Victory Shouts, The Salvation Army, & Spiritual Tsunami

“Shout unto God with the voice of triumph.”  –Psalm 47:1

I have studied spiritual awakening and revival history for more than 40 years.  I have passionately been trying to discover what makes Christianity break out of the religious status quo and become a bold, transforming influence in society, sweeping millions into radical obedience to the living, resurrected Jesus Christ.  What makes faith in Christ irresistibly contagious?

Several years ago, my wife and I came into The Salvation Army and began to plant a corps (church) in Nashville, not knowing much about it.  At one of our first Officers’ Councils, which were rather low-keyed religious meetings of corps leaders (pastors), a young woman suddenly began to loudly shout, over and over:  “Fire, Lord send Your fire!”  Something stirred deeply within me as she shouted!  Once she stopped shouting, the meeting meandered along in its usual, quiet, calm manner.  It was like her shouting was hardly noticed.

We had Officers’ Councils twice a year and at some point, during many of them, this woman would shout “Fire!” and cry out for the Spirit to fall on us.  While driving to these meetings, I used to tell my wife:  “I hope she will shout ‘Fire!’ again this time!”  Recently, however, when I said that to my wife, these words came to my mind:  “Why don’t you shout “Fire!”?  Now that was a different story because I sure didn’t want to do that (and I didn’t at that particular Officers’ Councils).

However, about a month later, I was at a Salvation Army men’s camp with about 200 guys.  During the worship time people began to spontaneously fill the altar.  When the worship stopped, a guy began to boldly and loudly shout:  “Don’t wait!  Come to God now!”

However, the people were soon sent back to their seats and the service was carried on as planned.  At the end, an invitation was given to come to the altar.  As I walked down, I put my hand on the shoulder of the guy who had shouted so loudly and said:  “What you did was really from God.  That took courage.”

When I took my hand off his shoulder, something broke out inside of me and I found myself shouting at the top of my lungs:  “Fire!  Fire!  God send Your fire!  We have to have Your fire! We need Your fire . . .” and on and on for several minutes.

When the shouting flow stopped, I was embarrassed, so I laid down on the carpet in front of the altar and continued to pray silently.  And I kept thinking to myself, “What came over me?”

A few weeks after that I received in the mail a copy of a book published by The Salvation Army USA called:  Tsunami of the Spirit Come Roll Over Me.  As I read through the book, I came to a chapter called:  Brengle’s Teaching On Shouting — Shout Aloud Salvation!   (Commissioner Samuel Logan Brengle was an early Salvation Army leader who wrote many books that are still impacting the Army today.)  Here are a few quotes from that chapter:

“I am convinced that the subject of ‘shouting,’ which is emphasized by Bringle as a distinct manifestation of extraordinary prayer, should be recognized as one of the most exciting themes in his holiness teaching.”  –Young Sung Kim

“Nothing can stand before a man with a genuine shout in his soul.  Earth and Hell flee before him, and all Heaven throngs about him to help him fight his battles.”  –Samuel Logan Brengle

“Many a prayer meeting has failed at the shouting point.  Songs were sung, testimonies had been given, the Bible had been read and explained, sinners had been warned and entreated, prayers had been poured forth to God, but no one wrestled through to the point where he could and would intelligently praise God for victory, and, so far as could be seen, the battle was lost for want of a shout.”  –Samuel Logan Brengle

“At times their shouting will be like the boom of a big gun, and will have the speed and power of a cannon-ball.”  –Samuel Logan Brengle

“Brengle asserts that there is a certain stage of shouting that leads us in our salvation to ‘what flame is to fire.’ Though the aid of the Holy Spirit, in this particular stage, our ‘salvation becomes irresistibly catching.”  –Young Sung Kim

“Shouting and praising God are to salvation what flame is to fire.  You may have a very hot and useful fire without a blaze, but not till it burst forth into flame does it become irresistible and sweep everything before it.  So people may be very good and have a measure of salvation, but it is not until they become so full of the Holy Ghost that they are likely to burst forth in praises to their glorious God an any hour of the day or night both in private and in public, that their salvation becomes irresistibly catching.”  –Samuel Logan Brengle

These ideas are not just a theory from Brengle.  The capture of Jericho in the Old Testament gives a vivid example of the power of shouting.

“When you hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.”  –Joshua 6:5

“At the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the LORD has given you the city.”  –Joshua 6:16

So, could loud and bold shouting be a key in bringing spiritual awakening?  Is it true, as Brengle says, that when we shout, “salvation becomes irresistibly catching”?  Perhaps we should step out of our religious box and shout!  We’ve nothing to lose except our pride!

(After writing this article, I found more quotes on shouting from Samuel Logan Brengle.)

“Nothing is more completely hidden from wise and prudent folk than the blessed fact that there is a secret spring of power and victory in shouting and praising God.”

“Let no one hastily conclude that he should not shout and praise God unless he feels a mighty wave of triumph rushing through his soul.”

“Many a soul, in fierce temptation and hellish darkness, has poured out his heart in prayer and then sunk back in despair, who, if he had only closed his prayer with thanks, and dared in the name of God to shout, would have filled Hell with confusion, and won a victory that would have struck all the harps of Heaven and made the angels shout with glee.”

“An old friend of mine in Vermont once remarked, that ‘when he went into a store or railway station, he found the place full of devils, and the atmosphere choked his soul till he shouted; then every devil hid himself away, the atmosphere was purified, and he had possession of the place, and could say and do what he pleased.’ The Marechale once wrote: ‘Nothing fills all Hell with dismay like a reckless, dare-devil shouting faith.’”

“Joy can be cultivated by rejoicing in the Lord and praising God for His goodness and mercy, and shouting when the joy wells up in our souls under the pressure of the Holy Spirit. Many people quench the Spirit of joy and praise, and so gradually lose it. But let them repent, confess, pray and believe and then begin to praise God again and He will see to it that they have something to praise Him for, and their joy will convict sinners and prove a mighty means of winning them to Jesus.”

“The shouting of some people is as terrible as the noise of an empty wagon rolling over cobble stones; it is like the firing of blank cartridges. It is all noise. Their religion consists in making a racket. But there are others who wait on God in secret places, who seek His face with their whole hearts, who groan in prayer with unutterable longing to know God in all His fullness and to see His kingdom come with power; who plead the promises, who search the word of God and meditate on it day and night, until they are full of the great though and truths of God, and faith is made perfect. Then the Holy Ghost comes pressing down on them with an eternal weight of glory that compels praise, and when they shout it takes effect.”

Here’s 1 more Bible verse:  Luke19:27-38:  “As soon as He was approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen, shouting: “Bessed is the King who comes in the Name of the Lord; Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

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East Nashville Fire, Spiritual Fire, & Buffalo Statues

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A fire started at this site in 1916 that left 3,000 people in East Nashville homeless. Every time I am by here I pray that God will send His supernatural fire to East Nashville and so impact the lives of 3,000 people that they will no longer see earth as their home, but burn for the rest of their lives with passion for the living, resurrected Jesus Christ!

The flag in the pictures is The Salvation Army Flag.  The red represents the blood of Jesus; the yellow stands for the fire of the Holy Spirit; and the blue represents a lifestyle of daily following and obeying Jesus.

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The second picture is of a place where we are seeking God’s spiritual fire, The Salvation Army Berry Street at 225 Berry Street in Nashville (37207) in the McFerrin Park Neighborhood.  We gather there every Sunday morning and instead of meeting around a one-man sermon, we allow ordinary people to share what God puts on their heart.  We pray for one another and for a mighty out pouring of God’s Spirit on our city.  We meet on Sundays at 10:45 am. and Tuesdays at 6:00 pm.  Come and cry out to God with us!

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Revival is coming like a heard of buffaloes (as well as a tsunami of the Spirit) and we need to get out on the streets and boldly proclaim the Blood, Fire, and Christ-like lifestyle that we are all called to!  (This last pic is of one of the buffalo statues across from The Salvation Army Nashville Area Command on Dickerson Road in East Nashville, where a herd of buffaloes is headed toward downtown, like the spiritual awakening coming to our city!)

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Faith Fighting — How To Be An Inner Winner

Faith fighting goes back to the earliest Christ-followers.  Paul of Tarsus wrote:  “Fight the good fight of faith.”  Real faith fighting takes place in the human heart, not in the outward environment or circumstances.  Faith fighting strives to be an inner winner and to overcome all of our internal enemies such as, anxiety, fears, insecurities, temptations, frustration, depression, anger, lust, pride, resentment, bitterness, etc.

Symeon The New Theologian who lived between 949 and 1022, said that many of our problems come from “failing to observe the enemies who attack from within.”

He also wrote:  “Our holy fathers abandoned all other forms of spiritual labor and concentrated wholly on this one task of guarding the heart.  Some of the fathers have called this practice stillness of the heart, others the guarding of the heart, others watchfulness and rebuttal, and others again the investigation of thoughts and the guarding of the intellect.  But all of them worked the earth of their own heart.”

Symeon also gives some instructions about faith fighting:  “The first step toward the light is to curtail the passions (internal evil desires), that is to say, guard the heart . . . the intellect repulses all distracting thoughts that encircle the heart attempting to get in, and it rebuffs them through attentiveness.

“From whatever side a distractive thought may appear, before it has come to completion and assumed a form, the intellect immediately drives it away and destroys it with the invocation of Jesus Christ.  From this point on the intellect begins to be full of rancour against the demons and, rousing its natural anger against its noetic (spiritual) enemies, it pursues them and strikes them down.

Overcome your inner enemies!  Become a world-class faith fighter.  After you win within, without a doubt you will also win without!

Symeon The New Theologians is one of the many Eastern Orthodox Christ-followers whose writings are included in The Philokalia – a collection of ancient Christian writings.

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Bible Quotes ‘Bout Organic Church

Maybe church meetings could set aside the program for a while and give people the freedom to obey this Scripture:
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” –James the brother of the Lord (James 5:16)

Perhaps a church meeting should allow the Holy Spirit to work and/or speak through anybody present:
“Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” –Paul of Tarsus (1 Corinthians 12:7)

Perhaps church meetings should let Jesus’ water well up like an internal spring inside all of Christ’s followers and allow them to overflow on the congregation through testimonies, Scriptures, praises, prophetic words, short teachings, confessions, prayers, etc.
“The water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” -Jesus (John 4:14)

Maybe everybody should be allowed to speak, as enabled by the Spirit, in a church meeting.
“All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak . . . as the Spirit enabled them.” –Dr. Luke (Acts 2:4)

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Our Christless culture is in continual crisis. Without the cross there’s chaos.

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If there are no demons . . .

If there are no demons . . . then why are so many of us humans tormented by fears, worries, anger, bitterness, frustration, self-doubt, self-condemnation, distress, depression, and too many other negative emotions to list?

If there are no demons . . . then why are so many of us humans stuck in behaviors that we don’t want to do and states of mind that we don’t want to stay in, no matter how hard we try to get free?

If there are no demons . . . then why are we driven, dominated, and controlled by our insecurities, self-destructive desires, obsessions, compulsions, and addictions; rather than following the wisdom of our intellect?

If there are no demons . . . then why do some people, with no motive, shoot lots of people that they don’t even know and have nothing against?

If there are no demons . . . they why do millions of people divide into camps and then do everything they can to injure and kill the people in the opposing camp in the name of invisible entities called nations?

Through out the last 2,000 years of history, the boldest Christ-followers have fiercely fought against demons with all their might; such as, the apostles and 1st Century believers, the desert fathers, the Orthodox monks who wrote the Philokalia, the Catholic mystics, and the Pentecostals.

So why not us?  Why should we surrender to inner torment or merely try to drown it out by continually consuming mind altering chemicals until our drugs, themselves, enslave us?   Why not fight and overcome destructive spiritual entities with God’s spiritual weapons?

Perhaps it’s time for the courageous to take up the spiritual arms of continual prayer, fasting, conviction of sin, repentance, confession, humility, brokenness, continual surrender, dying to self-interest and to self-will, making amends, openness and accountability to others, daily reading and applying the Bible, regularly listening to and obeying the Spirit, weeping before God, and using the gifts of the Spirit.

Spiritual warfare is not for the faint of heart.  It is easier to deny the demons or to drown out the sound of their destruction with drugs.

“The modern attitude to demon possession is very instructive; so many take the attitude that there is no such thing as demon possession, and infer that Jesus Christ Himself knew quite well there was on such thing, not seeing that by such an attitude they put themselves in the place of the superior person, and claim to know all the private opinions of the Almighty about iniquity.  Jesus unquestionably did believe in the fact of demon possession.  The New Testament is full of the supernatural; Jesus Christ continually looked on scenery we do not see, and saw supernatural forces at work.”  –Oswald Chambers

 

 

 

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Church Desperately Needs The Energy Of The Holy Spirit’s Synergy

When God’s people come together to be led by the voice of the Spirit in their hearts, a synergy of God’s inner energy is released, His power and love flow among them as various individuals obey His promptings and it all blends into a corporate demonstrations of His Presence and glory, far greater than any one human preacher or teacher could ever achieve alone. 

For the church to thrive in the 21st Century, it must move away from meetings controlled by one man and into the Holy Spirit’s synergy allowing ordinary people, as prompted by the Spirit, to show and tell what God is doing!

(Scriptures: “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke of the Spirit.” –John 7:38-39
“For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” –Matthew 18:20
What is the outcome then, brethren? When you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation.” –1 Corinthians 14:26
“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” –2 Timothy 3:5)

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