Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Breath of God

Why is the church so powerless? How can it return to the Power of the Book of Acts? As an itinerant evangelist, my heart is both excited and broken. I have the wonderful opportunity to preach in some of the greatest churches in America. On the other hand, I have seen the aftermath of Ichabod (the glory has departed). What can be done?

How can we pray most effectively about our churches and their worship services? In Acts 2:1-21, the dominant force is the Holy Spirit. When He breathed on them "as a rushing mighty wind", it changed everything. So I want us to learn how to pray specifically for the breath of God. Pray weekly for The:

DIRECTION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit’s Guidance and direction in our decisions for our Worship Services, Sunday School and ministries as we prepare: For every leader, preacher and teacher in our church

REVELATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
To illuminate our mind to His Word including teachers and students, preachers and congregation
 
ANOINTING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Supernatural power for teachers and preachers in delivery of His Word - The Holy Spirit on them.

CONVICTION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

The working, drawing and compelling of the Holy Spirit in the heart of all who hear His Word on the church campus.
 
ENABLING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Empowering of all who hear His Word to be receptive and to boldly respond to God’s Word with immediate obedience.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

THE GIFT OF ENCOURAGEMENT

When I survey the Bible, the number of encourages is encouraging. Often, if not every time, when one of God's children was discouraged, threatened or challenged, you will find another saint there offering encouragement. I truly believe the need of the hour is to have those who are active in exercising the gift of encouragement.

The church is filled with those who have the GIFT of criticism. It's amazing those who are willing to get in line to throw stones. It would be a great day indeed if the church would line up to offer encouragement to those who need it and trust me there are many who need it. Deuteronomy 3:28 But charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him: for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which thou shalt see. Let's help each other succeed in their God given assignment!

One last thought, don't be surprised by those who won't like you helping others especially those who have sinned. If a person has truly repented and dealt with their sin, what else can they do? I'm not condoning the practice of sin. But we need to quit being the Judge, jury and executioner. There's only one true judge. I don't think we all are as spiritual as we want others to believe. The only thing that makes us perfect is the cleansing blood of Jesus. Let's pursue holiness and bring others along with us. Have a great day and go encourage someone.