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 143 days until the Greenock, Scotland Revival Conference



143 days until the Greenock, Scotland Revival Conference

What would happen if “the Breath of Heaven,” the Spirit of the living God, struck some of our churches? Pentecost will always be associated with the wind of God. Luke dramatically describes the moment and movement of that wind in the familiar word: “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting” (Acts 2:1,2).

Again and again throughout Scripture the sovereign operation of the Holy Spirit is compared to the wind. Think, for instance, of the words of God to the prophet Ezekiel when He commanded him: “Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live” (Ezekiel 37:9).

We love to recall that evening scene when Jesus talked with the puzzled theologian Nicodemus. To make His point with regard to the work of the Holy Spirit within the human personality, Jesus used a familiar phenomenon. As he was speaking, light evening breezes were probably playing on their faces or sighing in the trees and the Lord said, “The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know whence it comes or whither it goes; so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit” (John 3:8).

The wind of God’s Spirit, the “wind of revival,” blows suddenly, searchingly and sovereignly. I once heard Dr. G. Campbell Morgan say: “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.” What do we mean by “setting our sails”? I want to suggest, from the verses before us, that setting our sails for the wind of revival involves preparation, supplication and expectation. -Stephen F. Olford


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