A Word of Encouragement 1

I received this email today and I wanted to share it with everyone because it is how the gifts of the Holy Spirit operate within the body.

“I wanted to share with you an amazing experience I had last Sunday and I pray you will be encouraged and blessed.

It started out another beautiful Sunday morning with clear blue skies. My wonderful wife and I were taking a Sunday, before church, stroll through the neighborhood seeking more of God. For a spell we were quiet, basking in the beauty of God’s creation and waiting upon Him. Then the Spirit began to speak to me the following:

Have ears to hear My words says the King of kings
Know that I treasure the praises of My people
Know that I am a Victorious King
Know that I have overcome sin and defeated death itself
So stand boldly under My Victorious Banner
Stand humbly and receive My Will
My Will to give you Love, Hope and Faith
My Will to give you Victory
So come into My House and seek Me
Call upon Me and ask of Me
Knock and see the doors open
I have given to you My Life
Will you give Me yours?

I was so tremendously blessed. Yet it didn’t stop there.

As our Sunday morning service started I could feel the move of His Spirit. Then the worship, and how the songs chosen, aligned to what the Spirit was speaking to me became overwhelming. God is so real! His Words became ever the stronger with the Tongues and Interpretation, both times, about not fearing and to trust in Him. The Creator of everything is talking to us! Then He spoke even louder through the sermon you presented, about how His Blood is enough. Like you sir, this makes me do a little dance. Wow, reliving last Sunday gets me more excited to be in His service.

This solidifies how great our Lord is. He still wants us and He still speaks to us. His Spirit is alive and moving! How can we not respond to His calling!?”

Michael Wind

Wait! 1

We are being called upon by church leaders to be more outward focused in order to reach the world. However, by being outwardly focused what are we reaching the world with?

There is no doubt that Jesus told His followers to go and make disciples and then He told them to wait until they had received power from on high to be effective witnesses in the world.

Have we become so concerned over being weird and not allowing abuses in the church that we miss the principle of how to be outwardly focused? To be outwardly focused in a productive way one must be upwardly focused and inwardly indwelled and empowered. This means that people have to gather in the church to experience the presence of God, the glory of worship, the power of prayer, the preaching of the Word, growth through the fruit of the Holy Spirit and empowerment through the baptism and gifts of the Holy Spirit.

As people grow in this environment they become people of the spirit; matured and empowered. These people, full of the Holy Spirit, now will go into the market place and be the salt and light God has called them to be.

“There are millions of churchgoers across America who cannot confidently say they have experienced the presence of God or His actions in their lives over the past year. And many of them do not believe they can.” Francis Chan-Forgot God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit

What a sad indictment of the church today. God poured out His Spirit in order to help us grow closer to Him and to touch the world around us. Yet if there are millions of churchgoers across America who have not experienced the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives, what is it that they offer the culture around them?

If you desire to be outwardly focused, then find a good Pentecostal church where the fire of heaven is falling and experience the presence of the life changing Holy Spirit. You will never be the same and the people you interact with in the community will be exposed to that power through you.


Becoming All Things 0

Every once in a while someone will quote the Apostle Paul, “I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some,” (1 Cor. 9:22) as an excuse for just about anything to engage the culture around us. They make Paul out as one who advocated adapting the gospel to the taste of the audience. So the question must be asked, “Was the Apostle Paul suggesting that the gospel message be made to appeal to people by accommodating their relish for certain amusements or by pampering their pet vices?”

It does not sound like the Apostle Paul,

Gal 1:10

10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.


Rom 1:16-17

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”


The Apostle Paul I read about in the Scriptures was not a salesman, but a voice that clearly points to the message God had given him. He was stoned, beaten, imprisoned and finally killed for speaking God’s truth. That does not sound like someone who was trying to accommodate his listeners.

I believe that what Paul was saying with his, “I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some,” is that even though he had freedom in Christ Jesus he would give up everything to see a world come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. In order to do that, he was willing to give up all rights and privilege, his position, his rank, his livelihood, his freedom to spread the gospel. He would claim no rights, make no demands, and insist on no privileges. For the Apostle Paul it was an attitude of personal sacrifice, not compromise.

So are we to engage the culture? Yes, absolutely we are to fulfill the great commission that Christ gave us. The best way to accomplish that commission is to be indwelled and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

The present postmodern Pentecostal church believes it can best engage the culture by becoming the culture; by taking the gifts of the Holy Spirit outside the church building and see them in operation in the market place. The issue with this thinking is that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to the church to strengthen, edify, and empower it to be the salt and light it will need to be to see the world engaged in such a way as to see spiritual transformation. This really can only happen when the church is gathered together and functioning as a group. The gifts of the Holy Spirit cannot work as God intended them to work outside of the body of Christ. Jesus told them to wait for the power they would need to accomplish His plans and purpose in the world. If one is not indwelled and empowered by the Holy Spirit, then what is it they hope to accomplish?

If one is serious about, “Becoming all things to all people to save some,” then let them give up their freedom and their rights to follow Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit to transform them so they can be the vessels God will use to touch the world and see the culture transformed by the hand of God.