‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.’ To most of us, the ‘heavenly places’ are Heaven itself, something future. But what Paul is saying, is that God has blessed us NOW with all spiritual blessings – blessings which we should now be enjoying! Because vv11-13 speak of Jesus Christ, ‘in whom we have obtained an inheritance, being pre-destinated according to the purpose of Him who works all things after the counsel of His Will, that we should be to the praise of His Glory…in whom you also trusted after you heard of the Truth, the Gospel of your salvation, in whom, after you believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of Promise, the earnest of our inheritance, until the redemption of the purchased possession…’ This is so interesting. Paul is clearly saying, we have obtained an inheritance! People wonder how, at my age, I can still preach the way I do, why I see the many miracles, and why God has so blessed my ministry – it’s because I learned, from my earliest days, the significance of this message that the Holy Spirit gives you the key to ALL the Glory and Power of God, the ability to do ALL that Jesus did! What did Jesus say? He said, I’m going to My Father, I will ask Him and He will send the Holy Spirit – and these works that I do, you will do and greater, because I’ve gone to My Father! I want you to understand, we CAN expect the greater miracles, the greater Power, the greater Glory!
Do you want to see the Fire of God? An answer to prayer? Through prayer, call for and expect an answer to the specifics of your problem. Whoever you are. We have to re-examine prayer. I have to re-examine prayer! In 2 Chronicles 7, when Solomon had made an end of praying, the Fire came down from Heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the Glory of the Lord filled the House. If we today would pray like this, with such Authority and such Power so that the Glory of God would come down! I urge you to read Solomon’s prayer in 2 Chronicles 6&7 – these chapters are among the greatest examples of intercession in the Bible; there is so much we can learn here.
I want to see the Church break out of its traditions and constraints! Out of this pandemic I desire to see an outpouring of the Holy Spirit; to see miracles; for Holy Ghost Fire! God can do it! There is only one way to revival today: it is to stand firm on Biblical faith and through suffering and prayer, with repentance, God will honour us. That is why Jesus said, if you will come after Me, take up your cross and follow Me.
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We must be changed and transformed by the Power of the Holy Ghost! When I was re-reading the Easter story earlier in the year, I was intrigued by the response of Peter; even after seeing the empty tomb, what did he do? – Peter went home, back to his previous life before Jesus. I believe the Church, because of coronavirus, is in danger of doing the same thing today. So many are slipping away from being the dynamic public witness which Christ has called us to be. Church has become individual private worship at home. But we are called to live in Pentecost, in the Fire and Power of the Holy Spirit when 3000 were converted in just one day! The good news is: who was the one who preached to the thousands? – Peter, the same disciple who slipped quietly back home after the resurrection. It was the baptism of the Holy Spirit which turned the disciples from sitting in a locked-room to a public demonstration of the Power of God.
'How we love Your Name' by Vinesong.com
Romans 8 says, ‘When we know not what to pray for as we ought, the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us.’ Simply talk to God as you would a friend. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Miracles happen by the simple way in which we relate and communicate with Him. God is present, He’s the unseen guest, the silent listener to every conversation. I know God is there, He is listening. Before we ask, He’s already heard everything; He knows what is in our heart, what we think, what we want, what we need, but He wants us to put it into words.
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The return of Christ is sooner than we think! The Holy Spirit has been poured out; we are living in the days of the latter rain. Why do we see such incredible miracles? Why are so many coming to Christ around the world? In Joel 3:13 the prophet says, ‘Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe.’ I believe with all my heart we’ve got to take advantage of every possibility, every opportunity; time is limited. Stop waiting for the future, today is the day of salvation! I’ve never waited for some future moment; I’ve always believed in doing the task now while we have the time and the opportunity. The Bible is very clear, multitudes are waiting in the valley of decision (Joel 3:14); I believe even this pandemic is being used by God to bring multitudes to salvation. Wake up Church! Let’s take advantage of what God is doing now!
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I believe we are living in the outpouring of the Spirit in the last days; I know from my own life and ministry that I’ve seen some incredible miracles: and when I look at the wider church, the Gospel is reaching more people today than ever before! God IS pouring out His Spirit on all flesh. But the challenge facing the church is also greater than before. Secularism has eroded freedom to preach the Gospel in public spaces; the pandemic has restricted our freedom to gather and worship as a corporate body. The church is in valley of decision: how will it react to the eroding of its freedoms. And our nations are in a valley of decision: whom will they serve? The coming of the Lord is near. ‘”Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, go down; for the winepress is full, the vats overflow - for their wickedness is great.” Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision’ (Joel 3: 14-15, KJV)
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God has promised to pour out His Spirit on all flesh in the last days. Many individual believers, churches and even nations are waiting for revival, believing for the latter rain as spoken by the Prophet Joel. I believe we are living in that day! God wants to stir us into action; that is why He allows the crisis! Today we are facing the greatest challenge ever to the church and indeed to our faith.
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Don’t talk to me only about a vision for the future. The vision is for now, today! This is the day of fulfilment! I have the power – Pentecost fell on me – I have the glory of God – and so do you! The glory of God is here – just open your eyes and see! Get the vision. Mix your vision with faith. Act! Nothing is impossible!
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I want to challenge you to live in the Fire of God, to re-consecrate your life to Jesus. When did you last hear God speak and you replied, "here I am Lord"? When Moses said, "Here I am", God began to deal with him. The spark from the Fire got into the soul of Moses and restored him. I want that Fire in my life. I want something new from God. I want to get into the Fire where it's hot; I want to feel the heat, the power and the glory of God.
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