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Anointed for revival

Theme: Anointing in times of revival
‘How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him’. Acts 10:38
Every now and then I hear someone commenting that, “so-and-so is an anointed man of God”. I think what they mean by that expression is that the person in question is a powerful preacher, or that he ministers in signs and wonders. In other words, it appears that the Holy Spirit has enabled him to preach dynamically or to demonstrate the power of God in healings and miracles. I don’t think I have ever heard anyone calling a quiet, humble and godly person ‘anointed’, but the anointing of the Holy Spirit is not only manifested in works of power.
In times of revival the Holy Spirit invariably anoints a key person to be the human catalyst for the transformation that He wishes to bring to church and society. Even Roberts was an anointed man of God yet he hated to be in the spot-light and to the best of my knowledge he didn’t heal or perform miracles. Despite this, Evan Roberts brought healing to an entire nation. Duncan Campbell was the anointed man of God in the Hebrides revival of 1949. John Wesley was anointed to bring revival to England, John G Lake in South Africa, and so on. Some were known for great preaching, some for prayer, and others for mighty manifestations of spiritual power. All of them emulated the first and greatest revivalist of all, Jesus of Nazareth. 
When you scan the spiritual landscape of your nation, do you see God’s anointed person for our day? If you do, then pray for him or her, but if you can’t spot whom God has chosen then pray “O Lord, raise up your anointed servant for this hour, that revival may come and your name be glorified in our nation.”
I have read as much as I reasonably can about the great revivals of the past, and several things are common to all of them. God initiates, a small group of people to pray, He anoints a man or woman to act as a catalyst for what He intends to do, The Holy Spirit comes with nation-changing power upon a church or an area, people repent, multitudes are saved, and in the aftermath men, women and children say “Surely God was with us in glory.”
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3 thoughts on “Anointed for revival”

  1. Great word. Clearly revival is our present desperate need. History records numerous times when the Church has experienced “brown outs” and the then the Head (Jesus) of the Church comes with Holy Spirit power, re-igniting genuine “divine life”, people are gloriously changed and souls are wonderfully saved and Jesus is glorified. It’s going to happen again! Thanks

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  3. I dreamed of a boiler like furnace descending rom heaven to above the earth. A door opened and from the fire within wind blew hot oil above over the earth and descended as warm oil drops upon a large dark field. I was above the field and warm oil fell on my head.
    In another dream I saw Christ as it were smitten of god shrouded in darkness.
    The work of redemption is done the Holy Spirit has softened the field and anointed workers in the harvest.
    Here am I Lord to enter into rest and wield your sword of the spirit and gather what your Spirit has prepared and to declare the salvation of the Lord.

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About Me

My name is Christopher Peppler and I was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1947. While working in the financial sector I achieved a number of business qualifications from the Institute of Bankers, Damelin Management School, and The University of the Witwatersrand Business School. After over 20 years as a banker, I followed God’s calling and joined the ministry full time. After becoming a pastor of what is now a quite considerable church, I  earned an undergraduate theological qualification from the Baptist Theological College of Southern Africa and post-graduate degrees from two United States institutions. I was also awarded the Doctor of Theology in Systematic Theology from the University of Zululand in 2000.

Four years before that I established the South African Theological Seminary (SATS), which today is represented in over 70 countries and has more than 2 500 active students enrolled with it. I presently play an role supervising Masters and Doctoral students.

I am a passionate champion of the Christocentric or Christ-centred Principle, an approach to biblical interpretation and theological construction that emphasises the centrality of Jesus

I have been happily married to Patricia since the age of 20, have two children, Lance and Karen, a daughter-in-law Tracey, and granddaughters Jessica and Kirsten. I have now retired from both church and seminary leadership and devote my time to writing, discipling, and the classical guitar.

If you would like to read my testimony to Jesus then click HERE.