TRUTHS from AZUSA STREET REVIVAL by Frank Bartleman One reason for the depth of the work at "Azusa" was the fact that the workers were not novices. They were largely called and prepared for years, from the Holiness ranks, and from the mission field, etc. They had been burnt out, tried and proven. They were largely seasoned veterans. They had walked with God and learned deeply of His Spirit. These were pioneers, "shock troops," the Gideon´s three hundred, to spread the fire around the world. Just as the disciples had been prepared by Jesus. We have now taken on a "mixed multitude." And the seeds of apostacy have had time to work. "First love" has been also largely lost. The dog has "returned to his vomit" in many cases, to Babylonic doctrines and practices. An enfeebled mother can hardly be expected to bring forth healthy children. The very truths that gave birth to the Pentecostal movement are today generally rejected as too strong. A revival almost always begins among the laity. The ecclesiastical leaders seldom welcome reformation. History repeats itself. The present leaders are too comfortably situated as a rule to desire innovation that might require sacrifice on their part. And God's fire only falls on sacrifice. An empty altar receives no fire! God has always sought a humble people. He can use no other... There is always much need of heart preperation, in humility and separation, before God can consistently come. The depth of any revival will be determined exactly by the spirit of repentance that is obtained. In fact, this is key to every true revival born of God. Men's hearts are being searched...it is a tremendous sifting time, not only of actions but of inner motives. Nothing can escape the all-searching eye of God. ~Source- -The book 'Azusa Street' by Frank Bartleman.