// Show us your glory, Lord! //
Show Us Your Glory: Rick Pino
Go for it, what do you have to lose?
These days keep coming quicker and quicker. I’ve had so much fun taking paraphrases from God’s Generals: Why Some Succeeded and Why Some Failed by Roberts Liardon. When I read this book back in 2015, I never dreamed it would turn into what you’re reading or have been reading for a little over a year. Heroes like Evan Roberts, Maria Woodworth-Etter, John G. Lake, Kathryn Kuhlman, Smith Wiggles Worth, and many others. It’s not that they were perfect cause most if not all had their own flaws to deal with.
When I think about William Seymour I can say he revolutionized current day Pentecost. However, when I first read his story I was angry. You may ask yourself how can you get angry over a dead man? Honestly, I had to ask myself that same question. I got to this story and had to put it down. I couldn’t skip it. I was stuck. This process only brought me closer to understanding many things.
I saw this man as just that a man. A man who started right and finished in a spiral. I saw the end result and judged accordingly. No way was this a “hero” I thought. More so I agreed in the statement that he was a failure. Like the book title mentioned. I realized I was overcome by religion. Just like a Pharisee.
It wasn’t until I went and talked with a mentor about this disdain for this dead man. As we talked we discussed the full process of this man. I forgot about his process. This was an African American male in a time of hate and division. My hate turned into curiosity. I had to think who had helped him on his journey to love God. Then I realized I had been slipping. Not in just reading this book. But the realization I was fearful of what if this happened to me.
So I set off to get alone with God. I went to my city park and sat under a tree. I prayed, begged, pleaded for the Lord to speak. That’s when it happened. Nothing. My final straw broke towards this book. Towards God. Then I looked at my Bible and it turned to a page. Wind from out of thin air rushed by and opened my Bible to Ezekiel 37. As I looked Ezekiel 37:9 popped off the pages like never before.
“Also He said to me, “Prophecy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on this slain, that they may live.” ’ ”
Ezekiel 37:9 NKJV
It was the Four Winds was born. I didn’t know how, why, or what. It was always about the process. It clicked. I was trying to run from my future. The similarities just struck a nerve. Afterward, I could read more than just ink on pages. I could see the process this man took to brave in the racial decision. Standing as one. Together.
Seymour started small. He followed Charles Parham in mentoring and passing vital skills William would need for his ministry later to come. He then moved to a small house. Then from there the following of signs, wonders, and miracles changed the course of history for people. The more it spread. A building was needed. His provision carried William through.
William placed a box over his head and waited upon the Lord to move. Each and every time. There were some that were only there for the show of signs and wonders. The testimony of this man released something in me to pursue my dreams. It got to a point that William did not stay this way. He let the opinions of man come through and the box found its final resting place as William started to go box head free.
We could spend some time pointing at the flaws. But that doesn’t work. We just end up tearing everyone down. What we can do is remember He is still with us. Oh, and by the way that revival I was speaking of was the Azusa Revival. Where there were miracles, signs and wonders people followed. The opinions of people grew stronger too and eventually, the revival was no more.
I felt like the term was cut short. But without the pioneer William making a way for Holy Spirit to be invited and collaborated with, well this is an early beginning. Whether you choose to believe these people or not. You have the power to make a difference. Sometimes we also have to dig a bit deeper to find why we are reacting the way we are.
Join us next week as we just try to figure it out. The power of perseverance. I’ve so enjoyed this season of learning of faith heroes who weren’t afraid to do what God had called them to do.
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Hello friends, I’m Marco. I’m an RN, & founder of Four Winds, a ministerial blog.
I have a heart for this generation to know who they are & whose they are. I also contend for revival to cover college campuses. As well as preach the word until every nation has heard. Sharing Jesus with all, & showing the love that was once shown me.