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A Sound of a Gentle Blowing - Thursday, April 26th, 2007

“So He said, ‘Go forth and stand on the mountain before the Lord.’ And behold, the Lord was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing.”
1 Kings 19:11-12

When I wake up this morning, my mind instantly began to wonder. What if hundreds and hundreds of people came to the prayer time in the morning? Then after the prayer time, my mind began to think about the daytime. What if hundreds and hundreds of people came to the TENT on their own free will? Even if there was nothing planned. Then as I begin to dream about the evening worship service, what if thousands and thousands of people came to the TENT? Wouldn’t that be absolutely phenomenal? Without a doubt, yes! But sometimes that is not how God works. God doesn’t always work through the “big and billboard” ways. God doesn’t always work in the “drastic and dramatic” means. Sometimes He works in a quiet and subtle manner. Sometimes He chooses to work behind the scenes. Look at the example in 1 Kings 19. God said to Elijah, “’Go forth and stand on the mountain before the Lord.’ And behold, the Lord was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing.”

Allow me to ask each of you, “What are you expecting from this revival in Dallas?” Are you expecting the Lord to bring many of the sick and ill to full healing and restoration? Are you expecting demons to be cast out from people? Are you expecting people to fill the tent so much that absolutely no one will be able to move? Many times, these are my desires and with good intentions. But as I was reminded in prayer time this morning, Elijah experienced and knew the Lord in a “gentle and quiet whisper.” It wasn’t the fires that revealed God’s presence. (Even though there was a cloud of fire by night for the Israelites’ journey.) And it wasn’t the earthquakes that made God’s presence known. (Even though there will be an earthquake that will come when Jesus stands on the Mount of Olives ushering in the Day of the Lord.) God can is more than able to do the spectacular. Yet sometimes He chooses to reveal Himself in a different manner, like He did with Elijah. God whispered to Elijah. One commentator said, “Elijah had called for lightning, and he had called for fire and national revival.” Elijah wanted the fireworks going off. He wanted the beacon lights shining in the city. But he didn’t see any of this. Elijah was frustrated. He was disappointed. Allow me to say, I feel the same way at times. I look for the elaborate. I look for the parking lots to be full. But I must learn from Elijah’s mistakes and continually recognize that God speaks to us through a quiet whisper.

Also as Elijah was complaining about being on his own, God revealed to him that he was not alone. There were others ho had a heart for the Lord. They hadn’t given in to the ways of the world and wanted to see a national revival. In 1 Kings 19:18 it says, “Yet I will leave 7,000 in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal and every mouth that has not kissed him.” Praise the Lord! The Lord was effectively working in the lives of many people through the “sound of a gentle blowing.” Elijah just didn’t see it personally. There was nothing fancy. There was nothing elaborate. Yet, the lives of the Israelites’ were being changed. Lives were being affected for the long-term. And this is what we are asking the Lord to do here in Dallas. I must set aside all expectations of how the Lord is going to move INSIDE THE TENT, yet expect Him to make His presence known ~ whatever the means.

Take for example an elderly lady who attends the prayer time in the morning. As she was praying she stated that she hasn’t felt this much excitement for the Lord in years. Thank-you Lord Jesus! You are present in this 40-day tent revival.
- klm

" 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