Sunday, February 22, 2015

The Holy Spirit Desires to Work in Your City


 Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy
 
Today I visited an independent Pentecostal Church called “Open Door Church.”

Their motto is “Come As You Are, Don’t Leave As You Came.”

The congregation was mostly made up of new converts, and the music and worship was a thanksgiving unto Jesus who has set the captive free with praise and worship to our Lord who brings deliverance.

The service was loosely structured with children and adults walking in front of the Pastor as he preached.  That is not meant as a criticism, because it is what you might expect of a service held in a park, although this was a lovely church building.
 
Pastor Allen opened the preaching with these words; “The Holy Spirit wants to work beyond these walls.  God is doing great things in our city and is working with Signs, Wonders, and Miracles.

Pastor read from  Joel 2:28-29, 32 (KJV) 

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: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. - - And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered –

We cannot afford to become complacent and rule out miracles.  He reminded us of the woman with the issue of Blood. (Matt 9)  She had suffered 12 years, yet she refused to believe the Doctor’s report.  She knew if she would only PRESS IN, and TOUCH Jesus that she would be make whole.

Sometimes we think we have it all figured out, and think this is it, I might as well learn to live with it.

We see an obstacle and think it is a door, but it isn’t.   We must refuse to take NO for an answer.

Pastor said, “I am tired of people accepting the words, “Once an addict, always - an addict.  I refuse that concept.”

Some say, once a sinner, always a sinner, but again I say not true.

As you read the Bible, notice that every time someone came to Jesus for help, he healed and delivered

It is time to believe the Word of God and not walk half way.

Even when the message is watered down, many refuse to accept, and do not like the taste of Truth.

It is NOT time to turn back to the old sinful ways, but we must press forward and allow God to take us to a deeper level in Him.

Even if we hear the words, “Nothing else can be done to help you,” know that God still works miracles.  Prayer can change a ‘bad report.’  God can heal the hurts of the past. 

Allow Jesus to teach you to forgive as he has forgiven you.

Pastor called for those needing prayer to come forward and many were touched by the Holy spirit as they worshiped and were ready to receive.


 

4 comments:

  1. Yep. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever! Everything in this world is subject to HIM!

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  2. Thank you for this wonderful report, it was great to see you again

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  3. You shared some of my favorite thoughtful things and I appreciate it. Thank you so very, VERY much!!

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  4. Hello Hazel I read this article on Monday and am back to read it again. I love the pastor's words. Come as you are but don't leave the same.

    God is ready to step in and move in our lives but do we open our hearts to him?

    Thank you!

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