And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. Romans 13:11 NKJV
For over 20 years I’ve been seeking the Lord for something more than revival. I’ve been seeking the Lord for a Great Awakening.
I studied revivals. We need more than revival. We need so much more than the excitement of revival and the outpouring of His Spirit, though most pastors would be thrilled with that. The revival at Brownsville didn’t change the city, much less the nation. What we need is Awakening.
Revival is like slamming your foot on the gas pedal until the engine redlines and explodes. Awakening is changing gears.
When Parham gathered his students at Stone’s Folly, they sought the Lord to find out what was missing. The harvest was great and millions were lost and without Christ. They studied the Scriptures, and sought the Lord that He would reveal to them what was missing. The Lord whispered to their hearts “the baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire.”
They hungrily sought the Lord, and were filled. God poured out his Spirit upon them and in the years that followed, it spread and the world could never be the same.
This generation has the baptism in the Holy Spirit. So what then are we lacking?
We need to see Jesus as he is.
1 John 3:2
2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. NKJV
We need to see Jesus. “His eyes are a flame of fire.” We need the baptism of fire.
We need to be transformed into the image of Christ. We need to be transfigured by the glory of His presence. We need to see Jesus.
May 17th, 2015, during our morning worship service, I saw a flash–just a glimpse–of what the Lord wants to do. I saw a congregation in worship and prayer crying out to God and Jesus walking the aisles. He would stand in front of first one and then another and they would see Him.
You cannot see Jesus and ever be the same again.
I saw another glimpse of a homeless man entering an old adobe church and asking the priest if he could pray there. He was granted permission and day after day he would enter the sanctuary and pray.
One day, the homeless drifter was sitting waiting for the priest to arrive and when the priest walked in, the man stood and said to the priest, “Whatever He says to you, do it” and headed out of the church. The priest seemed confused and watching the man leave asked “Who?”
As he walked out of the church, the drifter heard the priest exclaim “My Lord and my God!” and he smiled.
We need to be baptized in the fire of His presence.
About the Author
Ken Van Horn has been a pastor for over 25 years–only two years of which was full-time ministry. He has worked as an electrical contractor, editor, probate judge, web developer, consultant and recently completed “A Greater Reward” based upon what the Holy Spirit revealed to him while serving as a judge concerning the work of justice and the imminent Judgment Seat of Christ.
He is currently developing a start up church in Cusseta, Georgia and does itinerant ministry when available.
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