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A Saturation Point

“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.” (Acts 2:2)

What is a Saturation Point?

Lord show us Your Glory! The Church was birthed in the rain… under an outpouring of the Holy Spirit’s Anointing! Peter speaks into the rain with a saturated message and 3,000 people get saved (Acts 2:40-41). Can I just say that it isn’t really about how clever our sermons might be or how well we are programmed. Its all about whether we have reached our saturation point. If we have a lot of God in our midst, then a lot of things take place!

The Movement of the Holy Spirit:

Today there is a prayer movement, a youth movement, a praise and worship movement and a renewal movement… all being stirred by the Holy Spirit. God is shaking the nations, from large groups to home groups and from street corners to college campuses… there is a fire being unleashed with authentic supernatural encounters. In some of the most dangerous places of the world the Holy Spirit is moving in power and might. Its not really that unusual… as recorded in the book of Acts (Acts 8:4-8). God has always been up to something… if there was an openness to the Holy Spirit. Testimonies are being communicated to our ministry here at RevivalHut that boggle the mind. Groups of young people gather to pray for the sick, ordinary people willing to ask God to do the impossible and chasing about the countryside for “seasons of rain”. We are watching the nations arise with a greater thirst than ever before!

Jesus shouts “Is anyone thirsty?” (Jn. 7:37-39)

Like the Days of Elijah:

Ordinary people are listening with anticipation… as those who are waiting for the abundance of rain. On the platforms of many churches the professional clergy overlook the obvious while those with no formal pulpit are hearing thunder in the distance. It feels like the days of Elijah, when the Prophet’s heartfelt petition was met with a cloud the size of a man’s hand. I believe we are in for a deluge… and its time for all of us to display our thirst. Like dry and empty vessels, we need an outpouring that will completely fill us up. There have been seasons when we have experienced the sprinkles that brought renewal, but its the day of total saturation that will lead us into revival. The longing of my heart is for the Body of Christ to reach its saturation point and come alive with the rain of Heaven.

“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit…” (Acts 2:4)

Real Witness

“But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the LORD, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin. Hear this, you leaders of the house of Jacob, you rulers of the house of Israel, who despise justice and distort all that is right; who build Zion with bloodshed, and Jerusalem with wickedness.” (Micah 3:8-10)

Your real Christian witness flows from somewhere deeper than your voice. The Prophet Micah attributed the power of his ministry to the Spirit of the Lord. Our power comes from the same source! Out of the belly of a man; filled with the Holy Spirit, rises a testimony of truth and power (Jn. 7:37-39).

You are more than your story – You are His-story!

We cannot stand on our own righteousness… it is Christ in us that speaks of better things than what people see or hear. Indeed, were we to find ourselves reliant upon our strength, our wisdom or our charm, we would find no hope against the onslaught of this world’s trouble. But we are not at all in the clutches of impending doom… for we are not our own. We live as Christ’s Ambassadors (2 Cor 5:20). We have been purchased by a blood as pure and holy as the whitest snow (Eph 1:7). We have been offered freedom’s highest position (Eph. 2:6). And we have a voice within ourselves that comes streaming forth like a rushing waterfall (Phil. 4:13). Christ has become our strength, our wisdom and our witness, because He is our peace… our focus and our joy. He is our Righteousness!

The Mystery: Its “Christ in you, the hope of Glory” (Col. 1:27)

Jesus told His followers they would receive power to witness about Him when the Holy Spirit came on them (Acts. 1:8). You can’t witness effectively by relying on your own strength, because fear will keep you from speaking out for God. You can’t witness effectively by choosing the best sermons or knowing the right words to say. You are not smart enough to outwit the devil. You cannot witness effectively by creating the best atmosphere or offering the most attractive invitation. Only by relying on the power of the Holy Spirit can you live and witness for Him! But with that power comes the promise that signs and wonders will follow those who believe (Mk. 16:17).

“Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. And there was great joy in that city.” (Acts 8:6-8)

This is the witness we have in Christ: “That if God be for us, who can stand against us?” (Rom. 8:31)

Invasions of Heaven

The most incredible ministry moments for me are those that come as a surprise. Its not so much that I find myself unprepared, as much as, some moments just sneak up on us as new information. A child is born blind… what will God do? A family is left homeless and struggling for shelter… how will God provide? A father is without a job… where will God lead? Amazingly… Heaven has an answer for every difficult situation! But they require us to take some risks and move in faith!

When Heaven Touches Earth:

I like the Bible story about the man who comes to Jesus for the healing of his son. Heaven comes to the rescue! This son had dealt with an issue of epilepsy for many years and it had often caused enormous trauma to the whole family. The boy had fallen into the fire and there was no relief in sight… until Jesus released an invasion of Heaven!

As the father was trying to get answers from the ministry of some “faithless” disciples… all seemed to be at a stand still. Jesus was up on the “mountain of transfiguration” with Peter, James and John (Mk. 9:2-13). As the mountain top experience comes to an end; the three disciples and Jesus come down the mountain to find an argument over the healing of the boy. Those remaining 9 disciples had accomplished nothing. They found a much more comfortable setting in an argument about theology with some local scribes.

Isn’t that just like church folk… so many of our services seem more interested in sermons, than demonstration! We should be prepared to meet with God and all we find is empty words and powerless religion. Jesus made the most accurate statement, “Oh faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me.” The question must be answered…

…how long shall we allow ourselves to talk about miracles, rather than host an invasion of power into our impossible situations?

Jesus now has the father in front of Him with a question… a question that I believe was an honest cry of human frailty. He asks Jesus, “If You can do anything – have compassion on us and help us?” Without hesitation Jesus addresses the impossible situation with the touch of Heaven and the boy is made whole. Nothing is impossible if you believe!

But there is a surprise for all who peer into this story from the outside… “are we ready to take some risks?”

Some things can only be accomplished through prayer and fasting (Mk 9:29).

  • First we all need a fresh revelation that helps us see! Notice this was an “unclean spirit” and Jesus called it “a deaf and dumb spirit” as He rebuked it and cast it out (Mk 9:25). The revelation leads to the correct response. We know that revelation is given as we tune into Heaven… thus the need for prayer and fasting.
  • Secondly… We are disciples, called to advance the Kingdom of God! We must rise to the occasion and believe for the impossible. Although we may have a lot of knowledge about how it works, God is looking for those who have some faith. People of God are carriers of power and authority… and called to the impossible.

A Faithless Generation:

A faithless generation has no clue about advancing the Kingdom of God… they do not understand the words of Jesus when He taught us to pray, “on Earth as it is in Heaven” (Mt. 6:10). To rid ourselves of the harsh label as the “faithless generation” requires that we become a people who recognize and release what we carry. New information offers us an invitation to host Heaven’s influence. God wants to bring freedom to the captives among us, but has given authority and power to us… for the purpose of treading upon serpents and scorpions and overwhelming all the power of the enemy (Lk. 10:19). We must carry and release the power of God and host invasions of Heaven… on Earth. Shake off the label, we are not a faithless generation.

Although being faithful means taking a few risks… but Heaven itself is waiting!

Mutually Encouraged

“I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you– that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.” (Rom. 1:11-12)

Wow- my son Zach and I just returned from a powerful trip to Uganda! Our primary reason for going was the opening of our second year of classes in the Apostolic Training Center in the Lake Victoria region. It was two and a half weeks of ministry and bonding. Yet before we purchased our flights, God was speaking to me about spiritual impartation and mutual encouragement. I truly believe these were goals we saw daily being fulfilled in the ministry and personally between my son and myself. It was a rich time to be together and God has done more in this trip than I may ever know.

Power of Connectivity:

The Apostle Paul longed to see the Romans for the impartation of spiritual gifts and mutual encouragement. There is energy that flows between people who value connectivity. The power shared in being together is worth the effort! There is no way to duplicate seeing people face to face and having the opportunity to rub elbows, communicate ideas and look into one another’s eyes. While electronic communication has a role in keeping in touch, there is a warmth that can only be translated when people connect.

The meetings in Uganda were exciting and my time with Zach was a “once in a lifetime” experience. We wrestled through flight delays and cold showers, saw lives transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit and laughed as we talked about some of the most embarrassing moments of the past.

Imparting Spiritual Gifts:

What I noticed; we must avoid giving empty words… there is no substance to them! No one feeds on empty words. Smart quotes may amuse, arguments may impress and sermons may make us feel better, but only the Words of God can release life. Only the Word of God can shape a relationship that honors our history and our memories… without guilt or shame.

The verse I quoted above speaks of mutual encouragement. When we come together, I find it is very important to keep our eyes and ears open. I may be the leader, father or maybe even the son, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t learn from one another. The more I pour myself out to encourage others, the more I grow in my understanding of myself and my anointing! There’s a freshness that comes from heaven… and its true of being a father as much as its true of being a spiritual son. This is the power of the Holy Spirit that works constantly in us to produce a mutually encouraged life… both in ministry and in our personal lives.

Thanks Son… for the impartation!

Saturation Point

An Open Heaven Offers Rain

An Open Heaven Offers Rain

The Church was birthed in the rain… under an outpouring of the Holy Spirit’s Anointing!

The Apostle Peter speaks into the rain with a saturated message and 3,000 people got saved in a day (Acts 2:40-41).

 Can I just say that it isn’t really about how clever our sermons might be or how well programmed we are in our services. Its all about whether we have reached our saturation point.

 If we have a lot of God in our midst, then a lot of things take place! Today there is a youth movement being stirred by the Holy Spirit, that is shaking the nations, from youth groups to home fellowships and from street corners to college campuses… there is a fire for those authentic supernatural experiences as recorded in the book of Acts. Testimonies are being communicated that boggle the mind… of little groups of young people gathering to pray for the sick, willing to ask for the impossible and chasing about the countryside for “seasons of rain”.

On the platforms of many churches the professional folks are continuing to overlook the obvious while those without a formal pulpit hear the rain in the distance.

It feels like the days of Elijah, when at the Prophet’s heartfelt petition the drought was ended by a cloud the size of a man’s hand. I believe we are in for a deluge… and its time for all of us to display our thirst. Like dry and empty vessels, we need an outpouring that will completely fill us up. There have been seasons when we have experienced the sprinkles that brought renewal, but its the day of total saturation that will lead us into restoration. The longing of my heart is for the Body of Christ to reach its saturation point and come alive with the rain of Heaven.

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