We have to understand the Power, the impact, that is in the Gospel we preach. That’s why Paul said, “I’m not ashamed of this Gospel!” If I weren’t living in the Power of this Gospel, if I weren’t preaching it and demonstrating it, I would be ashamed! How can you preach about something unless you really believe in it?
I’m testing and proving what I preach. That’s why the Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians, ‘I’m going to come to you, but I’m not coming puffed up as a greater speaker. I’m coming to you as one who has seen and demonstrated the Power!’ No one can deny, those early apostles were seeing and demonstrating the Power. The whole of the Acts of the Apostles is based on the demonstration and fulfilment of the Power which came on the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit fell. The whole testimony of the Book of Acts is of men going out and doing everything Jesus had promised! That’s been my life!
The Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 4.19-20, “I will come to you shortly, if the Lord wills – and I will know, not the speech of those who are puffed up, but the Power! For the Kingdom of God is not in words but in Power!” That’s an amazing statement! Paul is saying, the Kingdom of God is not ‘words’, but ACTION! It’s so easy to speak. It’s not so easy to act. I want you to become people of action, who put their faith into practice.
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Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 4:1, “Let a man so account of us as of ministers of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. It is required of stewards that a man be found faithful!” So often in ministry we like to consider ourselves as evangelists, pastors and so on, but here, Paul is looking at it in a different way. He’s saying, all of us, as ministers of Christ, are stewards of the Gospel. And the requirement of a steward is that he should be found faithful!
Whether you are a member of the congregation, or in ministry as a pastor, prophet or apostle, what counts is faithfulness in whatever God has called you to do!
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.
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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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