“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit gave them ability” (Acts 2:4).
Front page shot of The Apostolic Faith, which was the instrument God used to spread the Pentecostal message around the world. At its height, the newspaper had a circulation of 50,000.
Have you ever read about the Azusa Street Revival?
I always hear Pastor Murrell talk about this Azusa Street Revival but I never really had the urge to research it. Today I decided to do it simply because he speaks about it so often and with such great excitement, especially when he mentions the vast outpouring of the Holy Spirit, that I believe that it must have been something great.
So I did a search on Google and was surprised to even see that Azusa Street has its own website .
The Azusa Street revival services began in 1906 and were marked by continuous and powerful outpourings of the Holy Spirit on a daily basis. This was the result of constant praying of the Christians in the area for the Holy Spirit to be outpoured in the church. They hungered for God and sought Him for long periods. So many persons reported powerful testimonies as a result of being part of this revival. One man Charles Mason reported:
“These signs shall follow them that believe. In My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” (Mark 16:17, 18).
I had a false interpretation in my heart concerning the speaking in tongues. I did not take it literally as I did “they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” For years God had given me the knowledge of healing, and He had marvelously wrought with me and many cases of disease had been delivered. I interpreted the speaking in tongues to mean that we left off blaspheming, etc. Both when I got to the place where, hungering and thirsting for God, I consented to His Word, I saw that we did not need that interpretation, that the only reason we were not enjoying the speaking in tongues was because we did not accept it.
Then I felt I had gone to the end of myself. I had the care of a pastor over many flocks far and near and yet was so hungry and thirsty. The Lord showed me the humility of Jesus. How He came and presented Himself for baptism with the rest. I saw that I should not be above my Master. If He needed the Holy Ghost, I needed it to do the will of God, and Jesus would give me a better consolation to my own heart.
In order to loosen my hands from everything, the Lord showed me how Moses was concerned about Jethro’s sheep in the desert. He saw the bush of fire and God got his attention and got him on the ground where he could speak to Him. He showed me how the disciples forsook their nets, and even when they had received their commission, He stopped them to tarry at Jerusalem that they might receive the promise.
I had a great desire in my heart to come to Los Angeles. I had preached the Pentecost to my people and they were hungry for it. When I came, it was not strange to me for the Lord had showed it to me in a vision. I went to the altar and the Lord put a parable before me, “If you were going to marry would you be sad?” I said, “No, when I was going to be married, I was glad.” He showed me this was wedlock to Christ. If there was anything imperfect about me, He would make it right and marry me anyway. Then my faith was settled and laid firmly hold on the promise.
As I arose from the altar and took my seat, I fixed my eyes on Jesus, and the Holy Ghost took charge of me. I surrendered perfectly to Him and consented to Him. Then I began singing a song in unknown tongues, and it was the sweetest thing to have Him sing that song through me. He had complete charge of me. I let Him have my mouth and everything. After that it seemed I was standing at the cross and heard Him as He groaned, the dying groans of Jesus, and I groaned. It was not my voice but the voice of my Beloved that I heard in me. When we got through with that, He started the singing again in unknown tongues. When the singing stopped I felt that complete death, it was my life going out, but it was complete death to me. When He had finished this, I let Him hold my hands up, and they rested just as easily up as down. Then He turned on the joy of it. He began to lift me up. I was passive in His hands, I was not going to do a thing. I could hear the people but did not let anything bother me. It came to me, “I charge thee, Oh daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not up nor awake my Beloved until He please” (Song of Solomon 8:4). He lifted me to my feet and then the light of heaven fell upon me and burst into me filling me. Then God took charge of my tongue and I went to preaching in tongues. I could not change my tongue. The glory of God filled the temple. The gestures of my hands and movements of my body were His. Oh, it was marvelous and I thank God for giving it to me in His way. Such an indescribable peace and quietness went all through my flesh and into my very brain and has been there ever since.
See some of the other powerful testimonies here
What an experience that seems to have been!
Pastor William J Seyomour was the great man who lead the revival services on Azusa Street in California and judging form his sermons he was surely a powerful man in delivering The Message. Further information about his life and ministry can be assed here.
After reading about this great revival as I can pray is:“YES LORD, SEND US AN ASUZA STREET EXPERIENCE”…”OH SEND US ANOTEHR PENTECOST EXPERIENCE”
Here are some other sources which you can research for yourself:
http://www.twelvetribes.org/pdf/freepapers/azusa-street-revival.pdf – This one is an excellent piece which gives an overview of the Azusa Street Revival with additional information on the power of the Holy Spirit, the Pentecostal Experience, and the receiving of the Holy Spirit. THIS IS A MUST- READ.
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