Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Charles Wesley - An Incredible Life That Shook The World

Charles Wesley - An Incredible Life That Shook The World
Three young Englishmen gathered with 60 other people for a New Year's prayer meeting on Fetter Lane in London.  The date was January 1, 1739.  Charles Wesley, his brother John and a friend George Whitefield continued in prayer until 3:00 in the morning.  John records in his journal the phenomenal event that took place:
"About three in the morning, as we were continuing instant in prayer, the power of God came mightily upon us, insomuch that many cried our for exceeding joy, and many fell to the ground.  As soon as we were recovered a little from that awe and amazement at the presence of his Majesty, we broke out with one voice, ‘We praise thee, O God; we acknowledge thee to be the Lord."
The Holy Spirit filled the Wesley brothers and George Whitefield and commissioned them for an incredible work that would shake two continents for God.  That work would affect the lives of millions and even save the English-speaking world from the ravages of the French Revolution.  The First Great Awakening swept the British Isles and the American continent.  These three young men preached to tens of thousands in the open air, in cemeteries, on town squares and anywhere that people would listen.  
Charles was one of the most dynamic of these preachers.  His commitment to spreading the Gospel of Christ knew no bounds.  On one occasion, he traveled without sleep for three days in rain to make an appointment.  More remarkable than his preaching was his powerful gift of writing hymns.  He wrote 4,000 hymns, many still sung by Christians today.  This video is a glimpse into the remarkable life of a man sold out to God.  

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