The Cowards Will not Make It


“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” (Revelations 21:8)

 

You have exalted your bylaws above God’s Word, your pride and rebelliousness will consume you. You use intimidation and manipulation to keep God’s people in your religious prisons by your worthless doctrines of men. Just like the devil, you remind God’s people of their sins even after they have repented and you continue to disqualify them from serving the Lord fully.

 

 

For I heard the Lord say: “You exalt yourselves as having the whole truth, but your hearts I will deal with,” says the Lord, “for your sin is great before Me. Just as the friends of Job, as they did not speak of Me what was right, you are not representing My heart and you are not hungry and thirsty for My righteousness. Knowing in part was designed to keep you humble, but you think you have the whole truth because of higher education, degrees and titles given by men. I am the Lord, All knowing, All Mighty, All Power and Merciful. Your ambitious agendas and selfish hearts are being revealed day by day. Your pride I will crush like dry concrete,” says the Lord!

 

I am calling out God’s people to be free, not to settle for a form of godliness, but to go after Godliness. People of God, they are controlling you and they call it “covering”. How can they be your covering without a true and sincere relationship with you? They call following the Spirit rebelliousness and being out of order.

 

But I refuse to be conformed to your business-like ways of doing ministry. You are Revival Killers; your hearts are filed with jealousy and envy; you are indeed the false prophets, the false teachers and the Pharisees of our day. Humble yourselves and turn from your wicked ways for the Lord is ready to heal the land, for the Lord is ready to pour out His Spirit and fill the whole earth with His glory.

 

Oh people of God, do not submit to the authority of the Pharisees, for they are the ones out of order and the ones that left the Holy Spirit to follow their own ways. People of God, do not be afraid; stand for Jesus, flow with the Spirit and do what you see the Father doing. Jesus fought with the established religion of His day; that same spirit is here today to kill everything that is indeed real.

 

This is a time for spiritual hygiene to take place in our hearts. People of God, repent and turn away from your sinful ways. Forgive yourselves and know that God is with you and that He will never leave you nor forsake you. The best is yet to come, but you must go after God with all of your hearts.

 

Beloved, the cowards will not make it! Fear not what men can do to you, but fear the one that can send your soul to hell for all eternity. Don’t be afraid and don’t be silent, for the Lord is good and He desire good and better things for you, for faith comes by hearing the True Word of the Gospel that make us free. Shackle yourselves to God and to God only, be slaves of the Master with a voluntary heart, but know that you are indeed sons and daughters of the Most High. Free yourself from the witchcraft of men.

 

Beloved, the cowers will not make it, it is time for you to either go after God or reject HIM; it is time to decide of which team you are a part of, it is time to make up your minds, stop the foolishness and go after God like never before with fasting, prayer and tears.

Revival is coming, revival is coming…the Shekinah glory of God is coming… to fill the hearts of all of those that call Jesus their Savior and Lord, not only with their lips, but also with their hearts.

Without Repentance


Without repentance there is no salvation; without repentance there is no forgiveness, without repentance there is no transformation, without repentance there is no peace, without repentance there is no restoration, without repentance there is no holiness and without a heart for holiness there is no revival! Beloved, the blood of Jesus is powerful enough to burn away any sin, but without repentance that precious blood can’t be activated!

Jesus confronted the Samaritan Woman’s sin as she had five divorces and was living with the sixth man out of marriage. Jesus got in her business and He is getting ready to get in your business. Beloved, that thing that we call our business is indeed our problem.

The Saints are sitting in churches, Sunday after Sunday, going through the motions of their religious duty. Pride is keeping their rear-end glued to the pews. Their hearts are hardened; they are more concerned about what men will think and say about them than about the judgment of the Living God. They sit with their dignified positions and their chins up to the sky filled with arrogance and pride as if the preacher is not talking to them. James reminds us that God resist the proud and Psalm 51:17 declares the power of a broken heart:

“My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.” (NIV)

A Mighty Word by Pastor Roland García


Hello everyone:

 

Yesterday was our third Sunday; the excitement in my spirit grows by the minute, I have great expectations in the Holy Ghost; but the Lord really dealt with me during the service yesterday. I felt a couple of days ago that Pastor Garcia was to bring the Word for this service; I am so glad that I heard God’s voice on that matter. I guess we are getting what I like to call Pre-Revival Words.

 

I started on June the 10th with a message entitle: Is Time Start Training God’s People coming out of Ephesians 4:11-16. I come very strongly against the One Man Show on Sundays and establish the Biblical need to equip God’s people to serve and to encourage one another as we prepare for Revival.

 

On our second service I minister on Taking the Dead out of the Church, a word that is crying out for youth to take their places and address some of the things that are dead in the church. We learn some aspects concerning the youth ministry out of the story of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts.

 

Yesterday, oh my Lord! Yesterday June 24th, my dear friend and brother, Pastor Roland Garcia minister on the fact that many of us are sick with diverse sickness and that we must go to Jesus for our healing before we can be effectively used by God. These are some of the videos for that service:

 

Jun 25, 2012 2:41am

My son Angelo Casiano singing Wrap Me in Your Arms

 

Jun 24, 2012 11:41pm

Pastor Sandy Outlaw blessing our Nameless Church

 

Jun 24, 2012 11:07pm

A portion of Pastor Roland García’s message

 

Jun 25, 2012 1:46am

My reflection on Pastor García’s message

 

 

 

 

Nuestra Terqueza y la Gloria de Dios


“Jehová dijo a Moisés: —Anda, vete de aquí, tú y el pueblo que sacaste de la tierra de Egipto, a la tierra de la cual juré a Abraham, Isaac y Jacob diciendo: “A tu descendencia la daré.” Yo enviaré delante de ti el ángel, y echaré fuera al cananeo, al amorreo, al heteo, al ferezeo, al heveo y al jebuseo. Subirás a la tierra que fluye leche y miel, pero yo no subiré contigo, no sea que te destruya en el camino, pues eres un pueblo muy terco.” Éxodos 33:1-3

                 Sabemos que Dios está en todas partes. No hay ninguna parte del universo que pueda escapar Su mirada. ¿Cómo lo hace? Yo no sé. Es un misterio que nos tomaría una eternidad entender. Mas, Su presencia manifestada es algo completamente diferente. La presencia manifestada de Dios no es prometida ni garantizada. La Biblia describe dicha presencia como la Gloria Shekinah de Dios.

                   Dios hizo grandes señales y prodigios para sacar a los Israelitas de Egipto. Mas vemos en estos versos que Dios promete cumplir con su Palabra a pesar de la terqueza de los Israelitas. Dios promete darles la tierra prometida y les promete también mandar a su ángel delante de ellos para garantizar victoria, pero El establece claramente que no estará con ellos. En otras palabras, Su presencia estará con ellos, mas no su gloria (Su presencia manifestada).

                La terqueza es prima hermana del orgullo; una persona terca es una persona que no escucha, que no respeta y que no obedece. Queridos hermanos, tenemos que confrontar nuestra terqueza ya que podemos ver en estos versos que no hay espacio para la terqueza y la gloria de Dios en un mismo lugar.

                 Para cualquier otra persona esto sería más que suficiente, después de todo, Dios prometió darles la tierra prometida, mas no para Moisés. Moisés sabía que había mucho más, Moisés tenía una relación con Dios y Moisés amaba al pueblo de Israel. Ese amor por Dios y por el pueblo lo llevó a interceder eficazmente. En Éxodos 33:12-18 vemos la fabulosa intercesión de Moisés y el resultado de la misma:

“12 Dijo Moisés a Jehová:

—Mira, tú me dices: “Saca a este pueblo”, pero no me has indicado a quién enviarás conmigo. Sin embargo, tú dices: “Yo te he conocido por tu nombre y has hallado también gracia a mis ojos.” 13 Pues bien, si he hallado gracia a tus ojos, te ruego que me muestres ahora tu camino, para que te conozca y halle gracia a tus ojos; y mira que esta gente es tu pueblo.

14 Jehová le dijo:

—Mi presencia te acompañará y te daré descanso.

15 Moisés respondió:

—Si tu presencia no ha de acompañarnos, no nos saques de aquí. 16 Pues ¿en qué se conocerá aquí que he hallado gracia a tus ojos, yo y tu pueblo, sino en que tú andas con nosotros, y que yo y tu pueblo hemos sido apartados de entre todos los pueblos que están sobre la faz de la tierra?

17 —También haré esto que has dicho, por cuanto has hallado gracia a mis ojos y te he conocido por tu nombre —respondió Jehová a Moisés.

18 Entonces dijo Moisés:

—Te ruego que me muestres tu gloria.”

                  La Gloria de Dios es nuestra única esperanza, Su gloriosa presencia nos traerá poder, paz, gozo, prosperidad de alma y victoria. La presencia manifestada de Dios es lo que produce avivamientos; es lo que resucita a los muertos, lo que revive nuestras almas, lo que reactiva nuestros sueños, lo que produce milagros, señales, prodigios, lo que restaura, prepara y lanza para la gloria de Dios y para el servicio de Su pueblo. Es su presencia manifestada lo que atrae multitudes de alrededor del mundo. Lamentablemente hoy día nuestra terqueza nos hace insistir en el pecado, en nuestras formas de hacer las cosas y en las formas del mundo.

                     Dios va a derramar un gran avivamiento, de eso no hay duda. La pregunta es:   ¿Seremos parte del mismo o no? Todo depende de nuestros corazones, todo depende de cuanta hambre y sed tenemos de Dios. Esta es una hora muy especial en la Iglesia y el enfoque debe ser el orar por un acrecentamiento de hambre y sed por Dios. Repitamos esta oración a través del mundo:

“Oh Padre, muéstrame tu gloria para que pueda morir  a mi mismos y para que pueda revivir en ti. Crece en mi, Santo Rey, y ayúdame a decrecer. Perdona mis terquezas y mis pecados y crea en mi un corazón puro y humilde. Haz del primer mandamiento una realidad en mi corazón. Aviva mi alma y úsame para tu gloría y para la expansión de tu reino…En el nombre de Jesús…Amén.

                     Si este artículo ha hablado a su espíritu, por favor deje un mensaje. Si prefiere enviarle un mensaje personal al Pastor Ángel Casiano escríbanos a angelcasiano@aol.com Preparémonos juntos para recibir la Gloria de Dios, es la única esperanza del mundo.  ¡Qué Dios te bendiga!                        

 

 

 

Gates County Martial Arts Summer Camp Specifics


Hello everyone:

As you all probably know by now, we are set to start our First Gates County Martial Arts Summer Camp. This camp will run from Monday through Thursday from 9AM to 5PM, starting on July 9th and ending August 2. These are four weeks of Spiritual, Physical and Mental Boot Camp for students ages 8 and up. Adults can also participate.

It is not mandatory that you participate for the whole camp and there is no registration fee; however all participants must pay for one week in advance at Registration and all participants must buy our Karate Uniform ($40.00).

We are looking for a minimum of ten participants to be able to start the program and a maximum of fifty. This is a serious martial arts camp and participants will truly enjoy a great time getting in shape, learning martial arts, learning to be discipline, nutrition, learning interesting facts about our community and region, how to develop good study habits, Bible Principles, good and healthy fun and much more.

This is how our daily schedule:


9:00 – 9:15 Attendance

9:15 – 9:30 Prayer

9:30 – 9:45 Break

9:45 – 10:00 Warm-up

10:00 – 11:00 Jogging and Walking

11:00 – 11:15 Break

11:15 – 12:00 Intense Stretching

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 1:45 Focus on Forms Class

1:45 – 2:00 Break

2:00 to 2:30 (Spiritual Time)

2:30 – 2:45 Break

2:45 – 3:45 General Martial Arts Class

3:45 – 4:30 Open for Fun Games, Play other sports, table games, etc.

4:30 – 4:45 Break

4:45 – 5:00 PM Clean up

(This schedule is subject to changes; however, these are some of the activities we will be offering)

Specific Details:

  • $60.00 per week per participant. It is not mandatory to participate in the whole camp.
  • All participants registering for more than two weeks must buy our Martial Arts Uniform (We provide those Uniforms) The Cost is $40.00 It is not mandatory that they wear the uniform everyday, but they must wear their belts every day.
  • All students, especially girls must wear appropiate pants (Sweat pants, long short pants or our regular karate pants) Yes they are going to sweat we know is hot! However because of the stretching exercises it is best to wear appropiate pants.
  • Location: Gates County Community Center
  • Hours of operation: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Discounts available for families registering more than one person.
  • Participants must provide their own lunch and snacks (We do have a refrigerator and microwave)
  • It is highly recommended that participants complete the whole four weeks. This is indeed a great opportunity to advance in rank. There will be a Rank Testing at the end of the Camp; it is not guaranty, as it all depends on the student efforts, but students participating in our camp could take advantage of this great opportunity for advancement in rank.
  • For students participating in our whole four weeks of camp their next Rank Testing Fee is waved. A reminder that a four-week participation does not guaranty that the student will be ready for our August Rank Testing. However, for students that participate in our four-week camp, whenever the instructor determines that they are ready, that next Rank Testing Fee is waved.
  • For the students already registered in our program your monthly tuition for your regular classes is waved if participating in at least two weeks.

Registration Dates:

  • Ongoing

For more information please call us at 252-506-5374 or visit us at facebook.com/gatescountymartialarts. 

Follow Up on My Health


I have indeed been a Vegan since June 4th; today marks my 16th day! Dr. Esselstyn has opened the eyes of many; that is including me. You may want to be introduced to his work and research by watching this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNeWCvLZaFM. Just to give you an idea of how effective this Vegan diet is; former President Bill Clinton, famously known for his love for fast foods is also a Vegan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zQAOQRpG8k&feature=endscreen.

My son Angelo is following a very close Vegan diet; just a couple of days ago I registered him at Vidant Wellness Center. At Vidant before you are allow to exercise there, they go over all of those numbers that count, cholesterol included. Angelo’s numbers are better than when he was 12 years old. At 12 he was a chubby kid with borderline cholesterol level. At 18 he is a very healthy young man! My wife; who is a medical doctor, dropped 28 points on her cholesterol in three weeks following the Vegan diet; she went from 178 to 150.

My numbers were very, very bad; but looking at my son and my wife gives me great hope that I am indeed moving in the right direction. I continue to exercise, but also I am eating right and I can see results again. I lost eleven pounds already! Soon I will be going back to the doctor to check all of those numbers that count.

I sense that God wants to do something amazing in this region; yesterday I received a powerful word from the Lord concerning Revival. Beloved, we can’t let the devil kill us; I want to be a part of what God is doing.

I will continue giving you all honest updates in weeks to come. For now God bless you and thank you all for your prayers!

The Baptism in the Holy Ghost: Is it Even Biblical?


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is not a one-event thing; it is available for all of us today. In the eighteen hundreds we saw a great push on what was known as the Second Work of Grace known as Sanctification. The First Work of Grace was justification (Salvation). As we start the 20th Century, a Third Work of Grace was introduced, that is The Baptism of the Holy Spirit. In Acts 1:4-5 the Bible tells us:

 

“On one occasion, while he (Jesus) was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

 

The Disciples were already Christians, but they were commanded by Jesus to wait for the gift promised by the Father. Jesus then speaks about two baptisms: The Baptism of Water and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. The Baptism in water is known as the Baptism of Repentance. Jesus commanded us to be Baptize by submerging in water only after being born again. Acts 1:8 gives us the purpose for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit:

 

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

 

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit gives us power to live a Godly life as we receive power to be witnesses. We do not receive power to be attorneys, to be prosecutors or to be judges. We received power to have the ability to be eyewitnesses of the Lord and testify of His doings. That power is available for us all! So then we come to Acts 2 as we see 120 people being baptize in the Holy Spirit; it was indeed a dramatic event. In Acts 2:12 we see the following:

 

Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

 

The Apostle Peter answered this question by quoting Scripture; in Acts 2:16-18

 

No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: “‘in the last days, God says, 
I will pour out my Spirit on all people. 
Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, 
your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.”

It is clear that this is a powerful experience apart from salvation. Speaking in tongues is just an outer manifestation of what is happening inside in the life of a Christian. I see in Scripture that the people that were baptized in the Holy Spirit also prophesied. Later we see in Acts 19:1-7

While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” “They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?” “John’s baptism,” they replied. Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. There were about twelve men in all.”

Many people today are just like these men. Many people are not being taught about this powerful experience. Others, as always, are being fooled into something that has nothing to do with being Baptize in the Holy Ghost. Foolishness, however, should not take away the truth of God’s Word. The devil comes to steal, kill and destroy according to John 10:10 and he is robbing God’s people from this much-needed power to testify.

For centuries, the enemy use the Catholic Church to give us a false Gospel; it was not until the seventeen hundreds with the great reformation, that the true Gospel revelation was given to the world through the Great Awakening. That is how we became Protestants, as we protested their foolishness. But the Baptism in the Holy Spirit was ignored until the start of the 20th century through Evan Roberts and the Welsh Revival and William J. Seymour and the Azusa Street Revival. During the Azusa Street Revival we see reports of people not only speaking in tongues, but also learning new languages. The new language they learned was taken as a mandate from God to be a missionary to that nation; so they were send out to go to those nations. It was amazing! Blacks, Whites, Hispanics and people from all over the world came together as a big family. They came together by the power of God’s Spirit and racism was not an issue. Later, however, racism was the very thing that destroyed this revival.

Tragically, the enemy has attacked the Pentecostal movement and there is no other denomination more deeply divided than Pentecostals. However, again, we can’t take the failure of men and use it as a reason to disregard something that is Biblical. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is Biblical, is real and is needed. May the Lord use us to preach the Gospel, may the lost get saved; may the Body of Christ embrace sanctified life styles by the power of God and may we all be baptize with the Holy Ghost.

 

About Revival Part 7


“A Biblical Review”

In his book, Rivers of Revival, authors Elmer L. Towns and Neil Anderson stated the following:

“Just as all normal people have the same facial characteristics, yet the characteristics in the faces of all people are arranged differently; these revivals have the same facial characteristics— they reflect God’s presence—yet they have different faces; which means the revivals were expressed in different ways. I (Elmer Towns) wrote Rivers of Revival, Regal Books, 1998 with Neil Anderson. In that book, I describe nine faces of revival (see pp. 116-117). These nine “faces” of revival are different manifestations of revival. These nine faces occur throughout history and are found in the times we call the ten greatest revivals ever. Yet, in each of these ten periods of time, the expressions of revival all appeared differently in each revival. These nine faces of revival in the book, Rivers of Revival, are:

1. Repentance Revival: emphasis on cleaning up one’s life and society.

2. Evangelism Revival: emphasis on winning souls to Christ.

3. Worship Revival: emphasis on magnifying God.

4. Deeper Life Revival: experiencing God’s indwelling.

5. Spiritual Warfare Revival: battling demons and Satan.

6. Holy Spirit Revival: emphasis on the Spirit’s manifestations.

7. Reconciliation Revival: removing barriers to racial harmony.

8. Liberation revival: freeing from corporate and personal bondage to sin.

9. Prayer Revival: an enormous movement of intercession and prayer.”

      It amazes me that we can do “Church” as we know it, without experiencing these nine truths about revival. When we see people repenting of their sins, when we see people crying out for souls, when we see people worshipping God in Spirit and in truth, when we see people going after holiness in God, when we see true spiritual welfare against the devil and his demons, when the Holy Spirit is freely manifesting, when racial harmony is taking place, when we start experiencing victory against personal sin in our secret places and when God’s people are truly praying, it is then and only then, my beloved friends, that we can say that we are indeed experiencing revival.

     These nine things, and I am sure there are more characteristics of revival, will never go unnoticed. It is sad to say, but without revival we have programs, man-made religion and manipulations that have nothing to do with God’s power. The Bible tells in Mark 16:17-18

“And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

            Beloved, when we start seeing these signs in the church again we will know that God’s glory is among us…we will know that revival is back! The question is, have we become the stiff-necked people of today? Is our pride getting on the way of revival? Do we even recognize the need for revival?

     The Lord told me that in the United States of America He demands multiculturalism; it is not an option here. This nation has been greatly damaged by the spirit of racism from the very beginning and much healing is needed. Amanda Thompson (Texas A&M University) writes in her article Scientific Racism:
 The Justification of Slavery and Segregated Education in America:

“Perhaps the least known fact about early American racism is its prevalence in society and its almost blind acceptance by the most distinguished scientists and politicians of the day. Though some historical figures questioned the relevancy of the inferiority of certain races in determining human rights, they did not question its accuracy. Thomas Jefferson wrote “I advance it, therefore, as a suspicion only, that the blacks…are inferior to the whites in the endowment of body and mind” (Gould, 87).

     As you may know, Thomas Jefferson wrote our Declaration of Independence. As Jefferson wrote the famous words: “All men are created Equal” he had over two hundred slaves working for him.

     It is also well documented in our history that the famous Evangelist and Revivalist of the seventeen hundreds, British George Whitefield, who is attributed with being used by God in spreading The Great Awakening around the world, supported slavery.

     In the early 18th century slavery was outlawed in Georgia. However, in 1749, George Whitefield campaigned for its legalization. Whitefield claimed that the territory would never be prosperous unless farms were able to use slave labor.[17] He began his fourth visit to America in 1751 advocating slavery, viewing its re-legalisation in Georgia as necessary to make his plantation profitable.[18]

     With Thomas Jefferson we have one of the most powerful political figures in the history of this country and with George Whitefield we have one of the most powerful Ministers in the history of the church.

     Church and state found common ground with these two men and many others where it was ok and justifiable for America to keep slavery. America had a great opportunity to deal with this issue as they won their freedom from England, but many men of God and politicians chose to turn their backs on our slaves.   God will burn racism in the Body of Christ; this issue can’t be ignored or downplayed.

     The winds of the Azusa Street Revival are coming and spreading all over this nation. In 1906 a black man by the name of William J. Seymour was raised by God to bring forth the greatest revival in the history of this nation. Oh, the winds are blowing…praise the Lord!

      The winds of the Welch Revival are blowing. In 1904 God raised a young man by the name of Evan Roberts. Roberts was not super-educated, he was not officially a minister, but he was hungry for God even at such a young age to bring forth a revival that spread all over the world. The Welch Revival transformed whole communities, brought people to repentance, music was taken to higher levels and thousands of souls were saved.

     The twentieth century came into the world with a strong message and profound lessons about the character of our God. Beloved, God can use the disqualified, the ones that nobody expects. A black man in a time of racial violence in this nation was used by God to bring forth the Azusa Revival and an average young man to bring forth the Welch Revival…Praise the Lord! Both of these men had something in common: They were both hungry for God; they both were given a passion for prayer, they both went after God with all of their hearts!

     Beloved, the story of the church, the story of God’s people, our story, can only be found in His glory; anything else is just a counterfeit, anything else is secular, anything else may have a form of Godliness, but it is not the real thing. God is the God of His people; He desires to manifest Himself to us; it’s His essence, it’s who He is. Wherever He is, everything changes: nothing remains the same.

     The glory of God is power; the glory of God transforms people, the glory of God is what we need. Moses cried out for that glory; he was not satisfied with just having things, he wanted God.

     Do you want God? Are you hungry and thirsty for HIM? If you are not, that must be the focus of your prayers. A great revival is coming; perhaps the last one before the coming of the Lord; it will happen, nothing can stop it; the question is: Are we ready? Are we going to be a part of it? At this hour God is waiting for us!

     It is then appropriate that I finish this series with the words of a great prophet that understood the reality of revival. Perhaps he gave us what the focus of our prayer for this hour should be,

3 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, on Shigionoth.

2 O Lord, I have heard Your speech and was afraid;
O Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years!
In the midst of the years make it known;
In wrath remember mercy. Habakkuk 3:1-2 (NKJV)

About Revival Part 6


“A Biblical Review”

For those that like to advocate that they are already experiencing the glory, let me just say that it is impossible for the manifested presence of God to go unnoticed. When God is truly here, the show is on for everybody to see as we can clearly see through the Word.

     I believe that throughout the Bible, God has purposely made it known what happens when God’s glory is here and what happens when God’s glory is not. He has allowed us to sit back, look at it and discern the difference. I say this because there is a tendency to believe, in our traditional churches, that God’s presence can be manifested without our external behavior never being affected.

     Through the Word we see that when the glory of God was manifesting no one was able to remain standing. His presence is too powerful for us to think that we can remain in our dignified positions while the King of kings and the Lord of lords walks among us. In Second Chronicles 5:13-14 the Bible tells us:

“…indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying:“ For He is good,
For His mercy endures forever,” that the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.” (NKJV)

     I can’t help but to ask myself, what happened to the glory of God after the Apostles? Acts chapter two describes an even more dramatic event in comparison to these Scriptures in Second Chronicles five. In Chronicles we see the smoke, in Acts we see the fire.

     Somewhere in church history we started operating without God’s glory and we tragically got used to operating in such a manner. People forgot about God’s power and we became satisfied with a form of godliness.

     Somewhere down the line, just as in the times of the kings, we allowed the world to steal the Ark of the Covenant from us. They had the ark with no power to manifest on their behalf (False religion).

     The children of Israel had the name, as they were still God’s people. They still had their God ordained rituals, just as we have our Sunday services, the good preaching we learned from seminary, the great music, the TV Stations, etc. but God is nowhere to be found; no Shekinah glory, no signs and no wonders.

TO BE CONTINUED…

About Revival Part 5


“A Biblical Review”

 

 It is now time for Joshua, a direct disciple of Moses, to enter to the center of the stage of the history of the manifestation of God’s glory. In Joshua we read of great victories over epic battles.

     Great signs and wonders followed God’s people as they finally entered the Promise Land. These events are followed by a long season of judges and prophets who were being established by God as leaders of Israel. Still, God was their King.

     Again, when they humble themselves before God and serve Him alone, we see God’s manifested glory. On the other hand, when they turn their backs on God, they experience God’s judgment. Nothing has changed; it is the same today! Our pride and our humility are factors that determined our own story.

     As we know, the children of Israel asked for a king; they wanted to be like everybody else. That is totally contrary to what we are called to be. We are a called to be holy and separated for the Lord.

     The Bible tells in John 15:19 that “…we are not of this world.” Nevertheless, God in His mercy did not abandon the children of Israel; He gave them what they wanted. During those years we see great manifestations of God’s glory through great kings and prophets; yet sin finally takes the best out of God’s people.

     Un-repented sin will always catch up with us. As we historically enter the book of Malachi, the last book of the Old Testament, we step into nearly four hundred years of silence. Israel has turned their backs on God; they have been practically destroyed as a nation and God’s judgment is falling upon them.

     But it is not over, even as it seems as such…Jesus is about to take matters into His own hands; the glory of God is about to manifest like never before in the history of humanity. Paradoxically, Jesus himself makes a remarkable statement in John 14:12 as He stated:

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” (NKJV)

 

    Jesus lives among us, is killed on a cross, is resurrected and is now sitting at the right hand of the Father; but He, as promised, leaves us a Counselor, the precious Holy Spirit.

     In Acts chapter 2:1-13 we see something that the world has never seen before. It marks the beginning of this “thing” we call the church and is known as the Baptism of the Holy Spirit:

When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.” So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?” Others mocking said, “They are full of new wine.” (NKJV)

            These verses mark the story of the beginning of what some like to call, the Apostolic Revival. As you read the book of Acts and the New Testament, you will see God’s glory all over the place. This time, it was not Jesus doing these miracles directly; this time it was Jesus releasing His power over common men and doing great signs, wonders and miracles through them in the midst of great persecution and hatred from the world. This time, it is Jesus manifesting His power through His Apostles.

To be continued…