For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. So that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end,.
For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. But Christ is faithful over God's house as a son. And we are his house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope. If indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister. He has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,.
Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God,.
On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
And there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls.
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And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. In order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory—. Always in my prayers, asking that somehow by God's will I may now at last succeed in coming to you. And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them.
Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. Song Details More Songs. Kee download - purchase.
Kee Chorus: Lord I hear of showers of blessings, Thou art scattering full and free. Correct Song Lyrics. Song Ratings and Comments. Post Comments. Related Albums by V. More Song Lyrics by V. Let God do as seemeth him good. Sunday Dec. Monday 20th - We laid the first stone of the house. Many were gathered from all parts to see it but none scoffed or interrupted, while we praised God, and prayed that he would prosper the work of our hands upon us.
Three or four times, in the evening, I was forced to break off preaching, that we might pray, and give thanks to God. Thursday, 30th - I carefully examined those who had cried out in the congregation. Some of these, I found, could give no account at all how, or wherefore they had done so only, that of a sudden, they dropped down they knew not how and what they afterwards said or did they knew not others could just remember, they were in fear, but could not tell what they were in fear of Several said they were afraid of the devil and this was all they knew.
But a few gave a more intelligible account of the piercing sense they then had of their sins, both inward and outward, which were set in array against them round about of the dread they were in of the wrath of God, and the punishment they had deserved, into which they seemed to be just falling, without any way of escape.
I thought the devil was pushing me off, and that God had forsaken me. Wesley now left Newcastle for about two months, that he might preach the gospel in other places, and superintend the blessed work, which the Lord had wrought in Bristol London, and elsewhere, through his instrumentality. On his return to Newcastle he found that some had been walking disorderly but upon the whole had much cause to be thankful with the state of things, as he happily ascertained, that generally his children were walking in the truth. In the following week I diligently inquired, who they were that did not walk according to the gospel?
In consequence of which, I was obliged to put away about fifty persons. There remained about eight hundred in Society. Saturday March 12th - I concluded my second course of visiting, in which I inquired particularly into the case of those who had almost every night the last week cried out aloud during the preaching, and I found -. This they expressed in different manners. Some said, they felt just as if a sword were running through them others, that they thought a great weight lay upon them as if it would squeeze them into the earth. Some said, they were quite choked, so that they could not breathe others, that their hearts swelled ready to burst and others, that it was as if their heart, as if all their inside, as if their whole body, were tearing all to pieces.
These symptoms I can no more impute to any natural cause, than to the Spirit of God. I can make no doubt but it was Satan tearing them, as they were coming to Christ. And hence proceeded those grievous cries whereby he might design both to discredit the work of God, and to affright fearful people from hearing their souls might be saved. Of this some could give scarce any account at all, which I also impute to that evil spirit, purposely stunning and confounding as many as he could, that they might not be able to betray his devices. Others gave a very clear and particular account from the beginning to the end.
The word of God pierced their souls, and convinced them of inward, as well as outward sin. They saw and felt the wrath of God abiding upon them and were afraid of his judgements. Charles Wesley soon after this visited Newcastle, and the blessed work thus begun, was greatly strengthened, and extended through his effective ministry. It soon spread to the neighbouring towns and villages, producing wonderful effects, and resulting in the scriptural conversion of hundreds of souls. The following very spirited hymn was written by Mr. Charles Wesley at Newcastle, as descriptive of the work of God amongst the colliers and others in that neighbourhood, at the period now referred to and which shows the estimate he formed of it -.
AMONGST those brought to a knowledge of the truth during this remarkable Revival of Apostolic Christianity, many felt that a dispensation of the gospel was committed to them, and they went forth under the direction of Mr. Wesley to spread scriptural religion throughout the land. The hand of the Lord was with them and both in Ireland and Wales, as well as in many parts of England, a great multitude believed and turned Unto the Lord. They, in common with the two Wesleys, had to endure much persecution, but the Lord gave them boldness to declare his word and in every place to which the providence of God led them, did he confirm the word with signs following.
ATHLONE - At this place, and its neighbourhood, a blessed Revival was brought about by the ministry of some of those Evangelists, to whom reference has already been made. In , Mr. Charles Wesley was in Ireland, labouring with great success, as appears from the following extract from his Journal. Near seven, we got, half - choked with the fog, to Mr. The town immediately took the alarm, and crowded in after us. Never have I spoken to more hungry souls they devoured every word some expressed their satisfaction in a way peculiar to them, and whistled for joy. Few such feasts have I had since I left England.
It refreshed my body more than meat or drink. God has begun a great work here. Not an oath is heard, or a drunkard seen among them. They are turned from darkness to light. Nearly one hundred are joined in Society, and following hard after the pardoning God. Charles Wesley thus writes - Sept. I preached in the Market - house, and met the Society in a barn. Our poor lambs were all in tears, mourning after Jesus.
Sept 25th - I examined each of the Society, who made upwards of two hundred. I could not hinder his falling down again and again at my feet, under such piercing apprehensions of God, the righteous Judge, as made me envy his condition. The cries of the wounded spirits cannot be described.
In the same year, Mr. Saturday June l7th - The wind being very tempestuous in the evening, I preached in our new - built house. It was Mrs. Glass her words pierced like lightning. Presently another witnessed the same resolution and not long after, one who had been sorrowing, as without hope, Mrs. Meecham, lifted up her head with joy, and continued singing and praising God to the dawn of the next day.
Perceiving this was an acceptable time, I laid aside my design of meeting the Society, and continued in prayer with the whole congregation, all our hearts being as the heart of one man when I had at length pronounced the blessing, no man stirred, but each stayed in his place till I walked through them. My God! Why hast thou forgotten me?
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The cries both of her and several others redoubled but we continued wrestling with the Lord in prayer, till he gave, us an answer of peace. Tuesday, 2Oth - I met the Society, where one and another, and another, cried aloud for mercy we called upon God, till several of them found mercy, and praised him with a good courage.
I think more found peace with God in those four days, than in sixteen months before. Wesley now returned to England, and a month afterwards received the following communication relative to the work in and about Athlone. It was written by one of the Preachers labouring there. Dear Sir - Many have found a sense of the pardoning love of God at Athlone since you left it and the Society in general are on the stretch for the kingdom of God. The Lord has kindled a fire in Aughrim, likewise. The last time but one that I was there, several, were struck with deep convictions, which continued till I came again while I was meeting the Society there, the governess of Mr.
The next morning his steward was cut to the heart, and fell upon his knees, in the midst of the sermon, as did Mr. S - himself, together with his wife, and great part of the congregation. I went thither the next Sunday after you. Two that were heavy laden found rest that night. The next time we met we scarcely knew how to part. We continued singing and praying till five persons received a clear manifestation of the love of God.
Another found the same blessing while I was preaching this morning. I was now informed of two more that were rejoicing in God so that in Mountmelick twelve per sons in all have found peace that passeth all understanding, since you left that place. The man of the house had fetched his mother from a considerable distance. She had never heard a Methodist Preacher before. She was soon cut to the heart, and cried out aloud. One behind her hid her face upon her knees, which she presently did, and the whole house was in one cry.
I broke off my discourse, and began to pray, which I continued till I was so spent I could hardly speak. I went out to take a little breath, and came in again. I went to prayer again and before we had done, God spoke peace to her soul. What a blessing it is when any one finds that peace, declares it openly before all the people, that we may break off and praise God if this were always done it would be good for many souls the first that found it on Sunday evening spoke before all, and we praised God. The moment she spoke, another, and then another found peace, and each of them spoke aloud, and made the fire run through the whole congregation.
I would observe, 2d. The woman at Rahen had never before seen any one in the like trouble therefore she could not cry out because she had heard others do it but because she could not help it because she felt the word of God sharper than a two - edged sword and generally the sharper convictions are the sooner they are over.
In the following year Mr. The labours of the two Wesleys were made a blessing to several Clergymen of the Church, amongst whom was Mr. Berridge, of Everton, Mr. WesIey, being at Bedford, in November, , was informed that Mr. Berridge desired to see him. On Thursday, 9th, be accordingly set out for Everton. B - just taking horse, with whom I rode on, and in the evening, preached at Wrestlingworth, in a large church, well filled with serious hearers we lodged at Mr.
The next morning I preached in his church again, in the middle of the sermon a woman before me dropped down as dead, as one had done the night before. In a short time she came to herself, and remained deeply sensible of her want of Christ. We rode on to Mr. I preached at six in the evening, and five in the morning, and some were struck just as at Wrestlingworth. One of these was brought into the house with whom we spent a considerable time in prayer.
Monday Dec. The church was well filled soon after six in the evening. God gave me great liberty of speech, and applied his word to the hearts of the hearers, many of whom were not able to contain themselves, but cried aloud for mercy. In the subsequent spring and summer the work of God exceedingly increased under the Rev. Berridge, as appears from the following journal of an intelligent eyewitness. Sunday May 20th - Being with Mr. B - ll, at Everton, I was much fatigued, and did not rise but Mr.
B - did and observed several fainting and crying out, while Mr. Berridge was preaching afterwards, at church, I heard many cry out, especially children, whose agonies were amazing one of the eldest, a girl of ten or twelve years old, was full in view, in violent contortions of body, and weeping aloud. I think, incessantly, during the whole service and several more children were in Mr. The church was equally crowded in the afternoon - the windows being filled within and without, and even the outside of the pulpit, to the very top so that Mr.
B - seemed almost stifled with their breath yet feebly and sickly as he is, he was continually strengthened, and his voice, for the most part distinguishable, in the midst of all the outcries. I believe there were present three times more men than women, a great part of whom came from afar thirty of them having set out at two in the morning, from a place thirteen miles off. The greatest number of them, who cried or fell, were men but some women, and several children, felt the power of the same Almighty Spirit, and seemed just sinking into hell.
This occasioned a mixture of various sounds, some shrieking, some roaring aloud the most general was a loud breathing, like that of people half strangled, and gasping for life and indeed almost all the cries were like those of human creatures dying in bitter anguish. Great numbers wept without any noise others fell down as dead, sonic sinking in silence some with extreme noise and violent agitation.
I stood on the pew - seat, as did a young man in the opposite pew - an able - bodied, fresh, healthy countryman but in a moment, while he seemed to think of nothing less, down he dropped with a violence inconceivable. The adjoining pew seemed to shake with his fall I heard afterwards the stamping of his feet, ready to break the boards, as he lay in strong convulsions at the bottom of the pew. Among several that were struck down in the next pew was a girl, who was as violently seized as he when he fell, Mr. B - Il and I felt our souls thrilled with a momentary dread as when one man is killed by a cannon - ball, another often feels the wind of it.
Among the children who felt the arrows of the Almighty, I saw a sturdy boy, about eight years old, who roared above his fellows, and seemed in his agony to struggle with the strength of a grown man. His face was red as scarlet, and almost all on whom God laid his hand, turned either very red, or almost black.
When I returned, after a little walk, to Mr. I stayed in the next room, and saw the girl whom I had observed so peculiarly distressed in the church lying on the floor as one dead, but without any ghastliness in her face. In a few minutes we were informed of a woman filled with peace and joy, who was crying out just before she had come thirteen miles, and is the same person who dreamed Mr.
B - would come to her village, on that very day, wherein he did come, though without either knowing the place or the way to it. She was convinced at that time.
Just as we heard of her deliverance, the girl on the floor began to stir. She was then set in a chair, and after sighing awhile, suddenly rose up rejoicing in God her face was covered with the most beautiful smile I ever saw. He has forgiven all my sins! I am in heaven! O how He loves me! Quickly the smiles of heaven came, likewise, on her and her praises joined with those of the other.
I then also laughed with extreme joy so did Mr. B - , who said it was more than he could well bear. So did all who knew the Lord, and some of those who were waiting for salvation till the cries of them who were struck with the arrows of conviction were almost lost in the sounds of joy. B - about this time retired, and the Duke of M - , with Mr. A - le came in they seemed inclined to make a disturbance, but were restrained, and in a short time quietly retired. We continued praising God with all our might and His work went on as when Mr.
B - was exhorting. I had for some time observed a young woman all in tears but now her countenance changed. The unspeakable joy appeared in her face, which, quick as lightning, was filled with smiles, and became of crimson colour. About the same time John Keeling, of Potton, fell into an agony but he became calm in a quarter of an hour, though without a clear sense of pardon.
Keeling and another held him. O for one drop of the blood of Christ! B - II, and was to leave him the next morning, which he did with a glad heart, telling all who came in his way what God had done for his soul. Coe that was his name began to rejoice, a girl eleven or twelve years old, exceedingly poorly dressed, who appeared to be as deeply wounded, and as desirous of salvation, as any but I lost sight of her, till I heard the joyful sound of another born in Sion and found, upon enquiry, it was she - the poor, disconsolate, gypsy - looking child. And now did I see such a sight, as I do not expect again on this side eternity.
The faces of three justified children, and I think of all the believers present, did really shine and such a beauty, such a look of extreme happiness, and at the same time, of divine love and simplicity, did I never see in human faces till now. Then they saluted all of their own sex, and besought both men and women to help them in praising God. I wish all who find the same salvation with Mr. Coe, were as ready to proclaim redeeming love! Thursday, 24th - Mr. B - H and I went to hear Mr. We discoursed with him first, and were glad to hear that he had wholly given himself up to the glorious work of God, and that the power of the Highest fell upon his hearers, as upon Mr.
While he was preaching, fifteen or sixteen persons felt the arrows of the Lord, and dropped down. A few of them cried out with the utmost violence, with little intermission, for some hours while the rest made no great noise, but continual struggling as in the pangs of death.
I ob - served beside these, one little girl deeply convinced, and a boy nine or ten years old both of them, and several others, were carried into the parsonage house, either lay as dead, or struggled with all their might but in a short time their cries increased beyond measure, so that the loudest singing could scarcely be heard. Some at last called on me to pray, which I did, and for a time all were cairn but the storm soon began again.
Hicks then prayed, and afterwards Mr. B - ll but still, though some received consolation, others remained in deep sorrow of heart. These either show an utter contempt of or enmity to it, indeed, so did Mr. Hicks himself, some time since having so deep an aversion to it that he denied the sacrament to those of his parish who went to hear Mr. Neither of these gentlemen has much eloquence, but seem rather weak in speech the Lord hereby more clearly showing that this is his own work.
It extends into Cambridgeshire, to within a mile of the University, and about as far into Huntingdonshire, but flourishes most of all in the eastern and northern parts of Bedfordshire. Yet it is common for people to remain unaffected there, and to drop down in the way home.
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Some have been afterward found lying as dead on the road others, in Mr. The following is an extract of a letter written at this period, and addressed to the author of the above Journal, by Mr. Berridge himself. On Sunday night last, as I was speaking in my house, there was a violent outcry. One soul was set at liberty. We sung nearly an hour, and the Lord released three more out of captivity.
Hicks accompanied me to Mildred. We then went to Mildred, where I preached in a field to about four thousand people in the afternoon at five, Mr. Hicks preached in the same field to about a thousand and now the presence of the Lord was wonderfully amongst us. There was abundance of weeping and strong crying, and I trust, beside many that were slightly wounded, nearly thirty received true heart - felt convictions.
Another was also miserably torn by Satan, but set at liberty before I had done prayer. At four I preached in my own house, and God gave the Spirit of adoption to another mourner. The following is an extract from the Journal of Mr. June 6th - I spoke this morning at Orwell, on Isaiah lvi.
One who had been convinced of sin, fell down in a kind of fit, and broke out in great anguish of soul, calling on the Lord Jesus for salvation. He wrought as in the agonies of death, and was quite bathed in sweat. He beat the chair against which he kneeled, as one who drew nigh unto hell his countenance then cleared up at once, and we hoped he would presently be set at liberty but on a sudden he was more distressed than ever, being in the sharpest conflict every muscle of his body was in strong agitation, as if nature were just dissolving.
I never saw any convulsion - fit so violent but in a moment God dispelled the cloud, his face was again covered with smiles and he spoke as seeing the Lord near him. He cried unto Him, and the Lord pronounced him freely forgiven. I left her awhile, but could hardy sit down, before I heard the voice of praise. As soon as I saw him, all my trouble was gone, and all the pain I felt before and ever since I have been light and joyful, and filled with the love of God.
From that time he was accounted a fool and a madman. About two thousand souls seem to have been awakened by Mr. B - and him within this twelvemonth. Friday 13th - Mr. M - , was in doubt concerning the work of God here but this morning they were both fully convinced, while Alice Miller, the little pale girl, justified May 20th, who is in the sixteenth, and Molly Raymond, who is in the twelfth year of her age, related their experience, their artless confidence confirming their words.
Saturday l4th - Mr. B - , being ill, desired me to exhort a few people in his house which the Lord enabled me to do with such ease and power, that I was quite amazed. The next morning at seven, his servant Caleb Price spoke to about two hundred people. The Lord was wonderfully present, more than twenty persons feeling the arrows of conviction several fell to the ground, some of whom seemed dead, others in the agonies of death the violence of their bodily convulsions exceeding all description.
There was also great crying, and agonizing in prayer, mixed with deep and deadly groans on every side. When sermon was ended, one brought tidings to Mr. B - , from Grandchester, that God had there broken down seventeen persons last week, by the singing of hymns only, and that a child seven years old sees many visions, and astonishes the neighbours with her innocent, awful manner of declaring them. In the afternoon, Mr.
B - was constrained, by the multitude of people, to come out of the church and preach in his own close. The first man I saw wounded would have dropped, but others catching him in their arms did indeed prop him up but it seemed as if the Lord came upon him like a giant, taking him by the neck, and shaking all his bones in pieces.
One woman tore up the ground with her hands, and another screamed in more dreadful agony than I had heard before. I omit the rejoicing of believers, because of their number and frequency thereof though the manner was strange, some of them being quite overpowered with divine love, and only showing enough of natural life to let us know they were overwhelmed with joy and life eternal.
Some continued long as if they were dead, but with a calm sweetness in their looks. I saw one who lay two or three hours in the open air, and being then carried into the house, continued insensible another hour, as if actually dead. The first sign of life she showed was a rapture of praise, intermingled with a small joyous laughter. Tuesday 17th - We walked towards Harlston, near which Mr. B - overtook us. He was very weak at first, and scarcely able to speak but God soon performed his promise, imparting new strength to him, and causing him to speak with mighty power.
After preaching, he was lively and strong, so that the closeness of a crowded house neither affected his breath, nor hindered his rejoicing over two children, one about eight, the other about six years old, who were crying aloud to God for mercy. Wednesday, l8th - We called at the house where Mr.
B - had been preaching in the morning, and found several there rejoicing in God, and several mourning after him. A vehement wrestling with God ran through the whole company whether sorrowful or rejoicing, till, beside three young women of the house, a young man and a girl about eleven years old, who had been counted one of the wickedest in Harlston, were exceedingly blessed with the consolation of God.
We went on, and met Mr. B - at Stapleford, five miles from Cambridge. His heart was particularly set on this people, because he was Curate here for five or six years, but never preached a gospel sermon among them till this evening. About fifteen hundred persons met in a close to hear him great part of whom were laughers and mockers.
The work of God, however, quickly began among them that were serious while not a few endeavoured to make sport, by mimicking the gestures of them that were wounded. Both these, and those who rejoiced in God, gave great offence to some stern - looking men, who vehemently demanded to have those wretches horsewhipped out of the close.
Need we wonder at this, when several of his own people are unwilling to let God work in his own way? And well may Satan be enraged at the cries of the people, and the prayers they make in the bitterness of their souls seeing that we know these are the chief times at which Satan is cast out. I heard a dreadful noise on the fartherside of the congregation and turning thither saw one Thomas Skinner coming forward, the most horrible human figure I ever saw his large wig and hair were coal - black, his face distorted beyond all description he roared incessantly, throwing and clapping his hands together with his whole force.
Several were terrified, and hasted out of his way I was glad to hear him after a while pray aloud. Not a few of the triflers grew serious while his kindred and acquaintance were very unwilling to believe even their own eyes and ears. They then said he was dead and indeed, the only sign of life was the working of his breast, and the distortions of his face while the veins of his neck were swelled, as if ready to burst. His agonies lasted some hours. B - had refreshed himself a little, he returned to the close, and bid the multitude take warning by Skinner, who still lay roaring and tormented on the ground.
All the people were now deeply serious and several hundreds, instead of going when Mr. B - dismissed them, stayed in Mr. Many of these, especially men, were truly broken in heart. B - talked with as many as could come into the house and seeing what numbers stood hungering without, sent me word to pray with them. Thursday l9th - I returned to Mr. B - , at Grandchester. He came soon after me, but was scarcely able to speak.
I never saw a man sweat in such a manner the large drops seeming fixed all over his face, just like beads of glass. The congregation at Grandchester this morning consisted of about one thousand persons, among whom the Lord was wonderfully present, convincing a far greater number now than even last night. Jennings was a mild good - natured Pharisee, who had never been awakened but he was now thoroughly convinced of his lost estate, and stood for a time in utter despair, with his mouth wide open, his eye staring, and full of huge dismay.
I am dropping into hell! I have got Christ! Then the joy though not the peace, abated. I had left Mr. Jennings but a little while, when I heard John Dennis loudly praising God. I no sooner kneeled by him, than the consolations of God came upon me, so that I trembled and wept much. Nor was the Spirit poured out upon us alone all in the house were partakers of it. I walked to hear Mr.
B - , at Triplow fifteen hundred, or two thousand, were assembled in the close. The only unpolished part of the audience were a few gentlemen on horseback. They were much offended at the cries of those in conviction, but much more at the rejoicing of others, even to laughter but they were not able to look them in the face for half a minute together. I looked after service at every ring the people made about those that fell under the word.
Here and there was a place with only one but there were generally two or three together and on one spot not less than seven, who lay on the ground as if slain in battle. I soon followed Mr. B - to the house, and found both it and the orchard filled with serious people to whom he spake till his strength failed, and then seeing them unwilling to depart, desired me to dismiss them with prayer.
I felt great reluctance but so mightily, when I began, came the Spirit upon me, that I found no want of utterance, while I was praying with about two hundred souls. I thought they had then gone away but perceived an hour after most of them were still in the house or orchard sighs and groans, prayers, tears, and joyful praise being intermixed on every side. Friday 2Oth - Three times more people were struck this morning with convictions, than had been last night. Sunday 22nd - The church at Everton was quite filled, and hundreds were without.
And now the arrows of God flew abroad the inexpressible groan, the lamenting, praying, roaring, were so loud, almost without intermission, that we who stood without, could scarcely help thinking, all in the church were cut to the heart but upon enquiry we found about two hundred persons, chiefly men, cried aloud for mercy but many more were affected, perhaps as deeply, though in a calmer way. Good news came from several parts, especially Grandchester where ten more persons were cut to the heart, in singing hymns among them selves and the little child before mentioned continues to astonish all the neighbourhood.
A noted physician came some time ago and closely examined her. Monday 23rd - Mr. Keeling and I walked to Barford. I was relating there how God had plucked such a brand as me out of the burning but my voice was quickly stopped by rejoicing and I have often found, that nothing I can say makes so much impression on myself, or others, as thus repeating my own conversion. A few weeks after this, Mr. Wesley again visited Everton, and placed on record the following particulars. Sunday August 5th - During the prayers, as also during the sermon, and administration of the sacrament, a few persons cried aloud but it was not from sorrow, but love and joy.
The same I observed in several parts of the afternoon service. In the evening I preached in Mr.
One or two were filled with strong consolation. Monday 6th - I talked largely with Ann Thorn, and, two others, who had been several times in trances. What they all agreed in, was - 1. That when they went away, as they termed it, it was always at the time they were fullest of the love of God. That it came upon them in a moment, without any previous notice, and took away all their senses and strength - 3.
That there were some exceptions but, generally, from that moment, they were in another world - knowing nothing of what was said or done by any that were around them. About five in the afternoon I heard them singing hymns. Soon after, Mr.
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B - came up, and told me, Alice Miller fifteen years old was fallen into a trance. I went down immediately, and found her sitting on a stool, and leaning against the wall, with her eyes open, and fixed upward. I made a motion, as if going to strike but they continued immoveable. Her face showed an unspeakable mixture of reverence and love, while silent tears stole down her cheeks.
Her lips were a little open, and sometimes moved but not enough to cause any sound. I do not know whether ever I saw a human face look so beautiful. Sometimes it was covered with a smile, as from joy mixed with love and reverence but the tears fell still, though not so fast. Her pulse was quite regular. In about half - an - hour I observed her countenance change into the form of fear, pity, and distress.
I have generally observed more or less of these outward symptoms to attend the beginning of a general work of God. So it was in New England, Scotland, Holland, Ireland, and many parts of England but after a time they gradually decrease, and the work goes on quietly and silently.
Those whom it pleases God to employ in this work, ought to be quite passive in this respect. They should choose nothing but leave entirely to him all the circumstances of his own work. Upwards of three months elapsed before Mr. Sunday Nov.
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Hicks began his own service early, and came before I had ended my sermon. So we finished the whole before two, and I had time to breathe before the evening service. In the afternoon God was eminently present with us, though rather to comfort than to convince. But I observed a remarkable difference since I was here before, as to the manner of the work. None now were in trances, none cried out, none fell down, or were convulsed only some trembled exceedingly a low murmur was heard and many were refreshed with the multitude of peace. Whereas the truth is : - 1. God suddenly and strongly convinced many that they were lost sinners the natural consequences whereof were, sudden outcries, and strong bodily convulsions.
To strengthen and encourage them that believed, and to make his work more approved, he favoured several of them with divine dreams, others with trances and visions. Satan likewise mimicked this work of God, in order to discredit the whole work and yet it is not wise to give up this part, any more than to give up the whole.