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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)

Nothing Impossible

Nothing is Impossible
“If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, move from here to there; and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Mt 17:20)
“Everything is possible for him who believes.” (Mk 9:23)

So now that we have begun to fall in love with Christ… nothing is impossible. More and more it is becoming the ”norm” rather than the exception, that no act of obedience will be impossible for us. No task will be too great, no circumstance too difficult and no suffering too severe, because believing moves us into supernatural dimensions of power and resources.

You might ask how? or why? and I would tell you of the greatness of His love toward us who believe.

Something Happened!

“…God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom 5:5-8)

The Apostle Paul tells us of the avenue to which God’s love reaches us… it is “poured out”. I like that thought. Its poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, who God has given to each of us that trust in Him. The New International Version says that His love was “lavished” upon us. There is a word only used in extremely generous expressions. God is extravagant, but never wasteful. I believe that!

I believe God’s gift of love is extreme and extravagant.

From the beginning of each day; through the routine of my personal daily experience, His Presence is interwoven into the very fabric of my life. He is pouring  His love into me, to be reflected back to Him through praise and honor. He loves me and captures my heart, so that my love for Him becomes an expression of relational bliss in partnership with His will for me.

Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commands” (Jn 14:15).

Amazingly, He made this loving process a signature reality to recognizing Him in life. When you love Me, My Father will love you and I will manifest Myself to you (Jn 14:21). So I love Him, because I see Him in my experiences and recognize His hand on me… and nothing is impossible, because He is in the midst of all those things that “seem” overwhelming! In spite of those “mountain-sized” problems that hide my destiny, nothing is beyond my believing. His love is greater. I am more than able, because of His love for me. I am more than up to the challenge, because of His anointing resting upon me. Nothing is impossible, because of the situations He has already turned into testimonies, in and through me. I can praise Him, because I’m part of His story for all the world to read!

The Garment of Praise

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD has anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;  To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He might be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:1-3)

The answer against a “spirit of heaviness” is to put on the ”garment of praise.”

Satan hates praise:

Praise exalts Jesus no matter what the circumstances may look like. It engages our trust in God and activates our faith like nothing else can do. You see, praise introduces light and supernatural life into our circumstances. It is the ultimate release of spiritual freedom. Just listen to the following verses and let something click inside.

(2 Cor 3:17) “The Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

(Gal 5:1) ” Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.”

(Jn 8:36) ” Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

Praise is Agreement with God!

Praising the Lord and agreement with the truth of God’s Word, renews the mind and lifts the spirit of heaviness off your shoulders. Notice the Prophet Isaiah says that your life is designed to reflect your calling as “trees of righteousness”. Its your destiny to become the “planting of the Lord”. As you praise Him daily, you will release the stature of Christ within you… “that He may be glorified”, seen and celebrated as your Deliverer! Nothing so clearly displays the power of God like our freedom in the spirit.

The Effect of a Spirit of Heaviness:

It darkens our countenance. Our hearts are down cast. This spirit brings a “heaviness” over us and dims our vision, robs our hope and crushes our sense of purpose. There are testimonies I’ve heard from people who say “when this spirit comes it even makes the room feel darker”. It brings a heavy and oppressive atmosphere that restricts and quenches our perception. It may come like a cloud hanging over you or your location, but the most difficult part to deal with is that it causes isolation. The devil’s goal is to remove you from the atmosphere of love and approval. Think about it, if Satan can get you isolated, then he can break your spirit and remove your source of inspiration and hope.

Recognize it:

This is the first step. You are a Child of God! This is not God’s will for you!  “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Rom 8:31) Don’t believe the lies… Praise God instead! Accept no criticism and carry no extra baggage. You must learn the art of selective hearing, so that you choose the things you ignore and the things that come from the Throne of Heaven. We destroy arguments and pull down strongholds, so that every thought is made captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor 10:5). That means I am actively discerning where my thoughts are coming from and believe me… I can rule over them with praise!

Put on the Garment of Praise!

This literally means to be “wrapped up in praise”. God has given it to be worn and provide insulation. So put it on like a jacket every single day. Take a few moments each morning and every time there is a battle raging, to put it on like armor on a soldier. You will watch your enemy run for cover with his tail between his legs… like a whipped puppy. That’s right, praise is your most effective tool in magnifying God and shrinking the influence of the devil. Get loud, get aggressive and set your heart on spiritual freedom!

It is the anointing that breaks the yoke! (Isa 10:27)

Going After God

“O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory. Because Your loving-kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise You. Thus I will bless You while I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches. Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me.” (Ps. 63:1-8)

3 Truths About the Power of Thirst:

  1. Thirst stimulates the flesh… and motivates behavior!
  2. Thirst awakens the soul… and shapes imagination!
  3. Thirst places a demand upon the spirit… and causes hope to arise!

David understood how thirst sharpens the human heart to focus on God… and to go after God without hesitation. He speaks of how the chase for satisfaction aligns his desires and causes him to do spiritual things, like looking in the sanctuary, praising God vocally or lifting up his hands to celebrate the memory of God’s loving-kindness! Thirst is an essential part of our relationship with God! Jesus said, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled” (Mt. 5:6). Thirst leads to fullness… to satisfaction! When we search for the right drink, look in the right places and go after the right Person… our lives get filled. In fact, going after the living water Christ provides, is how love is discovered and keeps us coming back for more… its spiritual intimacy.

Love is Always Being Tested:

It is a sure thing that our commitment to Christ will be tested, but we can trust our Heavenly Father to deliver on the Promises of His Word. Seeking releases the Holy Spirit’s Presence in our lives so that true fellowship can be experienced and joy can come bubbling to the surface. Jesus said that when we abide in His love we would experience His joy (Jn. 15:11). This is the Spiritual Man’s greatest resource in Christ! As we process life on spiritual levels; our hearts are aligned and behaviors are adjusted and affirmed by a sense of the Presence of God. The Peace of God and the joy of Christ rule our hearts like nothing else can.

Talk about it!

Tell somebody of God’s great love for you! Testimonies help us feel encouraged and strengthen our resolve! We need not be anxious about our future, because God is with us. He has proven Himself in times of trials and our trust is set by our knowledge of His loving care for us. We can rejoice and be thankful through all things. There is an abiding peace which passes understanding, guarding our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus; and we are able to experience the stability of love in storms or struggles (Phil 4:4-7). Nothing can stand against us! Nothing can overwhelm us! Notice what arises out of David’s meditation from his bed:

A resolve to rejoice beneath the shadow of God’s wings and a willingness to follow close behind Him no matter what comes or goes.

Seeking & Saving

Seeking the Lost in Kenya“Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.” (Lk. 19:9-10)

Zacchaeus was a creative thinker… you might call him a “person of initiative”. He wanted to see Jesus; so going up the road a bit ahead of where Jesus would pass, he climbs up into a common sycamore tree and waits. I wonder if Zacchaeus lived his life this way? In order to compensate for people’s hatred, would he anticipate the places where they would need him or his money? Perhaps money was the only thing in his life that people even saw of value to him… or about him. As a rich tax collector, he had no shortage of enemies. Some would find his creative leanings more manipulation than honest interest. But somehow this seemed different. Perhaps his need for love was getting the best of him? We do not know, but I wonder…

So Jesus sees this little man in the tree. Instead of passing him by, ignoring him, turning a cold shoulder or just laughing at him, Jesus stops and calls him by name – a name which means “pure”. Jesus says, “Get down from that ridiculous perch, and take Me home with you. I would like to go to your house today for supper!”

Keys to Seeking & Saving the Lost:

  1. Seeing Brokenness as an Open Door
  2. The Anointing of the Holy Spirit
  3. The Will to Eat Together

Brokenness is not always easy to focus upon. Yet, its hard to miss in this story of Jesus going to the home of Zacchaeus… his deepest issue is “brokenness”. Brokenness takes many forms, but it is the most visible effect of being a “sinner”. It can look like anger and rage, or bad attitudes that protect our emotions or it can look like endless searching, longing for love and embrace. But no matter what form brokenness takes it is always an open door to the hungry heart.

The Holy Spirit had anointed Jesus with a message and ministry that would “heal the brokenhearted” and bring “deliverance to the captive” (Lk. 4:18). His ability to walk into people’s lives was undeniable! He was anointed for this, and whenever Jesus spoke into the broken heart with His love; “lost-ness” was dissolved. Yet, Jesus still needed to be willing… willing to go where He might find others accusing Him of association with the sinner. He knew that beyond the point of association was connection and the common meal. Jesus said, “I must go to your house for supper”.

Reaching the Lost:

The lifestyle that reaches the lost around us requires intentional discipline. We must notice other people’s pain and brokenness, because it is an open door to their heart. We must rest on our anointing; as Jesus did, and trust God for words and power that will turn opportunities into testimonies. The Holy Spirit has always surprised me in these moments, when I find myself sharing with someone who is in a season of transition or struggle. I rarely have thought out how the words should flow ahead of time, but the Holy Spirit gives generously when we ask for wisdom.

Lastly, we must be willing to “eat with sinners” as Jesus was accused of doing when He went to several tax collector’s homes. Remember His disciple Matthew was one of those “sinners” that Jesus found through eating with him. Meals are amazing moments, because they bring us together in ways that nourish more than our bodies. Time spent around a meal turns conversation into fellowship and becomes a fire that melts away the impure motives or the apprehensions of the broken heart.

What Jesus models for us with Zacchaeus, needs to become our daily experience in the marketplace… and throughout the nations.

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