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Helping the Salvation Army to hear God

We’re sitting here tonight talking in the living room. Clint Bokelman is telling a story about how he teaches the officers at the Salvation Army in Atlanta to hear the voice of God and Andrew Shearman is egging him on.  So here it is:    Every year they bring Clint in to speak t…
By Seth Barnes
We’re sitting here tonight talking in the living room. Clint Bokelman is telling a story about how he teaches the officers at the Salvation Army in Atlanta to hear the voice of God and Andrew Shearman is egging him on.  So here it is: 
 
Every year they bring Clint in to speak to their leaders.  So he came in with no particular agenda and waited for God to show up.  The Salvation Army people had their suits on – they have a certain way of doing things.  But Clint is not that, so something had to give.
 
Clint isn’t afraid to wait on God, so he got up in front and began strumming the guitar waiting for  God to speak and finally God spoke to him and said, “Share the dream you had this morning.”
 
He’d had a dream and in the dream he saw God wearing a Salvation Army uniform.  Shafts of light shot out of the arms of the coat… it was too small; it didn’t fit.  Then God took off the coat because he wasn’t a Salvationist.  Then he saw God wearing a U.S.A. jacket and he took it off because God wasn’t an American.  And the final jacket made Clint feel uneasy – he saw God wearing a “Christian” jacket.  And he took it off because God wasn’t a Christian.
 
After sharing this, Clint said, “Let’s just wait on the Lord and see what he says this means.”
 
Silence ensued and an officer in the back spoke up and shared a vision he’d just had: “I saw Jesus going into a thrift store.  He was going through the rack of clothes and at the rack of shirts he took off a long sleeve shirt, the worst one there – raggedy and old, and took it off the rack.  He brought it up to the counter to buy it.  He took it outside and began to wear it.  As he put it on, rips began to mend, holes disappeared, stains dropped to the ground and it became a brand new shirt that fit him.  And then he told me, “You are the shirt. And you fit me.”
 
The officer sat down and Clint said, “Can we please just wait on the Lord?”
 
Another officer got up and confessed to the Lord, “God, if you’re not a Salvationist, I don’t want to be a Salvationist.”
 
Another officer got up and said, “I confess the way I’ve had you in a box.”
 
One after another the officers continued to repent – God moved powerfully. 
 
So now, every year they invite Clint back and something like this happens.
 
And the question for us today is, “Are you the shirt that God wears?” 

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