Great Wall – BT2
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I saw “The Great Wall” blocking or quenching the Holy Spirit in many churches
I recently attended a well-known American prophetic speaker at a local church. They had a half-hour of worship beforehand that was fairly charismatic but nothing I haven’t seen a 1000 times before, and nothing too exuberant. I didn’t even feel motivated to raise my hands let alone sing loudly, but the band was “professional” and they had 2 screens for music and dancers with scarves on the side.
Before the pastor introduced the speaker, he said he was going to ring a “revival cowbell” that a couple from Texas gave him. He treated it like a sideshow gimmick, but it peaked my interest since I’m a professional drummer and percussionist. I bet he was shocked because immediately after he started, the whole place shot their hands up, including me, and praised God at the top of their lungs! But for some reason, after a couple of minutes, he stopped ringing it. Maybe he looked at his watch and realized he was behind schedule.
There seemed to be a spiritual void afterwards that the speaker never did succeed in filling, no matter how loud she preached. She even put on a recording of music during a “legit revival” she had witnessed years back and said, “That’s the sound of revival,” and I admit it was heavenly beautiful! She called for the audience to sing in the Spirit a “new song” and join in. It was so pitifully weak that she called for the recording to be turned up to help encourage us, but to no avail. It sounded like the people had been fasting for weeks, beaten down from hunger and fatigue, and depressingly trying to praise the Lord.
I was so perplexed by this that I just started asking the Lord why I felt this way and why it sounded like we were all sick, but during the “revival cowbell” so alive? Then I was shown a “Great Wall” between the “ministers/clergy” and the audience/laity and a crack formed in it when the “revival cowbell” was ringing, but the “minsters/clergy” did not perceive it, or if they did, their “might and power” plans, programs, and schedules blocked them from “abiding in the presence” of God that came when the “revival cowbell” was ringing, when Spirit-power was moving the people to loudly praise. Then I suddenly understood that “The Great Wall” was the “ministers” own misconception that they were the ones hired to “minister” that night. Their “might and power” attempts at worship resulted in almost no spiritual effect, because they were in the flesh.
Oh, they talked about moving in the Spirit, but didn’t understand that by them “hogging the ball,” they were keeping the other “players” sitting and watching instead of being on the court. The Spirit was “bottle-necked” down to 1 or 2 people on stage “with the ball,” instead of the Spirit being allowed to “do the work of ministry” through the Body-of-Christ right then and there. But during that 1-2 minutes of that “revival cowbell” ringing the whole Body-of-Christ was ministering to one another. The “ministers/clergy” didn’t understand that they were supposed to be coaches and facilitators, passing the ball to the players, making it easier for them to play the game well. And so they “quenched the Spirit” just as Paul warned against in 1 Thessalonians 5:19, and to compensate for the lack of life in the service, they tried all the harder with their “might and power.”