...."be filled with the Spirit!".Ephesians 5:18
I heard it said recently that this season will show those who are truly mature in their faith and those who are not. That's quite a challenge isn't it?
Ephesians 4:7 - 16 says that our goal is to be "mature", that we should "no longer be children tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine" ... "that we may grow up in all things into Him who is the head - Christ".
At this time of grief, sorrow and loss for many, we who are secure and safe have a mandate and opportunity to push into the supernatural life that resides within everyone who is Christ's; to "be fervent in Spirit, serving the Lord" (Romans 12:11) in prayer, compassion and practical support. In the Western church particularly, there is an evident need for renewal for sincere believers to return with all their hearts to their "first love" of Jesus and to recover the dynamic power of the Holy Spirit which transformed and empowered the early Church.
Warren and I have been inspired recently by reading about past reformers, miracle workers and mystics in a book by John Crowder (The New Mystics). Crowder quotes Lester Sumrall, talking about Smith Wigglesworth as he recalls him prophesying a last-day healing revival where multitudes beyond number would be saved and that no disease would be able to stand before God's people.
Wigglesworth was said to have prophesied : "I see the greatest revival in the history of mankind coming to planet earth, maybe as never before. And I see the dead raised. I see every form of disease healed. I see whole hospitals emptied with no-one there. Even the doctors are running down the streets shouting", he told Sumrall.
The Spirit of the Fear of the Lord rested on Wigglesworth (1859 to 1947). He raised the dead, he was used by God to heal countless people; it was reported people were healed when his very shadow passed by; he walked into a grocery store and without saying a word three people fell on the floor repenting; he would ask a stranger "Are you saved" and they would begin weeping; he would pray and an entire congregation would roll on the floor in holy laughter!
He experienced all this and yet he saw in the Spirit there was an even greater outpouring coming. Lets pray and believe for a mighty outpouring of God's Spirit in the earth today, for a Great Awakening of all men everywhere crying out, "What must I do to be saved." For not just a revival but for Reformation!
Join us this Sunday on-line as Warren interviews Donna Redding about a dream she had some time ago and how it relates to today.