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He Wants a Habitation

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      I am now convinced that God is about to do something amazing. I have watched Him line up events in our church over the past few months and He has made us ready for an outpouring of His Spirit. A few weeks back we ended a study on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. In that particular service, we prayed over hundreds of our people who had come to the place of absolute surrender. This past week, we had a service to celebrate our beginnings. In that service, we invited all of the people God had used to form our church. Many who were here were also at the first service of our church thirty-five years ago.

      Also attending that service was our first pastor and some of our first elders and many of our first deacons. As we gathered to celebrate, the Father also had something else in mind. He wanted to make sure everyone who had ever been here was healed of past hurts. In hindsight, I find this to be very significant.

     After we finished that service and I had some time to reflect on the day, the Father reminded me that He was up to something bigger than I could imagine. He reminded me of the order of things. He reminded me of the day when we prayed for His filling and that He subsequently used the next Sunday to pour out healing. In doing it in that order, He was setting us up for something amazing.

      He reminded me those of us who fear His name can expect healing from His wings and that as healing goes out so will outpouring. He has shown me that we are perfectly positioned to receive not just a visitation from the Father, but a habitation from the Father. You see, it is never God’s desire to only visit a people. It is always His desire to make a home, a habitation with that people. Since we have now cried out to be filled and have obediently walked into our healing, He now wants to pour His Spirit on our church like we’ve never seen before. I believe we are ready!

But to you who fear My name, the Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings; and you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves.   Malachi 4:2 (NKJV) 

 

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The DAY That Changed the World!

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Scripture is filled with days that changed the world. There was that day that Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins. There was that day that He rose from the grave to show us the resurrection from the dead really was possible. There was even a day back in the Old Testament where He caused the sun to stand still for a day just so Israel could win a battle in the war. And then there’s the day spoken of in Acts 2 where He poured out His Spirit on the earth like never before. This day, like the others mentioned previously, changed every single day after it in a way that we can’t quite imagine or explain.

The Bible says that the Day of Pentecost had fully come and that the 120 were all in one accord. They were in the upper room specifically waiting on something that they had been promised would come. The Bible says that as they were waiting in that room that something like a rushing wind began to blow over them. It says that the whole house where they were sitting was filled with an overwhelming Presence as the earth had never seen. It says that tongues of fire came to rest on each one of the 120 who were gathered in that place and that they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.

We can look through all of the scriptures and never find a moment where this had ever happened before. This day marked an event that would forever change the world. This day opened a door for every believer who would ever believe in Jesus after this moment to be changed forever. This day was the beginning of an outpouring of His Holy Spirit that is still to this day changing the world. This day reminds us of the opportunity to know His Presence in a way like we never dreamed possible. This day lets us know that being filled with His Spirit is possible. This day reminds us that, we too, can be filled with His Spirit.

Acts 2:1-4 (NKJV) When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
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