“In unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the LORD… saying: “He indeed is good for His lovingkindness is everlasting,” the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God” (2Chr 5:13-14)
The ways of God are opposite from the way of the natural man. In the world, if you withdraw from an exam, it is considered that you failed. I remember, long ago, in the medical school, I did not prepare enough for one examination. I chose to withdraw from the examination room. I was given a paper to repeat that same exam. Thank God I passed it later. But I still have the memory of feeling like a failure, bad, lost and cheated. To my surprise, the Holy Spirit gives me the option to withdraw from a test, if I chose to. It is not called failure. It is called sensitivity, strength and wisdom.
We just ended the evening service. We praised God and we shared testimonies of God’s goodness and faithfulness. Then it was time for me to preach. I prepared the sermon. But as I stood on the altar, I did not have the liberty to tell the people to sit down and listen. There was an opposition, a type of oppression, a spiritual intimidation. The needs of the women were many. One sister just came from the hospital. Her husband is lying there unconscious for the past three days. Others told me that they were sick, victims of armed robbery and all. I felt inadequate to preach or teach. They needed the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, not me. The best I could do was to facilitate His coming, His moving in our midst.
We prayed and rejected all evil spirits, especially the spirit of fear, doubt, religion and depression. We invited the Holy Spirit to come. He came… as a cloud… as a rain… as hope and peace and strength for tomorrow. This is the truth: The Holy Spirit had free access in our midst. The cloud of glory filled our church. There was nothing more I could add. I withdrew and allowed Him to do His work, His peculiar work. I do not know exactly what He did, but without any doubt, it is a good, deep and strong work. Testimonies shall surely follow, to the glory of God! That is why I say, that I am happy with church tonight!