Swimming Upstream: “What’d You Think of the Lakeland, Brownsville and Toronto Revivals?”

Did you wrinkle your nose at the recent Lakeland Revival? Or what about the Toronto Revival of 1994? Or the Brownsville Revival of 1995? How did you respond to these three revivals?

It may seem silly to ask these questions, but it is important. Your answers will determine whether you will settle for respectability or the anointing in the next move of God

Paul Cain proclaimed at a National Leadership Conference in 1991:

We will soon lose it all if we do not get up and go for it again with THE ABANDON that we had in the beginning, regardless of how MESSY it gets. Let’s go for it! No matter how BAD it LOOKS, let’s go for it! Sometimes it gets messy because of the anointing…

God has made it so that the anointing does create a certain kind of mess. This is to deal with our pride… When we have already become too proud for the mess, we have already come to the place where God is resisting us. If we want the grace of God we must be willing to LOOK foolish to the NATURAL man…

The warning from the Holy Spirit is that we have allowed RESPECTABILITY to compete with the ANOINTING. It sneaks in so subtly, seemingly harmless, but it has killed and murdered many of the great spiritual movements in church history. The early Pentecostals were not very respected, BUT THEY HAD POWER. The desirability of respectability, the danger of respectability, the deceit of respectability can be deadly. It’s blinding and binding. It’s so blinding that it will make you see yourself as rich and in need of nothing when you are really poor, miserable, blind and naked.”

The good thing about our past attitudes is we can change them so that they do not affect our future ones. Because when it comes down to the nitty-gritty, what do you really want? Respectability or the anointing.

The choice is yours.

Swimming Upstream appears at this blog site on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It’s  a little of this and a little of that, all written  to encourage and exhort believers in their Christian journeys.


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3 responses to “Swimming Upstream: “What’d You Think of the Lakeland, Brownsville and Toronto Revivals?”

  1. I was at, and in, the Brownsville revival. I attended the church for almost six years. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn – although it was not the only place I observed – that anointing does not determine character. (Character does not equal respectability.) It is possible to be anointed, while lacking in character. When we try to operate only in an anointing, but refuse to allow Holy Spirit to deal with our character, we set ourselves up for humiliation, and disgracing God’s move. I think that often the messy part of revival comes not from the anointing but from lack of character.

  2. seriouswhimsey,

    I, too, have been around countless people who have been anointed and yet lacked character. I saw them perform mighty miracles; and then sadly, I was around them after the meetings and heard them speak in less than holy ways.

    But still, they had the anointing which helped to destroy yolks of bondage on needy people. And where did the anointing come from? Jesus.

    Isn’t it amazing how the Lord uses us imperfect people?

    “…I think that often the messy part of revival comes not from the anointing but from lack of character…”

    I agree. But at the same time, I am not a revivalist nor am I looking for the next winds of revival to blow across the landscape.

    Instead, I am looking for apostolic reformation whereby character and anointing will matter because the reformation can only happen because the predominant demonic principality over America – the spirit of religion – will have been displaced by the character of Jesus in His church.

    This will come about through messy spiritual warfare over many, many years.

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