Monday, January 19, 2009

The Church Needs Power From on High

For those of you who have read my previous posts, you will understand where I am going with this new post. For the rest of you, let me make it perfectly clear. We need the authentic Pentecostal experience in our churches. Let me give you two reasons.

First, we need to understand that Jesus told His disciples to wait for the Promise of the Father (Luke 24:49). They didn't know what this "power on high" would be like, but they wanted everything that Jesus had for them. Why would Jesus give His disciples anything that would be harmful for them (Luke 11:9-13)? We need the power from on high more than we have ever needed the Spirit of God in our land. I know that we differ on "manifestations", but could we not agree that the Spirit of God is the only one that can give us power to live in this godless society? We need the power of God to be His witnesses.

Secondly, the church of the Lord Jesus Christ is barren because we have relegated the Spirit of God to a back room. I want my children to experience the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, and more than that I want them to experience what it means to live a Spirit empowered life. If we don't preach, teach and live the daily visitation of the Holy Spirit then we should not surprised that we live defeated lives.

Let us regain authentic Pentecost before it is too late. If we are happy about the churches in America that are closing their doors, and the generally apathy that has plagued the body of Christ then we should do nothing. Our churches must become more than social clubs.

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