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The plight of this generation

“Iron sharpens iron. So, look for the kind of person that sharpens you. Beware

who you call your friend. Friendship is by choice and not by force. And friendship

is not for fun.

In the late 70’s and early 80’s, when believers met each other, their mode of

greeting was, ‘How are you, brother? Have you heard about the Welsh revival?

Did you read about Evan Roberts? I saw something in ‘Herald of His Coming’ that

just shook me. I read something about Smith Wigglesworth. Did you hear that

John Hyde stained the walls of his room with the breath of his

prayer? I read that Maria Woodworth Ether was approaching a place to preach

and fifty miles from the place where she was, people were falling under the

anointing…”

Those were the kinds of things we said to each other. When you heard it, it set

you ablaze. Your friend might say to you, ‘When I read that, I locked up myself for

ten hours. I did not come out’. And you look at him, ‘You said how many hours? I

will see you later!’ You just go into the room and lock yourself up: ‘What! What

am I doing with my life?’ And you go on and on.

That was how we sharpened each other in those days. Iron sharpeneth iron!

We learned of William Booth of the Salvation Army. We learned of Charles G.

Finney riding a horse through town and everyone was crying for his or her sins…

We read of D.L Moody: They said, ‘God is looking for a man to use, and he is

looking for a man that will not care who takes the glory.’ D.L. Moody, a shoe

maker, said, ‘By the grace of God, I will be that man’… When you read that, it sets

you on fire. And if you heard it from someone who read it from somewhere and

shared it with you, you would be sharpened. That was how we sharpened each

other.

Today, it is different. When two pastors meet, you hear things like, ‘Pastor, how is

the church building? Have you finished it now? I like this neck tie of yours; where

did you buy it from? This wristwatch is powerful! Who helped you to get this car?

Can you assist me to get the car also? I like it! Your suit is powerful. Is it ready-

made or someone sewed it? Who is your barber?

I like the way you cut your hair.’ These the vanities believers discuss these days –

things of no eternal consequences. It is very rare before you can come into the

presence of a servant of God and leave edified. We rarely hear that a person went

to see a man of God, a real man of God and left there challenged, with his soul set

on fire.

It is very very rare. My heart yearns for those days… A brother would read a book

that changed his life and he would share the inspiration: Have you seen Smith

Wigglesworth ‘Apostle of Faith’? You need to read it. John G. Lake’s ‘Adventure in

God’? You need to read it. Leonard Ravenhill’s ‘Why Revival Tarries’? ‘Sodom had

no Bible’? What about E.M. Bounds ‘The Power of Prayer’? Charles Spurgeons ‘His

Power in Us’? E.W Kenyon’s ‘Two Kinds of Faith’?, A.W Tozer’s ‘In Pursuit of God’?

Oswald J. Smiths ‘The Man God Uses’? Those were qualitative materials that we

advertised and used to change our lives… Who is it that is sharpening you? Who

are the people around you sharpening your life? Please, watch your company.

Some people had more fire until they entered the circle of friends they are in

today. Watch the persons you call friends. Iron sharpens iron. Nothing sharpens

iron like iron.”

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