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The Commission–Sunday, April 1st, 2007

“Then He said to me, ‘Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.’ So I opened my mouth, and He fed me this scroll. He said to me, ‘Son of man, feed your stomach and fill your body with this scroll which I am giving you.’ Then I ate it, and it was sweet as honey in my mouth. Then He said to me, ‘Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with My words to them. For you are not being sent to a people of unintelligible speech or difficult language, but to the house of Israel, nor to many peoples of unintelligible speech or difficult language, whose words you cannot understand. But I have sent you to them who should listen to you; yet the house of Israel will not be willing to listen to you, since they are not willing to listen to Me. Surely whole house of Israel is stubborn and obstinate…Moreover, He said to me, ‘Son of man, take into your heart all My words which I will speak to you and listen closely. Go to the exiles, to the sons of your people, and speak to them and tell them, whether they listen or not, ‘Thus says the Lord God.’ Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard a great rumbling sound behind me, ‘Blessed be the glory of the Lord in His place.’”
- Ezekiel 3:1-12

Alright, so we are getting closer. Closer to actually seeing the TENT go up. Closer to the chairs actually being set in their place. Closer to the actually 40-day tent revival. I think that I am getting sick to my stomach. Literally. I don’t know why. The Lord has brought us this far, and He will not leave me out to dry on the clothesline. I recognize that I am looking at the vinyl signs that say the times and location for parking. I recognize that I have ordered the t-shirts. I recognize that in less than 9 days, the prayer times will begin, the worship bands will play, the preachers will preach, the altar calls will be made, the body of Christ will come together. But even more so than any of these details, the reason I get sick to my stomach is, how do I know that the people will listen to the cry for personal and corporate revival? I believe the Lord has COMMISSIONED me to call the body of Christ back to Him. I believe one of my “tasks” on earth, is to get others to renew their relationship with the Lord. There is nothing more satisfying when a believer in Jesus Christ begins to renew his/her focus on Him. But this task is not easy. It is not guaranteed. The pit begins to form in my stomach every time I begin to think about whether or not the “church” in Dallas is ready to listen?

Look at the life of Ezekiel. The Lord commissioned him to go the house of Israel, and be the mouthpiece for the Lord. Yet, even though Israel could physically understand what Ezekiel was saying, their hearts and minds were close-minded. It wasn’t that the people weren’t unintelligent; rather the house of Israel was “stubborn and obstinate.” Thankfully, one area of comfort for me found in Ezekiel 3 was that Ezekiel wasn’t the reason for their thick-headedness. The Israelites simply weren’t open to what the Lord wanted them to hear. It was once said, “Those who have had generous exposure to the truth and reject it can be harder than those who hear it for the first time.” Isn’t this the truth? Once a person is set in his/her ways, it is hard to change them. And one thing is for sure, with 2,900 local churches in the Dallas area, I wonder how many are set in their ways? Therefore, as long as I am obedient to the commission that I have been given, the results for the upcoming 40-day tent revival are in the Lord’s hands.

As Ezekiel was instructed to listen closely to the Lord before he was to communicate to others, I believe the more I spend time with Him in prayer and absorb the Word of God, the more I understand what He wants for my own life as a member of the body of Christ. This message of returning to the Lord is not new. I am not reinventing the wheel. But I must believe it personally. I must live it out in my own life. And I must take into my own heart, the Word of God. If I am prepared to communicate the truth, then the Lord will work through me in His own timing and in His own will. That is why this 40-day tent revival is such a leap of faith. I have no idea who will come. I have no idea who will hear the truth preached. Yet, I must be obedient to what I have been called to, and that is making the message of revival available for those who the Spirit is willing to convict and transform. Please remember what G.Campbell Morgan said when he wrote, “We cannot organize revival, but we can set out sails to catch the wind from Heaven when God chooses to blow upon His people once again.” Can I get an amen?
" We cannot organize revival, but we can set our sails to catch the wind from Heaven when God chooses to blow upon His people once again."

- G. Campbell Morgan