April 11, 2018
Washington DC Spring Revival
Revival meetings were held at the Apostolic Faith Church in Washington, D.C., on March 22-25. The theme was “Revive Your Church, O Lord,” and the key verse was taken from Habakkuk 3:2, “O Lord, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.”
A week of prayer was set aside prior to the special meetings, with prayer meetings at the church and on a teleconference prayer line. On the Sunday before the revival, Josephine McElveen, the pastor in Washington, D.C., took her text from Ephesians 3:20, bringing out that God is able to do abundantly more than we can ask or think, but He will not bless disorder. She encouraged the congregation to be enthusiastic about the revival, while conducting themselves according to God’s leading.
The guest speaker, Ron Gaddis, who is the pastor in Richmond, Virginia, and his wife, Vanessa, arrived on Thursday. The evening service opened with an instrumental prelude, “Search Me, O God,” followed by the congregation singing “When the Saints Go Marching In.” During the testimony portion of the service, a woman thanked God that her flight to Alaska was canceled because of a winter storm, making it possible for her to be at the revival. Using the key verse for his text, Brother Ron brought out that God desires to work in hearts, but He will not force Himself upon those who resist Him. He also emphasized that prosperity and comfort are not indicators of spiritual well-being, and only those who serve God with all their hearts, souls, and minds will receive God’s blessing in their lives.
On Friday evening, Sister Vanessa shared her testimony, stating that she became bitter at the age of twenty-one when her mother died of cancer. When her husband experienced salvation, the Lord began to convict her of her sin, and she finally yielded her life to Him. Even though she did not fully understand the experiences of sanctification and the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the Lord helped her to pray and receive them. The special song before the sermon was “Blessed Jesus, He’s the One.” Brother Ron took his text from Judges 15:14-19, and he asked the question, “What do we do after God gives us victory?” He brought out that God gave Samson a great victory, but instead of following God after that, he went his own way. Brother Ron encouraged the congregation to make sure their consecrations are up-to-date so they can withstand the distractions and temptations of life. The inspiring sermon drew many to the altars at the end of the service, and hearts were lifted up in prayers of consecration and repentance.
A wonderful time of praise and worship was held on Saturday evening. The adult choir sang the well-loved songs “Great Is the Lord,” “Get All Excited,” “O Clap Your Hands,” and a medley, “Gospel Hooked-On Favorites.” The youth choir sang “Our God” and “Shackles,” and a trio from the Reston, Virginia, group sang “Our God Reigns.” Those who had a desire to sing were invited, and various groups presented special selections. It was a time of enjoyment and blessing, and faces beamed as everyone joined together in song. For the closing, Brother Ron took his text from Deuteronomy 6:5, and he admonished the congregation to love and serve God with all their hearts, souls, and might. Once again, hearts cried out to God during the altar service as mighty thunders of prayers were lifted up.
During the concluding service on Sunday morning, Brother Ron read Luke 22:31 for his text, and brought out that although Peter impetuously declared that he would die for the Lord, Jesus told him that he would end up denying Him three times. Brother Ron encouraged the congregation to allow the Lord to reveal to them where they stand spiritually, and emphasized that the only way to be triumphant is to fully surrender to God.
The revival meetings were a wonderful season of spiritual refreshing for all who attended, and the prayer is that hearts will continue to be revived and draw closer to God in the days to come.