Articles by Duncan Campbell
"Wilt Thou not revive us again: that Thy people may rejoice in thee?" (Psalm 85.6). These words of the Psalmist express the heart-cry of many of God's children today. There is a growing conviction everywhere, and especially among thoughtful people, that unless revival comes, other forces will take the field, that will sink us still deeper into the mire of humanism and materialism.
"I looked... behold, a door was opened in heaven. .. and, behold a throne... and... I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment... and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God" (Revelation 4.1-5). The language of the text is figurative, but the truth suggested comes into the practical experience of the Christian life. The words "clothed in white raiment, and they had on their heads crowns of gold" are suggestive and speak of HEART PURITY.
I came across an arresting statement in the Book of Job: "My witness is in heaven, and my record is on high" (Job 16.19), of which the Gaelic version reads as follows: "My witness is in the heavens, and He who bears testimony of me is on high." Enoch had this testimony "that he pleased God" (Heb. 11.5), and the prayer of the writer to the Hebrews is in the following words: "The God of peace ... make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well pleasing in His sight" (Heb. 13.20, 21).
"My son, fear thou the Lord and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change" (Proverbs 24.21). On the way to the Promised Land Israel had many trials to encounter. One of these was warfare with Amalek. The enemy tried hard to turn Israel aside and defeat her in her purpose. Israel had been redeemed from Egypt and was now on her way to Canaan, but the enemy was there to bar the way, and Israel must fight if she would win.
"My son, fear thou the Lord and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change" (Proverbs 24.21). During the Lewis revival, I well recall the mighty impact made as the powerful breath of the Spirit touched community after community. Everywhere, men and women of all ages became convicted, and many came to a knowledge of the sovereign and saving grace of God.
"My son, fear thou the Lord and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change" (Proverbs 24.21). In the reference given above, we read of those who are given to change. That is the opposite of STEADFASTNESS, which is, without question, a prime virtue.
We are the human agents through which revival is possible. Let me ask this question, "Are you in the place where God can trust you with revival?" He is sovereign. He is supernatural. But He comes down! And in His sovereign purpose and wise economy, He has placed this treasure in earthen vessels. Are you one that He can use? Are you one that He can trust? Are you in intimate fellowship with God?
"Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not. Afterwards, I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia; and was unknown by face unto the Churches of Judaea which were in Christ, but they had heard only, that he which persecuted us in times past now preaches the faith which once he destroyed. And they glorified God in me."-Galatians 1:20,24.
Now, before I begin the story, I would like to say one thing, and that is; that I did not bring revival to Lewis. It has grieved my heart, again, and again to read articles about "The man who brought revival to Lewis". Notices on church boards, "Come, and hear the man, who brought revival to Lewis". My dear people, it's not true! I don't carry revival about with me in my pocket. Revival broke out in Lewis, sometime before I went to the island.
Oh, that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence. As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence! When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence. Isaiah 64:1-3