Vital godliness is not revived in Christians by mere excitement, by crowded meetings, by the stamping of the foot or the knocking of the pulpit cushion or the delirious bawlings of ignorant zeal – these are the stock in trade of revivals among dead souls.  But to revive living saints, other means are needed. . .This, then, leads us to the conclusion that, if we are to obtain a revival, we must go directly to the Holy Spirit for it, and not resort to the machinery of the professional revival-maker. – Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892); a remark originally published in his magazine, The Sword and the Trowel, in December, 1866.

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