Sunday, January 23, 2022
“But the Jews who were not persuaded, becoming envious, took some of the evil men from the marketplace, and gathering a mob, set all the city in an uproar and attacked the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people. But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, ‘These who have turned the world upside down have come here too.'” (Acts 17:5-6) So explosive was the revival in Acts, it was as if the world had turned “upside down”.
A visitation of God’s Spirit puts leadership in a role requiring wisdom in “handling” such explosiveness. To see His purpose fully accomplished, these guidelines may help: 1) Follow the life of the Holy Spirit. If we respond to the revival in fear or presumption, we grieve the Holy Spirit. 2) Resolve not to “control” the revival. Seek God for discernment between “leading” and “restricting” monitor the visitation, but stay submitted to Him. Give wise stewardship to the precious move of the Spirit. 3) Seek the counsel of gifted ministries, each submitting to designed His church to work together. 4) Always complement the experiential side of the visitation with the constant, systematic teaching of the Word of God. 5) Always keep the focus of the revival on God, not “things that happen.”
In a genuine move of God, people will need to be led to worship God and glorify Him as the Initiator and Sustainer of such blessing and the source of wisdom and power to walk wisely in it. Why do I cover this … church, it is coming!
You are loved, Pastor Don