|Are we really seeking the Lord, for
His presence in our midst, to know Him, and be guided by His Spirit,
with His direction for us? We do not want to be a
but a people DEVOTED to communion with, and in, the Lord
We should not be some 'elite group,' or the us 4 and no more mind set
people, not at all. Yet we do understand that this is the last
minute before midnight, and that God is truly looking for a people
being made ready as the bride of Christ, a remnant, that He calls
Our desire as individuals, is to 'know Him better,' and to love,
obey, worship, and serve Him. Our desire in our gatherings is the
same, and we seek to understand, and walk in true fellowship with
God, and function as a true body of believers. We are spending some
time in the Word concerning 'relationship' with God, and the
dealings of the Holy Spirit. Acts chapter 2: 42-47, has become a
"Major" inspiration in our gatherings, and as we have
gained more insight into what the Lord is saying here, we have
indeed seen miracles among us in the gatherings.
This is not to "camp out," on a portion of scripture,
by 'no means', but it is a 'portion of scripture', that is very over
looked in the Church, and quite frankly I have never seen it in
operation but once in all my ministry. It is SIMPLY a portion of
scripture, that leads us to TRUE, GENUINE, 'DEVOTION,' to the Lord,
and to His Word, to communion, and prayer with HIM, in the
gatherings, giving ALL glory to the Lord, and what DOES FOLLOW that
MOTIVE, is the POWER of God in the midst of the people, and out
through the people, for service, with the power of the Baptism of
the Holy Spirit, which has now been STIRRED, from the heart/s being
bonded to Christ in TRUE DEVOTION,'
This leads to hearts that are 'no longer tied' to this world, and
the things in it. Unselfish hearts, giving hearts, hearts free from
idolatry, and wantonness, free from carnalities, and material and
spiritual lusts, free from self-attention, which all come from
This in turn, leads to a genuine, and sincere relationship with
'one another' as well, as the passage shows us in Acts. A people who
have been DEVOTED in their communion with God, and DEVOTED to the
giving of themselves, counting 'all things as loss,' and sharing
with each other in a pure relationship, the fellowship of the Lord.
This is truly a passage of scripture, we need to have revelation
in, and put to practice, along with, ALL the Word of God, that we
My heart was broke this weekend, as I received in the mail, a
flier from a Church in the Metro-plex, that I thought was probably
about the 'only Church' around here left, that was preaching a 'Pure
Word.' But in their invitation to Easter Sunday, there was a big ad
for the children to come and join in on the ' Easter Egg Hunt'.
We have fallen away from the REAL DEVOTION TO CHRIST, and
replaced that with substitutes, and fun, games, and Easter bunny's,
and anything else, that will, 'KEEP THE FLESH COMFORTABLE,' anything
that will 'LET THE FLESH HAVE IT'S WAY,' That is the Church today,
"for the most part."
So, if we stand, it will be by FAITH, and the working of the
Grace of God, by His Spirit in us, and causing our hearts to hunger
and thirst after Him, and Him alone, with GENUINE DEVOTION TO
Soon, perhaps toward the end of this year, we hope to make the
gatherings available more and more during the week, and not just
once or twice. I would like to see folks coming in and out with
prayer offered unto the Lord, and with a word, a song, a desire to
spend some time with each other in the Word of God, and that "I
WOULD FADE IN THE SHADOWS," and see the working of the Lord in
and through the lives of the people, as they see that NO MAN, is
their source, ONLY JESUS!
They can, and should, do the works of Christ themselves, and have
lives completely DEVOTED to Christ, without a man having to persuade
them, (in the sense of begging, and the use of fleshly gimmicks).
All persuasion, should come from the Spirit of God 'within them.'
God does the 'illuminating', and gives the 'revelation,' and then
gives the 'inspiration,' to carry out the revelation given.
REVELATION 2: 1) "To the angel of the church in Ephesus,
write: These are the words of Him who holds the seven stars in His
right hand and walks among the seven golden lamp stands:
Beloved, here we clearly see that Jesus, "walks," among
His Church, and, "oversees it." And remember, God's
purpose, is never that men be glorified! But Jesus gets all the
God's purposes are so infinite, so much different than ours. Yet,
He wants to make His will known to us, so He can have a people to
Himself! A people who seek Him , and know His heart, and hunger for
Him alone! This is why, "He is still leading His church."
He wants to prepare her to be the bride "He desires" for
His soon return. Did you get that last part? The bride that, HE
You see, it is not what "our" idea of holiness is, it
is not "our" idea of what our "gatherings"
should be, or look like! But, He wants us to understand His ways
with us, and in us, by the revelation of His Spirit in us, we must
seek to know, and be sensitive to, the workings, and direction His
Spirit is leading us, for each and every gathering! We must not make
the mistake so many are making today, and think, well, this is the
way God moved today in our service, so we must expect that each
time. After all, that was a wonderful experience, and we certainly
want more of that in our midst!
This is certainly all well and good, (that is, to want the
presence of God, and His workings in our gatherings), But we must
take heed, that we do not try in our own energy, to create and
duplicate, that, "visitation," because, the Holy Spirit
may have in mind a "different method," a different
"kind" of visitation, in His ministry to us next time we
gather! And if we are still, "hung over," on what He has
done before, and try to recreate that same situation, we will most
certainly "MISS" His will for us in His dealings, and the
intended pathway He wants us to take. (which is simply to let Him
lead each time, "as He wills.") Beloved, God is moving,
and He is saying to us who have an ear to hear, what He has been
saying to His people from the beginning! FOLLOW ME!
So, you see, God has His plans, His methods, His timing. But,
we've stepped in and messed up most of them, with our own religious
plans derived from our own pride. Our own agendas and selfish
ambitions, to "look good," have gotten in the way of what
God really has for us!
So, God has different ideas, and we need to know them, and get in
line with them, and allow Him to prepare us to be a
people,"empty of self," and filled with the" illumination," of
what the Holy Spirit wants us to be,
and come to the place, that we can learn to wait on Him, and let Him
have "FULL CONTROL" in our lives, and in our corporate
gatherings, so the blessings of heaven can be poured upon us with
His anointing, and not our own "mixture," which will not
produce true life in the body!
Beloved, Jesus is truly walking among us, He's moving in our
midst, revealing Himself, and His ways to those who will obey, and
catch the "vision," and go His way. Again, He wants to
make us a "prepared" bride, a people strong in the faith
of Jesus Christ, ready for the days that are soon coming upon us!
Malachi 3:1-3), Tells us we are being "refined,"
"tested," "perfected," as a people being
"made ready," for His coming! This too, must take place in
our "gatherings," or we've missed the very point of the
"refinement" to bring true purity to His bride. (I Peter
1:6-9), will help you to understand, that, when you ask for the
"baptism of the Holy Spirit; It was a baptism of Holy Fire! Not
just something you could walk away from and say, "oh now I can
speak with tongues!"
I Peter 4:16; Tells us of His purifying judgment. It is designed
by God to "cleanse," and to "convict." This is
the third stage of having true revival!
The first stage, is to individually, and corporately want it!
To hunger and thirst for God! The second stage, , is to live in
prayer-staying in the "tent of meeting," before the
Lord! The third stage, is to allow "anointed preaching and
teaching," to prepare your heart by the Holy Spirit to bring,
conviction, contrition, true brokenness, confession, and true
Beloved, the church can "live," in this state of true
revival until Jesus comes! Praise God. It does not have to be for
one Sunday, or for one week, or month, or one year! WE CAN LIVE IN
THE PRESENCE OF GOD CONTINUALLY, AND ENJOY CONTINUAL REVIVAL IN
OUR HEARTS, AND IN OUR GATHERINGS! WE CAN HAVE LOVELY AND POWERFUL
VISITATIONS FROM THE LORD, AS LONG AS WE ALLOW "HIM" TO
BE IN CONTROL, AS HE WALKS AMONG HIS GOLDEN LAMP STANDS!
It's ALL JESUS. We just need to 'LEARN HOW TO GET
IN ON IT.'