Callie had been a Christian all of her life. She was called into the ministry at an early age. God had used her in her community and even nationally.
He taught her how to study and nurtured her through the years, giving her kind and anointed teachers to guide her.
One day she was studying her Bible and she believed God showed her something very funny, yet it had such a powerful message. She saw people praising God in a broom closet!
It was a beautiful church, just lovely. The people loved God and his spirit shone on every face.
Their singing was anointed and spirited.
The people had the grace of God all over them and God was going to blessed them in an even greater way.
The ministers were all together in a group standing in support of the Pastor. Then a strange procession started.
A minister would suddenly politely excuse himself, then go to the broom closet.
In the broom closet, he would praise God heartedly with arms outstretched and the joy all over him! Then he would smooth out his clothes, pull himself together, tip back down the aisle and get back in place.
As soon as he got in place another minister would excuse himself politely, walk down the church aisle, enter the broom closet and praise God with all his might!
This went on and on and on until all of the ministers had visited the broom closet to praise God.
Callie laughed, “God, what is going on? Why are those ministers praising you in the broom closet?”
God let her know that the ministers loved him with all their mind, soul, and strength, but that their traditions were holding them back.
He had poured out his spirit so strong on them that was just a matter of time before their traditions would crumble just like the walls of a dam when the waters are too powerful. They had prayed for revival, but when it came their traditions resisted.
God comes sometimes as a mighty rushing wind. He comes sometimes as a mighty flood, and the walls of our traditions cannot stop it.
Acts 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
The Holy Spirit comes not just to free people to praise him boldly outwardly but to make significant changes in the body of believers.
Praise is comely for the upright. It stills the voice of the enemy. It frightens them. It makes them run away to hide. Their sins are uncovered. Their plots and devices are exposed.
He comes not just to bring freedom and joy but to accomplish things needed in the body of Christ. Joshua won the battle of Jericho with praise.
Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith
God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.