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To Know True from False

How can we tell when true revival is occurring?

Jonathan Edwards on Prayer

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4.1

Distinguishing Marks
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)
“In the apostolic age, there was the greatest outpouring of the Spirit of God that ever was; both as to his extraordinary influences and gifts, and his ordinary operations, in convincing, converting, enlightening, and sanctifying the souls of men. But as the influences of the true Spirit abounded, so counterfeits did also abound…This made it necessary that the church of Christ should be furnished with some certain rules, distinguishing and clear marks, by which she might proceed safely in judging of the true from the false without the danger of being imposed upon.”

Christians in every generation long to know the blessing of God and the power and presence of His Spirit. And, as in the first generation of the Church, so in every age, there are those who claim to be the latest iteration of God’s favor on His people. They have this going for them, that abounding, and other things in evidence way beyond what most of our churches ever dare to think or hope. But how can we know whether these things are what we should be seeking, and, more to the point, what we should be praying for as individuals and congregations? Unless we test the spirits in any age, we shall not be able to discern the true works of God’s Spirit, and seek these accordingly. Jonathan Edwards understood this need in his day, when revival fires were rekindling, and some were doubting their authenticity. As his Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit of God served to guide his generation, so it can be useful for us as well, encouraging us to seek and pray for a renewed flourishing of God’s Spirit among us.

What vision of God’s blessing and favor guides the ministries of your church? How confident are you that this is the vision God wants you to pursue?

Pastors’ Webinar on Forgiveness

Our Spring Pastors’ Webinar will feature Dr. Stan Gale speaking on the subject, “Finding Forgiveness.” We have space for 15 men to join, and all you have to do to secure a spot is drop me a note at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Dr. Gale brings many years of pastoral experience to this subject, and he will be speaking on the role of forgiveness in the life of the individual believer and the local church. We’ll follow his presentation with Q & A and discussion, so if you’d like to participate, let me know right away.

Learn to Pray for Revival – and Pray!
We currently conduct three meetings to pray for revival, enlisting participants from around the country to come together in our online prayer room once a month – or once a week – to seek the Lord for revival. We use selected psalms to guide our time together, and spend around 30 minutes in prayer together. Join us. We’d like to begin a second weekly group, convening at 4:00 Eastern time each Thursday, to seek the Lord for revival. If you’d like to be part of this group, or if you would like to join an existing revival prayer group, send me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Fellowship of Ailbe is supported through the generous and faithful gifts of those who benefit from and believe in our work. Does the Lord want to use you in this way? Please look to Him in prayer over this question. You can contribute to The Fellowship of Ailbe by using the Contribute button at our website, or by sending your gift to The Fellowship of Ailbe, 19 Tyler Drive, Essex Junction, VT 05452. Thank you.

Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
All quotations are from Jonathan Edwards, Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit of God, in Edward Hickman, ed. The Works of Jonathan Edwards(Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1834, 1995), Vol. Two, pp. 257ff.

T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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