Matthew 3:2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”
Bertha Smith was a Baptist missionary to China and Taiwan and
one of the leaders God used to fan the flames of revival in China
in 1927. During an intense time of political unrest the missionaries
were gathered together for prayer when the Holy Spirit stopped
Smith. Within her heart she was harboring unconfessed sin toward
another missionary in the room. Smith immediately confessed
her sin to the other missionary and the prayer meeting continued.
Heaven descended on the meeting, more hearts were broken
and sins were confessed. The result is what scholars call the Great
Shantung Revival of 1927.
Awakenings start with repentant hearts. Therefore, it must begin
with me. Not someone else – but me. It’s time I understood the
verse for today more clearly. It’s not the church in America that
needs to repent – it is me. The earth is groaning; the Kingdom is at
hand. What then shall we do? Repent!
• Ask the Father to give you a broken heart over your sin
• Pray for the church in America to be swept with a spirit of
repentance, for the Kingdom is at hand