else, neither demons or politician or kings.
He stood there regal.
"I bear in my body the mark of the Lord Jesus."
In America alone, we have hundreds of millions of gospel cassettes,
and we have millions of gospel books, and we have hundreds of bible schools,
and we have hundreds of seminars, and we have people memorizing the scriptures.
And we have 5000 radio stations, which everyday gives some part of the scripture.
And yet with all this stuff to feed on-
Dear God where are we? With all this stuff to feed on-
95% of us are spiritual cripples!
Spiritual infants.
Spiritual babes.
Children full of self-pity.
me first.
And some people love God because He gives!
We've got this wretched prosperity stunt.
Paul's very clear, isn't he? Doesn't he say (writing to Timothy there)
"There'll come a day when people think that gain is godliness."
Peter said in his day.
"There are some who will make merchandise you."
That wouldn't be more true than the day in which we're living.
I see God's money going in
stately buildings and swimming pools and tennis courts and I want to vomit.
With the world starving, with the mission field needing money,
Paul never glamorized the gospel.
It's a very gory gospel!
It's a bloody gospel!
It's a sacrificial gospel!
I believe the cardinal ethic of Christianity is sacrifice not success!
The most precious thing we ever handle is the human soul!
There is only one way to Heaven-
There are a million ways to Hell!
What do you do to go to Hell?
Just do nothing- that's all.
You don't have to thumb your nose at God.
You don't have to blaspheme the name of Jesus.
You don't have to be an adulterer-
Just coast on!
For the greatest sin in the world is not adultery. The greatest sin in the world is-
"I can manage my life without God."
That's the greatest sin.
You say sometimes,
"I wonder God doesn't burden me?"
Do you know why?
Because He can't trust you. That's why.
You're not strong enough to carry the burden. A lot of you, here this morning,
you don't need more light. This will only make it worse for you at the Judgment.
What you need is more obedience.
Some of you have known for years what you should do, and you haven't; you hold back.
Do you remember some of those awesome words Jesus said to the disciples?
"I've many things to tell you, but you cannot bear them."
I say reverently. "Almighty God, don't say that to me at the Judgment seat! Don't let me stand before John Wesley and Finney and all the great saints of the ages."
And say, "Ravenhill, I'd many things to tell you, but you were so preoccupied with this or preoccupied with that. I couldn't get through to you and
if I could, you won't be true enough to handle it."
95% of Christians in the nation are weak!
God can't trust them with vision;
He can't trust children with jewels!
You can't trust them with something that needs bravery;
they're too timid!
You can't trust them with the burden.
You'll break down!
Five minutes inside Eternity-
I believe everyone of us will have wished that
we'd have sacrificed more,
prayed more,
loved more,
sweated more,
grieved more,
wept more!"
I will attach three more inspiring sermons by Leonard Ravenhill



  1. Last year my church had a fundraiser for missionaries. I donated a certain amount of money. Guess what--some people who knew the amount told me that I was donating too much! Because my wage is small.
    Another example, when I started witnessing one of my classmates, any people in my church told me, "Be careful you are putting yourself in too much risk"
    I pray for people becoming more brave and courageous.
    Kinuko, I also sent you a e-mail.
    Thank you fr the post.
    In Christ,

  2. Dear Irina, you have been so kind to me and you have been my source of encouragement. I am sorry to hear that some people said something negative regarding your donation. For Christ, nothing is "too much"!!

    He is so worthy that our whole lives including our possessions and time can be gladly offered as a living sacrifice. Being a missionary myself, I have never regretted my decision and I am so happy to be in the mission field. I am sure you understand what I mean. (because you have a burning heart for Christ!)

    May God sing over you as His lovely and dedicated daughter.

  3. What God ask us is not only to be saved by believing Him,but to live life as He wants by holy spirit. To make another fruits.To live with God day by day.We are apt to stop hoping to stay only in joy of that we were saved,do not ask to grow to live like Him.Very simple,serious message for us believers.Thank you for sharing. Sanae

  4. Dear Sanae, yes, you are right. We often do not ask Him for our spiritual growth. Ravenhill's messages really inspire me to seek after Him with all of my heart. I am so glad that you have been inspired by it, too. I become doubly happy when I see that my fellow pilgrims are also happy and inspired by something which I cherish!
    Thank you! Kinuko

  5. How wonderful. I had never heard of Leonard Ravenhill. I was so inspired by what I read above that I have ordered one of his books!
    Thank you and God bless you.

  6. Good morning, Lydia! Wow, I am so impressed by your serious and sincere quest to know Him and His will. And I am glad that this post was useful.

    Last month, I wrote down some of his quotes on my journal and I'd like to share them with you.

    -Jesus did not come into the world to make bad men good. He came into the world to make dead men live!

    -One said, "If I lead somebody to Christ on the street, which church should I send him to?" (Sending someone to church today is) like taking a newborn baby and putting it in a refrigerator. I want a place that vibrates with God, vibrates with eternity.

    -The early church was married to poverty, prisons and persecutions.
    Today, the church is married to prosperity, personality and popularity.

    -How can you have a dead service with a living Christ?

    -I believe every church is either supernatural or superficial.
    I don't believe there's any middle ground.

    -Sunday morning (attendance) shows how popular the church is;
    Sunday night shows how popular the preacher is;
    (Wednesday) prayer meeting shows how popular God is.

    -One good Baptist once said to Dr.Tozer,
    "If God withdraw the Holy Spirit tomorrow, my church would function just the same; we wouldn't even know He was gone."

    -The church is supposed to do what? To stop corruption?
    Is the church doing that? No! The world is corrupting the church!

    -Our blessings have become a curse. They attract us.
    They take too much of our time and concern.

    -I want to see a fellowship where your burdens become mine!
    Your grief over your children becomes my grief!
    Where we really bear each other's burdens; where we love
    each other and let the world come and see that we are
    the followers of the meek and lowly Jesus who cared only to
    do the will of His Father.

    Dear Lydia, I am so glad to have known you!