“To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God.”
I try really hard to not OVERUSE the statement I’m about to make. I try to not HYPE anything that I feel God is doing or might do and if I’ve ever fell victim to that, then I publicly as God to forgive me, but…
I believe that God wants to do way more than we as Christians are asking from Him and He is going to do some amazing things in the near future. As I’ve been praying about it, I truly have faith for us to see God in new and fresh ways very soon.
Please do me a favor. I’m going to ask you to consider doing some stuff and pray about some things below. I guess all I’m asking is to consider what would, what could, what MIGHT happen if all of us who have laid down our lives to ENJOY making Jesus the all consuming passion of their lives EXPECTED, ANTICIPATED and PRAYED for God to move in mighty ways. Just consider it.
OK, here we go…
- Pray…Seriously Pray. Make a quiet block of 5 to 15 minutes out of your schedule today and for the next week and daily pray about your next worship gathering. In other words, and I’m going to be bold here, don’t do what I’ve done for so many years which is to intend to pray about something and then not, or just as bad, pray about it without fully expecting what you’re asking for to come to pass. Let’s pray for opportunities to heal people, let’s pray for opportunities to get prophetic words to uplift the body, let’s pray for teaching to reach deep into peoples hearts and boldly guide them into living with more Holy Spirit power in their lives, let’s pray for our own lives and walks with Christ to be pushed to the next level and that as leaders of the church (if you’re actively praying like I’m suggesting you’re a spiritual leader in your church even if you don’t have the earthly title) that we would be in prayer for more of God in the church and event. Let’s pray for all these things…and then expect God to act on them. More on expectancy in a separate post…this one was getting kind of long.
- Live & Die On Scripture…All Of It. Words without faith and action is incomplete. We all need our faith to be increased (I’m speaking to myself too) so we can be more effective at both winning souls to Christ, walking out our faith daily doing all He has planned for us, and living with increased Holy Spirit power! I would propose to you that there is a point at which things we read in the bible stretch our faith to or even past the breaking point. At what point do we struggle to believe anymore…Prophetic words? Supernatural discernment of spirits? Tongues? Healing (the blind, lame, deaf, mute, dying and sick)? Buildings shaking with the overwhelming presence of God? People being raised from the dead (just lost a lot of you right there didn’t I)? I believe faith starts with a decision. Let’s decide that nothing in that book is out of reach. Let’s decide that when Jesus himself said in John 14:12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these,…“ that He really meant even greater things. Where’s your breaking point for your faith and will you decide to stretch it farther? If so, go to BibleGateway’s topical search tool and type “raised from the dead” or some other topic that stretches your faith or go here. Then pray that God would increase your faith in His perfect way and time.
- Get Fired Up! If you wanna see God doing some cool stuff, and you should want to, check out these videos with John Wimber doing a Holy Spirit – Signs & Wonders conference in 1985. There are 4 videos and they show God doing some amazing stuff both with prophetic words and also with healing. Also, he’s using this as a teaching tool that I think will be beneficial for us all as we step out in faith at our churches.
Listen in the above video as he talks about how we have westernized and secularized the church. He says that we’ve almost eliminated the supernatural from our perceptions and that we’ve come to a place we don’t anticipate God to operate as God among us. Where we think that study is an end in itself. But word without actions is incomplete. Hearing without doing is incomplete. We need the word and the works. To say that we believe the Bible in it’s entirety and then not operate as such in faith with great anticipation on what the Holy Spirit is going to do among us is incomplete.