I JUST FEEL LIKE SOMETHING GOOD IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN, Part I
Acts 2:1-4—“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
I JUST FEEL LIKE SOMETHING GOOD IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN, Part I
GOD’S GREATEST GIFT TO THE CHURCH
It has been stated many times from behind our pulpit that salvation is God’s greatest gift to the world, and the baptism with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking with other tongues is God’s greatest gift to the church. We are living in a day when the preaching of the baptism with the Holy Spirit is little taught or preached anymore from behind our Pentecostal pulpits. To add further damage to our congregants, most preachers will not even allow the people to speak in tongues in the actual service, which is a complete tragedy.
For most churches today, the Holy Spirit is on the outside looking in, not allowed to have a place in and among our churches. This means that the church is a church without power, and as a result, will little be able to do anything for the cause of Christ. If the early church did not have the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, then those who had been filled with the Holy Spirit would not have been able to turn a world right side up for the Lord Jesus Christ. I want to say unequivocally that the early church was born in power, and if the early church needed the power of the Holy Spirit, where does that leave the modern church today?
OBEDIENCE TO THE COMMAND OF CHRIST
I want to take you back for a moment to the beginning of the early church. As I have written previously in past articles, the last words of Jesus Christ on this planet before He ascended into heaven were that His followers were to venture to Jerusalem and wait for the promise of the Father, which would be the baptism with the Holy Spirit.
This was not a mere suggestion, but rather a command, which is still relevant today. Many did not heed the command of Christ, just as many do not heed that command today; however, some did, and some do today. Those who obeyed the command of Christ found themselves in the upper room seeking the Father for something that they did not quite understand. However many days these individuals sought the Lord, I cannot say, but what I do know is that day after day, these people (whomever they may have been) came seeking and asking that the Lord would fulfill His promise that He made to them. They found themselves in the temple courtyard, once again seeking the Lord as to what He would give them and wanting to draw closer to the Lord. All of a sudden, from out of nowhere, something took place that forever altered and changed for time and eternity the course of the lives of these people.
WHAT IS TRUE UNITY?
Before I get into that, I want to draw your attention to the fact that these people were in one place and in one accord. This is extremely important, and we must understand what is being said here. The ones who were gathering during this time did not have multiple mindsets or multiple views of what should take place. Rather, they all had one mindset, which was to seek the Lord for something that they did not quite understand. There was a unity among them as they sought the Lord for the promise of the Father. What was taking place was what true unity is all about. The church has a misunderstanding of what unity really is, for they believe that to have unity, they need to be in agreement with other religions and with other faiths. In other words, they believe that they must “go along to get along.”
That is not what true unity is. Unity is not meeting with people from other faiths and trying to find common ground, but rather true unity is a people seeking the Lord for the same thing—to see a true move of God take place and to see souls saved and lives changed for time and eternity. There must be one mindset of what we do and one message at the heart of what we do—Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
PRAYER IS VITAL TO A MOVE OF GOD
Prayer is a big key to this, for we see that these people of whom Luke writes in the book of Acts were praying. Without prayer, there will be no real relationship with our heavenly Father, which He truly desires to have with all of His children. To be able to call upon God and know that He is able to meet our needs, that He is all-powerful, and that He is able to do more than what we can even ask or think is beyond our understanding.
Knowing that we have the opportunity to seek the Lord regarding a move of God in not only our lives but in our church, as well, is truly a blessing of which many fail to take advantage. Every day, we as believers should take advantage of the time that we have and take a few moments to seek the Lord and believe Him for the impossible, for God is a God of the impossibilities. This means that He is able to move mountains. He is able to tear down Jericho walls. He is able to part the Red Sea or the Jordan River. He is able to make the sun stand still. He is able to make a way where there seems to be no way. He is able to open blinded eyes. He is able to heal the sick. He is able to raise the dead. He is able to provide money in the mouth of a fish. He is able to do what we cannot do for ourselves. Do you believe that? Do you choose to believe that? I choose to believe that God is able to do the impossible.
“I’M LOOKING FOR THE POSSIBLE”
A few years ago, someone was telling me a story that was featuring a little girl with an extreme disfigurement, which would leave most with a negative view of themselves. She attended a school for kids with physical impairments in a particular state up north. A local television crew was sent to follow her throughout the day. What was seen by the local crew caused absolute dismay, for this little girl, with her extreme disabilities, never once had a frown on her face, but rather was beaming throughout the interview. The host asked her about her difficulties and why she was able to smile through those difficulties. The little girl’s response was telling. She responded by saying, “I’m not looking for that which is difficult, but I’m looking for that which is possible!”
As a believer, quit looking at the difficulties and start looking to a God who is able to do the impossible! We sing a song that is quite apropos for what has been said:
“Got any rivers you think are uncrossable?
Got any mountains you can’t tunnel through?
God specializes in things thought impossible.
He’ll do for you what no other power can do!”
Start believing that today and start claiming that God is able to do for you what no other power can do. God is able to do for you what you cannot do for yourself, and it makes no difference how difficult the situation may be—He is able!
Without prayer, there is no relationship, and there is no petitioning the Lord for His will. Prayer is vital to a true move of God that we need in this nation and around the world. Those individuals were gathering together on that day and praying and seeking the Lord for His will. We should take a lesson from the early church and establish a prayer life and believe God to do great things within our lives and within our church.
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