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“Not Always the Same Method”

The Spirit is like the wind. There is mystery, there is power, and we cannot chart the course of the Spirit. He is sovereign to do as He pleases, just as the wind blows where it lists.

He did not use the same method or manner with Knox and Luther and Wesley and Moody. Just as there are hurricanes and zephyrs or gentle winds or breezes, so the Spirit storms and soothes. He speaks in mighty tornado or gentlest whisper.

The Spirit did not work in the Reformation as He did in the Great Awakening. With Whitefield He blew in one fashion, with Moody in another. The great Awakening was not like the Welsh Revival.

From The Wind and the Spirit, by Vance Havner

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