Yesterday was incredible. God blessed our church with two powerful services, and we saw people’s lives positively impacted by His Spirit. The Lord came to us in a very real way during both times of refreshing, and there is no way we could doubt what God was doing.
The morning service began with no indication something phenomenal was about to take place. One of my leading men opened the service by reading a text he had found that really meant a lot to him. He gave prayer requests, and then we began singing. There was something special as we lifted our voices toward heaven, and many began to feel the very presence of God.
It needs to be explained here that we are a very small church of about 50-60 people as a weekly average. A short list of things we don’t have might be in order: no music minister, no regular piano player (we do have a couple who play, though), no robed choir (no choir, in fact), no restroom facilities in our building where we worship, and the list could go on.
We do have some very nice multimedia equipment, though. With no music minister, and no regular piano player, we made a decision long ago to worship with the few musical instruments we have (bass guitar, electric piano, tambourine, and my Ovation), along with Integrity iWorship DVDs. We are blessed with a lot of seniors, and they weren’t too thrilled with the DVDs, but we have pressed onward, and many have begun liking what they hear.
I ministered on the power of the Holy Ghost in both services, and we were blessed to see the hand of God move in a spectacular way. The point of describing our church above is to show we don’t necessarily need the best equipment, buildings or have the most people in order to see God’s power; what we need is a hunger and desire to see God work in the midst of the church. People need to once again hunger for God to pour out His Spirit in us with a fresh anointing. The writer of Ecclesiastes penned these words in chapter 9 verse 8: “Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment.” The Word of God also declares in Psalms 92:10 “But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.”
What we need is a fresh anointing of Holy Ghost power. God is not necessarily looking for the biggest and best before He pours out His Spirit, but He is looking for people who hunger to see that power. The prophet Joel wrote about the outpouring of Holy Ghost power in Joel 2:28-29:
28 ¶And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
In Luke 24:49, Jesus told the disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the promise of the Father, baptism in the power of God. In the book of Acts, we find the disciples waiting for the promise. God’s Spirit came and bathed the disciples with power from on high – the Holy Ghost. They couldn’t keep this wonderful gift locked up, so they poured out of the building and into the streets. People mocked them, ridiculing them for their freedom of worship.
What follows is an account of what happened on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2:14-21:
14 ¶But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judæa, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: 15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. 16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; 17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: 18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: 19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: 20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: 21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
I don’t know about you, but my desire is to see more of God’s power. We need the Holy Ghost in our lives in order to effectively witness to a lost and dying world. My prayer is “Father, fill us once again with your Spirit.”