The sound, the wind, the fire – Part 1
Dean Merrill and Jim Cymbala’s book, “Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire” is a story of how God visited and transformed the Brooklyn Tabernacle, New York from a struggling church of few worshippers to thousands of congregants. The book gives us hope that a dwindling church can be revitalised by God. The title of the book reminds one of what happened on Pentecost day when the disciples experienced fresh wind and fresh fire from heaven, which released new momentum in them to do the work of ministry. It marked the beginning of a new era.
No where does the Bible say that God cannot repeat what he did on Pentecost day? Historically, Pentecost was repeated during the Wales revival in 1904 and at Asuza Street revival in 1906. In Nigeria, God repeated Pentecost-like revivals in 1916, 1927, 1929, 1939, 1947, and from 1969 to 1980.
Three major things happened on Pentecost day, these are, The Sound, Wind and Fire. We read about the sound thus, “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind…” Note, the sound emanated from heaven. Though the sound was of a rushing wind, yet it contained a message. It was not only the sound of the wind, God said something to his disciples. “For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare for battle?” (I Corinthians 14:8 ; Rev.10:7 NKJV, GNB). The sound represents the voice of God. I imagine God said to the disciples, “This is a new season, it’s a new beginning.”
The sound we hear determines our response and the direction we take. Obedience to a heavenly voice can completely change the direction of one’s life for good. Elijah heard the voice of God and that affected his response (1 Kgs 19:10-12). When Paul heard the voice of God and obeyed, it changed the course of his life. The Bible encourages us to always listen to what the Spirit is saying to his Church.
One of the symbols of the Holy Spirit is wind. In the Bible, whenever the wind blew like on the day of Pentecost, its impact is very remarkable; it brings life, revival, healing, renewal, restoration, healing and power; and in some cases, destruction. We need the wind of the Holy Spirit to blow again over the Church, over our ministries and our lives.
In John 3:8, the Apostle writes: “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Let us note that the wind of the Holy Spirit blows where it wants. Second, we hear the sound or see the effects. Third, we cannot determine where it comes and where it goes. The Hebrew word for wind is “ruach.” It means the breath of life; it is the same breath God breathed into Adam. “Ruach” is the heavenly breath that gives life, that resurrects and that revives.
In Ezekiel 37:8-9, the prophet commanded the wind to blow from the four corners of the earth upon dry bones; the bones were instantly transformed into a great army. Dry bones became an army when the supernatural wind of God blew on them. In Ezekiel 37, the restorative work of God was never completed until the prophet prophesied to the wind to come upon the sinews, it was then they became a great army. This means no work of God is complete without the involvement of the Holy Spirit. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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