Keep in step with the Spirit!

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Have you ever read through the New Testament account of the mighty and powerful way God moved in the early church and had a sense of longing for that kind of Holy Spirit fire in the church today?  Have you noticed how in the early church miracles were an everyday occurrence and lives were impacted by God through His people in ways that forever changed their lives?  Have you ever wondered why God is not moving in the same way through the church today?

Our Vision at Washington Church is to connect to the heart of God individually, together and in the community.  Sounds good on paper.  Very holy.  Very appropriate!  I’m sure God must be proud.  But without actions they are just pompous empty words.  Without movement and momentum they are just dry and decayed lifeless desires.

Where does the passion and the power, the motivation and momentum to love God and love His people come from?

So what is missing in the Church today?  What can we do to bring life to the vision God has given us to connect with His heart personally, as a church family, and impact the community with the life altering message of the love of God?

If I were to ask you what you want for your life what would you say?  I’d like to grow in my love for God and others.  I want to grow in my understanding and experience of God’s love toward me.  I’d like to grow in joy.  I’d like to grow in peace.

If I were to ask you what is your desire for your Church what would you say?  I’d like our church to… “Grow?”  Likely you would say something like this.  I’d like our church to grow.  I’d like us to grow in numbers.  I’d like us to grow in our love for one another.  I’d like to see growth in the number of spectators getting involved in using their gifts to serve the church and the community.  I’d like to see us grow in our outreach to the community where we are showing God’s love and shining His light.  I’d like our church to grow in spiritual fervor!  May God kindle a fire in us that moves us to action, that we might begin as a congregation to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus has taken hold of us!

So what needs to change?  What needs to change in us that we might have that passion needed to move us toward a heartfelt love and hunger for the living God?  What needs to change in us that we might have a passion for the people of this world for whom Christ died?

Where does the passion and the power, the motivation and momentum to love God and love His people come from?

It doesn’t come from our hearts.

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?

We know that!  We desire to be the people God created us to be but our hearts don’t always follow.  Our spirits are willing but our hearts are so, so week.  We love the idea of loving God heart, soul, mind, and strength but sadly too often it remains only an idea.  We desperately need a heart change.

It doesn’t come from our minds.

We have such a hard time with putting into practice the command from Colossians 3:2 where the Apostle Paul instructs us saying, “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”

Paul says in Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.

The question for us today is this: If our hearts are desperately sick and our minds are need of renewal than where does the passion needed to fulfill God’s vision come from?

The answer, as we will explore today is this: The passion need to fulfill God’s mission comes not from our own hearts and minds, but from living in relationship with God the Holy Spirit.

Pastor John Bavere says that the Holy Spirit is the most ignored person in the church today.  Have you ever considered that?  We go through our lives at home, at work, and in the community and for the most part we are in our own little self-absorbed bubble.  Then all of sudden something from outside of our bubble encroaches on our peace, safety, or comfort and we suddenly become very holy.  We begin to pray.  The point is not that we can’t pray in our greatest times of need but that God is with us all the time, in every situation, in every joy, and in every struggle.  He is with us as we are getting ready for our day, on the drive to work, when we are on the phone, and checking email.  He is with us when we are visiting family, enjoying our lunch, or just reading a book.  God is with in everything we do big or small.  Yet for the most part He is largely ignored.

Where does the passion and the power, the motivation and momentum to love God and love His people come from?

“The passion and the power, the motivation and momentum to love God and love His people, to connect to His heart individually, together, and in the community comes from living in relationship with the Holy Spirit.”

Galatians 5:16-26 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

When we understand the Holy Spirit is a person :

We walk by the Spirit: Walk by the power, influence, and direction of the Spirit.   Live day by day enjoying His presence, learning from Him, being empowered by Him

We are led by the Spirit: We follow His leading what to say, and what not to say, what to do and what not to do

We bear the fruit of the Spirit: He begins to grow in us and produce fruit that is a blessing to us and others through us

We live by the Spirit: It becomes a way of life

We keep in step: This is a picture of intimacy.  We can only keep in step with someone we are walking very closely with.

We have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires: 1 Corinthians 15:31b “I die every day.”

Many of us today need to die to our:

  • Discontentment
  • Anger
  • Pride
  • Hurt
  • Jealousy
  • Fears
  • Sin

2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Walking in the Spirit brings Freedom:

  • In our minds, thoughts, emotions
  • In our marriages and family relationships
  • In our homes, work places, and in our communities

“Let’s begin experiencing the passion and power, motivation and momentum of God working through us in the Holy Spirit!”   

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All you need is LOVE!

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God’s love is amazing!  But, have you ever considered the fact that we don’t even comprehend it?  Paul prayed for the church in Ephesus that the eyes of their hearts would be enlightened that they might see God for who He truly is.  He went on to pray that they might know the Love of GOD that surpasses knowledge in such a way that they might be filled with the fullness of GOD!

Ephesians 1:15-19 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might.

Paul prayed that the eyes of our hearts might be enlightened that we might know Him.  There is a parallel between this deeper knowledge of God and the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us!

Ephesians 3:14-21 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.  20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Paul ties the abundant life God desires for us with being rooted and grounded in and comprehending God’s love.

What does it mean to be rooted and grounded in Love?

It has to do in part with how we see God with the eyes of our hearts. 

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10 Prayers for Revival

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1. Help us to fall in love with You again Lord God. We confess we have been distracted by the things of this world calling out for our attention, and devotion. We have become callous in part to the things of God. We have rejected Your righteousness by choosing entertainment that appeals to our sinful nature rather than that which is right and pure and acceptable to You, and that which is fitting a child of the Most High God. We confess the sin of course joking to You God and by Your power may we overcome it. We confess the sin of pride as we expect others to measure up to our standards and we sit in judgment, and even condemn them Lord. They are Yours and You are God and we are not. Forgive us Lord and bring healing to our souls as we surrender to You and let You be God. We confess the sin of lust Lord. When we look upon a woman lustfully the Bible says we have already committed adultery in our hearts. God our culture is rampant with un-Godly sexuality in our movies, magazines, on T.V., and on the internet. Our nation is saturated with unholy images Lord. We are bombarded with the constant message of impurity. Help us Lord! Heal us Lord! Rescue us Lord! We as a people have rejected You and Your holiness and have adopted the culture of Babylon, a culture of pride and open rebellion. Break our heats we pray. Break our hearts! Open up our eyes to the truth Lord we pray, that by confessing our sins, and turning from them we might find forgiveness, and peace, and freedom Lord!
2. Many of us go to Church on Sunday mornings praising Your Name and reading Your Word and believing the lie that everything is fine when in fact there is deadness inside. Wake us up Lord; wake us up and revive our souls! Bring Holy Spirit revival to our families, our churches, and our communities as we turn back to You, we pray.
3. For the sin in our heats break our hearts. May we see our sin for the rebellion it is.
4. Father we like the prodigal son, have run from You seeking love, joy, and peace in the sins of this world. Although they don’t satisfy Lord, we continue to run to the things of this world instead of running to You. Forgive us we pray! Be our shelter, be our love. Be our joy. Be our peace. May our souls be satisfied in You, and in You alone! We pray it be true oh God!
5. Forgive us we pray for failing to see You in the sunrise, in the noon day, and in the sunset. Help us recognize and praise You for working all around us every day. Forgive us we pray for not being grateful for multiple gifts You give us every day.
6. Help us now Lord live by You through the Holy Spirit. Help us live in Your righteousness. When temptations come may surrender to You and allow You to answer it’s call every time Lord.
7. Help us fall in love with You again. May we hunger for Your Living Word. May we read it daily and let it’s truth comfort, correct, inspire, and encourage us!
8. Help us pray Lord as we have never prayed before. Help us pray in earnest for our families in faith that You will hear our prayers and act according to Your divine will. May we pray for Your church and our church family. May we pray for our communities, and our country. May we pray for Your people Israel Lord for blessed are those who bless them and those who cures them You will curse.
9. Move in us we pray. Give us Your heart for Your people. Move in us to serve one another in Your church. Give us a passion for those with whom we worship. Help us build each other up. Encourage a new wave of individuals who have never served in the church to rise up and answer the call. Pour out Your blessings we pray as we move in the Spirit of unity and the bond of peace. Help us love one another, care for one another, honor and protect one another we pray in Jesus Name.
10. Give us Your heart for those who don’t know You we pray. Give us Your heart for those in bondage to materialism, addictions, and pride. Help us love the broken, and hurting. Help us love those who are captive to anger, anxiety, and depression. Help us love those who are sick and in prison. Help us love the fatherless and the widow. Help us love the rebellious. Help us love the people of this world, the rich and poor, the great and the small, the powerful and the uninfluential. Lord help us see them through the eyes of Jesus! Help us love them with Your love!
We pray all of these things in the mighty Name of Jesus the Christ! Amen.

Doris’s Story

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This week I have been encouraging readers to send in their stories.  If you have been redeemed by Jesus you have a story.  You, like the rest of us are not perfect, but you have a story.  Would you consider sharing yours?  Tell us who you were Before you met Jesus.  Tell us how you Believed in Jesus as your Savior.  Then tell us what changed in your life when you Became a child of God.
Doris of Valparaiso Indiana USA wrote,
“I was the middle child between two brothers who were easy-to-raise children.  I presented more of a challenge to my parents who both indicated I “was born stubborn, then took a setback.”  (However, in later years they seemed to enjoy telling the stories which validated that conclusion.)  On my fifth grade report card, I earned A’s in reading, spelling, & arithmetic–and “poor” in cooperates in work and play.
I was raised in a Christian home and regularly attended church.  When I was in either the fifth or sixth grade, the Gideons came to our school and gave each student in the class a New Testament.  They asked us if we would promise to read it, and I promised.  Being entirely too proud to think of myself as a liar, I started reading at the beginning and over a period of several months read the whole New Testament, and in doing so I fell in love with Jesus.  When I was 13 years old, our church had a revival.  My family did not go the first night, and when I talked to a girlfriend before the service on the second night, she said five words that have impacted my life.  She said, “I got saved last night.”  As soon as she said that, my heart responded with, “I want to get saved tonight–and I did.
Since that time, God has taken my stubbornness and changed it into steadfastness.  He has taken my pride, and He’s still working on that.  Do I have any regrets?  Yes.  I regret the hurtful things I have done and said, things that I knew God did not want me to do or say–but He forgives!  Not only is it well with my soul, but the joy of the Lord is my heart’s delight.”
Doris

God Is Not Dead

GND-featured-wideFrom The Evangelical Free Church Statement of Faith:
We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. He convicts the world of its guilt. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. He also indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.

 

How does the Holy Spirit Equip and empower believers for Christ-like living and service?

Through the 7 Fold Ministry of the Holy Spirit Isaiah 11:1-3
There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. And the Spirit of the Lord shall (1) rest upon (Seal) him, the Spirit of (2) wisdom and (3) understanding, the Spirit of (4) counsel and (5) might (miracles), the Spirit of (6) knowledge (Revelation) and the (7) fear of the Lord. And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.

It is something we don’t always think about but the ministry of Jesus Christ was equipped and empowered by the Holy Spirt. The Spirit rested upon Him, He was sealed by the Spirit. He ministered in the Spirit of wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, which is miracles, the Spirit of knowledge, and the fear of the Lord! We know Jesus operated in relation to the Holy Spirit. What is fascinating is we are told in ,

Luke 4:1-2a, “And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil.”

Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit as He was led out into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. We are told in,

Luke 4:14, “And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country.”

FASCINATING! Jesus went into the wilderness full of the Holy Spirit, and He returned in the Power of the Spirit! What changed? According to Ephesians 1:13, “In him (Jesus Christ) you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.” Like Christ when we believe or trust in Christ as our Savior, inviting Him to be Lord of our lives, we also receive the Holy Spirit. The 7 fold ministry of the Spirit is now at work in us! Like Christ, the root of Jesse, the Holy Spirit rests on us. We too are sealed with the Holy Spirit.
A good friend of mine, Pastor Ed Bontrager, explains it this way. We, like Christ, are filled with the Holy Spirit, in the same way a car may be filled with fuel. Like Christ as He was led into the wilderness, you could say we are, “Full of the Holy Spirt.” However, the car does not operated in the power of the fuel until it the engine runs, the fuel is flowing, and the car is moving. In the same way we are in the power of the Spirit when we yield to the movement, or flow of the Spirt as He works in and through us.

Romans 8:11, says, “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.”

Fuel, “Gives life,” to the car in the same way the Spirit, “Gives life,” to us!
John Bavere, Christian author and speaker, ministered to a tribe of people in a far off land. After spending a great deal of time teaching them the truth of the gospel of Christ he blessed the tribe by purchasing and delivering to them a brand new truck and enough fuel to last them a very long time. John told them how the truck would make every aspect of village life better for them. He spent a long time teaching them all about the truck. He showed them how to use the A/C and the heat. He explained how the window defrosters and windshield wipers worked. The villagers were extremely grateful for the love, teachings, and gifts they had received. Sometime later John Bavere returned to the village to find that the truck he had purchased had not been moved. The villagers decided not to use the powerful tools they had been given.
In the same way you and I having trusted in the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and invited Him to be Lord of our lives, received the gift of the Holy Spirit, a powerful tool for every aspect of our lives. Like the villagers, we sometimes neglect to take advantage of the gift. We are full of the Holy Spirit, we just don’t always operate in the power of the Spirit.

How does the Holy Spirit equip and empower us for Christ-like living, and service?

Through the fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

The first three fruit of the Holy Spirt are love, joy, and peace. Out of the first three fruit flow the last six.
For example: How can we have the fruit of patience when life is crazy and people are testing our last nerve? We have patience through the peace of the Spirit. When the Holy Spirit ministers true peace in our lives, although life is crazy we have inner peace. This peace works patience in us.
How can we have the fruits of kindness, and gentleness when the world is hate filled and evil? The Holy Spirit has worked love in us. We are filled with the supernatural love God. Our sense of value doesn’t come from the world so it doesn’t matter if the world loves us. Our true sense of value doesn’t even come from our family and friends so it doesn’t matter if they are not loving toward us we have the love of God manifest through His Spirt, this produces kindness, and gentleness in us.
How can we have the fruit of self-control? All of the things we are looking for in the world are found in the fullness of God. He is our love, our sense of acceptance, and approval. We don’t need to seek love through the sins of this world. He is our joy. We don’t need to seek joy through the sins of the world. He is our sense of personal, and spiritual peace. We don’t need to seek peace through the sins of the world.

How does the Holy Spirit Equip and empower believers for Christ-like living and service?

Through the gifts of the Spirit.

Jesus said in Mark 16:17-18, “And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

In fact Jesus said in John 14:12, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.”

So what are the gifts of the Holy Spirt? There are two main lists of the gifts of the Spirt the first is found in Ephesians 4, the second is found in 1 Corinthians 12.

Ephesians 4:11-13 says, “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”

These gifts, we are told in Scripture, are, “To serve one another,” and, “For the common good,” and are, “To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.  Let’s take a quick look at the gifts of the Spirit.

1 Peter 4:10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace
1 Corinthians 12:8-11 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.
Romans 12:4-8 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

God is NOT dead!

In 1 Corinthians 13:8-12 the Bible says, “Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.”

Because Paul spoke of prophecies passing away, and tongues ceasing, some have come to believe that these gifts are no longer in operation. This belief is called, “Cessationism.” This teaching asserts that when the perfect came, that is the Bible, these, “Sign gifts,” are no longer necessary. However, a close study of the passages reveals this simply can’t be the case. The passage states that when the perfect comes prophecies, tongues, and knowledge are all things that are said to pass away. Of course no one argues that knowledge has passed away. The passage goes on to say that now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now, Paul said I know in part, then he shall know fully, even as he was fully known by God. Looking at the passage as a whole it is obvious we are talking about seeing God face to face, and knowing God fully even as we are fully known. This has not happened yet. According to Scripture, until we see God face to face, these gifts are in operation.
Let me leave you with this. At Washington Church we sing a song on occasion in our second service that makes this declaration, “Our God is not dead, He’s surely alive, He’s living on the inside roaring like a lion!” One thing is certain, the enemy would love you to believe that the gifts of God have ceased. He would love for you to believe God has no more prophetic messages for you today. He would love for you to believe that God has no healing for your marriage, family, or finances. The enemy would love for you to believe that there is no miracle for you in your prayer life. He would love for you to believe there is no physical healing and no power form the Holy Spirit of God to win victory over sin! May I tell you this truth? GOD IS NOT DEAD! The Holy Spirit is still moving today in the miraculous! He still equips and empowers God’s saints for Christ-like living and service!

Holy Spirit Come!

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These two stories demonstrate how God is bigger than any one denomination. A Methodist Pastor and an Evangelical Free Church Evangelist both experienced the power of the living God through an outpouring of the Holy Spirit which changed their lives and ministry forever! Not to man, but to GOD be the Glory!!!
Samuel S. Scull (1863-1964), Scull, born in a log cabin in Pennsylvania in 1863, was ordained by the Methodist Church in Iowa in 1895. His pastoral ministry was cut short, however, when he became afflicted with tuberculosis. Upon the advice of his doctor, in 1903 he moved to Arizona, where he supported his family by selling fruit.

Despite his sickness, Scull felt he could not abandon his call to ministry. He became a leader at the Life Line Mission, a small Holiness congregation in Phoenix, when he heard reports in the summer of 1906 of the Azusa Street revival in Los Angeles.

According to Scull, the news generated “great interest among spiritual people in Phoenix and vicinity.” In the summer of 1907, Scull made a pilgrimage to the Arroyo Seco camp meeting in Los Angeles to check out the emerging Pentecostal revival.

Recalling his visit, Scull wrote: “I was much prejudiced at first and disposed to be critical, and saw much that I did not like.” However, “the overwhelming sense of the presence of God” at the Pentecostal meetings caused him to overcome his initial skepticism. He wrote, “The very atmosphere seemed charged and the awe of God overshadowed all.” He continued, “I had never heard such raptured praise. I heard praise in many strange tongues, some interpreted by people who knew the language, but most in an unknown tongue interpreted in the same way as they were given; that is, by Spirit utterance. Soon I was thoroughly convinced of the genuineness of the work and realized that God was bringing us back to Pentecost of the upper room, and, as far as possible, renewing the power as of the early church.”

Scull witnessed miracles, which caused him to cast his lot with the Pentecostals: “The sick were healed, devils cast out, the lame walked, the blind received their sight. I saw that God was going that way and resolved to gladly follow Him, though I knew it would cost me much.”
Carl M. “Daddy” Hanson (1865-1954), was the son of Norwegian immigrants to Minnesota, Hanson was converted while a student at Augsburg Seminary and became an evangelist affiliated with the Scandinavian Free Mission (now known as the Evangelical Free Church). The Scandinavian Free Mission, in the 1890s and early 1900s, witnessed a significant revival in which many people experienced salvation, healings, and biblical spiritual gifts such as speaking in tongues.

This revival made a deep impression on Hanson, who himself was healed of a terminal illness in 1895. A short time later, he held services in Grafton, North Dakota, where people had a great hunger for God. There, he saw a young Norwegian girl, enraptured in the presence of God, speak in a language she had not learned. Hanson pondered what it meant, studied Scripture, and came away convinced that that the prophecy in Joel 2:28 was coming true before his eyes: “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions” (KJV).

Hanson continued as an itinerant evangelist. His daughter, Anna Berg, recalled, “My father began giving testimony wherever doors were open to him: in churches, schoolhouses, homes, and missions. The response was amazing. Everywhere people were saved. This was usually followed by a consuming desire for more of God’s power in their lives.”

In about 1899, Hanson received the gift of speaking in tongues. In 1904, he opened a rescue mission in Minneapolis, where he sought to give physical and spiritual help to those who were drunken, homeless, and destitute. He traversed the region, raising support and seeking young people to work with him at the mission.
Hanson’s story reminds us that the modern Pentecostal movement emerged from a variety of sources. Revivals at Topeka and Azusa Street may have been two of the most visible focal points of early twentieth-century American Pentecostalism, but prior revivals, including those among Scandinavian settlers in the northern Great Plains, provided precedents and leaders for the emerging movement.

Dear Friends, God is still moving today.  His Spirit is still being poured out today!  We are in great need of revival of personal holiness, and a fresh empowering from the Holy Spirit!

Father in Heaven, Your Name is great and greatly to be praised!  We pray You fall fresh on us today.  Fill us we pray with Your fullness.  We surrender to You.  Holy Spirit come!  Have Your way in us!  May we know You more and more!  May we move in the fullness of the gifting You desires for us we pray in Jesus perfect Name we pray, AMEN!

Be Watchful!

roaring-lionWhat can we expect when we get it right? The Christian life can be tough. We are called by God to live a counterculture lifestyle. We are called to a life of radical holiness living in radical obedience to the living God. This can be tough, and none of us gets it right all the time. In Philippians 3:12-14 the Apostle Paul wrote, “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” So, what happens when we, like Paul are pressing on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of us?
We can expect opposition! Peter wrote these words in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” If you find yourself walking in harmony with the Holy Spirit, if you find yourself loving and serving the Lord and His people, BE WATCHFUL! The enemy would love nothing more than to destroy you and the work God is doing in and through you.
One Pastor said it this way:

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If you or your church is walking in the will of God, if you are taking back ground from the enemy be assured the enemy will fight back. Our response is not to cower in fear for we have not been given a Spirit of fear, but of Power, Love, and Self-Control (2 Tim. 1:7). Our response is to press in to the presence of the living God through the Holy Spirit and pray like we have never prayed before!
Holy God, Your Name is great and greatly to be praised! We pray by the Spirit in Jesus Name today against every evil spirit that has set themselves against us, our families, and the ministry You have called us to. May we walk today in Your power, with Your love, and in the fruit of self-control. We ask this blessings in Jesus Name, AMEN!