Fireworks. Roller Coasters. Explosions. Great Storms. These things draw our attention because they are powerful and cannot be contained. When we see something beyond ourselves, when we see such a great display of power our attention is captured and we stand and watch. When the power of God is displayed it has a similar affect. It catches the attention of all who witness and they stop and stare.
I am convinced that the power of God is coming and coming soon. Everywhere I turn it seems people are talking about the altar. The place where we encounter God. The place of surrender. The place where we lay down our lives to be crucified with Christ and for His life to placed in us. God is going to restore power to the church!
It’s incredible! The power of God is not confined to a single church. I believe it is about to break out everywhere all at once! I don’t claim to know the mind of God, but I feel there is about to be a great display of His glory for the very intention of drawing in as many as possible.
Recently I was reading in Acts 3 of the time Peter and John were walking by the temple and a lame beggar was asking for money.
Acts 3:4-9 (NLT) Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!”5 The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. 6 But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!”
7 Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. 8 He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them.
9 All the people saw him walking and heard him praising God
God’s demonstrated power often attracts attention. The people ran over to see what this man was going on about, and they were shocked to see that it was the same man who always sat outside the gate begging for money. God’s power met a need in the beggars life and then He also used the situation to bring many people to Him.
Peter saw an opportunity to tell them what happened. He boldly told them that this miracle happened through Jesus, YES, the same Jesus you murdered on the cross. He said, hey, I know you didn’t realize what you were doing, but you can make it right. REPENT and turn to God so He can forgive your sins!
The gospel is still the same, God is open and waiting for us to repent and turn from our sins so He can forgive us! The message is simple, but effective. Peter and John may have been temporarily arrested after this moment, but thousands more were added to the church! When they were freed they prayed this prayer.
Acts 4:29-31 (NLT) And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. 30 Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
31 After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.
I believe many people in the near future are going to encounter God in a powerful way, but it will happen when Christians get bold and start praying a prayer fueled by faith that God will once again send miraculous signs. We must be praying for Heaven to invade earth.
Isn’t that what this whole thing is about? Bringing people to Heaven! Let’s live with heaven in mind. Let’s once again fall to our knees in prayer and intercede for souls to come into the Kingdom. Let’s once again get bold in declaring our faith! Unashamedly laying hands on the broken and those in need.
Let’s believe for provision, miracles and most importantly a great harvest.