I read a chapter from Melody’s book ““No Compromise-The Life Story of Keith Green“, which gives her account of what happened at the Last Days Ministry community when Keith read a chapter from Finnny’s Lectures on Revival about breaking up your fallow ground.
This happening was referred to at the Last Days Ministry community as “The Revival”. Keith had been up all night praying and repenting after reading Finnny’s article “How to Promote a Revival”.
The next day he started waking people up at 6am and called a meeting at the community school-house, where he read the chapter and called them all to repentance.
After I read the account of “The Revival” at Last Days Ministry, I read Finney’s article from his book Lectures on Revival. I also looked up and read the two-part lecture that was printed in the Independent of New York newspaper at the time the lectures were given. The article in Finney’s book has much more detail than the two newspaper articles, but reading all three will be a blessing to you.
While there are many positions that Finny held that I do not agree with, and some of the terms he uses would not be the ones I would use, this article had a very powerful effect on my heart when I read it this morning. I trust that it will be a blessing to those who will take the time to read it and follow his instructions.
These articles will be especially good for those who are new to the free-from-sin teaching or have grown lukewarm in their Christian experience. For those who have not embraced the free-from-sin teaching, this is a very good place to start.
When I left the Restoration group about 4 months ago, I went through a process very similar to this, and did a lot of repenting over things like buying an expensive living room suite, a stock investment where I lost quite a bit of the Lord’s money, the judgmental spirit and harsh way of writing about those who disagreed with the doctrine of holiness, and a number of other areas in my life.
While I have not taken the time to go through the Break Up Your Fallow Ground exercise fully, the Lord has already put his finger on a number of places in my life where I have been slothful and lazy, and not as careful as I should have been in dealing with work I have received from clients.
I trust you will enjoy this series of posts.
1. Excerpt from Melody’s book No Compromise-The Life Story of Keith Green
2. How to Promote a Revival from Lectures on Revival
3. Two newspaper articles from the Independent, from the original lectures.
a) Break Up Your Fallow Ground
b) When Is the Fallow Ground of the Soul Broken Up?