I have been in prayer all night, and talking to the lord, and while I was researching. I came across a video of two surviving members of the Azuza Street revival, and a few things they said touched my spirit. I deeply believe in the gifts of the spirit, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and Holy Living that follows. They interviewed these two godly people, and one of the questions they asked was. Why do you think people lined up to come to church, to see what was taking place. She said because we saw all the gifts in use. She asked what a typical service looked like, she said much different than services today. We would pray for hours, we were in church all night. And we wonder why we aren’t seeing revival in our churches, and are in bondage. Church has become so routine in churches across America. A ten minute call to worship, a service that last one hour, and ends before football. This is why worldliness is the norm, and the church has fallen away. To unlock the power of God we must return to true conversion threw the baptism of the spirit holy living, and the activity of all of the gifts. This is not being experienced in churches around the world, and even some have labeled the work of the Holy Spirit heresy. John Macarthur called it a strange fire, millions of Christians have been told by church leaders across denominations that miracles have stopped. Let me tell you what God has to say about that, this is Jesus speaking.
14 Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.
15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
I in my own life had to repent for binding up the Holy Spirit, when I got into the ministry I was apart of a mega church, and as most of you know most of these churches do not preach about much but prosperity. However, I had this godly friend who use to speak to me about the Holy Spirit, and the baptism of fire. I at the time, went to a baptist bible college, and as many of you know they often laugh at the charismatic, or supernatural as if it were witchcraft. Now I am not speaking of all baptist, because I believe that there are people in many Christian denominations that believe in the work of the Holy Spirit.However, even after I went under the water, of baptism. I came up feeling powerless. I was in my car one day, and began to listen to gospel music, and began to ask for more of God, and began to thank him. All of a sudden I started crying, and a power feel threw the roof, after I almost crashed the car, I started speaking in another language. This felt better than any drug, that I had ever experienced, after I had been changed. I was saved after my baptism, but I understood I was missing the power of God. The Holy Spirit is the keeper, there are many that are sitting in churches in bondage. Or sitting in a dead church, that calls shouting, and speaking in a heavenly language demonic, and that when we sit like we are at a funeral, with our hands down, this is many peoples image of church. But this is not biblical, lets look at the bibles image of church, and what happens when the Holy Spirit is working.
2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.
5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,[b] 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”
13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”
The people like many today in the church, make fun of the spirit, and say of people who are filled with the spirit. They say our churches are out of order, and that we are acting like drunks, well I think we are in good company. This is why people go to church, and never come back. That’s why we have people becoming part of cults, because they are sitting unfufilled in these dead churches, were God has left the building. I pray that God places this word in your heart, you need the baptism of the Holy Spirit, this is what transforms lives. Paul says to the church, that he prays in his heavenly language more than anyone. Those signs that Jesus said we manifest in the lives of his followers, did not end at the last apostle. The book of acts is still being written, are you ready to experience a new birth experience.
I Corinthians 14:14, 15
“For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.”
Romans 8:26, 27
“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
“And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
“And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues.
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