James 4:10

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

Jonathan Edwards was an evangelist used by God in the first Great Awakening during the 1730’s and 40’s. He was said to be a small man, with a small voice that was considered weak, monotone, and squeaking. Certainly not the kind of man that you would expect to be at the forefront of the one of the greatest revivals ever to strike North America.

He is most noted for preaching a sermon entitled “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” in 1741 in Enfield, Connecticut. Three days before he first preached that sermon he decided to go into deep prayer and meditation before the Lord. He did not eat or sleep during those three days. Claiming New England for the Lord was the only thing on His mind; he wanted New England to be swept by revival and the Presence of the Lord to flow through that place, so he prayed and fasted for those three days. Individuals walking by the door heard him praying aloud in that same, weak, monotone, and squeaking voice, “God, give me New England!”

When it came time for him to preach, he stepped up to the pulpit so weak and feeble that he had to prop himself against it. He had written the sermon out on a manuscript, a few sheets of paper, and did not speak or preach it in the style of the day's modern evangelists. He started to read the sermon aloud, holding the manuscript in front of his face as he read to the crowd of approximately 15,000 people. As his voice rang out over the crowd the Presence of God flowed through that audience with such power that Jonathan Edwards had to stop preaching minutes into the sermon because the wailing and screaming at the altar was so loud. Strong men were said to have gripped the pews from conviction of their sins. That sermon started a revival that swept through New England and countless souls were saved.

Everyone in the audience felt the Presence of God so strongly that day because one man humbled himself before God and gave the Lord the opportunity to lift Him up in His own way. It takes taking off our pride and laying it down, to walk in humility, and come into the Presence of God for Him to do mighty things through us.

Because of the Blood of Jesus you can come boldly to the throne of Grace and dwell in the Presence of God and there worship the Lord as He deserves to be worshiped. You cannot do it until you first humble yourself in the sight of the Lord. He will lift you up, He will come to your aid, He will speak to the storm if you only give Him opportunity to do so.

Let the Presence of God be known in your life and humble yourself in the sight of God and the Lord could strike a revival in your heart even greater than the First Great Awakening, and maybe even save a soul through your revival.

But when he (Moses) took off his shoes, walked humbly! That is the way we find God, when we take off our pride and lay it down, and walk up in the Presence.

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