Prodigal: I just ran into a pharisee.
Me: I hoped you are prayed up!
Prodigal: I think I need more prayers!
Me: Maybe this will help you too.
The only thing the spirit of the Pharisees cannot cope with is a man or woman who fears God only. Such a man or woman is beyond their legalistic control and it greatly unsettles them.
Every single revival of God has had to run the gauntlet of the Pharisees.
John Wesley had to preach in the fields because the churches said he was not of God. Here is a paraphrase excerpt from his journal.
May 5th AM preached in St. Anne’s; was asked not to come back
May 5th PM preached at St. Johns’ deacons said ‘ get out and stay out”
May 12th AM preached at St. Jude’s; can’t go back there.
May 12th PM preached at St. George’s; kicked out again.
May 19th AM preached at St. Andrew’s; elders called special meeting and said not to return.
May 26th AM preached in a field; got chased by a bull that was let loose.
June 2nd AM preached at the edge of town; police moved me on.
June 2nd PM preached in a pasture and 10,000 came to listen to me preach.
Do not give up!
And one called to another and said: Holy, Holy, Holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!
Jennifer Van Allen