When I was 20 years old I gave my life to Jesus Christ. My boss at that time had been sharing with me about how much Jesus loved me, I knew my parents and family loved me, but when I heard that Jesus Christ loved me, the Holy Spirit began to transform my life. We all think we know what love is, until we encounter the Lover of our Soul. I was so AMAZED that Jesus Christ loved ME. Every break at work I would ask her to share with me about this “love”. As she was sharing, there was so much peace that was invading my hectic life.
Then one day she invited me to a “revival” at her local church in Tallahassee. When I went there the first thing I felt when I walked in the door was peace. I loved being there. As the service started the music was wonderful, then the evangelist got up to speak and he was sharing on the “Baptism of the Holy Spirit”. All I knew was I need what he is talking about and to be honest I wanted him to stop talking so I can come receive. When he finally called all those that were wanting to receive the “Baptism of the Holy Spirit”, I ran up to the front. Now remember, I did not grow up in a pentecostal church, I had no idea what he was talking about, but the Spirit of God was drawing me. As I got up to the front, the evangelist came by and prayed for me, then a lady came and stood with me and explained what was going to happen. Who would of ever thought my life would never be the same again. Some other language started to come out of my mouth and I hit the floor. The Power of God swept through my body and Jesus started to take away all the depression that I had battled the last couple of years as a teenager. For 2.5 hours I was on the floor and God was shaking everything out of my life that did not need to be there. When I finally got up my life had totally changed.
The changes in my life could not have been changed through positive thinking, or some 10 step program. I needed the Power of the Holy Spirit. I am so glad that the church I was visiting did not preach a sweet message and then say, Goodnight, see you tomorrow.” They gave me a chance to experience the Jesus that the Bible talks about.
I live in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex and there are some of the most amazing ministries that are here. The problem with some of this is that we are having multiple services where we are getting in and out of the services. Some churches don’t even give altar calls. It is also very rare for me to hear someone giving a call for the “Baptism of the Holy Spirit”.
My question is: If we have taken out the Power of the Holy Spirit, why are we gathering each week? I can read and study the Word of God at my house.
I do know this, if I was a teenager today having to face the pressure of the secular school system and attended church I would definitely need the Power of God to stay pure, live holy and be used in my school to make a difference. We as ministers/christians need to have a normal lifestyle of the Power of God, so the next generation sees and knows that their God is greater than anything that they see in front of them.
When I look at the condition of the youth groups and how many young people that are shacking up, the holiness level of churches and ministries, we are no better than the world. No wonder we have a generation that looks at us and decides that the world looks better.
We need some power and demonstration of the power back in the local church. Sometimes it seems that the “high calling” of the Sunday morning service is to make sure we get out at 12noon. I would love to interview some young people after Church and ask them if what they experienced in that service would draw their friends to Christ.
Just a thought: What if we as leaders would come in and ask the Holy Spirit what He wants to accomplish in church today. It would probably SHOCK ministers to really hear people share about their encounter with visiting churches. People are so hungry for the supernatural, if we don’t demonstrate it we will see a generation be drawn to New Age and other religions. Wait, I think that is already happening.
I love Jesus Christ with all of my heart. I am so grateful for people in my life that when I am going through a lot that I can ask them to pray for me and they have the Power of God on their life. I can’t imagine my life without them.
I am sharing my heart, because I know it is the will of God to have power encounters with His people and the people that do not know Him yet as Savior and Lord.
Prayer for today: Lord, please start in me that I be a person that walks in the demonstration of power. And I would release it wherever I go to show others the love of Christ.